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Monthly eNewsletter - September 2018
Hello All,

Northern California
My only trip in the month of August was to beautiful Larkin Valley near Watsonville near Santa Cruz near San Francisco in California. Nice, cool trip. We did two back-to-back Final Certification Courses there, producing eleven new MMCPs. We used a new two-day certification format with smaller class sizes, replacing the old, three-day format with larger class sizes and it went very well.

On top of that, it’s nice there in Larkin Valley, with nice barns in the redwoods, nice horses in them, and a nice brew-pub at the end of the valley. All in all; a week well-spent. Thanks Sandy, for the organization and the help!
First Certification Group Photo
The Instructor had to keep an eye on things. ;)
Second Certification Group Photo
Home again now. The weather’s cooled off, almost as if Fall’s coming. Have been spending a lot of time in The Office, doing Office Work, but have also taken advantage of the cooler weather to get outside and do a little driving, a little flying:
Edna the aeroplane
and a little sitting on the back porch and watching the sun go down.
Now let’s get down to the serious stuff: 
Megan Dushin has written a blog on our website on “ Mysteries of the Autonomic Nervous System ”.

Don’t let the title fool you, this is a fun article. Megan has taken a dry, academic, scientific subject and turned it into a fun, interesting investigation written from a horse-person’s perspective.
Our roving international MM Instructor Diane Howard has informed us that she has been accepted to study for an MSc in Equine Science given by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine of the University of Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked as 18th in the world and the Equine Science program is the only such degree (MSc) given by an international veterinary center. Diane is an incurable learner as well as a teacher, and will be adding this education to a long list of other blocks of knowledge. Go Diane!
More Interesting Stuff
I had a couple of on-line conversations during the month with some very interesting people.

One was a nice long chat with Dressage and Horsemanship Trainer Patrick King on his audio broadcast, “Talking About Horses Live”. Patrick is an interesting fellow who combines real horsemanship with classical dressage. I found that not only do we share similar philosophies on horses and horsemanship, but it turns out we also have similar senses of humor. Apologizing in advance for the jokes; if you’re feeling brave you can listen in on Patrick and me having fun with a wide range of horse-related topics at
I also had a nice conversation with Glenys Cox at in Australia. Glenys’s mission is “to improve the lives of horses around the world, through the education of their owners, riders and handlers.” This was a good conversation; very in-depth and a little more serious, and Glenys did a good job of keeping me on track.

Patrick and Glenys have both taken on the goal of educating, improving and enriching the lives of horse-people (and horses) around the world. They both have impressive lists of interviews on their websites (I hope I’m not breaking the trend) and I look forward to being able to chat with both of them again. Go to these sites to get educated, entertained and enriched by like-minded people.
Report on our Labor Day Therapy Horse Challenge
The idea for this Challenge came about after a talk I had with one of our MMCPs, Arron Haggart. Arron is an experienced horseman who has a lot of time in managing horses (and people) at equine assisted therapy facilities. He’s responsible for some of the impetus behind our MMES Program. We were talking about horses who run the risk of “shutting down” when their mental or emotional well-being falls to the bottom of the list. He said with simple, regular use of the Bladder Meridian treatment he has turned around horses that consistently stand in the corner with their ears pinned or spin away when you enter the stall, into horses that are engaged and stand relaxed with their heads out, attentive to things going on outside of their stalls. These horses absorb a lot of mental and emotional as well as physical stress in their jobs, and this often goes unnoticed, especially in busy or under-funded programs. Often we don’t realize what a protective barrier or “shell” they’ve put up until we get underneath their survival, bracing response. The Bladder Meridian Technique is such an easy and simple way to do that.
Anyways, long story a little less long; the goal of the Therapy Horse Challenge is to get attention to therapy horses through volunteer Bladder Meridian time. A report on this below; although it doesn’t have to stop there. I hope to be able to report on more of this in the next newsletter.

This Fall
Check out our Calendar below for Weekend Seminars and Courses in, well… everywhere, this fall. I’ll be in England starting September 27th, and Australia in November for Equitana, and to do Weekends and Advanced Courses in Victoria and South Australia.

Check out more stuff below, and I’ll talk to you next month.

Until then, like me,
Enjoy your horses.
Here's what students have to say about the Advanced 5-Day Course :

"The opportunity to get really personalized, individual coaching on the techniques is unlike any course I’ve had. The course offers a really appropriate balance of lecture and practical application . Jim and his team have a wonderfully encouraging coaching approach that facilitates learning, confidence and skill. Throughout the 5-Day each one of us had the experience of getting the “feel” of what certain techniques are designed to release. "  ~Nikki Kagan

" Perhaps the most intense and successful learning experience I have had! My confidence grew as the week progressed as a result of such great, non-judgmental feedback. We had so much fun as well."  ~Sue Baird

"This advanced course is unique in equine massage and bodywork education in offering structured technique instruction, flexible and open enough to keep intuition alive ."  ~Adelheid Ebenhoech

Find an Advanced 5-Day near you here .
The horse's love it too!
"The response from the horse, once he has learned to trust you and accept the technique, is worth 10 times the price of the course – 100 times!"  ~ Kirsten Collins
Here's what students have to say about the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar :

"If you want to learn how to connect on a deeper level with horses. If you want to learn how to help your horse relax and release tension , this seminar is a must." ~Michelle Leahy

"A great opportunity to learn about horses and yourself. It’s amazing how soft you can be to get results ."  ~ April Volling

"This 2-day weekend was incredible ! It brings the DVD & Book alive . I would recommend anyone who wants to learn to take the 2-Day seminar. I have learned so much and had so much fun. " ~ Nichole Johnson

Find a Weekend Seminar near you here .
Therapy Horse Challenge
We had a Labor Day challenge on The Masterson Method facebook page to give back to horses that labor the most, by sharing the Bladder Meridian Technique with Therapy Horses.
Thanks to all who participated! Keep up the great work! We love hearing from you, 'in the field,' paddock, or barn!
The Bladder Meridian Technique is easy to learn and very effective. Give it a try with your equine friends!
Masterson Method Equine Specialist
Program News
This program is all about giving back to horses while also providing a benefit to equine-assisted learning students and/or therapy clients. We teach equine-assisted learning and therapy professionals (therapists, coaches, instructors) how to practice the simplest light touch techniques on their horses, and then how to teach their students or clients how to help horses release tension. Participants deepen their connection with horses while also gaining self-awareness and self-regulation skills, and horses learn a new way of relating to people while releasing tension. It's a win/win!
New Certified Equine Specialists
Mary Kay Burkart
Berryville, Virginia

"...Mary Kay participated in the first Masterson Method Pilot Course developed and given by senior Masterson Method Instructors in 2015 who explored and refined [the current day] Masterson Method Equine Specialist Certification specifically designed for use in Therapeutic settings, and emphasizing the importance and significance of 'giving back' to the horse...."  Read more
Teresa J. Pool
Dallas, Texas

"...In 2014 I found my tribe at  Solace Equine Center  where we partner with addiction centers to work with adults in rehab and share that magic with them during their healing process. No two sessions are the same, and the horses somehow know to bring the perfect lesson to each person. I have always been drawn to giving back the gift of healing to our horses and found The Masterson Method to be the perfect tool...."  Read more
The big conference is fast approaching! We're excited to share about The Masterson Method to therapeutic barn managers, executive and program directors, riding instructors, and others attending the PATH International conference in Orlando, Florida. The session -  Masterson Method: Equine Bodywork Based on Connection with the Horse  - will be on October 26 at 9am so if you're there, please come find us! We'll also have an exhibit booth table at the conference. See more at .
Note: If you've already attended the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar , you have the option to skip Day 1 for a $200 discount.
Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14, 2018 
Cold Spring, NY (2 spots left)

Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 18, 2018
Sherrard, IL (FULL)

Friday, March 29 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
Leesburg, VA
Stories from the Field
Dawn Rick , Masterson Method Certified Equine Specialist, offered showed U.S. veterans at  BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center  how to do the Bladder Meridian Technique. BraveHearts is the largest equine-based program in the US serving military veterans, and is home to Hank , PATH Int'l's 2017 Therapeutic Horse of the Year. The veterans who participated were really excited to be helping horses (including Hank), and to see the visible results of their work. They teamed up to help several horses work through tension, and were reluctant to end when the session was over! Dawn did a full session on one of their horses afterwards, and has been invited to return to BraveHearts to help more horses and veterans.
Take the leap at an Advanced 5-Day Course
Our Advanced 5-Day Course in Oxfordshire, UK October 8-12th has a few spots left. If you're ready to deepen your knowledge and feel of The Masterson Method join us at an Advanced 5-Day Course near you.

"I just spent the last week taking the Advanced 5-Day Course. The experience was unique because it was so totally experiential. I learned so much in such a short period of time. It was so gratifying to achieve quick results using the Masterson Method. My classmates were all professional equine bodyworkers which made quite a useful networking experience as well. Jim’s method will take your current knowledge base and take it up another level whether you’re already an equine bodyworker, or an equine bodywork class addict like I am. The class gave me confidence in taking the next step in making equine bodywork my career."  ~Kathy Mayeda

"After the two day seminar you have an idea how to improve the condition, problems, or tension in the horse – it’s really helpful! The five day seminar goes deeper and you get a lot of information about how you are able to find the problem areas of the horse. You get lots of experience to work with several horses during the five day."  ~Margit Duelger
Bladder Meridian Technique
An excerpt from Jim's newest video, Light to the Core , of Jim teaching the Bladder Meridian Technique.
New Certified Practitioners
Miriam Scott-Goddard
North/East London and Essex

Miriam was introduced to the Masterson Method by Richard Maxwell who treated her own competition horses with very positive results. She was so impressed with the positive changes in her horses that she became a Certified Masterson Method Practitioner herself in 2017. Miriam now treats a range of horses from different backgrounds and disciplines ranging from brood mares and leisure horses to high performance competition horses. Miriam has a special interest in how horse led body work can positively influence not only the physical but also the mental state of the horse. Miriam competes in dressage and is also a riding instructor and dressage coach.  

Phone: (44) 7515890135
Malu Berserik
Kudelstaart, The Netherlands

Malu found her love for horses when she was just 6 years old. At 8 years old she started to ride at the local riding school. Although her parents were not horse people, she has been dreaming to have her own horse during her whole childhood. At 19 years of age she bought her first mare and since then she always had horses.

In 2009 and 2010 she bought two foals. Because she wanted to raise them so that they would become balanced horses, she got into natural horsemanship. The harmony between human and horse became one of her passions. The principals of straightness training and the positive influence of natural horsemanship coaches, taught her the right balance between a balanced body and a balanced mind.

Because her youngest foal, Bob, got injured during birth she knew he would always have physical challenges. Malu looked for a way to treat him herself so that she could keep him in the best condition as he could be. During a holiday she was introduced to the Masterson Method and she immediately was hooked. She started her journey to become a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner.

The gratefulness and deep connection that is present with all the horses that she helps, keeps on fascinating her. She specializes in bodywork for horses with behavioral problems (cribbing, headshaking, spooking, aggression, anxiety etc). She is also a registered equine cranial sacral therapist and currently studying to become an equine osteopath. Malu hopes that many horse owners in The Netherlands will experience the beneficial effects of the Masterson Method with their horses and start to learn it for themselves. She is based in the west of the Netherlands and is happy to travel to any location in the Netherlands.

Phone: 0031652421850
Weekend Seminar-Workshop Schedule

* if the course you had your heart set on is sold out, please email to be added to the waiting list, or   if you'd like to host your own weekend (earn your spot free!) please email .
USA Seminars

Saturday, Spet. 29 - Sunday, Sept. 30
North Jackson, OH

Saturday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 21
Yankton, SD

Saturday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 28
Wickenburg, AZ

Saturday, Oct. 27 -Sunday, Oct. 28
Hempstead, TX

Saturday, Nov. 10 - Sunday, Nov. 11
Watsonville, CA

Saturday, Dec. 1 - Sunday, Dec 2
Wellington, FL

Saturday, Dec. 8 - Sunday, Dec. 9
Callaway, MD

Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 3, 2019
Watsonville, CA

Saturday, March 30 - Sunday, March 31, 2019 taught by Jim Masterson
Nicasio, CA

Saturday, March 30 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
Boyds, MD

Saturday, April 27 - Sunday, April 28
Coventry, CT

Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19
Alder, MT

Saturday, July 20 - Sunday, July 21
Watsonville, CA

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019
Watsonville, CA

Canada Seminars

Saturday, Sept. 22 - Sunday, Sept. 23
Thamesford, ON    

Saturday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 28
Rosedale, BC
Europe Seminars

Saturday, Sept. 29 - Sunday, Sept. 30
taught by Jim Masterson
Warwickshire, U.K. (FULL)

Tuesday, Oct. 2 - Wednesday, Oct. 3
Mammendorf, Germany (taught in German) (1 spot left)

Saturday, Oct. 6 - Sunday, Oct. 7
taught by Jim Masterson
Hertfordshire, UK (FULL)

Thursday, Oct. 25 - Friday, Oct. 26
Hibbat Zion, Israel (taught in English/Hebrew)

Saturday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 28
Großefehn, Germany   (taught in German) (FULL)

Saturday, Nov. 3 - Sunday, Nov. 4
Herselt, Belgium (taught in Dutch)

Saturday, Nov. 24 - Sunday, Nov. 25
Skanderborg, Denmark

Australia Seminars

Saturday, Nov. 10 - Sunday, Nov. 11 taught by Jim Masterson
Yarck, VIC, AUS

Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Thursday, Nov. 22 taught by Jim Masterson
Blanchetown, SA, AUS

Saturday, Nov. 24 - Sunday, Nov. 25 taught by Jim Masterson
Yarck, VIC, AUS

South Africa Seminars

Saturday, Oct. 13 - Sunday, Oct. 14
Midrand, ZA
Masterson Method Equine Specialist Training
MMES Training Seminar
Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14, 2018 
Cold Spring, NY (2 spots left)

MMES Training Seminar
Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 18, 2018
Sherrard, IL (FULL)

MMES Training Seminar
Friday, March 29 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
Leesburg, VA
Masterson Method Collaborative Clinics
Considering the Horse - Mind and Body
Collaborative Clinic with Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson

April 1 - 5, 2019 Blue Dot Farm, Nicasio, CA
To register contact: 415-847-6878

July 8 - 12, 2019 Happy Dog Ranch, Littleton, CO
To register contact: 303-915-8531

*Auditing is available, see link above for more information.
Advanced 5-Day Course Schedule
USA Advanced Courses

Manchester, NH with Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes 
Monday, September 17 - Friday, September 21, 2018

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, October 22 - Friday, October 26, 2018 (FULL)

Georgetown, TX with Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes 
Monday, November 5 - Friday, November 9, 2018 (FULL)

West Palm Beach, FL with Advanced Instructor Becky Tenges
Monday, December 3 - Friday, December 7, 2018

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, January 28 - Friday, February 1, 2019

Wickenburg, AZ with Advanced Instructor Coralie Hughes
Monday, February 25, 2019 - Friday, March 1, 2019

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, April 29 - Friday, May 3, 2019

Watsonville, CA with Advanced Instructor Sandy Vreeburg
Monday, September 23 - Friday, September 27, 2019

Canada Advanced Courses

Abbottsford, BC with Advanced Instructor Mark Fletcher
Monday, October 1 - Friday, October 5, 2018 (FULL)

Europe Advanced Courses

Oxfordshire, U.K. with Jim Masterson
Monday, October 1 - Friday, October 5, 2018 (2 spots left)

Oxfordshire , U.K. #2 with Jim Masterson
Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12, 2018

Egestorf, Germany with Jim Masterson and Instructor Walter Saxe
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019 (FULL)

Australia Advanced Courses

Yarck, VIC, AUS with Jim Masterson
Monday, November 26 - Friday, November 30
Certification Completion Course Schedule
Saturday, October 13 - Sunday, October 14
Oxfordshire, UK

Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28 (tentative - minimum of 5 students need to be met)
Fairfield, IA

Saturday, December 1 - Sunday, December 2
Victoria, AUS

Tuesday, February 5 - Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Tucson, AZ
Expos and Demos
Unbridled Hope Demo Sept. 24 (recurring event), with Laurel Watson
Citra, FL

Stirrups 'N Strides Therapeutic Riding Center Sept. 25, with Laurel Watson
Citra, FL

Masterson Demo at Sacred Peaks Sept. 29, with Tasha Kline
Flagstaff, AZ

Black Hills Horse Expo October 5 - 7, with Lise Lunde
Rapid City, SD

Canadian Horse Expo October 13, with Samantha Walker
Harwinton, CT

Mane Event October 19 - 21, with Mark Fletcher
Chilliwack, British Columbia

PATH International Conference October 25 - 27, with Lise Lunde
Orlando, FL

Equitana November 15 - 18, with Jim Masterson
Melbourne, Australia
Masterson Equine Services