2019 International Equine Summit

Costa Rica ~ October 4 – 7, 2019

Rafael Arena, La Fortuna, San Carlos

Featuring 17 Knowledgeable Speakers From Around the Globe!

Do you love horses?

Does your equine practice need a creative boost?

Interested in discovering unique ways to be with horses?

Ready to expand your professional network?

Looking for new tools for your tool kit?

Join us at this year’s Summit! VENUE LOCATION

Schedule of Events

October 4

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Welcome Reception and Buffet Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Keynote Speaker – Shelley Rosenberg (USA)

Part 1 – “How to Know When it is Safe to Open the Wound and Knowing When to Put on the Bandage – Supporting the Abuse Survivor”

In her 3-part presentation, Shelley will share her story of childhood sexual abuse and give us advice on how to support the abuse survivor.   

2:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Psychiatrist Dr. Nancy Coyne (USA)

“Asking for Help: When the Coach Needs Support”

What do you do as a facilitator when you get stuck, scared or don’t know what to do? How do you know when you need help or when to refer?    

4:10 pm – 5:10 pm

Sandy Sharkey (Canada)

“Find Wild Horses, Find Yourself”

Sandy is a world-renowned equine photographer. In her visually stunning presentation, Sandy will take us deep into the world of the wild horse, their plight for survival and share how she found herself by being lost in their world.   

5:10 pm- 5:30 pm Poster Sessions and Cash Bar
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner ($20/pp)
 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Costa Rica Mariachi Band Performance

October 5

7:00 am – 8:00 am Yoga and Mindfulness with Eric Kolesar ($5/pp)
8:00 am – 8:45 am Coffee and Poster Sessions
8:45 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Speaker – Shelley Rosenberg (USA)

Part 2 – “How to Know When it is Safe to Open the Wound and Knowing When to Put on the Bandage – Supporting the Abuse Survivor”

9:40 am – 11:20 am

Dr. Tracy Webber (USA)

“Put Your Damn Crown on and Step into Your Power”

In this experiential session, supported by horses, you will find what it takes to pick up your (next) crown and bask in the glow of your personal power.

11:30 am -12:30 pm

Dr. Ann Baldwin (USA)

“Do Residents in Assisted Living Benefit from Stroking Horses?”

Award winning, physiologist, Dr. Baldwin, of the HeartMath Institute, will present scientific findings validating the benefits of horse and human interaction.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Poster Sessions   
1:30 pm – 3:00

Deborah Draves Legg and Dr. Wilfredo De Jesus (Costa Rica)

“Taking Care of the Herd – What We’ve Learned”

Caring for a large herd of working horses can be a challenge financially and ethically for horse owners. In this presentation, Dr. De Jesus and Ms. Draves-Legg, offer advice and will share what they’ve learned over the years.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Dr. Lorraine Tilbury (France)

“Be a Heart Warrior – Love Fiercely While Protecting Yourself”

In this experiential session, supported by horses, learn how to create a “cosmic smashbook” as an expression of your creative power – revealing your capacity to rightfully claim your sacred space.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Dinner ($20/person) Cash bar
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Special Presenter – Carol A. Patrick (Costa Rica)

“Saving Wildlife in Costa Rica: The Making of Osa Wildlife Sanctuary”

Ms. Patrick left her life in the USA 24 years ago to start the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. She will share her inspiring story of success and failures and discuss the importance of conservation. Q&A will follow.   


October 6

7:00 am – 8:00 am Yoga and Mindfulness with Eric Kolesar ($5/pp)
8 am – 8:45 am Coffee and Poster Sessions
8:45 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Speaker – Shelley Rosenberg

Part 3 – “How to Know When it is Safe to Open the Wound and Knowing When to Put on the Bandage – Supporting the Abuse Survivor”

9:40 am – 11:10 am

Gretchen Morgan and Sally Nilsson (USA, England/Costa Rica)

“Healing the Healers: Using Equine Facilitated Sand Play Therapy to Support Healers and Treat Compassion Fatigue, Burn Out and Vicarious Trauma”

 This experiential session will illustrate the powerful synergistic combination of Sand Play Therapy with Equine Facilitated Learning and its usefulness in supporting practitioners in the healing arts profession.

11:20 am – 12:30

Phoebe Hoffman (USA)

“Intuition and Animals – Traveling My Yellow Brick Road”

Gifted psychic, Ms. Hoffman will share her story of how an EFL retreat expanded her gift of animal communication and psychic capacity. An interactive Q&A session follows her presentation.

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch and poster sessions
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

Cheryl Nolan (USA)

“Navigating the Law in Equine Practice”

Practicing attorney, Ms. Nolan will address key questions about the legal aspects of running an equine business and working with members of the public.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Alejandra Gonzalez (Costa Rica)              

“Bridging the Parelli Method of Natural Horsemanship to Classical Dressage – The Importance of Relationship”

Central American 3 Star Parelli professional, Ms. Gonzalez, will demonstrate elements needed to create a working relationship with the horse in the competitive world of dressage.

4:10 pm – 5:10 pm

Vivian Evans (Canada)

“Walking with Wild Horses”

Over the course of 3 years in a remote wilderness area in Canada, Ms. Evans observed and interacted with the wild horses that live there. She documented her experience and observations in her first book, “The Wild Horses of the Highland Valley”.  She will share how what she learned changed her idea of horsemanship.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

“Freedom Tracks” – Documentary Screening – Leila Pages (International – France)

Ms. Pages traveled across Europe and the Americas inspired by her love of horses collecting content for her documentary. She experienced for herself, that horses can be our guides on our own track to freedom.  Leila will be in France during the Summit for the public release of her award-winning film, but she will be Skyping in for a Q&A after the screening.


October 7

7:00 am to 8:00 am Yoga and Mindfulness with Eric Kolesar ($5/pp)
8:00 am to 8:45 am Coffee and Poster Sessions
8:45 am to 10:30 am

Round Table Discussion – Q & A

Oral presenter/audience question and answer forum

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Keynote Speaker – Amberley Snyder


In 2010 rodeo star, Amberley Snyder was in a devastating car accident, leaving her a paraplegic. Today Amberley inspires thousands of people by sharing her incredible story of determination to ride and compete-in and win-in rodeos again!   Presentation will be followed by a Q&A period and opportunity to meet Amberley. Amberley’s story is documented in the film, Walk.Ride.Rodeo.

12:30 pm Closing Remarks – Shelley Rosenberg

Register Today at myhorsesmyhealers@gmail.com


 Information about lodging: Click Here

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 “Come to the Summit Package”

  • 5 nights lodging at Los Lagos Hotel (basic room) or a shared room at Leaves and Lizards (if available) for the nights of Oct. 3,4,5,6,7,2019.
  • Summit entrance fee ($500 value)
  • Round trip ground transportation from/to SJO (San Jose) or LIR (Libera) airports
  • Daily Transportation to/from the Summit venue
  • Breakfast and Lunch

 $1450 plus 13% tax 

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Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities

Promote your product or program at a booth or donate items for prizes.

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Attendee Options

Pre-Summit Full Day Workshops on Oct 1,2,3, 2019 at Leaves and Lizards Retreat.

Post Summit equine facilitated learning retreat presented by Eponicity at Leaves and Lizards on Oct. 9,10,11,12, 2019.

Click here for more information on these skill developing workshops with EFL professionals and one-on-one time with Shelley!



Our Sponsors:

Leaves and Lizards Resort

La Fortuna/Arenal Costa Rica


Evolved Equine Consulting and Retreats

Lighthouse Counseling Services

Therapy and Sand Play Training Center

My Horses My Healers

Healing Sanctuary

Rob Knight Photography

Photography retreats and instruction

Leila Pages Photography

Film Maker and Photography