How Do Horses Teach Us to Build Trust and Lower Stress? The Movement 2019 | SLO Horse News

How Do Horses Teach Us to Build Trust and Lower Stress? The Movement 2019

Come and discover how and why the qualities of horses teach us how to lower stress and build trust at The Movement 2019 to be held at Flag Is Up Farms, in Solvang, California, April 29-30, 2019.

The Movement symposium launched in 2018 with the vision to unite outstanding speakers and live demonstrations with horses. Founded on Monty Roberts’ belief that non-violent forms of communication are essential to building trust and achieving outstanding results, the mission of The Movement is to help people discover the unique power of horses to teach better ways to interact across all aspects of life.

The Movement Participants Tell Their Stories

Two hundred participants from around the world journeyed to Solvang, CA for The Movement 2918 and agreed that the symposium was a life-changing experience. The 2018 presentations were recorded for historical relevance and can be found here.

“The two days I spent at Flag Is Up Farms last year for The Movement affected me profoundly. I figured it would be relaxing and entertaining. It was those things, for sure, but it was so much more. I was motivated, educated, moved, inspired… and completely entranced by the beauty and grace of the farm. I was humbled by the number of fascinating people there who are accomplishing meaningful things and, needless to say, I was – and am – completely in awe of Monty and Pat Roberts.

Monty’s message and his vision is simple, pure, and right. Count me as one who will be back, and who will bring others. Who knows, maybe I’ll even adopt a horse!

This movement is one I can get behind. Thank you so much for putting this together.”
Luana Jackman Waimey The Movement Participant

The journey continues with world-renowned experts across psychology, science, social work and horse training. We’ll be exploring breakthrough insights on how mindfulness and horses help us learn, lead and live better lives.

The Movement 2019 Presenters April 29-30, 2019

  • Monty Roberts, horse trainer, Join-Up concept founder
  • William Miller Ph.D., Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, The University of New Mexico
  • Kris Robins, CSW and Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Veterans Program Developer
  • Dr. Veronica Fowler, Senior Post Doctoral Scientist, Equine Behavior
  • Dave Mochel, Mindfulness Coach, TED Talk contributor
  • Christy Counts, President The Right Horse Initiative
  • Dr. Robert Miller, DVM Founder of Foal Imprint Training
  • James Oliver, award winning photographer, veteran, addiction group counselor
How Do Horses Teach Us to Build Trust and Lower Stress? The Movement 2019  | SLO Horse News

Clinical Trials, Training Methods and Communication

The importance of clinical science trials, training methods, non-violent communication and a mindful approach will be represented as essential to build trust and significantly improve all aspects of relationships. The unique power of mindfulness and the unique power of horses will be explored during two days of keynote presentations. Participants will hear from a cross section of speakers, live demonstrations with horses and meaningful discussions. Whether a horse expert or horse lover, the goal of the take-home is to affect lives in a positive way through studying the qualities of the horse.

The Movement 2019 – An Event to Learn, Lead and Live Better

“We are describing The Movement as an event to learn, lead and live better,” said Debbie Roberts Loucks who is managing the event. 

Debbie continues, “A movement started in the horse industry when horse owners began to have a clearer vision of how horses affected humans in positive way. Inspired by how interchangeable the lessons from herd behavior were, I’ve watched trainers, teachers, mothers and managers become better communicators, leaders and influencers for good. This year’s presenters are each amazing in their industries and they all have a vision of a better world, inspired by incorporating horses in their own story. They come to share that vision and build on it with participants who will take home a life-changing plan. Leaders may inspire, but only when people choose to act does a vision become a movement.”

Enjoy Discussions with Like-Minded People

This unique event helps you better understand problem solving using violence-free training methods. People will come and spend time with like-minded people absorbing what non-violent communication can be and enjoy discussions with Monty and students from around the world.

At the workshop, Monty and his Certified Instructors will work with a range of young and remedial horses. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge during demonstrations, lectures, and discussions. This event is for the novice rider, the non-rider, as well as the advanced student who wants to observe advanced horsemanship at work. There will be demonstrations on how to communicate with horses in their natural language in various situations.

The Movement 2019 Details

“The Movement event is approved as continuing education credit hours for our CHA membership as it brings together scientific and practical experts who are helping horses and humans to work better together,” Christy Landwehr, CEO of the Certified Horsemanship Association.

For more information, contact Flag Is Up Farms at (805) 688-6288 or email

Go to the website here:

Get Your Tickets for The Movement 2019 and Related Activities

There are two levels of tickets.

Two-day general access passes are $195 which includes lunch both days.

VIP Ticket experience is $325 and provides you with:

  • Q&A Session and Lunch with Monty
  • VIP Bag including signed Hardcover Book
  • 1 Month Membership Monty Roberts Online University
  • On Demand recordings of all 2019 Sessions

Get More Time with Monty with the Awards Dinner Benefit

Enjoy the Awards Dinner to benefit the Horse Sense & Healing program for Veterans and First Responders and the Lead-Up program for at-risk youth. Saturday night April 29, 2019 – $175.

  • 5:30 – 7:00 PM Cocktails/ Photo opportunity with Monty and Shy Boy/ Silent Auction
  • 7:00 PM Seated dinner 
  • 8:00 – 8:15 PM Live Auction

Monty Roberts’s life’s goal is “to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horses and for people too.”

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