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Beyond Words: The Art and Science of Sentient Communication®

Mindful Heart Centered Intelligence for Personal Wellbeing and Social Transformation


  • Do you want to increase your personal wellbeing and reduce your stresslevels?

  • Are you running into challenges in your relationships at work or at home?

  • Are you fascinated by the bond between humans and animals and keen to understand more about it?

Then this intensive 3-day workshop with bestselling author Linda Kohanov is for you!

Location: Stal Aarderhoeve, Achterveld (near Barneveld, the Netherlands)
Dates: Friday 11 – Sunday 13 October 2019 – daily from 10:00-17:00

This innovative experiential learning workshop with horses, brings together the latest research on mind-body science and the healing power of the human-animal bond.

Bestselling author and equine-facilitated learning pioneer Linda Kohanov will be teaching specific techniques for reducing stress, enhancing health, and cultivating meaningful, mutually supportive (personal and professional) relationships with people and animals. These tools are based on 20 years of research, collaboration with leading professionals in multiple fields, writing five books and leading hundreds of workshops worldwide.

This is Linda’s only appearance in the Netherlands in 2019, and the only Sentient Communication workshop she will lead outside the US this year.


Multiple Disciplines of Health

“Health is a multi-disciplinary phenomenon,” Linda emphasizes, “related not only to diet and physical fitness, but also to the quality of our relationships: at home, school, work, and in larger community settings. Stress, revealed to be a factor in 80 percent of serious medical conditions, is often caused by chronically unproductive personal and professional interactions. We go to school for years to learn how to read and write but we somehow expect to learn important emotional and social intelligence, stress management, leadership, and nonverbal communication skills accidentally.”

“For many people, the latter is the biggest mystery: In the 1990s, psychologists revealed that only about 10 percent of human communication is verbal. To negotiate interpersonal challenges, we need to become more conscious of the nonverbal messages we send back and forth to each other. And perhaps more importantly, we need to learn more effective ways of handling all that nonverbal input by understanding how to more consciously process, respond to, and communicate what is essentially beyond words.”

“Luckily science has progressed to the point where it can start to show us what’s happening to people and animals physiologically at the level of nonverbal communication. Science is also giving us some real insight into how we can use this information consciously and purposefully to positively affect our physical, mental and emotional health, as well as our interactions with others.”

In this effort, Linda has had the privilege of learning from and collaborating with Ann Baldwin, Ph.D., a Professor of Physiology and Psychology at the University of Arizona. Linda will share some of the published and as yet unpublished studies that they and their colleagues have completed over the last five years.

What is Sentient Communication?

The word “sentient” is rich with nuance and meaning. Webster’s defines it as being “1: responsive to or conscious of sense impressions,” “2: aware,” and “3: finely sensitive in perception or feeling.”

The Latin root simply means to “feel.” But definitions in other modern dictionaries describe a state “characterized by sensation and consciousness,” one “marked by comprehension, cognizance, and perception” in beings “able to receive and respond to external stimuli.”

In any living organism, sensory information is crucial to basic survival. We need to become more conscious and purposeful in how we manage all this information. After much reflection, research, and development, Linda Kohanov therefore came up with the term ‘Sentient Communication’ to describe principles and techniques for cultivating a finely tuned awareness of nonverbal cues—in oneself and others—as the first in a series of steps that enhance our ability to act on these cues by making thoughtful choices.

Over the years, we have seen how horses, who are exquisitely tuned to nonverbal information, can help people learn to think and respond beyond the limitations of words.

Sentient Communication shows us how to elevate instinctual impulses and physiological processes to a language combining purposeful changes in breathing and heart rate, with a finely tuned awareness of emotional cues, body posture shifts, energetic awareness, and intuitive insights that we learn to consciously respond to rather than unconsciously react to. Among many other benefits, this translates into the ability to calm yourself and others, diffuse aggression, gain cooperation, and motivate groups to take productive action.


These skills are more important now than ever before

Modern life encourages us to dissociate from feeling and withdraw from in-person exchanges while focusing our attention on a fast-paced, increasingly mechanized existence that overemphasizes the intellect in some circles, and encourages aggressive outbursts of emotion in other subcultures. These habits literally affect the bottom line in professional settings. According to the World Health Organization, stress costs businesses billions per year and on average 66% of employees report difficulty focusing at work due to stress.

Counselors across the U.S. and Europe also report that the current world-political atmosphere is raising anxiety and stress in clients at alarming rates. This not only compromises physical health, it creates a sense of desperation that leads to unproductive, even dangerous behavior. To heal the growing rifts in our Western culture, we must learn how to calm and focus ourselves and others in tense situations, manage fear and aggression in groups, respectfully communicate with those who hold different viewpoints, and create innovative solutions to age-old problems.

Sentient Communication helps us move beyond stressful states of disconnection, while dramatically enhancing personal fulfillment, creative problem solving, and success in relationships.

*** Prior horse experience is not required to join the safe ground exercises with horses in this workshop. There will be no riding.  ***

About The Trainer

Linda Kohanov (USA) is a bestselling author, speaker, riding instructor and horse trainer who has become an internationally-recognized innovator in the field of Equine Experiential Learning.

Her books “Tao of Equus”, “Rider between the Worlds”, “The Way of the Horse”, “The Power of the Herd” and “The Five Roles of a Master Herder” are considered standard works in the field of animal assisted training & coaching.

She regularly gives leadership trainings for large organisations. Linda’s professional clients include Nike, Raytheon, Kaiser, and Chubb Insurance. She has taught her insights about leadership and sentient communication at universities and conferences in the US and Europe.


.Josselien Janssens (NL), Advanced Eponaquest Instructor, Master Herder Instructor & Medicine Horse Way Master Instructor.  Josselien’s professional background is in communication and journalism. She worked for almost 20 years as executive team leader and funding reporting manager in the international environmental organisation Greenpeace. In 2011 Josselien graduated from Linda Kohanov’s Eponaquest apprenticeship and set up her own equine facilitated training & coaching company.

She focuses on leadership refinement at senior management level and regularly trains management teams from international organisations: corporate, public sector as well as nonprofit.

Josselien has cofacilitated various programs together with Linda Kohanov over the past years.  In 2016 she brought the Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship for equine facilitated coaching based on Linda Kohanov’s approach to the Netherlands. In 2019, the third group of students is expected to graduate for the Level 1 certificate.

Judith van Heerde (NL), Eponaquest Instructor, Master Herder Instructor and Advanced Medicine Horse Way Instructor. After a management career in psychiatric health care, Judith switched carreers to become horse assisted leadership trainer and coach. In her thriving coaching practice she helps clients from large (health care) organisations who are at a turning point in their carreer, to function better. In addition to working with the Eponaquest Approach, Judith is an expert in applying family and organisational constellations with horses to benefit her clients.

Judith works with individuals and teams from large organisations. She is co-facilitator of the Medicine Horse Way apprenticeship for equine facilitated coaching based on Linda Kohanov’s approach in the Netherlands.


Practical details and how to join

Location: Stal Aarderhoeve, Achterveld (near Barneveld, the Netherlands)

Dates: Friday 11 – Sunday 13 October 2019 – daily from 10:00-17:00

Price: €1.800,-

What is included: European VAT (btw) does not apply on the programme charges since they are payable directly to Eponaquest LLC in Arizona, USA. The price includes training materials, beverages, snacks and lunches on all training days. Not included are travel, lodging and dinner.

*** Prior horse experience is not required to join the safe ground exercises with horses in this workshop. There will be no riding.  ***

Participants to this three-day workshop, may join Linda Kohanov’s lecture “The Heart of Evolution” on Thursday 10 October free of charge – click here for more information.

To join the workshop, please send an email to Sue Smades at Eponaquest: sue@eponaquest.com or click below to go directly to the online registration form.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to use the contact form on this site.

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