What to expect
Positive Reinforcement Intensive Workshops in 2019
6 Day R+ Intensive Workshops
Limited to 9 participants, Shawna’s Intensive Workshops are for those who want an immersive learning experience with Positive Reinforcement Training. We want you to go home feeling confident that you can apply your new skills on your own. You’ll experience 5 hours each day of watching and participating in hands-on training and coaching, including a Break Day to rest and experience beautiful northern New Mexico, along with two evenings of dinner and discussion with Shawna.
You can bring your own horse for the workshop (see our FAQs) or train our equines at Terra Nova. Your focus will be at your level, whether beginning or advanced, and with your own goals in mind. If you’ve never used a clicker and target, you’ll focus on those skills and learn from Shawna how you can use them to move forward in training. For instance, if you want to learn de-spooking techniques, you may work with your own spooky horse, or be paired with a horse at Terra Nova that is learning to be confident in spooky situations. If you are a more advanced R+ trainer, Shawna will coach you in the areas you want to improve and offer multiple ways to address your own goals. We even have chickens if you want to really refine your clicker timing!
You’ll connect with other participants from all over North America and the world who are excited to learn as much as they can about training with positive reinforcement. Friday starts with Shawna’s introductory talk and a great buffet dinner served by a local chef. The Workshop continues for the full weekend. Then early in the week we’ll take a Break Day, because the Intensive Workshops are exactly that: Intense! You’ll find you need time to rest and comprehend all that you’re seeing and learning.
We’ve arranged for you to stay just moments away from Terra Nova at a charming B&B that’s loaded with Santa Fe style. The Bobcat Inn has a great open area for gathering to get to know one another and talk about the experiences of the day. B&B breakfast will be included on all seven workshop mornings.
We’ll provide lunch, snacks, coffee, tea and water at Terra Nova during the Workshop, except on Break Day. We want our participants to have plenty of time for rest and “latent learning,” so late afternoons are free.
On two nights, we’ll have dinner and discussion time with Shawna. The other nights, dinner is self-catering. Our Terra Nova crew and the wonderful folks at the Bobcat Inn can help you organize dining out as a group or advise on other food options.
Included in Workshop or Course fee:
- 7 nights with breakfast at B&B
- 2 dinners
- 7 lunches, plus coffee, tea, water and snacks
- Daily transportation from B&B to Terra Nova facility
Not included in Workshop or Course fee:
- Break Day Special Activities
Depending on the season and availability, we’ll offer a chance to participate in hiking, touring and shopping on Break Day (or you’re always free to just rest in your room!) Special activity options will be announced in the months before each Workshop.
Extra nights at the Bobcat Inn
Nights outside the Workshop dates can be reserved directly with the Bobcat Inn at the Terra Nova discount rate. (See FAQ) Be SURE to REGISTER for the Workshop and receive your email Workshop Confirmation from firstname.lastname@example.org before you contact the Bobcat directly.