In honor of Leap Day, we’re taking a leap of faith to let the secret out about what we’ve been planning for you all! The HERD team has been working hard since our inaugural in-person Sharing Space with The HERD Conference to create our next offering to meet the requests from our HERD community. Over the years, you’ve all been telling us that you LOVE that our in-person trainings are conducted in small groups. You’ve told us that you want more time to connect, more time to practice, and more time to reflect on your skills and growth. Above all, you’ve told us repeatedly that you want more discussions to stimulate and challenge the status quo of what it means to do the work we do with horses. I’m hoping that this announcement will meet these goals.


Our next in-person conference isn’t going to be a conference. Instead, we are creating an intimate space for discussions, practice, and reflections. We’ll be hosted by Green Chimneys, a residential, educational, and therapeutic animal assisted center in Brewster, NY.  I’m looking forward to introducing you to their phenomenal team including my dear friends, Michael Kaufmann (Vice President) and Miyako Kinoshita (Farm Education Program Manager), who have been huge supporters of The HERD Institute over the years. I’m even more excited that you’ll get to interact with an incredibly diverse menagerie including camels, alpacas, goats, birds of prey – and, of course, their beautiful herd of horses.

We’re calling this event HERD CAMP to focus on the Compassionate, Attuned, Mentored Practice (see what we did there?) sessions that we’ll be offering, as well as to create the sense of belonging and togetherness of overnight camps. We have so many fun sessions planned for you all – complete with fire pits and s’mores – I can’t wait!!

We’ll share more information as we finalize our plans, but HERDsters, please make sure to save the date for now: September 20-22, 2024. Our camp theme will be Journey to Alignment. This has been a theme for us behind the scenes at The HERD through some significant shifts in our team dynamics and we want to share this process with you. We want to support your journey to find that which aligns with your values, your horses, your human team, and your natural environment. We’re hoping that your experience with us will help you to realign your practice for the mutual benefit of both humans and animals, reignite your passion for the work, and recharge your batteries by being in the company of aligned practitioners.

In order to curate the intimate small group experiences that you’ve all asked for, aside from our invited guest speakers, this event will be for HERD students, graduates, and Members only. We have very limited spaces available so keep your eyes open for registration information coming your way soon.

I’m looking forward to sharing space with you again soon.

Executive Director