The Trust Technique is based on the theory that deepening the connection between humans and animals can transform the lives of both. It uses mindfulness and focused presence techniques as a basis for resolving problems for humans and for pets or other animals.
Daily practice of the Trust Technique creates a shared peace of mind and reduces anxious over-thinking—one of the main causes for so-called “behavioral problems” in pets and humans. This dynamic approach does not objectify animals, but rather recognises all animals as sentient equals and transcends an unhealthy approach of dominance or control. Humans and other animals work in trusted cooperation, which leads to more truthful communication and manifests in shared well-being.
Through talks, demonstrations, and practice sessions (including time spent with rescue dogs, sheep, and horses), we learn the core concepts of the Trust Technique and develop true comfort and confidence with animals. We also develop a daily therapeutic practice we can share with animal companions in our life—including sensitive animals or animals that have lost trust with humans.
This workshop offers practical skills for those who care for animals, including veterinarians, animal practitioners and rescuers, and those who live with pets or simply have a love of animals.
Enrollment is limited for this program; register early. Upon registration your contact information will be shared with French and Slingo so they can be in touch with you prior to the workshop.
Please note: This week’s class at Omega is an experiential training, however it does not count towards achieving a Trust Technique diploma. Please see the Trust Technique website for further details.
Please download and review this Film Release. Portions of the workshop will be videotaped for educational purposes. Please complete this form and bring it with you on the first day of the program.
Faculty recommends you view the following online video course in preparation for the workshop:
- Free Section One of the Video course:
Things To Bring
The off-site demonstration only field-trip to Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue (see Schedule below) will take place outdoors, rain or shine, and may require walking, so the faculty asks that you bring the following with you to the course:
- Clothing to layer, as October weather is unpredictable and can range from warm to cold
- Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes
- Hat with a brim
- Long pants
- Water bottle
- Optional: Portable chair
- There may be long periods of time when you will be standing, so you may want to bring a portable lightweight chair that you can carry, if that will be more comfortable for you.
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.||Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Optional time to work with sheep (no formal class)|
|1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Offsite Visit to Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue in Dover Plains, NY*|
|1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
*Bus transportation will be provided for the visit to Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue. The bus will depart Omega at 1:00 P.M. and depart Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue at 5:00 P.M.
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
James French is the creator and pioneer of the Trust Technique™ method that combines Reiki ...
Shelley Slingo, director of the Trust Technique, is a therapist and animal assisted healer. S ...
Tuition & Fees
The Trust Technique
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.
Refunds are available (less a $55 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $55 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.
No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
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