The Trust Technique
October 2017

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The Trust Technique™

Being With Animals

October 08, 2017 – October 13, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
James French, Shelley Slingo
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“A close relationship is something that most people crave—and to share it with another being that doesn’t speak your language leaves you speechless.” —James French

For the second consecutive year, Omega is pleased to have Trust Technique™ founder James French and director Shelley Slingo return to the United States to teach this transformative method of fostering peace and mutual regard with animals.

The Trust Technique is a mindful method of working with animals that fosters our own personal healing through a shared journey of finding peace with animals. Together, we create a supportive environment that becomes a healing experience for both humans and animals. When we’re in a relaxed, meditative state, animals feel our calming presence and recognize that we help them feel peaceful, so they want to be with us and work with us.

The Trust Technique moves beyond a dynamic of dominance between animals and people. It does not objectify animals, but recognizes them as whole beings that work in consultation or communion with humans. In the present moment, deep connections are made. Negative patterns can be broken and problems can be overcome for both humans and animals.

Throughout the week, using talks, demonstrations, and practice sessions (including spending time with rescue dogs and visiting a nearby horse stable), we learn the core concepts of the Trust Technique and develop true confidence with animals. We also learn to 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 is suitable for anyone with a love of animals or an interest in spirituality. It also offers practical skills for those who care for animals, including veterinarians, animal practitioners and rescuers, and those who live with pets.

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Enrollment is limited for this program; register early. A portion of the program will be spent off campus. This workshop is noncertified and separate from the Trust Technique practitioner training courses.

Faculty recommends you view the following online video course in preparation for the workshop:

Things to Bring:

One off-site demonstration only field-trip 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
  • Sunglasses
  • Long pants
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Optional: Portable chair (There may be long periods of time when doing offsite visits where 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)

Please note that there is a special schedule for this course:

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–8:20 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Celebrating Community or Centering Into the Omega Experience
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Offsite Visit
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

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 (Dinner is included on arrival 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.


James French, creator and founder of the Trust Technique, combines his experience as an animal communication healer and Reiki master to connect and heal both animals and people.


Shelley Slingo, director of the Trust Technique, is a therapist and animal assisted healer. She helps adults and children work with animals to build trust.