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Join Me in Hawaii In February 2010 at a Tellington TTouch Training In Hawaii: Here’s Why

Every year in February, Tellington TTouch offers a TTouch for You and Your Horse training in Kona, Hawaii, the home of Linda Tellington-Jones.  This is a great opportunity for the horse lovers of Hawaii, for whom the daunting prospect of traveling to the mainland to attend a training poses many obstacles. However, attending this training poses an equal number of obstacles for those who live in the continental United States but who would like to attend.  It’s worth it!

Every TTouch training is different, owing to many factors: instructors’ personalities and teaching methods differ; varying locations and amenities offer challenges and benefits; and the folks who attend as well as their animals direct the tone and feeling of each training.  The Hawaii training is unique in that there are constants: the beautiful sunny weather, the outdoor facility, the instructor (Linda herself), and the extracurricular activities, and, most importantly, the omnipresent sense of Aloha that suffuses the week’s proceedings with an extra dose of positivity.

Aloha is not merely a hokey greeting reminiscent of Tiki culture ¹. As used by Hawaiians, the term aloha refers to the qualities of affection, love, peace, and compassion.  Someone can be said to have or show aloha in the way they treat others; whether family, friend, neighbor, or stranger.  In its daily expression, aloha is remarkably similar to Linda’s TTouch gift, Remember Your Perfection.  Thus the opportunity to study TTouch in an environment where its message of mutual respect and compassion is not only unconditionally supported but also practiced deliberately is both fitting and a gift in itself.

2007’s TTouch For You and Your Horse training was a life-altering event for me. I learned more in this training than at any other, perhaps because the pervasive sense of acceptance on the Big Island allowed a greater opening to new concepts and skills.

For Kama’aina², who may not have had the chance to attend a training on the mainland, there is a 20% discount off the training tuition, with the added benefit of lodging discounts provided by most area hotels. Big Island residents can travel from home.  Island residents, like others who live in isolated areas, lack exposure to the styles of horsemanship and attitudes of riders and trainers elsewhere.  This training provides a great “coffee shop” atmosphere to exchange thoughts and concerns from many points of view.

Those wishing to travel from the mainland may be deterred by the cost of airfare and lodging.  A little digging and a few visits to discount travel websites reveals a variety of affordable airfare options.  Add to those the benefit of earlybird registration and traveling to Hawaii for a Tellington TTouch training is not as financially irresponsible as you may have thought. I chose to look upon this trip as a combined vacation and learning experience.  Several of those in attendance had brought their families along to play during the day, transforming the week into a family vacation.

Every day for a week I met at Linda’s home with more than a dozen other people interested in learning what TTouch means.  We talked and practiced and learned in the mornings, and then went to nearby Horseplay Ranch in Honka’a to practice most afternoons.  The horses we met were a fascinating bunch of specimens, raging from high performance dressage and reining horses to chunky grumpy lesson ponies.  The range of personalities as well as behavioral and physical issues they presented allowed us to apply what we learned in the morning under the watchful eye and helpful hands of Linda and several experienced TTouch instructors.

Since this training incorporates TTouch for You, we worked in the mornings at Linda’s lovely Keauhou home on the application of TTouch for humans. Theory and history of TTouch is never a dry proposition when Linda is teaching it.  Her stories of the old days and her travels and the animals and people she has met make for entertaining learning.  Practicing on one another (sometimes at poolside), we enjoyed the opportunity to make friends with people we otherwise would never have met, while learning skills to ease common physical problems shared by many.  I left each day feeling as refreshed as if I had been to a spa, invigorated by contact with new people, and loaded with new skills.  In fact, some of those folks I met have become friends.  We look forward to meeting when traveling, and coordinate our attendance at trainings worldwide.

At night, those who wished saw the sights and enjoyed Kona nightlife.  This year, I am thrilled to invite you to dinner and dancing at Bongo Ben’s for authentic ukulele and string music, and to Huggo’s “On the Rocks” for some bare-feet-in-the-sand cocktails. Some folks went to dinner, or dancing, or night diving and snorkeling, visiting the famous Keauhou Manta Rays. This is a magical scene with snorkelers holding hands in a reverent circle on the surface of the dark ocean.  A bright underwater light attracts a curious and balletic Manta Ray, who glides silently beneath them, sometimes swimming up to greet them.

It would be a shame to come all this way and spend all your time in a training, no matter how wonderful it is. Since the Big Island of Hawaii has such a diverse array of microclimates and terrain, Linda arranges day trips and evening outings during the training for more than a taste of what this paradise has to offer.

In 2007, we took a trip to Na’alapa Stables in Kohala to ride across the shimmering silver green grass of the windy hills of North Hawaii.  Even novice riders had a great time walking through the cool mists as a welcome antidote to the bright sun of Kona.

The group also went to an amazing dinner show under the moon and stars at the seaside. Kamaiha‘o: Wondrous Myths of Hawaii’s beautiful local dancers and singers acted out the ancient creation myths of the isles of Hawaii while we dined on traditional Hawaiian food.

Aloha isn’t the exclusive province of humans. All of the earth’s creatures share its spirit, as we experienced on the trip we took out of Honokohau Harbor on Uhane Nui O’Nai’a (Great Spirit of the Dolphin) with Sunlight on Water’s captain Michael (“China”) Yee and his wife Melainah.  This daylong dolphin and whale watching boat ride and swimming experience commences with a stunning old-fashioned Hawaiian ceremony in the harbor.  Completely devoid of the ubiquitous tourist hokum, China’s touching words invoke the Great Spirit of the Dolphin to protect us on our visit to the ocean.  The trip out of the harbor also took us into close contact with whales passing by the island, including some babies with their mothers.  For this alone the trip was perfect.  Later, as we eased ourselves into warm, crystal clear water, and were surrounded by singing, leaping dolphins, the day took on mystical overtones.

The unique structure of the Hawaiian TTouch for You and Your Horse is a wonderful learning journey for folks whose daily lifestyles include horses, as well as for those who admire them but have never interacted with them. Afternoon time at Horseplay Ranch provides the opportunity for as much or as little horse contact as novices would like.  I notice, however, that “newbies” end up TTouching and leading horses through the Playground for Higher Learning with the same enthusiasm as the old hands.

TTouch founder and president Linda Tellington-Jones says, “For those who have never been around horses before and are simply ‘called’ by the spirit of the horse, or if you’ve been riding for years and want new ways of connecting and communicating with your equine friend, the Hawiian workshop will lead you to new levels of connecting with horses. almost unimaginable. The magic of TTouch, an effective language without words, and the journaling we do as a group are absolutely remarkable tools in connecting with horses in an entirely new way. When we journal with the horse, we ask the horse what it is they would like to tell us — how we can experience a deeper connection with them. We also explore the gifts that horses bring to our lives — those gifts that we don’t normally listen to and recognize.

In the riding session participants close their eyes (they’re supported by helpers) while sitting on the horse bareback and walking through the Playground for Higher Learning. This gives them an opportunity to experience a new physical, mental and emotional sense of balance. The result is a very deep connection with the spirit of the horse in a way that most people have never experienced.

Considering the current state on our planet, TTouch can be invaluable for you and your horse.  In two or three minutes of self-applied TTouch Heart Hugs, Mouth and Ear TTouches, you can experience relief and release those feelings of uncertainty, trauma or stress and make your lives healthier, more productive, and happier.  You will discover that the same TTouches that you will learn for yourself and your family or clients are just as valuable for your horses.

¹ Tiki culture refers to a 20th-century theme used inPolynesian-style restaurants and clubs originally in the United States and then, to a lesser degree, around the world. Although inspired in part by Tiki carvings and mythology, the connection is loose and stylistic (Wikipedia).

² Kama’aina refers to those who live full-time in Hawaii.

This article originally appeared in Keeping in TTouch, the Tellington TTouch enewsletter.

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We're Tourists!

We're Tourists!

I moved to Hawaii to enjoy the weather, the people, the Aloha (don’t snicker, it’s real!), and some of the fine things available here to do. But I’ve been busy. Very busy. Not much time to do anything other than work and see to my daughter’s well-being. Of course, I moved here for my dream job, too. Don’t mention to Linda that I listed that last.

Today we decided to take a day and do something fun. Something touristy.

This is my grumpy and sunburned daughter as we returned to Keauhou Bay late this afternoon.

This is my grumpy and sunburned daughter as we returned to Keauhou Bay late this afternoon.

We went aboard the Hula Kai, a large catamaran, for the day to snorkel and soak up the sun. It was great! I usually despise boats with motors on them, but I’m glad I made an exception this time. It wasn’t noisy or stinky, and my sails-only snobbery stayed mostly in low gear. Being the low season and an exceptionally rough day, there were few people aboard. We’ve had some wind out of the Northwest, making the surf pretty big and scary, and while the surfers have been thrilled, and the sound of the surf at night has lulled me to sleep faster than usual, it hasn’t been good for the tourists. Today it was good for us because we felt like we had a private boat and crew.

The boat headed down south the Kealakekua Bay, one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots on this side of the island. I think it’s the best snorkeling in Hawaii, all the way around. If you click on the link, zoom out and look up, to Keauhou Bay. That’s where I live.

I have always had this Jacques Cousteau fantasy, and have loved the water all my life. Scuba, snorkeling, sailing, boating, floating, whatever you can do in the water and almost but not quite get killed, I have tried it. Today I got to try a new thing! A Sea Rocket let’s you speed through the water and maneuver really fast, so you can keep up with fast fish and get down to the bottom really quickly before that Moray eel sucks his head back in or away from the shoreline before the swells crash you against fire coral. I really felt like flying and swimming all at the same time. Good thing I remembered to hold my breath, most of the time.

Sea Rockets! photo courtesy the Star Bulletin

Sea Rockets! photo courtesy the Star Bulletin

That’s not me in the photo, but it is the handsome gent who took me on a guided tour of underwater life there in Kealakekua Bay. We saw plenty of beautiful fish, many of which are very familiar to me from years of diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean, and a lot of new ones, too. No underwater camera, alas, so this site by photographer Keoki and Yuko Stender will have to do for demonstration.

After a lovely lunch we moved around a little, tried another bay at Honaunau, off Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge). In ancient times, any Hawaiian who had broken taboo, or KAPU, could be forgiven if only he could run fast enough to beat his executioners (I imagine them swinging swinging shark tooth clubs) to the Place of Refuge. It was too rough to snorkel there, so we returned to Kealakekua, to moor right off the monument to Captain Cook, who there met his untimely end at the hands of outraged Hawaiians in 1799. I guess it was too far to run to the Place of Refuge.

We’re happy to have discovered Hula Kai, which drops anchor a five-minute walk from our place and does spectacular nighttime manta ray dives. That’s next on our list of touristy things to do.

I don't know why I put this photo of shark tooth clubs here. Poor Capt. Cook. Maybe that's what you get for "discovering" places.

I don’t know why I put this photo of shark tooth clubs here. Poor Capt. Cook. Maybe that’s what you get for “discovering” places..
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Major Changes Afoot

Major Changes Afoot

As I began to explore in my post Critical Mass, major changes are afoot.  Among them,

I have listed my farm for sale.*

Burnt Mountain Farm in October

Burnt Mountain Farm in October

I have lived in this old farmhouse for longer than I have lived anywhere in my entire life. It is the first home that has been solely my own. It is the first place I have experienced the peace that emanates directly from place. I love it. It loves me.  When I first arrived, I think I sat in a rocker on the porch for two solid years, soaking up the silence composed to birdsong and the snufflings of animals. There are so many reasons to leave. Maybe in some later post I will burden readers with those reasons. Maybe I’ll get an attack of compassion and spare you!

Maira Lycaeia at 3, (before training)

Maira Lycaeia at 3, still a little downhill, and before some much-needed conditioning

I have also sold Maira. Since Maira and I became partners, I have been plagued by injuries (a bad fall, two herniated disks), traveling, and finding my time occupied with my daughter (as it should be). Maira knows Nancy, the woman who leased her while I was in Hawaii, better than she knows me. This painful reality, plus the obvious fact that my back is not going to get better overnight make the decision to send her off to be loved and ridden daily by a foxhunter’s hubby the right one for me and for Maira.

I will ride in Hawaii, but I will not own a horse. I am in negotiations for a condo with a sea view and welcome the opportunity to shrink my life to smaller, more manageable proportions. Not to mention looking forward to the weather. I plan to practice TTouch® and equine massage in Hawaii, in addition to my regular duties for Linda Tellington-Jones and Animal Ambassadors International.

The question is, can a person who no longer rides, hunts, or even has the opportunity to groom a horse on a daily basis really have the right to write a blog about horsemanship? It seems the real meat of the matter may be lost. I’m interested to know what readers may think.

* If you know anyone who wants a completely renovated farmhouse plus nearly 40 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central VA with pastures, woods, a pond, fencing, a barn, heated black-bottom pool, miles and miles of blackberries, Black Mission Figs, black walnuts and peace and quiet, located within 20 minutes of the University of Virginia, please contact me! (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)

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pop! splurt! scream.

pop! splurt! scream.

Those are the sounds of my herniated disk rupturing, spilling the nucleus pulposus into the spinal canal, and shredding my sciatic nerve. I have lost much of the use of my left leg. The pain I can only describe as approaching that of late staqge labor. And I’ve done it here in Sonoma California.


No work with Linda. The best I could do is lie on her bed yesterday and cry softly while she asked me questions and I answered, engendering more questions and solving few of the issues we needed to get cleared up.

No Tellington TTouch and TTEAM training.

No more fascinating learning from Manolo Mendez.

No fun with my best bud Caroline.

Obscene amounts of vicoden, prednisone, and valium allow me to lie flat in bed without screaming. My options are to have surgery here and impose horribly on my friend’s good will and patience, or to find a doc who will inject my spine and prescribe enough narcotics to get me home on a plane without causing an unpleasant airline incident. Neither is ideal.

On the bright side (this time I am really reaching for the bright side, as the vicoden is wearing off), I have decided to move to Hawaii and also get a small condo here in Sonoma. More about this later. I hold this decision in my fevered, narcotic-induced dreams as a way to get through this ridiculous situation.

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Great Horse Tips Award

Great Horse Tips Award

Before heading off on vacation, I thought I’d forward the Great Horse Tips Award to a blogger I always enjoy reading, EquineInk. I particularly enjoy posts about equipment. So if you’re at all interested in learning about saddles, bareback pads, bitless bridles or hoof gel for someone who has actually used these things, take a look at EquineInk.

I’m off to Hawaii (the big island) for two weeks with my daughter to celebrate the tenth birthday of her transplanted kidney. It’s no small thing to hand on to a transplanted kidney for ten years, and she deserves an extravagant celebration to honor her achievement, and to honor the life she has fought so hard to keep. We are going to paint the island red, so to speak.

We plan to spend two weeks doing all her favorite things. Horseback riding on the Parker Ranch, soaking in the hot salt springs near Hilo, sitting on the beach at Mauna Lani, driving through the volcanic wastelands, swimming with wild dolphins off Kona, sleeping late into the day and eating sushi late into the night.

During this time, I will be blissfully offline. No phone (the most important person will be with me, so no need for one), no computer, no television. Just us, and the island. I imagine there will be plenty to write about when I get back.

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