Last year’s TTouch For You and Your Horse Training in Kona, Hawaii was a life-altering event for me. Shelling out airfare to Hawaii from the East Coast and then the cost of the training ($855 if you reserve before Jan.10) gave me panic attacks for weeks. Luckily my good friend Caroline and I snagged a great cheap place to stay within walking distance of Linda Tellington-Jones’ home, where much of the training is held.
I looked upon this trip as a combined vacation and learning experience. It turned out to be so much more. 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 a nearby stable to practice in the 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 and 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 included TTouch for You, we also worked in the mornings 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’s met make for entertaining learning. Practicing on one another, we enjoyed the chance 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 refreshed, invigorated by contact with new people, and loaded with new skills.
At night we saw the sights and enjoyed the Kona night life. Some folks went to dinner, or dancing, or night diving, visiting the famous Keauhou Manta Rays. 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.
As a group we went to an amazing Kamaha‘o dinner show (to call this a luau would detract from it) under the stars at the seaside. Beautiful local dancers and singers acted out wondrous myths of the creation of the isles of Hawaii while we dined on fabulous traditional Hawaiian food. Every time I come to Hawaii, I go back to this show.
By far the best organized outing was the trip we took out of Honokohau Harbor on Sunlight on Water. Melainah and Michael Yee (aka “China”) provide a stunning old-fashioned Hawaiian experience completely devoid of touristic hokum even before we got on the boat, with a ceremony in the harbor. Sunlight on Water’s trip out of the harbor took us into close contact with whales passing by the island, including some babies with their moms. For this alone it was worth it. But later, as we eased ourselves into warm, crystal clear water, and were surrounded by squealing dolphins, the day took on mystical proportions. We swam with the dolphins for what seemed like hours.
I’ll remember this experience all my life. If you get a chance to go to the training that’s scheduled February 22-28, 2009, take your family. There’s plenty for them to do during the day when you’re learning life-changing new concepts and skills. At night, you and your family can enjoy a Hawaiian vacation together. I’ll see you there!
Contact: TTEAM Office 800-854-8326 or email@example.com. Register for this training.
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