I Have A Dream Day

1 day in-person event

This is a one day experience that explores the concepts, principles and practical application of the Trust Technique, giving you the tools to deepen the connection with your own animals.

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"When it comes to teaching and helping our animals, it is not the content that is so important, it's the connection."

Have you ever been in a situation where:

  • You just don’t seem to be getting through to your animal, they seem to be distracted?
  • You are finding yourself getting frustrated and sharp, even though you love them dearly?
  • You are worried about what they will do next and feel that you have no influence?
  • Training your animal feels like one step forward and two steps back?
  • You are concerned that your own emotional state is affecting your animals?

All of these situations are relative to the pace at which you and your animal are going. Finding a true regard for your animal is not just about slowing down or being calm, it needs to be deeper. The Trust Technique day gives you the tools to enhance the communication between you and your animals and find the true treasures of the relationship that can be found within.

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 “behavioural 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.

Shelley and James are genuine, warm, caring individuals. The Trust Technique provides everyone with the ability to truly care for and protect our fellow animal beings and friends. Delivered in a simple, yet, touching and soul searching way, this technique is amazing and I am thankful for such truthful and caring people as Shelley and James are for their dedication in sharing this for the good of all beings. I will be continuing my journey and look forward to it with excitement and positivity. I recommend this, don’t keep thinking about it, attend an I Have a Dream Day, it’s wonderful.

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Course details

This course is for anyone who sees the value of trust in relationships with their animals, people and themselves.

For your animals

  • Help your animals release fear and anxiety
  • Help your animals have trust and confidence in any situation
  • A safe way to help sensitive animals through treatment and speed up recovery times
  • Support your animals physical recovery

For yourself

  • Learn how to create a peaceful and trusting feeling in yourself
  • Create an intuitive connection with your animals and take your communication to the next level

Trust Technique Practitioners

  • A fantastic introduction for those wishing to pursue a career in helping animals and people
  • A great connection point for students of the Practitioner Qualification

On The Trust Technique Dream Day

James & Shelley donate their time to help the animals before a Dream Day Event.

This usually includes a week of helping the animals and training staff to follow up on the work done.

Please note that some of these animals will be sensitive. The animals opinion will always come before the group needs.

On The Day
10amMorning starts
11.30A full presentation on an in-depth look at the Technique and the bigger picture of both animal and human care. Breaking out of the pre-conditioned box that people have been caught up in for centuries! Exercises to create the right mindset and how to deliver the mindfulness to any animal

James will share in detail the three main principles and understandings of the Trust Technique

  • Creative Reaction
  • Realisation Learning
  • Trusted Cooperation
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Group participation
5.00 End of day
" James and Shelley are spearheading a new movement in communicating with animals. The workshop contains information that is so important that it is not only riveting it feels that it is opening a portal in your heart and mind. I loved it so much I didn't want to stop for morning tea or lunch. This has never happened to me before. Amazing is what it is.!!!"

prices & bookings

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The I Have A Dream Day events have been held worldwide

Past events include:

United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Australia and Canada

Often the I Have A Dream Day is held after we have helped the venue (usually rescue centres) with their animals and have taught the staff how to continue this valuable work. 

Upcoming events

Sorry! There are currently no upcoming events.

All new events are offered to those who are on the Trust Technique in-person waitlist. These places do fill quickly! If you would like to attend an I Have A Dream Day please enter your details on the waitlist below and you will be the first to know of new dates.


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Nicoletta Toniutti

I attended the Dream Day at the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon U.K.. It was my first meeting with James, Shelley and their beautiful team. It was a long way to go there from Italy but it was really worth to do. Having the possibility to learn in person from James and Shelley was a real privilege and it is something I can only recommend.
In reality animals’ opinion comes really first. No show, only real life, always with respect, compassion and love for the animals because the expertise fully matches with integrity and honesty. Last but not least, it was beautiful to realize to be on the same journey with many soul mates with whom to share common values and the sincere purpose of serving.
Inclusive, loving atmosphere, lots to learn, an inspiring day!

Thank you all from the deep of my heart.

Kate Wilson

I attended the I Have A Dream day in Vienna recently. It took place at TierQuarTier the large modern animal rescue centre which is just on the edge of the city. It was a big decision to go – to travel from Cornwall to Vienna for a one day course but my heart was telling me to do it , I felt it was the right thing to do whatever the difficulties of getting there. And my heart was right. The whole day was amazing. I have been watching the online videos for about a year so I know already about the technique and the incredible results of doing the work. But videos are one thing and actually being there is another. James and Shelley are wonderful people with big hearts and a powerful healing technique to share. I’ve been impressed watching James working on the videos and so meeting him was very special. He is as he seems on the films – honest, humble, calm and compassionate…. and human! I got a much greater understanding of the Trust Technique from actually being there in person and now I have returned to the video course with an even deeper committment to continue learning. It was also wonderful to meet other like-minded people from all over Europe.
I recommend this day course to anyone who wants to work with their animals and to be part of this ever growing movement to improve the lives of all animals who share this beautiful planet with us.

I am still carrying the warmth and joy of that day inside my heart. Thank you James, Shelley and all the people and animals who were there.

Kirsten van der Linden

Attending this ‘I have a dream day with Dogs’ was a dream come true for me. For a while now I have been following James and Shelley on social media and from the start I felt the importance of their method and how truely inspiring it is. After I discovered the existence of the Trust Technique, I immediately enrolled to the online course.

How many times I have been crying while witnessing the transformation of the animals who are blessed to be introduced to the Trust Technique.

This day was amazing; to meet James and Shelley in person, to see them work first hand on the animals and to connect to like minded people.

Again, this was my dream come true and I know that I will be more and more involved with the Trust Technique with my goal to become a certified practicioner.

James and Shelley, thank you for you.


I was privileged to be part of the I Have A Dream Day at Tier QuarTier Animal Rescue Centre, Vienna. Privileged to see the work that James and Shelley do with damaged dogs first hand. To watch the miracle of the Trust Technique unfold before my very eyes was breath taking and truly inspirational. They showed us a calm, serene, gentle and non intrusive way to connect and heal any animal. This has to be The way forward for all human – animal and human – human communication. I cannot thank James and Shelley enough for a wonderful day and giving me a new direction. I’m looking forward to learning more and becoming a qualified Trust Technique Practitioner.


When watching James and Shelley on video, I was in complete awe. I had never seen such a peaceful, loving, trust-based relationship between human beings and animals. I had tears in my eyes with every single video I watched. And then I learned about the opportunity to meet Shelley and James in person. This seemed so unreal. And… even better than that! Because I am part of the Practitioner course, I got an exclusive invitation for a meet and greet and had the honor and pleasure to experience their work first hand.
Words can‘t describe what this „I Have A Dream Day“ meant to me. It feels like I‘ve finally found my tribe – meeting not only Shelley and James, but also fellow Practitioners and Video Course Members, who all share their passion for animals.
Shelley, James, you are making a difference, and not only to the animal world. Thank you so much for everything you are doing!