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Trust without a shadow of a doubt

In this 5 day workshop, you will learn how to help your animal and yourself with the Trust Technique in a warm supportive and friendly atmosphere.

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Trust is the path to confidence and connection


The Trust Technique five-day experience is the first full animal workshop run at Omega. Recognising the importance of the animal-human connection in both personal and sociological change. The purpose of both organisations combines beautifully as we explore and bridge the connection between people and animals with regard and kindness.

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 “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.


In these five days, you will:

  • Have the tools to help you and your animals define new levels of cooperation.
  • Build trust not just with animals but also other people, situation and aspirations on your life journey
  • Connect with like-minded who also see the value of trust and kindness
  • Be in a healing environment that supports your understanding and personal growth
  • Discover dynamic exercises that dissolve doubts and promote trust, with the use of focused presence

Our Trusted Partnerships


The Omega Institute

We were first invited to teach at Omega back in 2016 and have been returning every year since then.

Omega is a very special place with wonderful people who we are proud to call friends. Omega has a purposeful intent to awaken the best in the human spirit. With a wide variety of workshops that promote personal growth and social change.

The Trust Technique five-day experience is the first full animal workshop run at Omega. Recognising the importance of the animal-human connection in both personal and sociological change. The purpose of both organisations combines beautifully as we explore and bridge the connection between people and animals with regard and kindness.


Animal Farm Foundation

Founded in the 1980s on the belief that all individuals deserve equality, compassion, and justice, Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) brings dogs and people together to end discrimination.
This is an amazing organisation that supports dog and people alike. They develop the dog’s natural ability to help in a number of programs that include training dogs as mobility, active task work, hearing alert, psychiatric service dogs., rehabilitate inmates through their PAWS of Purpose and teach animal welfare professionals

We spend time before the Omega workshop to help the dogs and teach the staff to work with the Trust Technique


Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

Founded in 2008 by Deanna Mancuso. Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, neglected horses and to improve the relationship between horses and people.
They have wonderful programs helping horses and people through education and therapy. It’s a real joy to spend time with the horses, hear the success stories of people helping horses to heal people.

We spend time before the Omega workshop to help the horses and teach the staff to work with the Trust Technique


Course Details

Full Address:

Omega Institute,150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

This course is for anyone

who would like to change the lives of animals and themselves

For your animals

  • Help your animals release fear and anxiety
  • Help your animals have trust and confidence in any situation
  • Create an intuitive connection with your animals and take your communication to the next level

For yourself

  • Learn how to create a peaceful and trusting feeling in yourself
  • Learn how to release past conditions of fear that hold you back
  • Change your perception of any situations in your life and move forward in trust and confidence

Trust Technique Practitioners

Attending this workshop will go towards your continued professional development for those wishing to learn animal-assisted healin


Learn the 3 principles of the Trust Technique for both animals and people

Creative Reaction

Participants learn how to reduce an animal’s thinking levels, creating an intimate and powerful state of confidence and trust. This stage is integral to the relationship between an animal and a human. This sharing does not just help the animal it also helps the human discover their own authentic connection.

Over the five days, we will be exploring Creative Reaction for both animals and people. How this one concept can have a dramatic effect on changing the lives of both.

Participant feedback

" The hands-on experience integrated into the course was invaluable. Working with Dogs, sheep and horses brought the principles of the Trust Technique alive."

Realisation Learning

Perception is based on how we feel. If we change our feelings on a situation it has a direct influence on our actions. Moving from fear to trust is a simple process with long-lasting change

The Trust Technique has a very powerful way to teach animals confidence with self-learning. This simply profound approach greatly increases learning retention and changes the “animal training” dynamics. To help animals we also need to be able to help people as well, Realisation Learning is a shared event! James discusses the amazing connection that people and animals share, how this deeper connection can be used in therapeutic practise and shares this unique way that people can let go of their own past and create a peaceful future.

Participant feedback

" James and Shelley educate with a deep reverence for the material as well as for the students. A life-changing experience that anyone at any age could benefit from…. this is the future of communicating with all life.."

Trusted Co-operation

When two minds are peaceful an intuitive gateway is shared.

This is the door to discovering and sharing pure animal intelligence and is a unique and dynamic way to help develop trusted cooperation. It will also enable you to take your animal training to a new and exciting level. With this skill set, the sky is the limit on what you can achieve together.

Throughout the five days, we will also be sharing how you can work with Trusted Cooperation within yourself. Allowing you to swim with the current of life rather than battling your way upstream!

Participant feedback

"I came to the Trust Technique program last year and loved it. This year it was even better! How could that be possible? It simply was. James and Shelley are engaging, sensitive and encouraging leaders. They always had time to help the participants understand the concepts more fully with plenty of time to practice. Thank you Omega for bringing them back."


Dates & Bookings

Please note that these places fill quickly. if you would like to attend the Omega week you will need to place your self on the waitlist.

We inform and give time to all those on the waitlist first. It is rare that we ever have these dates public.




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What have our past attendees said?

Rating of  from a total of 5 Ratings
Robin Huffman

The Omega workshop was my first introduction to the Trust Technique (other than the "I have a dream" video). James and Shelley are special individuals, deeply skilled and immersed in their mission to improve the lives of humans and animals and the relationships between the two. Their teachings were not only a marvel to watch and learn about, their work fostered a tight knit camaraderie among the group. I work with traumatized and abused wild animals and can see how this can be an extra feature in helping them. The week's teachings, wrapped in the Omega "quilt," resulted in my reaching a level of calm and peace afterwards that I haven't felt in many years. James and Shelley, you are such contributions for the gifts you give us and the sentient beings we share the planet with. Thank you.....thank you.

Marianne Chapin-Smith

My week at Omega with James and Shelly was life transforming.I came to the workshop thinking I would learn the Trust Technique for animals, but really I learned it for myself. I went to the workshop feeling a little lost with my life..I turned 65' in August and I felt at a crossroad. I have been teaching yoga for 20' and spinning (bike) for 2 '.For some reason as I entered my 65 th year I felt a little empty.I felt I had lost my spiritual path. I had become impatient and judgemental. As the workshop progressed I began to feel all my doubts unwind. I found my old self back! WOW! I emptied my over thinking mind. My mind became clear and quiet. I found my old self...I can't wait to work with my 3 horses, 3 goats, 2 dogs ,and cat..Maybe I'll even try working with my geese and chickens. I look so forward to continue this journey with James and Shelly....Thank you so much for helping me find myself and purpose. Sincerely, Marianne Chapin-Smith

Maryanne Turvin

I am beyond grateful for the 5 day experience with James and Shelly and the Trust Technique. To say it far exceeded my expectations would be an understatement . It fullled a deep and lifelong yearning for aminals to be seen and respected for the sensitive and intellegent beings they are.
There were many times during that week that we learned to "Be" with different species of animals which created a deep bond of mutual respect and healing ( Mindful Regard, as James teaches and demonstrates). There were many moments I sensed wonder and awe with my classmates and myself and the animals responded in gracious presence and curiousity . There are no words for the sacredness of such moments. To be fully present and available ,,,nose to nose, eye to eye and heart to heart with a sheep was an unforgetable instant of oneness of spirit.
Personally , in practicing through exercises and experiencing the present moment often during the week, I released a core tramatic issue that had been overshadowing much of my life. it wasn't until I returned home that I realized the full impact of that. The peace that is feel as a result is profound and grounding .
I have let go of some heavy baggage and now, experiencially understand the difference between being brave and being at peace... (Thank you James.) and that is what the animals are left with too!!
I intend to continue with this inspired work and am deeply grateful to have, no, -to "BE "in a way to support others,especially the amimals to find and trust in the peace they deserve. Forever grateful to be a part of this "wave" of kindness...if you feel a stirring in your heart to learn more... Just do it!!


Thank you Shelley and James. You both are gifted teachers and have the most comprehensive and gentle way of guiding your students. You led us on a journey of peacefulness and showed us how we too can find our way by practicing the Present Moment. Quiet, calm, and peace are transformative for all of us, people, animals, the planet. Thank you for another heartfelt Trust Technique experience.


Thank you both my dear friends and teachers fo
Guiding me to this oath of trust and peace.
All we all really want is peace. I have learned so much
Since last year and our first encounters. This year was m
More focused, clear, and strong in all of the
Teaching and on site workshops too!
Bless you both for sharing your gifts with the Universe
In making the works a better place.
Namaste - until we meet again - love and hugs