What have past attendees had to say?
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.
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
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.
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 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