Successful Training Through Trust, Compassion, Wisdom and Skill

with Franklin Levinson




JULY 1-8, 2017





This clinic/retreat will teach you how to be successful in training through compassion, wisdom, skill and trust! Many humans seem to believe they need to dominate a horse because it is bigger and stronger. They tend to overlook elements of a horse's psychology that make this animal always seeking to feel safe. Franklin will show us how understanding that fear is a huge factor in the life of a horse, and that trusting it is safe,  is even more important and can help humans become more successful as trainers, riders and with any shared activity with a horse. It is important to recognize efforts by the horse to comply with our requests and rewarding their effort is extremely beneficial. This is positive reinforcement and is the most effective training principle known. When we accept that resistance from a horse is a response of fear, our approach might be more compassionate and we might not seek to punish the animal for what we judge as disobedience.

About Franklin

Franklin Levinson has been a professional horseman for nearly 50 years. At 13 years of age he was the youngest registered polo player in the US. In his early 20s he created and ran equestrian programs at large summer camps in N. Michigan. He has always taught success with horses to be a life enriching process for both horse and human and that horses are never naughty or bad. In his teaching he states; “All unwanted behavior from a horse is a symptom of the animal’s fear and never deserves punishment.” He is adamant about humans not merely ‘using’ horses for selfish enjoyment. Franklin’s goal that the horse and human become partners through the inspired and excellent leadership of the human. Additionally, his desire is that the horse be honored and highly respected within any horse – human activity. He was an outfitter and wilderness guide at his ranch on the island of Maui for 30 years (Adventures on Horseback), along the way creating The Maui Horse Whisperer experience. This was the first Equine Facilitated Learning program in the Pacific basin and one of the first in the US. He is credited in Your Horse Magazine 2004, UK’s premier equine magazine, as being the first person to introduce EFL for children with a learning disability to the UK. Additionally, about that same time, he is credited as the first person to bring EFL to Australia. He founded the Australia Equine Facilitated Learning Pty. Ltd. (AEFL) several years ago. With his Training Through Trust DVD, filmed in 2005, he created the first video documentation of EFL for children with learning disabilities. For many years before the Natural Horsemanship bandwagon and craze he taught his brand of gentle, effective horsemanship (Beyond Natural Horsemanship, Successful Training through Compassion, Wisdom, Skill and Trust) and EFL in seven countries annually. For over 25 years Franklin has been published internationally in various print media outlets. Other media credits include: podcasts, webinars and numerous television and radio appearances, on the topics of horse training, horsemanship and Equine Facilitated Learning. He even acted in a western movie titled September Dawn starring Jon Voight. He has recently released his first book, an eBook titled Trust ‘n’ Horses Volume 1. It is available, along with numerousDVDs, through his website.



  • 7 nights Lodging at the Majestic Properties
  • 3 delicious meals per day
  • 5 days of clinic with Franklin Levinson
  • Trail riding with Franklin
  • Adventure activities with Bi-lingual guides
  • Transportation to and from clinic to Majestic Properties
  • Concierge services



Your days will consist of beautiful training, trail-rides, adventure activities and Costa Rican meals. Download your full itinerary to see everything thats in store!


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Other Important Details


*Airfare not included
*Airport transport can be arranged but not included
*For those who would like to explore the area when not in clinic, car rentals can be arranged for your convenience
*Alcoholic beverages or extra beverages outside of meals are not included
*We are happy to arrange adventure activities for you on your free days, but are not included in the rate
*We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary if necessary


For more information or inquiries, please contact Nancy: | tel: 506 87 03 15