Equines Enhancing Therapists

The Subtle Art of Therapeutic Attunement

A 1-Day Therapists’ Retreat

Attunement is the “skill of connection”. Dr. Dan Siegel says, “When we attune with others we allow our own internal state to shift, to come to resonate with the inner world of another.” Therapeutic attunement is imperative for creating a foundation of trust and safety causing reparative neural growth in clients and positive treatment outcomes. Horses are sensitively wired for safety & connection so they are excellent teachers for us. 

Attunement to ourselves and our clients builds resonance, empathy, and compassion in the therapeutic process. Clients report “feeling felt.” This is especially important in helping clients with complex trauma, attachment trauma, and highly sensitive clients. You’ll experience individual and group experiential work with trained horses in this unique workshop while also, learning:

  • Develop more sensitivity to signals from clients by attuning into the subtle somatic behaviors and emotional cues.
  • Learn about IFS (Internal Family Systems) & how to co-regulate with clients
  • Master the pacing of EMDR & other trauma processing to avoid overwhelm vs stagnation 
  • Time for Self Care opportunities, experiences & mindfulness techniques to maintain your own energetic boundaries, prevent compassion fatigue, as well as resources for your clients
  • 6 CE Credits for Texas LPC, LCSW, and MFT

When: Friday, October 1st, 2021 or Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Workshop is 9am-4:30pm w/1 hour lunch (Snacks & Lunch included)

 Where: Solace Equine Center

5186 FM546 Princeton, TX 75407

This beautiful equine center is home to 6 therapy horses, llamas, and ponies. We will use a covered outdoor arena & seating area.  Social distancing will be in effect for this workshop. Limited to 8 persons each day. 

This workshop is great for all levels of experience with horses. All interaction with the horses is on the ground and no equine experience is necessary. Wear sturdy closed toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Register by September 24th, 2021 for Early Bird Pricing of $375.  After September 24th, 2021 the price is $395.


Presenters: Mark LoPalo, Owner & Equine Facilitator & Tricia Gagnon LPC-S, EMDR Certified 

Tricia Gagnon MS. Ed.S, RYT, LPC-S is
licensed in counseling and intern supervision with twenty years experience in residential and outpatient settings. Tricia teaches clients how to benefit from mindfulness and yoga in order to expand their window of tolerance for EMDR processing. She is EMDR Certified, an Approved Consultant, and EMDR Trainer-in-training with CompassionWorks.
Mark LoPalo is a 200RYT Yoga & Meditation teacher. Using yoga to relax the body and tame the mind, Mark helps clients in classes, workshops, and retreats to reach deeper states of mindful awareness. Mark works with private and corporate clients in equine assisted coaching and is also certified in NLP, Hypnosis & Reiki. All these different modalities allow Mark to guide people to find their own rhythm, and to experience their lives without limitations.
Tricia Gagnon, MS. Ed.D, RYT, LPC-SMark LoPalo, RYT

“Tricia & Mark have such great energy! I learned so much and feel revitalized. A must do for anyone looking to connect.”

“As a therapist who works with trauma, this was a mingling of validation, new perspectives and much needed soul care. Thanks to both of you for sharing your passion & gifts!”

“Learned new things about myself. Loved bringing all the various modalities in, to weave together an embodied way to practice”

“The experience was amazing. It was so great to be on “horse time” and absorb the information and lessons learned.”

“An extraordinary experiential way to learn. Attunement is vital for our wellbeing and it will help us be better at therapy, wonderderul trainers who showed us how to connect with our horses and each other. Thank you Mark, Tricia, Gracie, & Lunar! I highly recommend this experience/workshop.”

“Most effective personally and professionally seminar/CE Course taken! Ever!!!”

“Really exciting opportunity! Thanks for your support to ensure a positive, nurturing experience with the horses. What incredible interactions took place!” 

“Well done, excellent experience with Tricia & Mark & Gracie & Lunar.”

“My experience with Equinection was great! Mark and Tricia guided me through practices that were truly healing. Grace, the therapy horse, was gentle. I am amazed at how a horse’s intuition can provide so much insight to us. I highly recommend this experience!”   -VP

Register here for Friday 10/01/21 1 Space Available!


Register here for Saturday 10/02/21 Space is Available!


For further information about this workshop please, email Mark LoPalo or Tricia Gagnon.