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WNSF Portland is Excited to Present:
The Four Roles of a Master Herder: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Leaders

Special Guest Speaker:  Linda Kohanov

Author of Power of the Herd

Founder/Director of the Eponaquest Worldwide

Lina Kohanov

During our time with Linda, will share several useful insights:

Employing the roles of Leader, Dominant, and Nurturer/Companion in their non-predatory forms

Helping others manage fear and anxiety in times of significant change or competition

Recognizing antiquated, often unconscious power plays that people engage in regardless of culture, religion, nationality, or social status

Recognizing the difference between predatory and non-predatory power, understanding when and how to use both effectively

Date and Location:
July 10, 2014
5:30-6:00 p.m. networking
6:00-7:00 p.m. event
7:00-7:30 p.m. networking

Portland Children’s Museum
4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221

$15 advance ticket sale/ $20 at the door.
 Get your tickets HERE

All are encouraged and welcome to join us.


Special thanks to Portland Children’s Museum and Linda Kohanov for their generous support!

We have five scholarship tickets available. Please contact for information or if you have any questions.

Donations for our scholarship fund are very much appreciated.


More information about The Four Roles of a Master Herder

In her latest book, The Power of the Herd, best selling author Linda Kohanov looks at traditional herding cultures where tribes must manage large groups of powerful animals without the benefit of fences. Master Herders employ a sophisticated understanding of leadership and group cohesion as they move through seasonal grazing lands, facing predators, and dealing with changing climates/resources along the way. This knowledge, virtually lost to modern “civilized” leaders, is based on the little-known fact that among cattle and horses, the herd leader and the herd dominant are often different animals. Furthermore, group coordination and solidarity are reinforced through daily acts of companionship and nurturing.“Nurturer/companions, Leaders, and Dominants are all crucial to herd cohesiveness,” Linda emphasizes. “In groups of large herbivores, however, these forms of power are not predatory (though by working together, these animals are fully capable of protecting themselves and their loved ones).  Master Herders learn to use power in non predatory ways as well, allowing them to nourish the entire inter-species tribe, negotiating individual and group needs simultaneously. These sophisticated leaders also use a small amount of predatory power for protection and, just as important, to cull what is no longer needed to keep their herds in balance with the available resources. In essence, each individual herder must master all four roles (Leader, Dominant, Nurturer/Companion and Predator) to thrive in the great unfenced backcountry where freedom abides.”
About Linda Kohanov, Founder/Director of the Eponaquest Worldwide: Linda Kohanov is an internationally-recognized author, speaker, riding instructor and horse trainer. In 1997, she founded an Arizona-based collective of horse professionals, educators, coaches and counselors exploring the potential of the horse-human bond, an organization that has grown to serve clients on five continents. Her first bestselling book The Tao of Equus was selected as one of the top books of 2001 by and has received appreciative reviews in publications as diverse as Horse and Rider, Natural Horse, IONS Noetic Sciences Review, Spirituality and Health, and Strides. Her second book Riding Between the Worlds: Expanding Our Potential through the Way of the Horse was published in November 2003, and also received excellent reviews. Linda’s books have been translated into French, German, Dutch, and Czech, and are used as texts at universities. For more information:

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