Meet the Instructors
Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (Hon)
Founder of Tellington TTouch Training
Linda Tellington-Jones' highly effective and revolutionary approach to working with animals has brought her worldwide recognition. She is the founder and president of Tellington TTouch Training with certified TTouch practitioners for horses, companion animals and humans in 27 countries.
Her pioneering work has its roots in a philosophy that sees all beings -- humans and animals alike -- as reflections of a Divine Whole. The Tellington Method was first created 4 decades ago as a system of animal training, healing and communication that allows people to relate to animals in a deeper, more compassionate way -- a way that furthers inter-species connection and honors the body, mind and spirit of both animals and their people. She is the author of 17 books in 13 languages.
In 2007 she was awarded an honorary PhD from Wisdom University and appointed as Chair for the Wisdom University Institute of Interspecies Connections.
Robyn Hood, who also happens to be Linda Tellington-Jones sister, wears many hats. In addition to running the Tellington Training Canada office, she also serves as the editor of TTEAM Connections Newsletter, which she has done since 1982. As an International TTEAM and TTouch Trainer and Instructor, she teaches clinics through out North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. Robyn has been an integral part of the development of the TTEAM and TTouch Practitioner Training Programs. Robyn, her husband Phil Pretty and their two children live in Vernon, B.C. where they import and breed Icelandic horses. Their farm is home to about 130 Icelandic horses as well as two dogs, several cats, turtles and a parrot.
Edie Jane Eaton is an International TTEAM and TTouch Instructor and also a Guild Certified Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method for humans, from which the TTEAM work evolved. With her Feldenkrais background, Edie Jane brings a creative problem solving perspective to the work. Although she spends the majority of her time traveling and teaching, she enjoys spending time at her farm in Alcove, QC where you will usually find her tending to the garden.
Lucie’s 3rd birthday gift demand of a real horse with a stable to live in, in the backyard of their suburban home was a foreshadowing of her desire to be with animals! Since she did not get the horse, after a bit of negotiation with her parents, she brought home feral cats and lost dogs instead. She has shared her life with animals ever since.
At a time when she was looking for an alternative approach to help one of her dogs with a health issue, Lucie heard about the Tellington TTouch. After reading a book she opted to go and see if it was just a beautiful story or if the method was as great in practice as on paper. Definitively the teachers were walking their talk and she just could not stop going to trainings from then on. As a TTouch and TTEAM student she never felt judged in her process of learning and to this day she applies that principle with animals and people alike. Her passion is looking for solutions and possibilities instead of problems, in animals as well as in people. Lucie brought TTouch and TTEAM to French speaking people in Quebec and she is currently our only French-speaking Instructor.
Kathy Cascade graduated from the first US TTouch Practitioner Certification Program in 1996, and became a TTouch Instructor in 2003. Kathy is an innovative teacher who incorporates humor with an interactive teaching style. Her background as a physiotherapist and experience working with reactive dogs are a great asset to the program. She currently lives in Oklahoma and shares her home with five horses, three dogs, and four cats. Kathy's passion is riding her Icelandic horse, Gabriel.
Andy Robertson, Tellington TTouch Instructor for Companion Animals, incorporates her skills as a Motivational Dog Trainer and Feldenkrais practitioner in her teaching.
In the late 1980's Andy attended an evening demonstration of TTEAM, the original name for the Tellington TTouch Method. The TTEAM presenter did not touch a person or an animal, but had participants pair up and gave direction from the floor. At that stage. Andy was ready for a change as she was uncomfortable with the way most others were training dogs and TTouch just felt "right". Changing how Andy touched her own dog has benefited all the other animals that she has come in contact with from that day forward.
As a Motivational Trainer, Andy uses TTouch when she teaches Puppy classes as well as Teen and Adult classes. Andy teaches workshops and one-on-one sessions. While Andy mainly works with dogs, she is interested in working with other species and has had occasion to work with wildlife.
Andy's special interest is with animals that lack basic social skills needed to live in society as these animals can be reactive to many issues. The owners/partners find it very interesting how TTouch, Ground Work and use of TTouch Equipment can make changes that affect both the animals and themselves.
Andy lives just outside of Sydney, NSW, Australia.