After 7 years of experience with the Straightness Training Academy, with thousands of enthusiastic Mastery students, we'd like to take it a step further!
We're very proud of our Straightness Training students and their results with their horses, and it's our ambition to increase our impact even more! To be even more life-changing! No matter the level of skill or the age of our students!
We'd like to take the fundamental work with horses to a higher level by not only focusing on mastery of Straightness Training but also on mastery of oneself.
In the words of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519):
❝ One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself ❞
Leonardi da Vinci was a so-called "Renaissance Man", which is a person who is an expert in a wide range of different subjects and areas of wisdom. The reason why he mastered many crafts was that he used his full potential.
He used the power of self-mastery.
Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance Scholars had a growth mindset and focused on developing their capacities in body, mind, heart, and soul as fully as possible at any age. Thanks to a balanced body, a curious mind, an open heart, and a peaceful soul, mastery in any other aspect of life was much easier.
In the ST Academy, we apply this wisdom to help you become the good horse trainer that you're meant to be.
We use the power of self-mastery to grow your ability to make the most out of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health so you can actualize your potential.
Self-mastery not only develops you as a human but also gives you the ability to be successful in Straightness Training.
Self-mastery helps to create a vision for your future self and to find meaning in challenging times.
Through self-mastery, you can break through resistance.
You learn to master yourself by getting out of your own way.
Through self-mastery, nothing is holding you back!
The ST Academy is designed to assist you on your personal path to mastery.
You've barely scratched the surface of what you can achieve, and you know it!
But my guess is, since you're reading this, you're ready to change all that.
Whether you're a total beginner, an ambitious leisure rider, a professional horse trainer, an equine therapist, an instructor - whoever you are, and whatever you do, there's one thing that's certain:
You are ready to become a next-level horse trainer.
Like a true Renaissance rider who is clever at many things, who keeps learning and growing to become the best version of oneself.
In the Scholar Programs of the ST Academy, you can become this next-level horse trainer by 'training' oneself in the spirit of the Renaissance men and woman.
These Renaissance Scholars strived for constant and never-ending improvement in their body, mindset, emotions, spirit, crafts, skills, and many other areas of their life to be able to create things of beauty and worth.
No matter how much doubt you currently have, you can truly change and create lasting change.
You just need a different approach.
Therefore, every month, you'll get new insights and resources on topics like:
The ST Academy Scholar Programs are designed to help you you transform into the good horse trainer you're meant to be so you can turn your (difficult) horse into a dream horse!
This is a great program if you're completely new to Straightness Training. As a Primary Scholar, you'll EXPLORE the world of self-mastery and Straightness Training. You'll get lessons on life-changing topics that help you achieve more and live a happier, healthy, more balanced life. Each month, you'll get access to the following resources:
This is a great program for riders who have a bit experience with Straightness Training. As a Premium Scholar, you'll EXPERIENCE self-mastery and Straightness Training on a deeper level. You'll get access to all the monthly resources of the Primary Scholar Program, PLUS, you'll get access to:
This program contains an exclusive collection of hundreds of lessons. You can watch groundwork, work in hand, longeing, riding, and liberty lessons. Lessons with novice and more advanced riders. With young horses, senior horses, and all ages in between. With mares, geldings, and stallions. Warmbloods, thoroughbreds, gaited horses, and many other breeds.
Access to this library is of great importance to fast track your growth, and it's an invaluable support on your ST journey! And when joining the ST Academy as a Premium Scholar, you get instant access to this library of lessons!
This is a great program for riders who are no longer a beginner in Straightness Training and have achieved at least Grade 1 in the ST Evaluation Program. As a Private Scholar you'll EXCELL in self-mastery and Straightness Training.
HOWEVER, this membership will most certainly not be for everyone... but if you are at the point where you want to get the next level and accelerate, and are ready to empty your cup, treasure your beginner's mind, and use the two magic powers that fuel success, than this might be the Scholar Program for you.
As a Private Scholar, you'll get access to the resources of the Primary AND Premium Scholar Programs, PLUS, Marijke will coach you personally with:
The encyclopedia of Straightness Training helps you learn the skills, strategies & tools you need to actualize your horse's full potential in body, mind, heart, and soul.
As a Primary, Premium, or Private Scholar you get access to this STclopedia. and to avoid overwhelm, we will serve it into bit-sized chunks in the form of monthly Mastery Lectures so you know exactly where to start and what to do next.
The STclopedia is broken down into monthly Mastery Lectures with supporting video content and complementary manuals on how to do groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding, and Straightness training at Liberty.
These monthly Mastery lectures will help you fast-track your growth, achieve extraordinary results, and save you years of time-consuming trial and error.
Click the link if you'd like to see how it works:Check out the Monthly Mastery Lectures »
If you're a brand new Scholar, you get the first Mastery Module unlocked now. Then, every month, you'll get a new module - this way you don't get overwhelmed by all the lessons, videos, and manuals, and you never get the feeling of "getting behind".
The path to mastery is through constant and never-ending improvement. Which is why for as long as our memberships are in existence, we keep adding new materials, so you can keep growing and learning.
There is a reason we're successful in the horse training world: our strategies work across an enormous range of breeds, with riders across 50+ countries and from a variety of disciplines at virtually every stage of their journey.
Our Customer Happiness Team is exceptional. If you need help or have questions, whatever you wish, we're here to help. You'll always be taken care of with understanding, honesty, and respect.
In the ST Academy, you won't be on your own. Dedicated ST Instructors and ST Evaluators will answer your questions, challenge you to stretch further, and inspire you to stay in action and to persevere.
Everybody who is familiar with the ST Community will acknowledge that the atmosphere is always positive and constructive. We have a really, friendly, helpful, supportive group of people.
You can cancel your membership any time, and keep all the downloads... but you won't want to once you start seeing your life change. Simply choose one of the memberships below, and let's get you started. See you inside!
The ST Academy is based online so you can participate from home!
And if you have put wifi out at your barn, you can even listen to LIVE sessions from there!
You can go through the materials whenever you want, learn at your own pace, and work on your own schedule.
No matter what you choose - all paths ultimately lead to self-mastery and to becoming the most capable version of yourself! Each month, you will receive a brand new lesson so you can reap the benefits of the practices that I have laid out inside for years to come! The secrets of growing stronger on your personal path to mastery are inside. I invite you to come and share them with me!
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When you invest in your success through the ST Academy, you're not only helping your own horse, but you're also helping other horses in need.
We believe that animals need to be treated with respect, love, and care. Especially the over 100 million working horses, donkeys, and mules who provide invaluable support to the daily life of an estimated 600 million people in some of the poorest places in the world through transportation and production. Healthy working horses, donkeys and mules help to put food on their owner's tables, send their children to school, and build better futures for themselves and their families.
Our goal is not only to help you make a positive change for your horse but also to make a positive difference for horses, donkeys, and mules in need. That's why a portion of profits from our company go directly to non-profit organizations that support horses, donkeys, and mules in need.
Whether you are just starting out, or want to take your advanced skills to new heights, the ST Academy can help by providing crucial elements vital to your success!
The ST Academy is geared for big-hearted horse lovers, novice riders, ambitious leisure riders, advanced horse trainers, and instructors.
It’s for committed beginners and evolving professionalsand for anyone who wants real change.
Many Scholars join to get to transform their lives, to take things to the next level, to achieve their goals, and to feel more empowered overall.
It's for everyone who'd like to get strategies and tools to take their work and their life from good to great!
The Primary Scholar Program is a great place to start and to take the first steps on your personal path to mastery. It helps you to explore the world of Straightness Training and self-mastery. It helps you to intellectualy understand what needs to happen, why and how, which gives you cognitive mastery.
The Premium Scholar Program is a great place to take things a step further. It helps you to experience the world of Straightness Training and self-mastery from the inside out. It helps you to practically experiment with what needs to happen, which gives you emotional mastery.
The Private Scholar Program is a great place to get your work to the next level. It helps you to excel in the world of Straightness Training and self-mastery. It helps you to become unconscious competent in with what needs to happen, which gives you physical mastery.
From 2013 until 2020, our yearly class was designed as a year long coaching program.
As of July 2020, you can enjoy coaching for as many months as you'd like with the Scholar Programs
Some Scholars will decide to stay in the program for years. Others decide to join for just a few months.
There is no minimum enrollment time, but we know you'll find so much value, you won't want to go.
You subscription begins on the first of the month and last 30 days. To ccancel your monthly membership, contact [email protected] least 14 days before your next scheduled payment is due or prior to the 15th day of the current month.
When you cancel your membership, you have to wait one full year before you can return to one of the Scholar Programs.
No, it’s not possible to purchase isolated coaching elements of the Premium Membership.
It has been a deliberate choice of us to start the ST Academy in the new format to really help riders to transform their lives and that of their horses.
Based on the experience of the past, using individual coaching components of the ST Academy in an isolated way won’t create long-lasting change.
We really believe in the compound effect of all the individual coaching parts – the workbooks, the assignments, the group classes, the Hot Seats, the Breakthroughs, the Touchstones.
We really want to focus on helping Scholars transform and create long-lasting change through an integrated approach and a compound way of coaching in the Scholar Programs.