A note from Kathy:
The second annual Coaching with Horses Conference and Retreat exceeded my expectations and dreams. The cloudy skies cleared and the fresh smell of mesquite blended with the warmth of horse brought all into their senses.
The horses created such a wonderful space for everyone’s exploration. The power of twenty plus horses holding space is truly amazing.
I cannot thank the presenters enough for all they shared and how they created a positive, uplifting and safe container for all to explore their consciousness with horse.
Each participant also contributed to the success of this year’s conference. It was such a gift to be with a group of kind and open people who are willing to learning about themselves through horse. So many gentle, still and potent moments that were transforming heart spaces– truly a ride between the worlds.
It takes a collective of humans and horses to create such an event. How can we resist going it again next year? Well we can’t– it was just that wonderful.
If you would like to attend next year’s program please fill out the sign up box below and be the first to receive an invitation. We will have new speakers with exciting new topics. Our conference is small and intimate and truly magical. We hope to see you next year– standing and breathing deeply next to a horse!
Kathy, all presenters, and the healing herd
January 2018 Dates
Sunday, January 21, 2018 arriving late afternoon through
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 after lunch.
The Academy for Coaching with Horses
Annual Retreat and Conference
Ignite Your Inner Self through Exploring Horse Consciousness
A gathering of humans who are passionate about bringing Love, Honor and Respect to Horses, each other and Mother Earth…
- Would you like to experience the heart of Horse in a way that changes how you see Horse forever?
- Have you been contemplating the world of Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching (EFLC)?
- Do you currently offer EFLC sessions and want to expand your knowledge, processes or toolbox?
- Would experiencing an authentic, spiritual journey with Horse in a retreat-like setting with like-minded companions light you up?
For 10 years Kathy Pike pondered hosting a gathering where the true nature of Horse could be honored and respected through a collective of leaders in the field. Last year’s gathering was so successful that we are returning to offer more possibilities with Horse this year . . .
The Academy for Coaching with Horses
Retreat and Conference
Join international author, teacher, and founder of The Academy for Coaching with Horses, Kathy Pike, along with several other professional Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching certified practitioners as they share their love of Horse and expertise in a variety of fields related to the emerging practice of Equine Facilitated Learning.
The Coaching with Horses Retreat and Conference resulted in such an expansive and rewarding time with each other and the horses that Kathy pike is hosting the second annual event. This incredible experience takes place over a three day period at the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. White Stallion Ranch provides a retreat-like setting complete with an insightful herd of wonderful horses. The ranch offers the perfect environment to…
- Experience the power of Horse to touch and expand one’s heart.
- Become one with the sacred energy of Horse.
- Commune with like-minded individuals.
- Decompress through yoga, massage, and self-reflection in a serene, retreat-like setting.
- Ride a horse below the spectacular Rincon Mountain peaks.
- Experience the beauty of the Arizona landscape.
- Ask questions and explore the various options in the emerging field of EFLC.
What might you gain while you are at this program?
This program offers a rare blend of taking time to simply “be” and to grow personally and professionally. You will enjoy a diverse herd of kind horses, the natural desert setting, warm days and cool nights, yoga, and time to reflect and enjoy the ranch. If you are new to this type of work you will have the opportunity to experience Horse in a way that you may not have previously.
Many individuals who are already certified, or have taken training courses with other teachers in the equine based learning field, attend Kathy’s programs. The deep, body-centered, heart-based approach often facilitated through the use of the Mind Body Method will be reflected in the sessions offered. As a professional in the field, you will have the opportunity to advance your skill set, gather new concepts and ideas to support your work, and meet other professionals in related areas of work.
What makes The Coaching with Horses Retreat and Conference different?
Kathy wanted to ensure that The Coaching with Horses Retreat and Conference stood out from the rest. We have accomplished this by building this Retreat and Conference around several unique considerations:
Attendance is very limited
While many conference events host up to hundreds of people, we have limited attendance to our retreat-styled event to create a very intimate setting of sharing and bonding with others. With only up to 35 participants in attendance, you will have an exclusive opportunity to interact with, ask questions and get to know the horses and the real details behind this work.
True Experiential Presentations
Several of our presenters will not only be offering you the insight and knowledge of their specialty within the EFLC world, but will also be sharing an actual experience with you. Due to the limited attendance, several equine-based learning sessions will have only 6 to 8 people and you will personally get to participate in these experiences and have a very hands-on and intimate learning session. Each morning and afternoon there will be three different breakout sessions offered. Some sessions will be offered twice to ensure you can attend those you are attracted to.
Qualified and Experienced Presenters
As a leader in the EFLC community, Kathy had many, many specialists submit applications to present sessions at this Retreat and Conference and the result enabled her to select a distinct variety of presenters each with a very specific specialty within the field. Most of the presenters are previous graduates of The Academy for Coaching with Horses. Each and every one will provide a high quality and insightful experience for you. A perfect way for individuals already offering their own programs to expand their skill set and gather new ideas on facilitating.
Exceptional Spiritual Retreat-Like Setting
The Coaching with Horses Conference structure provides you an all-inclusive spiritual retreat setting surrounded by a herd of over 100 horses. A very casual and personal atmosphere allows for continual interaction and facilitates authentic connections between both participants and presenters. Gatherings and activities function as ideal catalysts to encourage friendships and support the spiritual motivation behind the entire event.
Special Morning Ride – Ritual Ride in the Desert
The conference will be concluding with a very special “Ritual Ride”. During this ride the group moves through the fragrant and expansive desert in silence and communion with their horse just below the spectacular Rincon Mountains located in the Saguaro National Park. It includes a spiritual ritual below the mountain peaks. A lovely way to end a very special time and set intentions for the future! A matchless experience.
Additional Retreat Days Available
If you might like to stay at the White Stallion Ranch a few extra days before or after the event, you may do so. The White Stallion Ranch has generously offered to extend the special lodging prices offered to our community of presenters and participants for additional nights. How much better can it get? Enjoy time by the pool, a massage, an invigorating hike or one of their other equine activities. Book early to reserve your nights as the ranch fills quickly.
What is included?
- A special opening presentation on the evening of arrival followed by dinner
- A full two and a half days of experiences with trained EFLC experts in their fields
- Beautiful desert horseback ride on the final morning
- Conference goodie bag with gifts from all of the presenters
- Morning movement sessions to liven up your chakras and bring you into alignment
- Priceless insights and knowledge in the field of EFL
- Connections and friendships to last a lifetime
- Massages (additional fee applies)
- Delicious healthy community meals with like-minded individuals
Potent, Powerful, Unforgettable.
2018 Sessions and Presenters will be announced in mid-spring 2017.
Retreat Accommodations and Meals
Your accommodations and meals are separate of the Retreat and Conference tuition. The White Stallion Ranch offers a lodging package that includes: program time, morning ride, food, lodging, amenities, gratuities, and taxes. There is a shuttle available to and from the lodge so you do not have to rent a car ($15 each way if shared, or $37 for single).
(Be sure to tell the ranch when you make your reservation if you would like a double room.)
IMPORTANT: You must stay at the lodge to attend the Retreat and Conference and you must book both the event and your room at the ranch at the same time. You register for the Conference and Retreat on this page, and call the White Stallion Ranch separately to book your room. We have reserved 35 rooms and they will fill quickly. To reserve your room call the White Stallion Ranch directly at 520-297-0252 and say you’re a participant of the Kathy Pike Retreat and Conference.
Cornelia Roulet is the photographer for this event. We would like to thank her for many of the beautiful photos on this page.