Join us as we gather in community with a warm and welcoming group of like-minded horse-lovers and glorious equine teachers to experience the peaceful and soul-filling wisdom of Horse as you…
- Shed the past so you can Open your Heart and feel deeply connected to life.
- Ignite your True Essence so you may gracefully move into what fills your spirit.
- Heal your Soul giving you wholeness and direct access to your life force energy.
- Gain Deep Clarity about your passion and purpose giving you the compass and confidence you need as you move forward.
Horses have the admirable quality of always remaining fully congruent and authentic in their interactions with herd members and humans alike. As we open our hearts and minds to their wisdom, we can learn to emulate the horses’ behavior and way of being in the world. We learn to receive their feedback and utilizing their innate ability to interpret the body language and emotions we convey as a means to truly see who we are and also how to embody who we want to become. The horses offer us biofeedback in the most genuine and powerful way that changes us at a profound and often cellular level. Using the wisdom of HORSE, you can expand our consciousness and embrace your authentic self to experience coming home to YOU.
- Are you ready to experience the healing potential and power between horse and human?
- What would it be like for you to experience an authentic connection with Horse in a retreat setting with like-minded companions?
- Are you ready to free your inner spirit and become more Horse-Like, being one with all and having more harmony in your life?
- Would you like a horse to guide you back to your values, your natural expression and awaken your True Authentic Self?
- Have you been contemplating the world of Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching (EFLC) and are ready to take your first step into this life-changing adventure?
For the last four years, Kathy Pike, international teacher, author, and founder of The Academy for Coaching with Horses, along with several professional Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching facilitators, have hosted a very unique gathering of like-minded people where the true nature and teaching of Horse can be experienced, respected, and honored.
This year’s fifth annual retreat will continue to provide the profound experiences that past participants rave about. If you are
ready to allow a horse to open your heart and ignite your true essence . . . this retreat is for you.
This incredible experience takes place over a four-day/three-night 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. This retreat offers the perfect environment to…
- Experience the power of Horse to expand one’s heart and ignite authenticity.
- Become one with the herd while you commune with the sacred energy of Horse.
- Meet and make friends with like-minded individuals also on their path of service.
- Decompress your body and being through yoga, massage, and self-reflection in a serene, retreat-like setting.
- Enjoy a trail ride (or hike) below the spectacular Rincon Mountain peaks of the Saguaro National Park.
- Awaken your True Self and gain clarity about your next step on your journey of personal growth.
What might you gain while you are at this program?
This program offers a rare blend of taking time to simply “be” and to also 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. Past clients have left with powerful experiences that have positively influenced their everyday life. Be ready to receive revelations from horse, experience tears of recognition and joy, have your heart opened and leave inspired!
What if I am already a professional in this field?
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 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 different?
Attendance is very limited
This year the group will be smaller than previous years, giving you an exclusive opportunity to interact with and get to know the horses and the facilitators and other attendees. There will be time to ask questions, process your experiences and have valuable time to unwind and reset your entire being for the New Year.
True Experiential Presentations
Our facilitators 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, including horses, with you. Our new format with limited attendance ensures several equine-based learning sessions will have only 5-6 people and you will personally get to participate in most of these experiences with a very hands-on and intimate learning session. Each morning and afternoon there will be different breakout sessions to choose from.
Qualified and Experienced Presenters
Kathy personally selects all facilitators for this event to ensure a strong, grounded, and authentic team to hold the space, together, as a collective herd. Most of the presenters are previous graduates of The Academy for Coaching with Horses. Each one will provide a high quality and insightful experience for you. We find that regardless if you are new to the work or you are a facilitator in your own right, dropping into horse time creates the opportunity for you to move to your next platform or level of growth and expression.
Exceptional Spiritual Retreat-Like Setting
The fifth annual Academy for Coaching with Horses gathering provides you with an all-inclusive 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.
The 2020 Fifth Annual Academy for Coaching with Horses Retreat
Arrive at the White Stallion Ranch between 1:00 and 3:00 on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Opening reception at 5:00.
Retreat gathering and opening lead by Kathy begins at 5:30.
Doors will close at 5:30 for opening as it includes a centering
and meditation process to build community space.
Dinner is served at 7:00
Enjoy equine lead learning sessions all day Monday and Tuesday.
Experience the “Ritual Ride” on Wednesday morning (or a massage or spa treatment)
then lunch on the patio.
Depart after 2:00 on Wednesday January 29, 2019.
Morning Ritual Ride in the Desert
Your retreat experience 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. This ride is a lovely way to end a very special time while setting intentions for the future! This is truly a matchless experience.
What is included in the retreat?
- A special opening gathering to prepare you for your journey at 5:00pm, led by Kathy Pike, followed by dinner.
- Four days and three nights in community with Kathy, her team, and other participants.
- ACWH Retreat tote bag with Retreat Notebook.
- 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.
- Beautiful desert horseback ride on the final morning or ending ritual with horses at the ranch.
Potent, Powerful, Unforgettable.
5th Annual Retreat Presentations and Workshops
(All Participants Will be Able to Attend All Presentations and Workshops Offered)
Retreat Opening – Sunday Evening
Horse as Guide: Coming Home to your True Self with Kathy Pike
Horses have always been a source of inspiration and beauty for humans. Simply watching them graze in an open field can invite relaxation to our body. Witnessing a herd of horses run through the hills ignites a sense of freedom and longing for a deep connection to the pure power that resides within us. Two horses grooming on a hazy summer day quiets our mind and washes the heart with a soft glow of the pure energy of harmony. A rearing stallion simultaneously evokes trepidation, fear and our deepest secrets, based in reserved fierceness and conviction. Horses, with just their natural presence, connect us more deeply to nature and simplicity, inviting us on a journey into our authentic self. Horses guide us to our purpose, passion, clarity and enthusiasm for our life path. There is no better creature than a horse to reflect back to you what needs to be cleared, where your true inspiration lies, your feelings of connection and passion and how to connect deeply to your heart’s greatest desire.
Join Kathy Pike during the opening evening of our 5th Annual Retreat as she guides you through the way of the horse, starting your journey with Horse as Guide: Coming Home to your True Self. Explore how and where conditioning penetrates and shapes us, forcing us to live lives that are not true to our path. Learn how to finally shift out of that conditioning and back into your true inner wild sense of self.
The opening evening will prepare you for all live segments where you will be working directly with the horses for the remainder of the retreat. Enjoy Kathy’s stories of how horses teach and guide humans, experience a guided meditation to bring you more directly to your life’s vision and utilize key points and distinctions to further your commitment of your passion and purpose as expressed by your true self.
Retreat Workshops – Monday and Tuesday
Horses and Humans Healing Together; Using Bach Flowers to Support Emotional Clearing and Spiritual Growth
Horses are generous and often give us their hearts and presence unconditionally. During equine-guided learning sessions, horses may become the masters of holding space for humans. However, emotional and spiritual stress can happen. Many horses employed for equine facilitated learning sessions are developing their ability to process and release the energy that can arise in an equine session, stressful situations in their environment, or within their herd. A new horse in a herd may be in trauma from the sudden changes of losing their previous herd. Herd members may also mourn when a member dies. When horses are living in the wild, they forage for the needed minerals and plants to aid their body back to good health. Today’s horses, however, generally live on pasture that consists primarily of grass, or worse, a dry paddock.
How do we support our horses in keeping spiritually fit? Bach Flower Remedies are a simple and very effective way to offer your horse the essence of a plant they cannot find in their domesticated environments. Not harmful in any way, these remedies are the best first aid kit you can use to support your working herd on a mental, emotional and spiritual level. You too can also be greatly supported by these essences and what each particular essence is calling you to change and move beyond. An essential part of your path to passion and purpose is clearing old emotional patterns to embrace the new. Join Kathy Pike as she takes you through the steps of understanding the Bach Flowers. Presented by . . .
Kathy Pike is the founder of The Academy for Coaching with Horses. She is a coach, storyteller, New Thought Leader, intuitive guide, and the internationally published author of Hope from the Heart of Horses: How Horses Teach Us about Presence, Strength and Awareness, available in both English and Dutch. As a pioneer in the field of Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching, Kathy has taught EFLC Certification Programs worldwide. Her work has reached over 18 countries. She offers over 25 years of experience as a coach trainer for CoachU, a corporate trainer, a teacher at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, and ten years working in the healing arts as a massage and polarity therapist. Her first book, Pathways to a Radiant Self: A Journey of Growth and Discovery with the Chakras offers a complete guide for healing and expanding one’s energy field. She was also the founder and inspiration behind the Horse as Teacher book series. Kathy has spoken and presented at several International Coach Federation (ICF) and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) conferences. www.coachingwithhorses.com
The Sacred Heart Space of Possibility with Horse
In the sacred circle of the round pen, horse invites you to step into the mystery of what may be possible on your path. To be seen and held energetically by a horse allows you to experience genuine connection, heart-felt support, and a deeper level of personal awareness and emotional intelligence, leading you to your authentic self.
Horses connect to and understand the members of their herd through sensing the energy (or what humans call emotion) that each herd member is expressing. Horses respond to the coherent heart space of others, as well as any incongruent expressions of energy. We too have this capacity; however, humans routinely ignore this special superpower.
During the Sacred Heart Space of Possibility with Horse, you will practice the art of being more “horse-like” during several reflective round pen sessions with a horse. Each participant will experience mind-body centering tools and heart-opening practices. You will also dive deeper during an individual coaching session with a horse. Through exploring your inner landscape of sensations and feelings, you may discover what energetic patterns and habits are holding you back from your true self and purpose. You may also discover intuitive ways of knowing that have been there all along for you to access, opening you up as an acoustical, horse-like being.
You will also gain vital understanding about how you create heart coherence and manage your energy in relationship to others as you hold sacred space during multiple human-horse interactions. Experience each session through your own heart lens, thereby having multiple opportunities to embrace the horse as a teacher, guide, and mirror. Experience the power of Horse to move you to new levels of energetic and emotional awareness and understanding! Presented by . . .
Jackie Hibbard is a 2016 Graduate, Advanced Facilitator, EFLC Level One Provider and Program Assistant with Kathy Pike and the Academy for Coaching with Horses. She offers individual sessions and workshops with her business Dancing Spirit. She lives on a small farm with spectacular views in the foothills of Lyons, Colorado with her wife, dogs, chickens, cat and three beautiful horses. Jackie is an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and holds an undergraduate degree in education and a Master of Divinity Degree focusing on Pastoral Theology and Care. She has had careers in Volunteer Management, Education (community, college, and graduate level), Chaplaincy and Hospice Leadership. She volunteers at Community UCC in Boulder where she helps lead contemplative Taize Services. www.dancingspirithorse.com
and . . .
Carrie Mello was raised in Michigan and moved to Vermont when she was sixteen. She met her husband there and together they ran one of the last Ole’ Time General Stores in Vermont. She has dedicated most of her life to raising and homeschooling her four children. Living off the grid, on 120 acres, she and her family enjoy feasting on the bounties of their large garden and nature. In the winter, they are off to the ski slopes. Family, genuine connections and nature are her strongest values. She is a graduate of ACWH and currently, she and her herd of seven intelligent and savvy horses teach others how to genuinely connect with horses.
Gaining Personal Power with Horse during Your Journey of Purpose
Truth is Power! A horse is a perfect teacher for understanding power, as they are the totem animal of power in Native American traditions. The Native American tradition also beckons us to find our sense of balanced power while cultivating our authentic self.
All aspects of the self (mind, emotions, body, and spirit) affect our power and journey. What part of your life journey do you struggle with? What blocks you from being of service to others at the level you desire? The nature of Horse, in the present moment as a prey animal, is to teach us to take responsibility for self, open to our full potential in life, raise our energy vibration, and be powerful spiritual warriors.
Experience partnership with a horse by your side as you take a journey that represents your purpose, vision, and desires. Align with more of your whole being as you lead and listen to your horse, giving you a true sense of connection. As you explore interesting encounters along the way, Horse will teach you where you lose power and what helps you to gain it back. By the end of our time together, you will have identified your obstacles in life and how to get beyond them, creating ample opportunity, confidence, and energy for a wonderful future.
Awaken and claim your personal power with Horse, so you can live the life you dream! Presented by . . .
Laurie Higgins-Kerley’s enthusiasm for explorations into “the mystery of all life” is infectious. Her training includes Medicine Wheel teachings, techniques, and ceremonies, chakra clearing through Pleiadian Lightwork, and Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. She has facilitated, hosted, and led workshops on healing ways since 2004. Laurie founded the non-profit organization, Dove Creek Equine Rescue in 2012 and has been Executive Director of it since. Inspired by the horse/human bond, Laurie completed her certification from Kathy Pike’s Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching program in April 2017 and joyfully integrates her path to wholeness with this powerful heart centered approach; exploring the authentic expression and inner wisdom within each one of us who walk this walk with her. www.ledbyhorses.com
and . . .
Kristin Goold lives her life with the strong belief that authenticity will lead you to success in both your personal and professional life. As the founder of Rein Leadership and Consulting Corp. and with over a decade as a Human Resources professional she is committed to helping others uncover their potential and authentic self through unique coaching and development techniques. Kristin has served as coach/adviser to several c-suite executives, implemented and facilitated leadership development programs across various industries and has been studying Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching techniques for several years. She has her Master’s degree in Industrial Organization Psychology and is a graduate of The Academy of Coaching with Horses. Her coaching partner is a wise and majestic horse named Phantom.
Guided by Horse: Grounding A Clear Vision for Life through Communion with Horse
We are all on an amazing wild journey of life that occasionally throws us curve balls that disrupt our sense of flow and harmony and leaves us feeling stressed, overwhelmed, off balance and lost. However, this does not have to be true. Although horses are known to be reactive, they also can demonstrate great strength in being present and grounded when other herd members are stressed or reactive.
Often to gain clarity about our path and purpose we must quiet our mind and access our higher self, guides or horse ancestors for vital information and insight to support our path on earth. When working directly beside a horse, breathing and feeling into the present moment, we are guided more deeply and profoundly to what is right and appropriate for us. It is rumored that many a king would go to his horse to consult about the upcoming battle or direction he was to take his country. During those times he would quiet his mind and listen deeply to the wisdom of the horse.
Held by horse within the sacred desert landscape you have ample time to consult your higher wisdom as the horse leads the way. Through a quiet awakening process expand into a heighten clarity of purpose and life vision and reinforced commitment to your path. During this program, you will experience profound communion time with a horse that will help you to access presence, deep grounding and a sense of balance and standing tall that you can then bring back to your everyday life where you navigate disruption and transitional times. Feel the horse’s unparalleled ability to expand your heart and deepen your connection to yourself, others and the world around you. Guided by horse, you learn to use the challenges of life as stepping-stones to a higher path while staying true to your core values and your spirits highest purpose. Presented by . . .
Colleen Caudill is an ACWH Certified Equine Facilitated Leaning Coach, LifeMastery Coach and Medicine Horse Facilitator. She is devoted to guiding clients through body/mind/spirit/heart integrated awareness processes for empowerment, leadership, transformation and healing. She inspires others to live confidently and express their unique gifts. Colleen’s passion for body/mind studies led her to careers in biochemistry, massage therapy, holistic health, energy medicine, and equestrian business management. Her education and experience combined with her intuitive gifts and nurturing presence creates a deeply supportive space for her clients. She brings her love of nature and horses, and a commitment to higher consciousness to her work. Colleeen love in Arroyo Grande, CA with her 16 horses and 4 dogs, where they continually teach her to be humble, kind, forgiving and listen to her heart. www.moondanceranchretreat.com
and . . .
Julie Taylor is a women’s health nurse practitioner of 30 years which grew into her deep love of being a nurse herbalist for many of those years. She has a deep passion for facilitating a true connection between the mind, body, and spirit of humans and horses alike. Her incredible relationship with her own horse and experiencing for herself the amazing healing that occurs in the presence of horses encouraged her to journey into equine facilitated learning and coaching. Julie completed her EFLC Certification with Kathy Pike in 2018 and launched her coaching business, Eyes into Your Soul: Horse Facilitated Coaching, in 2019. She offers individual sessions, workshops and retreats with her equine coaching partner, G, that blends a synergy of plant medicine with horse wisdom catalyst for change to help her clients manifest the life that they desire. www.herbalhealthandhealingarts.com
Late Afternoon Gatherings
How to Trust the Messages from Beyond
Do you know how you receive messages from animals? What if you could enhance that skill even more? You are invited to gain more confidence in your ability to see, sense, hear and know what animals are wishing to share with you. Join Kathy as she guides you through key tips to open your intuition and trust the information and communication that comes from all live beings. Additionally, Kathy will channel important spiritual messages from the Horse Ancestors (horses that are now in spirit form and wish to support you on your journey). Receive deep guidance from the wise spirits that live beyond, both from your own intuitive process and with what is shared through Kathy. (See Kathy Pike’s bio above)
How to Start a Non-Profit for Horses
Laurie Higgins-Kerley was profoundly changed when a small herd of horses at her family ranch assisted her in healing her grief stricken state after the loss of her husband. The horses were a salve for her broken heart. In return, she felt a strong desire to help horses in need. Her family ranch, Dove Creek, became a non-profit rescue for those horses that needed a second chance and time to heal from the hand that life had dealt them. It didn’t take her long to gather support and form a board of directors, file a non-profit certification, and get to work! Now, seven years later Dove Creek Equine Rescue has helped many horses. Laurie will offer her story and important information to know when starting a non-profit, which not only requires an enormous passion but business skills and strategy. (See Laurie Higgins-Kerley’s bio above.)
Wake Up and Open Up! Morning movement and yoga will wake up the energy within your body to begin a beautiful new day! Join Anna Harold (see photo and bio below) as she guides you through movement to softly ignite your energy centers. She will gently teach you to flow in your own natural way in a safe and sacred container. As you go within you may also go beyond. Let her guide you to activate your inner shaman that awaits an invitation to come forward. Offered Monday through Wednesday Morning – **Note: Anna Harold will also be assisting with Kathy Pike during the day time.
Anna Harold is a 2019 graduate of the Academy for Coaching with Horses. Anna is a professional massage therapist for horses and humans with over 15 years of experience. Her understanding of energy flow, mind-body connection and alignment with Source has deepened greatly through her studies and application of Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching. Anna’s desire to guide people to deep self-healing and transformation through the way of Horse was the inspiration behind the creation of SoulHorse Ranch, located at her home in Harpursville, New York. Combining her ability to be fully present, compassionate and intuitive in her sessions creates a shamanic feel and offers a deeply sacred container for her clients to experience transformation in their lives. Anna’s partners in this work consist of her mare, Cleopatra and her miniature donkeys, Willie and Waylon. www.soulhorseranch.com
Other Wonderful Activities
Monday/Tuesday Late Afternoon – Open time to for massages, relaxation, integration or a ride in the desert.
Tuesday Night– We spend time together to celebrate what teachings and unique discoveries have transpired from working with the horses. Then as part of our closing enjoy a small fire outside under the sparkling stars.
Ritual Ride in the Desert – Wednesday Morning
Your retreat experience 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. We stop at a picnic table for a small ritual and pictures. The ride is at a walk only so everyone can participate. This ride is a lovely way to end a very special time while setting intentions for the future! This is truly a matchless experience.
Dates and Location
Arrive to the White Stallion Ranch, Tucson Arizona, between 1:00 and 3:00pm on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Enjoy meeting presenters and retreat participants during the opening reception with snacks and beverages. Kathy Pike will then spend time to prepare you for your entire retreat and experiences with the horses. This early evening program will include a centering and visualization, so doors will close at 5:30. Dinner is served at 7:00. Rise early, before breakfast, for morning movement on Monday and Tuesday. You will experience four different styles of equine sessions (or mini-workshops) in the mornings and afternoons. You may also select to go for a ride or experience additional support in the late afternoons. All meals are included and we share space together. Wednesday morning is a Ritual Ride with the horses (walk only) or you may choose a massage or to relax by the pool instead. Plan to leave shortly after lunch (around 2:00, January 29, 2020). Shuttles are available from and to the airport for only $25 each way so no rental car is needed.
The true value of this Retreat is priceless. For monetary purposes and to support the growth of this new field of exploring consciousness with Horse, we have set a value at $1570.
However, we are offering special savings for a
limited time. The rate is only
$1070 per person – save $100when you and a friend sign up at the same time.
Retreat Accommodations and Meals
Your accommodations and meals are separate of the Retreat 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 (for only $25 each way).
Lodging Package per person is $776.97 Single occupancy or $670.06 Double occupancy (four days, three nights). (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 you must book both the event and your room at the ranch at the same time. You register for the Retreat on this page, and call the White Stallion Ranch separately to book your room. We have reserved 40 rooms and they will fill quickly. To reserve your room call the White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona directly at 520-297-0252 and say you’re a participant of the Kathy Pike Retreat.
A note from Kathy . . .
I am very proud to be offering The Fifth Annual ACWH Retreat. I have been blessed with the ACWH Graduates who have generously shared their time and energy with the common desire and goal to move the profound work with Horse forward in the world; changing not only how people live their lives but also how they see and understand Horses and all animals as sentient intelligent beings. This year’s team will also be of the same high caliber with an earnest desire to have the collective come together with a common goal of raising consciousness.
The theme for this year’s retreat I have shaped to be very personal for each individual. Years ago I had a shamanic journey where I went back in time and sat with Sitting Bull and his white horse at a fire before he was taken from his tribe and put into jail. He gave me absolute clarity that I am here to guide people back to their true authentic self and to how they can be of greatest service to others. This journey was powerful beyond measure and solidified the path that I had, at that time, already started. My desire to help others become a true aligned expression of their authentic self has served many individuals and groups through my last 26 years of life coaching and 16 years of working with the horses. I hope to serve you this January 2020.
I strive each year to shape this program according to the feedback we receive from past participants. This year attendees will experience every unique session offered by the team of facilitators that I have hand-selected. The retreat will also be smaller in size, allowing a maximum of 24 participants to ensure plenty of time for processing, sharing, digesting and experiencing the teaching of the horses. Of course, the other yummy experiences such as morning movement, massages, and a Ritual Ride in the desert will be available to you as well.
It is my wish and intention that you gain great clarity about your gifts, how to own them with confidence, and how to move forward in the world being of service to others, Horse and Mother Earth.
Each and every highly qualified presenter will support you in this process. You will leave the retreat a different person, feeling centered, filled with possibility, richness in your heart and soul, and having made friends – often life-long friends, with like-minded individuals.
Thank you for your desire to be true to your self and to be of service in your own special one of a kind way.