THE GREAT ESCAPE MUSTANG SANCTUARY
Wild and Wise Retreat with Horses
A 5-day retreat with Colorado mustangs for equine assisted professionals
When: May 19-25, 2019
Fly into: Denver, Colorado
Number of participants: 8-12 EAL/EAP professionals
Cost (double occupancy): $2,550 all inclusive
Cost (single occupancy): $2,800 all inclusive
EARLY BIRD: Register and pay a deposit by December 1, 2018 to receive a $150 early bird discount! Single accommodations are limited, so book early!
Gift Yourself an Experience of Renewal and Inspiration
By attuning into the world of the horse, our retreats for EAL/EAP professionals help you connect to like-minded people in the field. Join Guide into the World of the Horse Laura Williams and Master Facilitator Rob Pliskin to renew, restore, and be inspired by mustangs, and help support sanctuary operations while you are at it!
Our work as equine-assisted professionals is often isolating. Wild and Wise with Horses Retreats offer an opportunity to connect with people who understand grounded, present, and ethical ways of inviting horses into our work. We are gathering the tribes to openly share experiences in intimate groups. While supported by others in the field, practice new tools and creative ideas for working with horses.
Come together with a herd of mustangs in a serene natural setting on over 900 acres of beautiful rolling open meadows in view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, while being gently held by others passionate about this work. Share your love for horses while dining on comfort food, relaxing in rustic yet cozy accommodations, and celebrating the starry night sky far from city lights.
This is a precious opportunity for self-care, free from life’s pressures, giving you the time and the space to roam among free and gentle horses, surrounded by spectacular natural scenery. Explore what it feels like to roam freely and comfortably among the horses, in your body, in and out of your thoughts and ideas, and into the depths of your soul.
Get inspired with new ideas from people who honor horses like you do, by the horses, and by our wonderful hosts – guardians of the mustangs and the land where they find sanctuary. Experience and practice new ways to offer your work: facilitating post-traumatic growth, consent-based relational principles with horses, working with groups and offering retreat-based programs, connection through art and movement, and much more.
Don't miss the experience of a lifetime!
The Great Escape Mustang Retreat is an opportunity for equine-assisted learning and psychotherapy practitioners to rest and renew while connecting with likeminds in colorful Colorado with free-spirited mustangs. This entirely non-riding retreat opens the possibility for genuine connection and regard for each being.
Expand your skill set to breathe new life into your work on:
- Supporting trauma victims and sufferers of PTSD to move from trauma to transformation
- Incorporating horse medicine, Native American rituals, and shamanic practice
- Building connection with your equine partners through dialogue and consent
- Bringing intuitive art, movement, and creativity into your practice
- Developing a retreat-based program for your clientelle with tried and true horse-led activities
- And much, much more
A serene natural setting, comfortable accommodation, and home-cooked food will compliment the equine experiences and soothe the soul.
Come to the well of inspiration and renewal and join a growing community of attuned equine-assisted learning and psychotherapy professionals!
Laura Williams is an equine-assisted learning practitioner, a guide into the world of the horse, and an advocate for ethical and equal treatment of horses as partners in learning.
Living with her eight equines of the “Herd of Joy” in the Russian wilderness, she believes horses can be a bridge between humans and nature, helping people to honor and preserve nature and their own intuition.
Laura is pioneering work in Russia on horses as teachers and healers, working with children and adults to build emotional intelligence, create awareness and inner sanctuary, and listen to their intuition.
In 2016, Laura received equine-assisted learning certification with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute (Australia). Laura is also certified by the European Association for Horse-Assisted Education/Horse Dream (2015).
Rob Pliskin is a Master Facilitator and an EAGALA Advanced Dual Certified Equine Specialist and Mental Health Professional. Rob served as Program Director of the Equine Pathfinders Foundation in New Zealand and was one of the creators of the International Spirit Horse Festival.
Rob has partnered with horses to help children, youth, and adults find personal strength and healing in places as far apart as northern Israel, South Head, New Zealand, and the Appalachian counties of Ohio. He has been guided by the horses to help facilitate retreats for combat veterans with Warrior PATHH (Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes) at Boulder Crest Retreat in Virginia, U.S.A.
Rob has supported American Indian friends and teachers for over 20 years in their Sun Dances, Vision Quests, and Purification Lodges. He has also undertaken his own Vision Quest journey, and continues to help bring ceremony to his community.
(may be revised depending on group wishes and weather)
May 19, 2019
Meeting place at Denver International Airport at 3 pm
Transfer 1 hour by bus to GEMS
Meet the sanctuary creators and hear about their vision
Meet the horses
Get to know the guides and the participants
May 20-24, 2019
Each morning: wake up with a practice of intuitive movement, a short hike, yoga, or meditation
Each day will include group and individual activities with and without horses on:
Mindfulness, rituals, and connecting with your senses and spirit
Experiments and sessions with horses at liberty
Connecting to your creativity and intuition
One full day will be dedicated to healing PTSD and post-traumatic growth with the horses
One full day will be dedicated to a Dialogue and Consent horse-friendship clinic with mustangs
May 25, 2019
Depart for Denver International Airport by 10 am.
Arrive at Denver International Airport by 11 am. Flights not before 1:00 pm.
*The Fine Print: Payment, Refunds, and Other Conditions
What is included: price includes ground transportation from Denver International Airport, accommodation, all meals, group activities, and horse experiences. Airfare and alcohol not included.
Reserve your spot: a 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot now. The early bird rate is valid only until December 1, 2018. The remainder will be due no later than March 1, 2019.
Refunds: if you cannot travel for any reason, a refund will be provided only if we can fill your spot, minus a service fee of $75. If we cannot fill your spot, we will be able to refund only part of your payment minus actual expenses incurred.
Accommodations: the rustic cabins are 12' x 12', and comfortably furnished. Each cabin is solar powered and made of renewable materials. The bathroom and showering facility is a short walk from the cabins. Bed linens and towels are provided. There are a limited number of single accommodation, so once those are filled, only double occupancy cabins at the shared accommodation rate will be offered.
Menu: the fare will be home-cooked comfort food with local flare and will include vegetarian options. We can accommodate most dietary needs and will send out an inquiry form on this later. Alcohol not provided.
Group size: the group will be limited to 12 participants. If the group cannot be filled with EAL/EAP practitioners, it will be opened up to others interested in the profession on a case by case basis.
Meet at Denver International Airport at 3 pm May 19, 2019
Flights depart Denver International Airport no earlier than 1 pm May 25, 2019
Please note: some walking over rolling, forgiving terrain may be required between venues and to see the horses.
The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary (GEMS)
The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary (GEMS) in Deer Trail, Colorado was founded in 2012 on about 900 acres of beautiful rolling open meadows, stands of pine trees, gulches, and ponds. GEMS offers animals and people a place to connect with themselves and with the land. The dedicated staff works to educate the public on the revered icon of the Wild West and rehome mustangs captured in the wild by government programs to manage their populations.
This retreat will help support the GEMS operating budget, which is over $200,000 a year.