September 22–28, 2018
Living In Connection
The design of this program is the culmination of 10 years of experience facilitating retreats and workshops. It is informed by neuro-science, attachment-focused equine therapy, Mindfulness*, EMDR, and group psychology.
"If you're interested in a transformational experience that's grounded in the best practices in mental health and wellness, with some mysticism sprinkled in, I invite you to join us."
What You Can Expect:
- Spend 7 days & 6 nights at a beautifully appointed guest ranch & spa at the renowned Rancho Las Cascadas
- Dine on deliciously prepared regional Mexican specialties
- Enjoy invigorating and restorative yoga each morning and evening
- Ride healthy and trustworthy horses through open vistas and stunning landscapes
- Explore either a guided tour of the history, architecture and markets of the magical UNESCO town of San Miguel D'Allende OR a guided excursion to one of the most architecturally and spiritually significant Meso-American pyramids of Teotihuacan
- Practice meditation alongside waterfalls and under starry skies
- Indulge in the heated, infinity pool, jacuzzi, and all spa facilities
- Elevate your relationships through guided, personal-growth experiences with the horses!
Connect with Yourself
Open a clear channel into your inner world and develop a deep connection with yourself, learning intuitively how to best care for yourself in all of your relationships. Â
Heal Your Heart
Cleanse accumulated emotional toxicity due to unresolved grief and loss, betrayals and resentments, or anything that might be causing you distress, and experience greater freedom and peace.
Live in Love
Transform your life by learning and practicing how to harness the power of love authentically,Â and access your ability to perform magic and miracles in your own life, and with others.
No prior riding or horsemanship experience necessary.
"I am so beyond grateful to have been able to join this group and be part of the Connecting With Spirit Retreat! It was so freeing to be in Mexico, surrounded by love and light at the Rancho. It would not have been the same experience and not nearly as rewarding had I been there without the group. I highly recommend flying solo for this experience, you make many new wonderful friends along the way and you will treasure the memories made for the rest of your life! Give your soul this beautiful gift!"
"Quite simply, this was the best trip I've ever been on, and I have missed Mexico every day since returning. The retreat was beautifully run by the leaders; and the seamless interweaving of riding, inner work, yoga, good people, and good food left a permanent impression on my life."
"Most amazing experience of my life"
🐴💕 Teresa R.
“Everything about this retreat was perfect for me….from the wonderful heart-centered work Jody led us through to the sweet little guest ranch and its perfect accommodations, to the beautiful countryside of Mexico and its kind people and amazing food, to the noble horse beings we were lucky enough to bond with (riding and otherwise).”
"What an adventure! Most surprising is how working with the horses has helped me in my personal relationships. Very powerful and lots of fun. This was my 2nd time, and I look forward to going again."
"The experience of working with the horses gave me new insights and emotional awareness that years of conventional talk therapy failed to do."
“The staff are all simply wonderful, and my accommodations were spectacular!”
“Everything seemed to be perfectly timed with just the right level of intensity of emotional work.”
“These retreats are life-changing! The skilled staff, the beautiful environment, and best of all the healing experiential work with the horses makes for an unforgettable week. I plan to return many more times!”
Paige Kelly, LCSW
“I’m leaving with a sense of hope and healing on a level I never dreamed.”
"The retreat experience was completely rejuvenating in spirit, restorative of the power within, and joyous! A completely safe area with absolutely beautiful people, horses, and the food was fabulous. I cannot wait to go back again!”
"Jody made a fantastic leader. She has an ability to create a safe group environment and lead with intuition and sensitivity. She has a wonderful combination of seriousness, education, fun, and emotion."
"My daughter and I attended the retreat together and we were not disappointed! We resolved some old issues and set a foundation for a fresh and more mature rapport."
"During the activities, I felt so grounded and present... no past, no future, only NOW. I learned so much about myself, and I loved it!"
“I’ve been on many retreats. This was by far the best ever: personal growth through connecting with a horse - in a deeply meaningful way - wow, my dream come true. I will be going again and again!”
"As a somewhat fearful 'woman of a certain age' who had only been on a horse briefly in her childhood, I was able to go beyond my fears and enjoy the thrill of learning to horseback ride thanks to the skillful and gentle support this workshop provided."
“Are you quietly yearning for Empowerment? Transformation? A sense of unity and connection? Do you wonder what it would be like to totally trust and feel safe? Give yourself this amazingly incredible gift of adventure. You simply must! You will never be the same again!”
"Just as good the second time! Amazing...so healing, so safe, so spiritual. What a gift. Thank you!
“The retreat was life-changing. I was able to get back to my true self, my true nature. I left filled with so much love, joy, gratitude, a feeling of empowerment and a life-time of memories.”
“This was my 3rd time! I always return home with an open heart and filled with love!”
“This was one of the best experiences of my life. I never knew I could meet people that are so real, raw, and open. The therapy on this trip is unbelievable and so easy.They listen and help, with no judgement, and it’s just beautiful. There’s nothing like getting a quick therapy fix while you’re in Mexico on a horse. It’s unbelievable!”
Day Trips for a bit of Mexican magic:
Teotihuacan (teh-oh-tee-wa-KHAN) was an ancient Mesoamerican city.Thought to have been built between 100 BC and 300 AD, the holy city is characterized by the vast size of its monuments, carefully laid out on geometric and symbolic principles. Its tallest structure, Pyramid of the Sun, is the 3rd largest pyramid in the world.
Teo has been considered a sacred site for spiritual masters and seekers since its inception. Its name translates to "Where man awakens to his own divinity", illustrating the intention of its early inhabitants to move closer to the divine and further away from human suffering. Thousands of spiritual seekers visit the pyramids each year to experience its mystical power and energy.
San Miguel De Allende
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the town of San Miguel de Allende is our excursion destination for one day. Also known as the Heart of Mexico, it is, without a doubt, an incredible place.
A great trip for shoppers and a real treasure for those who love architecture, this amazing city boasts beautiful churches, small town squares, and many hidden patios (Mexican courtyards). Wandering around this town will reveal coffee shops, antiques, jewelry, paintings, and many other things. We will have lunch together on the rooftop of one of the city's best restaurants, overlooking this magical city!
Our Gentle Guides:
Coco Kate Jenkins
Coco grew up riding horses with friends in rural Missouri. She has participated in virtually every aspect of Western riding, horsemanship and rodeo, from halter to barrel racing to bronc riding.
“I love helping retreat participants understand the horse’s language so they can enjoy a safe and trusting, and ultimately fun, relationship. And personally, each retreat offers me many opportunities for introspection and continued mental fitness, (and Rancho Las Cascadas rocks)!"
Yoga Instructor and Energy/Body Healer
BlueHeron will be leading us in yoga, meditation, and spirit circles. She has contributed to her community of Nashville, TN, as a nurse, a massage therapist, and a facilitator for women's gatherings. Her current work focuses on wellness, addiction, relationship traumas, and eating disorders. She leads mindfulness yoga and invites you to join with her in body, mind, and spirit awareness. She will also be offering her signature healing massage sessions (priced separately).
"During the retreats I love watching our guests believe in the impossible and then put their energy into seeing it thru....creating their own magical moment of empowerment!"
Sheila Maitland, LPCS
Marriage and Family Therapist
Special Guest Facilitator
Sheila has been working with individuals, couples, groups and families for more than 20 years. With a focus on addiction and co-addiction, Sheila works with her clients to discover the cause of their pain, uncover trauma and heal these wounds.
Sheila is consulting therapist to several nationally recognized workshops and enjoys the opportunity to work with exceptional people and programs in North America. She is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator which means she’s certified in Brene Brown’s work and leads groups dealing with shame, resilience and worthiness.
"Riding my horse Fabio each day I grew in my confidence of the relationship and the trust that was happening. I felt deep joy and connection! Riding on the back of a giant I have had my own inner journey. Truly Amazing!"