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6 Days Heartland Week-Long Retreat Horse Therapy Getaway in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania

Whispering Winds Guestroom, Wildfire Ranch, 332 Harter Road, Spring Mills, Gregg, Centre, Pennsylvania, USA

Ranch Vacation in the USA

Enjoy this heartland week-long retreat! How would you like to live on a real dude ranch for a six-day getaway? By popular demand, Wildfire Ranch is now offering a week-long retreat for guests wanting to live on this horse ranch. During your dude ranch experience, you will receive equine therapy for depression and anxiety (if desired) or you can simply choose to experience the daily horse ranch life.

Key Information

  • Horse Height Range: 14.3 - 16 hands
  • Horse Breed: Arabian pony, Connemara Pony, Friesian, Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse, Rocky Mountain Saddle Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Tennesse Walker gelding


  • 3-hour horse riding program
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 hours
  • 2 discussions understanding the effects of horse therapy
  • 1-hour daily participation in ranch work; including brushing and feeding horses
  • Choice of horse therapy sessions, horseback trail rides, horse riding or training sessions
  • 1 massage therapy session and 1 visit to a nearby Amish store
  • Country breakfast provided each morning
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


5 days with instruction
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  • Free Wi-Fi

This charming guest room features a four-poster queen bed, office desk, kitchenette with Keurig coffee-maker, microwave, and hotel-sized refrigerator, entertainment center with top 150 channels on your 36-inch TV, Wi-Fi Internet, and private full bath with bathtub and shower! A professionally-decorated full bathroom is just five steps down the hallway along with a full laundry room. Guests are welcome to use the campfire pit for night-time fires and the Ponderosa Deck for relaxing all throughout your stay.


Heartland week-long retreat

A typical dude ranch day is filled with barn chores like calling the horses in from pasture and thrilling to the thunderous sound of their hooves as they gallop in as well as feeding and watering and mucking stalls afterward. Then, it is on to the fun activities which involve one-on-one contact with the horses as you learn to groom and tack them for riding. Additionally, you will learn all about horse behavior and the various breeds; the difference between English and Western riding styles; and how to walk, trot and canter any horse in any style.

Every day during your dude ranch retreat, you will either be receiving the enormous benefits of horse therapy for depression or experiencing unforgettable horseback trail ride adventures into the Bald Eagle State Forest. They will mix in a few horse lessons in this ring for those who want to better their riding skills and even horse training lessons for the guests dreaming of running their own ranches. To add some luxury to your week, they include one massage therapy session with a professionally-licensed therapist nearby!

For those seeking healing from depression, spend six days and five nights on this ranch while receiving daily equine therapy sessions. Discussion sessions twice during the week will ensure that you are receiving the full benefits of your horse therapy sessions. In between therapy sessions, you will receive horseback riding lessons and even trail rides into the state forest! Breakfast will be provided daily. You will participate in all of the daily activities on the horse dude ranch while receiving equine therapy for anxiety, depression, and despair if needed.

Horse therapy sessions

Experience the wonder of healing from depression, anxiety, and anger through horses! These equine therapy sessions have proven life-changing for hundreds of people who admitted to Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat that this was their 'last resort' after trying years of traditional therapy. First sessions are always two hours at 40 USD / hour; each session after is one hour at 40 USD / hour.

Trail Rides

Wildfire Ranch is proud to offer the only public guided horseback trail ride adventures in all of central Pennsylvania. During your horseback adventure, you will be surrounded by vivid green ferns and pine trees. You may be visited by wild turkey and deer. Your senses will absorb the sounds of rushing mountain streams and the cries of the hawk. This only begins to cover the beauties of the state game lands. They are pleased to offer trail rides that allow you to trot and even canter your horse during the course of the ride (rather than walking only).


The beautiful horses are the heart of your trail rides, lessons, or therapy. The barn is home to eleven experienced trail horses, each with their own personalities and skills. From the tiny old lady of the barn, Delight, to the gleaming star that is Jerusalem, there are horses to suit every skill level. All of the horses are gaited, which means that they have a smooth, even ride with passion and personality.


Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat is a peaceful paradise of seven acres located in the heart of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania (central Pennsylvania). Breathtaking views surround the setting creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The retreat center itself is fondly referred to as the 'Ponderosa Lodge', a 1,200-square foot log home that sleeps up to eight guests for overnight lodging. The 1,200-square foot covered deck offers guests peace and breathtaking views from a second-story level.



  • Horse riding
  • Massage


  • Dining area
  • Kitchen


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet


A huge country breakfast is included each morning of your stay with this beautiful guest room! The breakfast menu includes organic scrambled eggs with melted cheese, cinnamon raisin bagels with Amish homemade rolled butter, bacon, and orange juice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 hours daily of your choice of horse therapy sessions, horseback trail rides, horse riding lessons or horse-training sessions (If raining, Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat will substitute with in-barn activities.)
  • 1 guaranteed horseback trail ride adventure into the Bald Eagle State Forest
  • 1-hour daily participation in the ranch work including brushing and feeding horses
  • 2 discussion sessions to understand the effects of horse therapy
  • 1 visit to a nearby Amish store
  • 1 massage therapy session from a nearby professional therapist
  • Dish top 150 channels
  • Wi-Fi
  • Coffeemaker
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Country breakfast provided each morning of your stay
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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