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Horse Therapy Retreat in Pennsylvania

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. Whatever you are looking for, a vacation at Wildfire Spiritual Retreat is guaranteed to leave you with unforgettable memories!

Key Information

  • Horse Height Range: 14.3 - 16 hands
  • Horse Breed: Arabian, Quarter horse, Friesian, Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse, Rocky Mountain Saddle Horse, Missouri Fox Trotter, and Tennesse Walker gelding


  • 3 hours of daily horse activities
  • 2 discussion sessions to understand the effects of the horse therapy
  • A guaranteed horseback trail ride adventure into the Bald Eagle State Forest
  • One-hour daily participation in ranch work including brushing and feeding horses
  • Choice of horse therapy sessions, horseback trail rides, horse riding or training sessions
  • A massage therapy session from a nearby professional therapist
  • 5 nights' accommodation with daily country breakfast
  • A visit to a nearby Amish store

Skill level

  • Beginner


5 days with instruction
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  • Free Wi-Fi

Whispering Winds consist of charming guest rooms featuring 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.

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 Staff members are not licensed counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists nor do we make any such claims. As such, there is no counseling conducted during our equine therapy sessions. Clients are given games to play with the horses which empower clients in their weak areas and promote healing from inner traumas as a result. Wildfire Ranch staff members interpret horse behavior during these sessions as the horses 'mirror' what they are sensing in the clients.


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.


  • East of the Pennsylvania State University and State College - 25 minutes



  • 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

What's not included

  • Transportation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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Pricing information

For shorter stays, the price is 250 USD per night for one rider package or 350 USD per night for 2 riders package. Each additional person is 630 USD per week. Please let Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat know if a guest is not planning on participating in any horse activities so that they can adjust the price.

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