Mastering Boundaries

An Equine Experience for Unresolved Trauma

Relationship Workshop

Relationship Workshop

About the Workshop

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Mastering Boundaries is a 3-day equine experience facilitated by Somatic Experiencing® practitioners and highly-skilled horsemen Colleen DeRango and Buddy Uldrikson. The workshop is designed to fully support individuals in developing the “felt-sense” of boundaries.

Through interactions with horses, participants will learn to value themselves enough to practice healthy boundaries. Participants who struggle to have boundaries will learn how to hold a boundary and exist in relationship with others. Those who struggle with walled-off boundaries will learn how to let functional people in while maintaining healthy and safe boundaries.

Utilizing Somatic Experiencing®, attendees learn to build self-confidence while practicing boundaries that both protect and contain. The ability to protect and contain oneself is a vital part of being functionally relational. Unresolved trauma interferes with a person’s ability to set and maintain effective boundaries.

In the workshop, the trauma that has left participants feeling “stuck” will be addressed. Those in attendance will learn when it may be appropriate to have a wall, recognize opportunities for connection, and establish a more clearly defined sense of optimal personal space.


Cost of the three-day workshop is $2,200 per person. All-inclusive are meals and evening activities: yoga, tai chi, auricular acupuncture, live music, and a 12-step meeting. Access to the Brain Center and gym are also included in the cost of the workshop.

Lodging and Transportation

Lodging is available at the Rio Retreat Center on a first come, first served basis. Rooms are simply appointed and designed to be conducive to the process of healing and recovery. We offer both shared and private rooms. For those staying on campus, transportation will be available from and to the Phoenix airport with two convenient pickup times. Details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the sign-up process.

Those who do not stay at the Rio Retreat Center will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation and lodging in the Wickenburg area. A list of lodging and transportation options will be sent with your workshop confirmation email.

Please Note

Workshop groups run Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The schedule is somewhat flexible to accommodate the size of the group and the group process. Evening programming is provided after dinner. The Rio Retreat Center campus is strictly alcohol and drug-free and has a dress code, cell phone, and smoking policy.

Get Answers to Your Questions

For more details about this workshop and to register, please contact us to speak to a Workshop Coordinator.


Mastering Boundaries

Mar 13 - 15, 2020

Dec 4 - 6, 2020