Mastering Boundaries

An Equine Experience for Unresolved Trauma

Workshop: Mastering Boundaries

Category: Relationships

What: A 3-day equine experience using Somatic Experiencing to help individuals develop and practice healthy boundaries

Who: Anyone who struggles with setting and holding appropriate boundaries

Cost: $2200 (includes meals, evening activities, Brain Spa and gym access)

Lodging: Reserve single or share on-site rooms

Workshop Topics

  • Setting and maintaining effective boundaries
  • Unresolved trauma’s impact
  • What are appropriate boundaries
  • How to recognize opportunities for connection

All About This Workshop

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, but unresolved trauma interferes with a person’s ability to set and maintain effective boundaries. The trauma that has left participants feeling “stuck” will be addressed during the workshop. 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.

$2200, which includes meals, evening activities (yoga, tai chi, auricular acupuncture, live music), 12-Step meeting, Brain Spa access, and gym access.

Since workshops fill quickly, we encourage making reservations three to four weeks in advance.

Meet the Facilitators

Colleen DeRango

Co-facilitator, Somatic Equine Practitioner

“When the person gets connected with themselves and what is really going on, the horse resonates with that. They become like a tuning fork for that individual, which gets them more in alignment with the truth of who they are and the truth of what they feel.”

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Buddy Uldrikson

Co-facilitator, Somatic Equine Practitioner

“The horse looks at the deeper issue and says, ‘this is where you’re are at.’ … I don’t need to know the history of the person. The horse will just bring something up and go to work from there.”

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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 their own transportation and lodging in the Wickenburg area. A list of lodging and transportation options will be sent with your workshop confirmation email.

The Fine Print

Workshop groups run Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 am to 4 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 we have a dress code, cell phone, and smoking policy.

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

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Mastering Boundaries

Mar 13 - 15, 2020

Dec 4 - 6, 2020

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