Core Connection's

"Coming Home" Retreat

In our fast-paced lives, it's easy to lose touch with our true selves amidst the pressures of work, family, and relationships.

Reconnect with your true self

We are bombarded by pressures in our daily lives from work, family, and other relationships. These pressures can lead to disconnection from our true selves. The "Coming Home" retreat is a transformative experience that allows you to reconnect with yourself and find joy in life again.

You'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and gain valuable insights that will help you navigate life with confidence and clarity. By the end of the retreat, you'll leave feeling rejuvenated and reconnected with your true self. It's time to come home and find your inner peace!

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What to expect

A renewed sense of balance and joy in your life

Practice creating and communicating boundaries to maintain what’s important to you

A clearer understanding of the underlying patterns in your relationships

Practice new ways of staying connected to yourself and your loved ones

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Retreat info

Date: September 22nd  - 25th, 2023
Bar SZ Ranch
Cost: $1,400 plus accommodations. Guests can tailor their three-night stay experience by selecting from a variety of room options ranging from $275 to $400 per night depending on your preferences. *Please note that all accommodation bookings require a three-night stay. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

What’s included:

• All Equus Coaching activities with horses (on the ground; no riding experience required!)

• In - depth personal coaching with Core Connection master facilitators

• All meals deliciously prepared by Thyme Catering

• Beautiful private or community accommodations based on your preferences

• A ranch activity of your choice: Horseback riding, hiking, archery and rifle shooting, grooming and animal hang out time

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Accommodation options

reserved during Checkout as an "Add-On"

Room Pricing Breakdown
*Please note that all accommodation bookings require a three-night stay. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meet your guides

Alison Hunter

Alison Hunter

Alison Hunter is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Santa Cruz and Monterey County, CA. Alison has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Alison has been in private practice for twelve years. In her private practice, Alison specializes in Couples and Relational Counseling. Alison is a certified Relational Life Therapy practitioner, and has trained with Terry Real who developed the model. Alison is also a certified Master Facilitator and Equus Coach with the Center for Equus Coaching.

Alison grew up riding horses competitively in California and Hawaii. Alison has always had a passion for horses, and believes strongly in their ability to teach us how to connect with ourselves and with others.

When she is not working, Alison is busy encouraging, supporting and raising her son (10) and her two step-sons (16, 18) with the help of her husband and her King Charles Spaniel. She also enjoys spending time in nature.

Danielle Pennewell

Danielle Pennewell

Danielle is a life coach, HR professional and long-time Googler. She holds a degree in Economics and Mathematics from UC San Diego, and her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Danielle is a certified Equus Coach and Master Facilitator with the Center for Equus Coaching.

Danielle grew up riding horses and has seen first hand how horses can heal and transform various aspects of the human condition. It was through her experiences in corporate America and riding her horse that she found a calling with Equus coaching. Danielle brings with her a passion for helping people discover the freedom and empowerment that this work has brought to her life.

Danielle lives with her husband, two daughters, dog and horse in Danville CA, and feels grateful for every opportunity to get outside and play with horses."

Photo of Michelle Borland, Barn Manager of the Bar SZ Ranch

Bar SZ Ranch Head Trainer

Michelle Borland

Michelle BorlandMichelle has been working with horses for over 30 years. She began riding at six years old and became an assistant riding instructor at thirteen. She became a head riding instructor at 17. She rode horses in both 4-H and the United States Pony Club and was fortunate to train with many professionals in English and Western riding.

She attended both Clemson University and Cal Poly SLO where she showed horses and earned her degree in Animal Science with graduate work in Agricultural Education. While in college, Michelle worked for a resort leading trail rides, giving arena lessons to both kids and adults, and overseeing the care of both ranch and boarded horses. After college, she worked for 12 years as a veterinary technician. She was also certified through the Equine Growth and Learning Association (EGALA) where she worked as an Equine Specialist in therapy sessions with at-risk youth and families.

Michelle earned a level four Master Instructor Certification in both English and Western riding through the Certified Horsemanship Association. She is qualified to improve the performance of advanced riders and their horses in jumping, dressage, reining, and other performance events.

Most recently, Michelle has been managing the barn at the Bar SZ Ranch where she oversees the care and training of guest trail riding horses. She also enjoys hosting clinics where she teaches guests, students, and 4-H members all about horses and other ranch animals. Additionally, Michelle oversees the care of all boarded horses at the facility.

Keeping horses safe and comfortable is work Michelle and her team take very seriously.