Centered Riding/Horse Speak/Holistic Horsemanship All-Inclusive Retreat

Bitterroot Ranch
1480 East Fork Rd Dubios
WY, WY 82513
United States

Pricing/Ticket Info
Suitable for Children

Event Dates and Times
Sunday July 14, 2024
5:00 PM  - 07:00 PM
Sunday July 21, 2024
9:00 AM  - 05:00 PM
Join Heidi Potter for a memorable, all-inclusive week-long retreat at the beautiful Wyoming Bitterroot Ranch. Immerse yourself in horses by being and living with over 200 horses of varying ages, breeds, abilities, and training levels. Heidi will guide 8 retreat guests to a deeply enriching and connected way of “being” with horses. Her mindful, holistic approach to horses has evolved over her 50+ years of experience. In 2017 she added in teaching the principals of Horse Speak® as created by founder Sharon Wilsie. Learning and practicing precise equine body language skills, the kinesthetic, truly natural language of horses, in such a natural setting, is simply magical. Participants leave with a new understanding of their equine friends and skills to deepen rapport, improve trust and add enrichment to every interaction.

This retreat includes daily workshops, interacting with horses on the ground and at liberty, and riding sessions. Guests will improve their overall balance, confidence & comfort with 4 Centered Riding© lessons, and 2 Guided Trail rides in the vast Wyoming countryside. Riders skill level must be that of “Advanced Beginners”, able to control a horse at the walk. and have some experience riding and controlling at the trot/jog.

Accommodations include living in cozy, rustic cabins surrounded by mountains and streams, wholesome, healthy meals, baby pasture visits and night visits up on the bench with the big herd. Optional activities include Yoga, attending a rodeo in town, square dancing night and cattle sorting.

Option for Non-Riding/Auditors or Non-Participating guest to join you.
Heidi Potter
761 Weatherhead Hollow Rd
Guilford VT 05301
United States
Heidi Potter Holistic Horsemanship Heidi Potter
Heidi Potter is an internationally known and respected Trainer, Clinician, Instructor and Author, sharing over 55 years of horse experience. Her teaching and training is strongly influenced by her practice in traditional Eastern Martial Arts. She is a Centered Riding® Clinician, Senior Horse Speak® Instructor, Horse Agility Accredited Trainer (w/the International HA Club), Holistic Horsemanship Trainer and CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Master Instructor/Certifier.

Heidi feels blessed to have learned directly from her neighboring friend, mentor and the founder of Centered Riding, Ms. Sally Swift. Sally’s work beautifully and effectively blends Heidi’s experience with Eastern philosophies into her horsemanship practice. The Centered Riding basics of Soft Eyes, Breathing, Centering and Balance, along with Grounding and Awareness, lead to amazing results both, on the ground and in the saddle. Heidi has assisted riders of all levels and disciplines improve comfort, communication, confidence & effectiveness in the saddle. She has experience working with a variety of horses including gaited breeds.

Heidi’s Holistic Horsemanship approach to training evolved from her education in Natural Horsemanship and her subsequent search for a calmer, softer, more empathetic approach to creating lasting relationships. She was driven by her desire to improve behaviors, safely create boundaries, earn mutual respect and establish connection, all while focusing on enrichment, for both horses and humans. Students across the globe have benefitted from her teachings and have been successful in building safer, more trusting, respectful and enjoyable partnerships with their equine friends.

In 2012 Heidi became one of just a few Accredited Horse Agility Trainers in the US through the International Horse Agility Club of England. Horse Agility uses primarily in-hand skill building and obstacle play to establish improved communication, trust and confidence between horses and humans. It's a fun practice for horse of all ages, abilities and breeds including Minis, Donkeys, Retired or Rehabbing Horses. The only two rules are it needs to be Safe and Fun for all involved. 

In March of 2017 Heidi discovered the "missing link" in understanding, supporting and communicating with horses through Horse Speak, Precise Equine Body Language Skills. She began working with founder Sharon Wilsie who authored three books, Horse Speak, The Equine-Human Translation Guide, Horses In Translation and Essential Horse Speak. Sharon’s step-by-step equine translation program has opened new doors for horse owners, trainers, instructors, rescue horse operations and those in many equine professions such as therapeutic, massage, Masterson, and dentistry. In late 2018 Heidi became a Senior Horse Speak Instructor/Clinician and joined Sharon and Laura Wilsie to form the Horse Speak Educational and Certification Program. Visit

Heidi and her Cheval Canadian Riley enjoy pleasure riding, trails, liberty play and competing in Western Dressage. Their training in Western Dressage helps them both focus on improving fitness and mindfully working up the dressage training scale.

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