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Please note that the Return to Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary is open to visitors only by appointment or during an event. To visit or to book a reservation for a program or event, please email us here.

Overview of Return to Freedom’s Tours and Events

SANCTUARY TOURS
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Join us May through August for docent-led sanctuary tours.

This is a docent-guided walking tour of the sanctuary with some time for quiet herd observation along the way. Meet some of the mustangs who live here and represent a vital link to the history of the horse in North America. Learn about the horse as a native species with its origins in America, their dispersal throughout the world, and their return to their home continent as it is interwoven with our cultural heritage.

Healthy snacks, fruits and beverages provided. Recommended minimum age is eight years. Suggested admission: $50 per adult; $15 for children under 12. Time: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. This is an introductory tour.

Please click on the date you would like to register for:

Saturday May 4, 2019

Saturday June 1, 2019

Saturday July 6, 2019

Saturday August 3, 2019

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
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For one day each quarter, join us as we pull up our sleeves and tackle various projects around the ranch from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please bring your own lunch. Healthy snacks, fruits, and beverages are provided. The recommended minimum age is 8 years old.

Following the volunteer period there will be an opportunity for herd observation of one group of our sanctuary residents. Each volunteer day in 2019 will end by visiting a different herd.

To register to participate in our next quarterly Volunteer Day please click on the date:

Saturday March 23, 2019

Sunday June 16, 2019

Saturday September 21, 2019

San Luis Obispo Location: Let us know if you are available to help us at our 2,000-acre satellite sanctuary in San Luis Obispo. Water trough cleaning and thistle eradication projects are underway!

Recommended minimum age is eight years. Join our volunteer email list to receive volunteer updates. Let us know if you would like to volunteer for fundraisers or tabling events! For more information, email: volunteers@returntofreedom.org.

Wild Horse Photo Safaris and Workshops at Return to Freedom

Return to Freedom (RTF) hosts photo safaris at our location in Lompoc, California, on 300 acres, and at our satellite sanctuary, on 2,000 rolling acres, in San Luis Obispo, California. RTF photo safaris are scheduled by appointment and are led either by RTF volunteers and/or professional photographers who know the sanctuary, the herds, and the light. To schedule a personalized photo safari either in Lompoc or in San Luis Obispo, a minimum of four guests is necessary. Contact programs@returntofreedom.org.

PHOTO SAFARIS IN LOMPOC
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On 300 acres, photographers are able to experience diverse herds of the American Mustang. Horses who look as though they have literally stepped off the pages of a history book — such as descendants of Padres Kino’s Spanish Mission horses, the Iberian Sorraia type Sulphur Springs herd and the rarely found Cerbat Spanish Mustang. Then, in the hills, are descendants of cavalry and ranch horses from the Great Basin and other rugged areas on Western Public lands. The sanctuary is also home to wild burros who live in the romantic oak forest.

Minimum suggested fee: $200 per person; minimum four participants. 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. (dark)

To register for 2019 Wild Horse Photo Safari dates in Lompoc click on the date you’d like to attend:

Saturday May 18, 2019

Saturday June 15, 2019

Saturday July 20, 2019

Saturday August 17, 2019

PHOTO SAFARIS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO
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On 2,000 acres of horse heaven on California’s Central Coast, 72 wild horses and 16 burros roam free. You may choose to embark on a photo safari or herd observation experience. While photographers will follow the best light, observers will instead have the opportunity to quietly watch herd behavior and move at their own pace. Each experience will have its own guide. Safaris last three-five hours and can be scheduled for early morning or late afternoon. Prescheduled safaris are held from 3pm – dark.

Horses from the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in southeastern Oregon, along with other family bands, grace the beautiful rolling hills of San Luis Obispo with a view of the ocean in the distance. A picnic basket with healthy snacks and beverages will be provided.

Minimum suggested fee: $350 per person. A minimum of four participants are required to hold the Safari.

To register for 2019 prescheduled Wild Horse Safari dates in San Luis Obispo, click on the date you’d like to attend:

Saturday April 27, 2019

Saturday May 25, 2019 – Led by Tony Stromberg, world renowned equine photographer

Saturday August 31, 2019

Saturday September 28, 2019

Saturday October 26, 2019

PHOTO WORKSHOP WITH TONY STROMBERG

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May 19 – 24, 2019: Beginning to Advanced Photographers – FULL Join Tony Stromberg for a six-day equine photography workshop that takes place at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary in Central Coastal California. Call us at (805) 737-9246 to be put on the waitlist.

Return to Freedom, now with two locations available to host photographers, is home to more than 450 rare and beautiful mustangs from all over the U.S. “We have produced this workshop successfully for many years now,” Tony says, “and it continues to be one of my favorite places to photograph my favorite subject, so much that it feels like a second home to me.”

Tony will share a lifetime of experience and insights, the specific techniques and processes he has learned throughout his life, and his unique philosophy about what goes into creating an image that is evocative, moving, and captivating … an image that has depth and soul, and is not just a “snapshot” — an image that carries a message to the heart.

Please note that a considerable percentage of the workshop fee is donated to support the sanctuary and its educational programs, and to support the foundations that are trying very hard to preserve an American icon against a tremendous amount of opposition. This is why we continue to do this workshop every year — because we are passionate about this cause and because we want to help the horses and the amazing people who devote their lives to helping them. —Tony Stromberg

WATERHOLE RITUALS WITH CAROLYN RESNICK

June 20, 2019 – June 23, 2019: Experience the Waterhole Rituals and Liberty based Training with a deeper understanding of The Carolyn Resnick Method of Horsemanship.

This amazing experience will take you to Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary where you will learn the seven Waterhole Rituals with wild horses that have been rescued by Return to Freedom. Carolyn Resnick and certified instructor Nancy Zintmaster will be teaching this clinic in a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Carolyn’s life work come to fruition. You’ll learn how Carolyn developed this method of communicating with horses at Liberty and why it works so well in training horses.

Clinics and Workshops

ANIMAL COMMUNICATION AND WILD HORSE WALK
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Animal Communication and Wild Horse Walk – July 27, 2019: Learn to communicate with your animals and companions as well as other animals using a variety of techniques. You’ll learn how to check for their well being and health issues. You’ll learn how to validate your answers and also get plenty of practice time reading other people’s animals. Toward the end of the class around 5:00 p.m. you’ll be guided by Return to Freedom’s staff into the hills to walk with the wild horses.
Manuals included.

Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fee: $325 (prepayment required)
Contact: Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher
www.cindyrackley.com
Email: hawkmeadow4@q.com
Phone: 360-825-6949
Text: 253-653-5317

Cindy Rackley offers readings for people and animals. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Coach, and Healer. Her work incorporates many forms of Energy Medicine, applied Kinesiology, Vibrational Medicines, such as Homeopathy, Flower Essences, and Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. She works with people, animals, and organizations in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY MEDICINE COURSE
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Introduction to Energy Medicine Course – July 28, 2019: You will learn how to utilize Energy, Homeopathy, Flower Essence, applied Kinesiology, and theapeutic grade Essential Oils in the healing of people and animals. You will learn about energy fields and a form of applied kinesiology. You will also learn how to make your own homeopathic and flower essence blends for yourself and others.
Manuals and supplies included.

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $295 (prepayment required)
Contact: Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher
www.cindyrackley.com
Email: hawkmeadow4@q.com
Phone: 360-825-6949
Text: 253-653-5317

Cindy Rackley offers readings for people and animals. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Coach, and Healer. Her work incorporates many forms of Energy Medicine, applied Kinesiology, Vibrational Medicines, such as Homeopathy, Flower Essences, and Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. She works with people, animals, and organizations in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

REIKI LEVEL I CERTIFICATION CLASS
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Reiki Level I Certification Class -Aug. 24, 2019:
Learn to heal yourself and others using this form of Energy Medicine.  Beneficial to People, Animals and Earth.  Reiki accelerates healing, alleviates pain and reduces stress.  Used in hospitals around the world.  Manuals included  

Time:  10:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
Fee:  $195 (prepayment is required)
Contact Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher   www.cindyrackley.com, email hawkmeadow4@q.com, text 253-653-5317 or 360-825-6949

Cindy Rackley offers readings for people and animals. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Coach, and Healer. Her work incorporates many forms of Energy Medicine, applied Kinesiology, Vibrational Medicines, such as Homeopathy, Flower Essences, and Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. She works with people, animals, and organizations in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

REIKI LEVEL II CERTIFICATION CLASS
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Reiki Level II Certification Class-Aug. 25, 2019:
Must be a Certified Level I practitioner to attend.  Reiki Level II is Distance or Absentee Healing.  Learn to send healing energy to those in the present, into the future and into your past. At the end of the day, we will offer Reiki to the animals at RTF.  Manuals included

Time:  10:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
Fee:  $225 (prepayment required)
Contact Cindy Rackley, Reiki Master/Teacher   www.cindyrackley.com, email hawkmeadow4@q.com, text 253-653-5317 or 360-825-6949

Cindy Rackley offers readings for people and animals. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Coach, and Healer. Her work incorporates many forms of Energy Medicine, applied Kinesiology, Vibrational Medicines, such as Homeopathy, Flower Essences, and Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. She works with people, animals, and organizations in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Special Events

YOUTH AND FAMILY DAY AT THE RANCH
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Youth and Family Day at the Ranch is held from May-August. Come along with your kids to help us out at the sanctuary for the day. Learn what it takes to run a wild horse sanctuary: feeding; manure scooping; and grooming a tame burro or horse. End the afternoon meeting more of the horses, including Spirit, and herds.

Healthy snacks, fruit, and beverages are provided. Recommended for children ages 8-16.

Activities run from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Admission is $50 per two adults or child/adult pair and $15 for each additional child or adult (an additional parent, sibling, or friend).

To register please click on the date you’d like to attend:

Sunday May 12, 2019

Saturday June 8, 2019

Saturday July 13, 2019

Saturday August 10, 2019

OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY APPRECIATION PARTY
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Date TBD All Return to Freedom volunteers and supporters are invited to join us in celebrating the accomplishments and activities of 2019. Raise a glass, eat tasty treats, and visit our gift shop!

The Appreciation Party will be held rain or shine.  Please call us a 805-737-9246 if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Private Tours & Retreats

Private Tours and Retreats are arranged on an individual basis. They can be scheduled on weekdays or weekends when there are no other scheduled events or activities at the ranch. The cost for large group tours and retreats are based on a sliding scale, and vary with each group. Please contact us at programs@returntofreedom.org for schedules, fees, and other information. We look forward to make your retreat or tour a memorable and special event.

PRIVATE TOURS AND RETREATS BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Private tours and Retreats are arranged on an individual basis. They can be scheduled on weekdays or weekends when there are no other scheduled events or activities at the ranch. The cost for large group tours and retreats are based on a sliding scale, and vary with each group.

Please contact us at programs@returntofreedom.org for schedules, fees and other information. We look forward to make your retreat or tour a memorable and special event.

Note: Prices listed below are for tours during the month of August 2019. For off-season tour inquiries (September 2019 through May 2020), please contact programs@returntofreedom.org

Private Individual or Group Tours
Our most popular tour! Schedule your own private group tour, a combination of an informative Living History Sanctuary Tour with some time for sensitive herd observation. Spend 2 1/2 hours experiencing a vital link to our living history: America’s wild horses! Learn about the origins of the horse in America, how they shaped American cultures, what they face in the world today and what we are doing to preserve them. This can be a light walking tour to view the sanctuary and visit our ambassador horses and some time to quietly view the herds in the hills. For those who want a more vigorous hike or more time in quiet observation; custom tours available by request. Light refreshments provided. Suggested minimum admission $150 per person, with a minimum of four people or full payment for four people. Scheduled by appointment only (Monday-Saturday) and subject to staff availability. Contact programs@returntofreedom.org.

Large Group Tours
Schedule a private tour for 20 or more! Great for school field trip, Senior group tours, birthdays, clubs, youth group, Pony Club outing, Girl Scouts, equine club or church group! Bring a bag lunch and spread out a picnic blanket near the pagoda after the tour. Light refreshments provided. Suggested minimum donation is $50 per person but varies by tour type and amount of guests. For a quote contact: programs@returntofreedom.org. Scheduled by appointment only and subject to staff availability.

Private Wild Horse Herd Observation
Interested in studying wild horse natural behavior and viewing wild horses out in the hills? Schedule a private Wild Horse Hike where we will spend 2- 3 hours in the late afternoon to early evening quietly immersing ourselves in wild horse herds. This hike can be moderate to strenuous on uneven, steep terrain, although your guide will take the physical fitness level and ability of all guests into consideration when deciding on the route. Light refreshments provided. Suggested minimum fee $150 per person, with a minimum of four people or full payment for four people. Scheduled by appointment only (Monday-Saturday) and subject to staff availability. If your party would like to end the day with a light catered meal from a local restaurant, this can be arranged for an added fee. Contact programs@returntofreedom.org

Private Photo Safaris
In addition to our scheduled Photo Safaris, private Photo Safaris can be arranged upon request. Whether you and your amateur photo club want to photograph colorful wild horses in a serene setting or if you’re a professional photographer looking to expand your fine arts portfolio, this tour is the one for you! One of our experienced guides will spend up to 3 hours with you and your group out in the hills. Suggested minimum fee $300 per person for tours with 2-5 guests; $200 per person for groups 6-10. Information for larger tours available by request. Special restrictions on photo use may apply; contact programs@returntofreedom.org to view our photography waiver. Scheduled by appointment only (Monday-Saturday), and subject to staff availability.

Full Moon Evening Safari & Dinner
A meditative and reflective journey into the world of wild horses. These intimate evenings are hosted by Return to Freedom Founder Neda DeMayo, sharing her unique insight and understanding of wild herds. Special guests and staff may join to add their expertise. Once in the hills, our time will be reserved for quiet observation of the herds. At dusk we will gather for a light dinner, wine, storytelling, music, and discussion. Hiking level is moderate to strenuous on uneven, steep terrain. Not recommended for children under 12. Hiking boots, light jacket, and a reusable water bottle recommended for the hike. Suggested minimum fee $300 per person, with a minimum of four people and maximum of 10 people. Schedule is 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Dates can be scheduled by special arrangement, with a minimum of four people. Contact programs@returntofreedom.org.

Return to Freedom ranch is the perfect venue for your group’s next retreat!
Located in the California hills about 2 ½ hours north of Los Angeles, we make Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary available on a limited basis to a variety of organizations for group functions and retreats. Groups enjoy a unique opportunity to come together in a sanctuary that opens the heart and in the magic of the natural world.
Features and Amenities Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary is a 310-acre ranch offering quiet, outdoor settings for meetings, programs and a variety of group and solitary activities. Consider a walking meditation through herds of wild horses. Or, while enjoying our grounds, climb a magical tree house in our 60-acre oak forest—a perfect spot for contemplation, meditation, yoga or special times with your groups. And we are only 10 miles from one of the most beautiful beaches in south-central California. Enjoy a morning swim or walk on the beach. With breathtaking cliffs and pounding surf, it’s a location and experience that you’ll remember for years to come. To compliment your stay, additional amenities are also available. These may include massage, yoga instruction, and herbalist walks. You have a choice of accommodations for your group. Some groups prefer to camp out on the hills and spend the entire time in the beauty of our sanctuary. For those who choose not to, “rough it,” there are a variety of accommodations in nearby Lompoc that range from moderate to business class and also world class resorts within a 45-50 minute drive. When you call to set up your retreat, we can put you in touch with the accommodation of your choice. Please call us at 805-737-9246 to schedule your retreat.

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