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IMPORTANT: COVID-19 RESPONSE AND IMPACTS TO 2021 PROGRAMS SEASON

Return to Freedom is modifying operations for its 2021 programs season in accordance with the latest guidances from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the State of California, Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County health authorities. If you are currently registered for a program or are planning on registering, please check the links above for updates and current guidances. Activities at our Lompoc sanctuary fall under Santa Barbara County health authority guidelines. Activities at our satellite San Luis Obispo sanctuary fall under San Luis Obispo County health authority guidelines. Return to Freedom staff will also reach out to all registered participants the week prior to their program with additional information.

For programs Return to Freedom is able to hold, we’ll be implementing practices including limiting the number of participants in accordance with health authority guidelines, practicing safe social distancing, requiring masks and gloves to be worn by all staff and program participants, as well as other steps to help protect the health of visitors, staff, and the horses and burros. Of course, we will not be able to accommodate anyone who is ill or has been in contact with someone who is ill for the safety of all visitors.

Please reach out to us at programs@returntofreedom.org if you have any questions regarding our 2021 programs season and visiting Return to Freedom. We hope that we have an opportunity to host you!

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 for staff-led sanctuary tours at RTF’s Lompoc sanctuary headquarters.

This is a staff-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: $80 per adult; $30 for children ages 6-17. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Minimum of 8 participants is required to hold the program. Due to COVID-19 guidelines we also have a maximum of 15 tickets available. Time: 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. This is an introductory tour.

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

Saturday May 15, 2021

Saturday June 5, 2021 – FULL

Saturday July 3, 2021

Private Tours

Private Tours 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 making your tour a memorable and special event!

PRIVATE TOURS BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Private tours can be 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 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 tour a memorable and special event.

Note: Prices listed below are for tours during the months of April-August 2021. For off-season tour inquiries, 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 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 in Lompoc 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.

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: $250 per person; minimum four participants. 3:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. (dark)

To register for 2021 Wild Horse Photo Safari dates in Lompoc click on the date you’d like to attend:

Saturday June 12, 2021

Saturday July 10, 2021

Saturday August 14, 2021

PHOTO SAFARIS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO
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On 2,000 acres of horse heaven on California’s Central Coast, 85 wild horses and 24 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 3:30pm – 7:30pm (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 2021 prescheduled Wild Horse Safari dates in San Luis Obispo, click on the date you’d like to attend:

Saturday April 24, 2021 – FULL

Saturday May 29, 2021

Saturday July 17, 2021

Saturday August 21, 2021

Saturday September 4, 2021

Special Events

OPENING DAY AND SPIRIT'S BIRTHDAY!

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Join us on Saturday, May 8th for the opening day to our 2021 program season and Spirit’s birthday!

Join us for the opening day to our 2021 program season and Spirit’s birthday! Celebrate with us at our sanctuary headquarters in Lompoc, Calif., with a Native American blessing of the horses and land; beautiful items for sale in our store; eclectic locavore food; wine pourings from local wineries; meet Spirit, the whole Return to Freedom team and get a personal photo with Spirit! A staff-guided walking tour of the sanctuary with some time for herd observation along the way will be included. 

Limited tickets are available for this intimate event – tickets may increase depending on Santa Barbara County COVID-19 guidelines at that time. This is an outdoor event, we will be enforcing social distancing and CDC COVID-19 guidelines. 

About Spirit
Spirit was the muse and model for the artists and animators during the making of the 2002 DreamWorks animated feature film, “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” Animators needed to create realistic movement on screen, and needed to find a horse that embodied the characteristics and movements needed to tell the story of the wild mustang. Spirit was selected by the animation directors because of his beautiful conformation, wide-set eyes, and thick, wavy, multi-colored mane and tail. An Emmy Award-winning spinoff for small children, “Spirit: Riding Free,” has now run for eight seasons on Netflix.

In April 2002, after the completion of the film, DreamWorks selected Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary to be Spirit’s new home, where he serves as a prominent ambassador. Spirit is not only a wonderful representation of the Kiger mustangs, he also serves to engage youth and adults alike worldwide to know about the existence, history and plight of America’s wild horses and burros.

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VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
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Join us as we pull up our sleeves and tackle various projects around the ranch. Please bring your own lunch. Healthy snacks, fruits, and beverages will be provided. Following volunteer day there will be an opportunity to observe some of our sanctuary residents.

To register to participate in our next quarterly Volunteer Day please contact volunteers@returntofreedom.org.

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. Volunteer projects would include: water trough cleaning and debris removal which includes old wood, pipes and cattle troughs. We need strong willing and able volunteers to help with these projects!

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

Clinics and Workshops

PHOTO WORKSHOP WITH TONY STROMBERG

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May 16, 2021 – May 21, 2021 – FULL
June 21, 2021 – June 26, 2021
Join Tony Stromberg for a five-day equine photography workshop that takes place at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary on the Central Coast of California.

Return to Freedom, now with two locations available to host photographers, is home to more than 465 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

ANIMAL COMMUNICATION AND WILD HORSE WALK
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August 28, 2021
Animal Communication and Energy Awareness Class/Wild Horse Walk

Learn to communicate with your animal companions and have more awareness as to how your energy affects their energy. The day is filled with practice readings of animals and learning techniques to validate the information you receive.

At the end of the class you’ll be guided by a RTF staff member to walk in the hills with the wild horses.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to approximately 7:00 p.m.
Fee: $325.00 (prepayment required)
If interested in attending contact Cindy Rackley directly to register for the class:

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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August 29, 2021
Introduction to Energy Medicine Course
Held at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc, CA

You will learn about energy, vibration and density, how to utilize Energy, Homeopathy, Flower Essence, applied Kinesiology, and therapeutic grade Essential Oils in the healing of people and animals. You will also learn how to make your own homeopathic and flower essence blends for yourself and others. Manuals and supplies included.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $295.00 (prepayment required)
If interested in attending contact Cindy Rackley directly to register for the class:

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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July 23, 2021
Reiki Level I Certification Class
Held at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc, CA

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. to approximately 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $195.00 (prepayment is required)
If interested contact Cindy Rackley directly to register for the class:

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 II CERTIFICATION CLASS
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July 24, 2021
Reiki Level II Certification Class
Held at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc, CA

Must be a Certified Level I practitioner to attend. 
This level amplifies your ability to send Distance or Absentee Healing to people, animals, or situations in the present, the past, or into your future. Intuition is enhanced.  Manuals included.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $225.00 (prepayment is required)
If interested in attending contact Cindy Rackley directly to register for the class:

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 FOR ANIMALS
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July 25, 2021
Reiki for Animals
Held at Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc, CA

Learn how to utilize Reiki for the healing of animals. Must be certified to at least Reiki Level I to take this class. You’ll learn about energy awareness and applied kinesiology. Manuals are included. There will be practice time offering Reiki to the animals at Return to Freedom.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $195.00 (prepayment is required)
If interested in attending contact Cindy Rackley directly to register for the class:

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.

Other Programs Benefiting Return to Freedom

PROGRAMS WITH LORRAINE TURNER
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Lorraine Turner Programs Benefitting Return to Freedom:
Lorraine Turner, author of Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail and renowned facilitator of animal communication, supports Return to Freedom in numerous ways, including having the proceeds of her book sales and private animal communication sessions be donated to Return to Freedom.

Lorraine is a Certified Professional Animal Communicator and has studied with world-renowned Wynter Worsthorne of AnimalTalk Africa. Lorraine specializes in distant communication services that include general communication, animals in spirit, and missing animals for animals located anywhere on the planet or animals that have passed on. If you would like to learn more about Lorraine and her services, please visit her website.

Lorraine’s animal communication sessions are available to schedule privately with her for an $80 donation to Return to Freedom for a general conversation or a $100 donation to Return to Freedom for missing animals. Contact Lorraine directly at info@calicohorses.com to arrange your session with her and make your donation for your session to Return to Freedom using the button below.

Lorraine’s book, Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail is available for sale at Return to Freedom’s online store

Testimonials:
“The messages that Lorraine was able to relay to me were unbelievably accurate and inspiring. I was amazed by her accuracy in depicting things that are going on in my family’s lives and hearts — currently, as well as past and future. To add to my amazement, Lorraine and I live in different countries, and the fact that she was able to connect with them through a photograph leaves me speechless! Wow!!” – Jenn, Canada

“I’ve had the blessing to work with Lorraine on some of my other animals. She is spot on…and the kindness she has is a rainbow bright soothing cup of all that’s right. If I had to explain how I felt after the sessions would be..the same feeling you get on a hot night…the cool side of your pillow. Thank you Loraine!!!!” – Shelli, Florida

“In my unsuccessful attempts to locate a horse I used to own, I decided to use an animal communicator having had great results in the past. I found Lorraine on Animal Talk Africa online. After emailing her with my plight, she responded with support and compassion. She quickly started communicating with him and relayed what she was receiving. It was so important to me to know that I was not alone in this search. He has now been located and is doing well. Thanks so much for your assistance!!” – Nikki, South Africa

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