Healing with horses retreat


Join Jennifer Cohen Harper and the team at 13 Hands Equine Rescue for a chance to rest and reset, in the company of horses on their own healing journey. We’re excited to offer a unique opportunity to stay onsite in a beautiful home at 13 Hands during this retreat. Additional details below!

Now offering two dates!

Spring Retreat: Thursday April 13th, 2023 – Sunday April 16th, 2023

Summer Retreat: Thursday June 29th, 2023 – Sunday July 2nd, 2023

Located at 13 Hands Equine Rescue in Clinton Corners, New York (2 hours north of NYC, 15 minutes from both Rhinebeck & Millbrook)


Today’s world can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to become disconnected from ourselves, from nature, and from each other. Horses live fully in the present moment. Spending time with them can help us slow down and reconnect with our capacity for mindful awareness and personal power. In this retreat you’ll learn mindfulness based practices, supported by the grounding of horses, that help us reconnect, cultivate compassion for ourselves and others, and build the courage to step fully into our lives with power and authenticity.


With the support of over 200 horses, from minis to mustangs to drafts, you’ll connect and communicate using your body language, breath, energy and intention. You will learn to exchange greetings and communicate that you mean no harm; ask for space without creating fear or disconnection; support a horse that is uncomfortable or scared; invite a horse to walk and/or rest with you; groom a horse to create comfort and connection; move quietly through the herd without disturbing the horses.


We’ll spend our time away from the herd expanding on our discoveries and setting intentions for the next day, through a combination of mindfulness practices, gentle movement, journaling and group discussion.

During free time you’ll have the option to explore the natural beauty of the 120 acre farm, including visiting with the other animals such as mini horses, donkeys and mules, goats, dogs, cats, rabbits and more, hiking, relaxing in the apple orchard, reading in front of the fire, wandering with a borrowed art kit, magnificent stargazing, and much more.

Together we’ll explore a way of being in the world that is deeply healing, that connects us to our own body and breath, and to each other. And we’ll be supporting the healing journey of the 13 Hands horses as well.

You’ll head home with a greater awareness of the energy you want to bring into your daily life, and your relationships, and with practices to support creating it (with or without horses). This workshop is appropriate for anyone! No horse experience or mindfulness experience are necessary.

*This is a non-riding retreat. All horse interaction will be from the ground, and tailored to the individual participant’s comfort level. No horse experience necessary.
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We are fortunate to have five spaces available in a beautiful home on-site at 13 Hands Equine Rescue. The house is truly special, with views of the hills and the horses from every window, a large two story living room with a stone fireplace, comfortable bedrooms with queen size beds, porches with adirondeck chairs, a recreation room with pool and ping pong tables, and a cozy reading room. Participants who choose on-site housing will receive three meals per day, prepared with love, and served family style. We'll check in prior to arrival to make sure we have all dietary needs accounted for! We'll also be providing coffee, tea and snacks throughout the day. *Please note that while bedrooms are private space, retreat activites may take place in common areas of the home.

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commuter option

Commuter spaces are available for folks who live locally or would like to explore staying elsewhere in the Rhinebeck area. Commuter pricing includes lunch each day, as well as coffee, tea and snacks.

*On-site housing is full*

Register Here ($1405 for commuter option)


Housing is available on a first come first served basis. If you book a commuter space and would like to upgrade to stay in the house, we are happy to accommodate if space is available.

If a payment plan would be supportive for you, or you have questions about accommodations, please email jenn@mindfulnesswithhorses.com to learn about options. For more details, including a sample schedule, click here.

CANCELLATION POLICY: This is a small retreat, and we ask that in the event you have an emergency and cannot attend, you consider transferring your payment to a friend or family member, or to a future retreat. In the event that you cannot, we will refund all payment less $500, which is considered a non-refundable deposit that may be applied to a future retreat, or to private sessions with Jenn virtually or onsite at 13 Hands.


Learn More about Mindfulness with Horses.