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Sat, Sep 07


Crescent Moon Center - North Bay

Equine-Assisted Learning & Vision Board Weekend Retreat

Partner with horses to help resolve pressing life challenges and engage with personal goals. Then create a vision board - a physical manifestation of what you want to see in your life based on your values and goals. No prior experience with horses or art is required.

Equine-Assisted Learning & Vision Board Weekend Retreat
Equine-Assisted Learning & Vision Board Weekend Retreat

Time & Location

Sep 07, 2024, 9:30 AM PDT – Sep 08, 2024, 4:30 PM PDT

Crescent Moon Center - North Bay, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA

About the event

In partnership with horses, you can learn about mindfulness, authenticity, and compassion. Science has shown that when humans offer their hearts to horses, their heartbeats synchronize. You develop a close and intimate connection with the horse based on trust and respect. Horses are confidence builders, they are teachers of life skills and they lift us up no matter the challenges we face. 

Expressive arts offer a way to connect to your authentic self and the vision board is a physical manifestation of what you want to see in your life based on your values and goals. Through a series of questions, you will create a picture using words and symbols representing what you want to achieve. By placing this vision board in your home where you can see it daily, you will receive an immensely powerful, clear message of your deepest desires, training your brain and body to complete the actions you have painted, thus bringing your goals to fruition.

Led by certified and experienced facilitators, our workshops are designed to integrate with one another, each providing a unique lens of self-discovery.

✨ Equine-Assisted Learning

✨ Vision Board

✨ Peer-Support

✨ Outdoors Activities

No prior experience with horses or art is required.

Our Facilitators:

Julie Bridge is the Founder of Mearas and a lifelong equestrian. She understands the power of the horse/human relationship, and the profound realizations people achieve through working with these majestic beings. She has had the honor of studying with the foremost thought leaders in Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Guided Education and is an Advanced EponaQuest Instructor, Riding Instructor and Equine Guided Educator. Julie has been steeped in the exploration of purpose driven leadership, social and emotional intelligence, creating meaning in the workplace and organizational development for over 25 years. 

Cynthia Caruso graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas and is a designer, artist, crafter and most recently a muralist. Her career in magazine publishing and the medical field helped her to develop compassion and empathy for others, along with patience, tolerance, acceptance, and finding creative ways of to work around issues. When Cynthia got sober and delved into a 12-step program, she brought her art and craft to the fellowship. Cynthia’s workshop called Creative Recovery involved crafting and artwork guided by the 12 steps. She also facilitated Vision Board workshops at sober retreats which enabled others to develop a path of sobriety. Cynthia is passionate about bringing art and creative expression to those suffering with substance abuse. In 2023, Cynthia participated in Crescent Moon Center’s Healing Reflections program and was struck by the community experience in the Singing Tree Mural workshop. She has since pursued certification and assisted on several murals throughout the Bay Area. 

Program Participant Testimonials:

“This program got me in touch with a part of myself that I was longing to get in touch with.  It gave me a safe place to be creative, to access my depth through creativity.” 

“I learned so much from... the horses. That was one of the most powerful things I have ever experienced”.

“One way this program impacts my commitment to recovery is the intense feeling of community. I’ve been in touch with people after the program, and they’re all sober people, so it encourages me to stay sober.” 

Crescent Moon Center's North Bay Location: 

Tabula Rasa Ranch, Sebastopol, CA

Nestled in the hills of West Sonoma County, this ten acre ranch provides the exquisite balance of serene country landscape tucked away from the hustle and bustle of urban and city life with close proximity to local restaurants, attractions and lodging. As it is a private ranch, the exact address and driving instructions will be provided in a follow-up email prior to the workshop.


$450 - Weekend Workshop Series

$350 - Early Bird: Register by August 15

$225 - Partial Scholarship 

No one is turned away for lack of funds. Participants can receive scholarships based on financial need.  We offer a few full or partial scholarships for weekend workshops and ask those who receive scholarships to help with set up and/or clean-up if possible. Please let us know if you want to volunteer in exchange for participation in this workshop.

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