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Certification Retreats

30-Day Residential Certification Retreats


Starr Horse Retreats offers occupational certification retreats through our residential training programs at Starr Horse Retreats and Arenas, located in Minden, Nevada.

  • Positive Reinforcement Horse Training and Equine-Assisted Education Certification

  • Holistic Healing Practitioner Certification

  • Life Coach Certification

Residents of our occupational training retreats have private rooms in either the Chalet or Bunkhouse on our 30-acre equestrian facility. We offer nutritious meals, hands-on training, optional field trips, and ancillary activities for integration.

Our program is limited to six participants per month enabling interdisciplinary study customized according to the interest of each individual resident.

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Positive Reinforcement Horse Training Certification 

Do you want to start your career in the field of horse training? Or are you a current horse trainer looking for kinder methods? Maybe you are a horse owner and want to learn training techniques that align with your ethical values. There is a growing awareness in the equine world that there is a better way to train horses than the traditional protocol of using fear and pain. Our positive reinforcement (R+) horse training certification retreat combines the knowledge and application for honoring horses and healing humans into one program. This course dives into science-based, holistic horsemanship training with our Whole Horse, Whole Human program. Our program combines R+ training techniques and Horse-Human-Ship healing into a fully comprehensive certificate of graduation for a career in horse training. 

About Your Stay


Residents of our Whole Horse - Whole Human R+ training certification retreats have private bedrooms in either the Chalet, Bunkhouse or Container Cottage on our 30 - acre equestrian facility. Our facility has four arenas, a 10-stall horse barn, a workshop room, Gathering Grounds, and 30 acres of pasture with multiple obstacle courses for walking and riding. 


We offer nutritious meals, hands-on training, optional field trips, and ancillary activities for integration. 

Sample Weekday Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 Holistic healing modality

9:30 -10:30 Workshop room learning

10:30 - 12:30 Hands-on training with the horses

12:30 -1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 4:30 Guest facilitator content

4:30 - 5:30 Free time

5:30 - 6:30 Integration circle

6:30 - 7:30 Dinner

7:30 - 9:30 Movie night

Sample Weekend Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 Holistic healing modality

9:30 -12:30 Field trip

12:30 -1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 5:30 Free time with horses

5:30 - 6:30 Dinner

7:30 - 9:30 Sweat lodge

Holistic Healing Practitioner Certification 

This course teaches holistic healing modalities for the mind, body, and spirit. Residents learn a toolbox of knowledge to help their clients with past grief healing, PTSD, trauma, and depression. Instructors walk residents through all the steps required to start their own holistic healing business.

Holistic Healing Modalities

Areas of study will be tailored to student interests:

Bodhi Method Breath Work, Equine Therapy, Sweat Lodge, Yoga, Nutrition and Self Care, Sound Healing, Meditation, Group Therapy, Body Work, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Massage Therapy, Guided Meditation, Reflexology, Herbal Medicine, Energy Healing, Art Therapy.

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Integrative Transformational Life Coaching Certification Program

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Start your own transformational life coaching business. As a life coach, you will aid your clients in improving their relationships, careers, and day-to-day lives. You will help clients set goals, identify obstacles and develop strategies for success. You will find clients' unique skills and gifts, and provide support for long-lasting change. Participants of this course will learn an integrative approach for transformational life coaching with specialized areas of study depending on resident interests.

  • Addiction and sobriety coaching

  • Business, executive, and leadership coaching

  • Career coaching

  • Dating and relationship coaching

  • Diet and fitness coaching

  • Divorce coaching

  • Family life coaching

  • Financial coaching

  • Health and wellness coaching

  • Life skills coaching

  • Mental health coaching

  • Spirituality coaching

  • Sports coaching

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