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Awakenings: The Intuitive Art of Reciprocity


August 24-27, 2017

Join Stacey L. L. Couch, CSP, CAC of Wild Gratitude and Trish Lemke of Joy Rides for a weekend retreat unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before – 4 days and 5 nights of deep connection to self, animals, nature and others. Journey in body, mind and spirit utilizing a combination of spiritual direction and equine coaching to guide you along your path. We’ll explore themes of the weekend through shamanic journeying, mindfulness, archetypes, and silent meditation. And we give you concrete tools on how to stay the course so that you can take charge of leading your most joyful, intuitive, vibrant and heart-filled life – that starts with and includes you!

Of the full retreat registration amount, $450 is a non-refundable deposit. For the full cancellation and refund policy, scroll to the bottom of this page. All rates are based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy rates are available upon request.


If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, email Stacey at

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4 DAY Equine Coaching & Shamanism Workshop

Thursday, August 24 to Sunday, August 27, 2016

Morningstar Ranch, Durango, Colorado

Are you are ready to:

  • Have more Joy, Energy and Self-Compassion?
  • Show up for Your Life and Yourself in New Ways?
  • Further Deepen your Intuitive Abilities?
  • Have a better Understanding of Self and Others?
  • Feel Passionate and Hopeful about your Life’s Journey?
  • Wake up to Infinite Possibilities?

noun \ rec·i·proc·i·ty \ re-sə-ˈprä-s(ə-)tē\
The practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit

Then join us for a retreat unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before ~ 4 days and 5 nights of deep connection to self, animals, nature and others. What do you want to awaken to in your life? During this retreat, we will journey in body, mind and spirit utilizing a combination of spiritual direction and equine coaching to guide you along your pathway of discovery and action.

We’ll explore themes of the weekend through shamanic journeying, animal/nature connection, mindfulness practices, archetypes, and silent meditation. And we give you concrete tools on how to stay the course so that you can take charge of leading your most joyful, intuitive, vibrant and heart-filled life – a life that starts with and includes you!

Package Includes:

  • Daily Equine Guided Coaching sessions to help you discover patterns and behaviors that may be creating road blocks to happiness
  • Shamanic Journey Sessions to guide you towards your animal helpers and healers
  • Spiritual Direction work to help guide you along your path of deepening intuition and divine connection
  • Accommodations in an amazing rental house on property ~ see the horses grazing from your private deck
  • Delicious and nutritious meals prepared by our personal and extraordinary chef, Vera Hansen
  • Time for hiking, artwork or meditation practices
  • End of the retreat soak and massage at the nearby Trimble Hot Springs
  • Camaraderie, connection, laughter and discovery with other amazing women from around the country
  • Come a day early or stay a day late for an optional trail rides, exploring the amazing mountains of Southwest Colordo (an additional lodging and trail ride fee quoted upon request)

Morningstar Ranch

This retreat is held at Morningstar Ranch, a 38-acre equestrian estate with stunning, unblemished mountain views. Morningstar is situated in the lush Animas Valley about 15 minutes north of Durango, CO. The facilities include a restored barn with horse arena and riding pen, multiple green pastures, and ponds with water features. Lots of beautiful space with the herd makes this retreat an enriching destination. Accommodations for the retreat are in one of two lovely, modern guesthouses with mountain views and all amenities.

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Retreat Activities and Themes

Day 1 – Caring for the Inner Self: We jump right into playing with the horses through guided activities that put you on the path of recognizing and strengthening your innate intuition. We explore mindfulness exercises and discover how horses can help reveal our archetypes.

Day 2 – Cultivating Connection / The Art of Giving and Receiving: Strengthening our spiritual connection via the shamanic journey, and working with the horses as windows into the invisible world of energy.

Day 3 – Service, Purpose and Passion: Riding exercise to find congruency and spiritual direction exploration of your calling. We delve more deeply into your patterns of belief and help you see where you are blocking your own happiness and success.

Day 4 – Self-Care Strategies: Integrating the discoveries of the retreat and putting together action steps for a lasting and realistic self-care plan that you can incorporate into your daily life. Each plan includes the care of your inner self, outer self and spiritual self.


Wednesday, August 23rd: Arrive at Morningstar Ranch.
Dinner is ready to serve yourself when you arrive.
Settle in and meet the facilitators.
If you arrive mid-day also have a chance to meet the horses.

Thursday, August 24th – Saturday, August 26th: Retreat hours are 9am to 4pm daily.
Each day ends with a 4-6pm silent retreat time where you can journal, hike, meditate,
paint or whatever you choose to do that helps you integrate the learnings from the day.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included each day.

Sunday, August 27th: Retreat hours are 9am – 12pm.
The afternoon is a massage and soak at Trimble Hot Springs.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included at the ranch.

Monday, August 28th: Participants depart by 11am.

What is equine guided coaching?

Throughout the weekend our coach, Trish Lemke, helps you discover your best life and the “you” you want to be through working with our intuitive horses and discovering the messages that they are giving us.  Activities include both individual and group work with our equine partners and build upon the messages that you are receiving in your journeys.

If you’ve never participated in any form of equine guided coaching or learning, you are in for a big treat!  Horses are uniquely gifted at showing you exactly what you need in order to move forward towards your best life. They help you find that “aha” moment and see clearly what are your roadblocks and barriers – real and perceived. They aren’t magicians, but simply intuitive animals that have lived thousands of years in a hierarchical herd, dependent on their awareness, relationships and nonverbal communication for their very survival – much the same as people. Over the years, humans have lost much of that awareness, mindfulness, intuition and our own inner wisdom – the very things that guide us towards happiness and success.

During our equine guided coaching sessions, you learn how to be present in the moment, pay attention to your inner wisdom and come up with the answers to create lasting transformation.

What is Shamanism?

Shamanism isn’t just for shamans. Anybody can employ shamanic practices to further their spiritual growth, discover inner wisdom, seek mystical enlightenment, and find deep personal healing. Shamanism is a worldview, a spiritual practice, and a healing modality. Many researchers have investigated spiritual practices around the globe and have discovered shamanic traditions at some point in the history of every society. That means that you have shamanic traditions somewhere down your genetic line! Read More

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is the process by which we explore questions about the nature of the cosmos, spirits, God and our soul. Spiritual direction is a dialogue that delves deep into the mystery of life between a guide (called a Spiritual Director) and a seeker. In spiritual direction we explore mystical experiences that are beyond words, but that long to be expressed. Many of us start on the healing path simply because want to feel better, but true healing leads us into the sacred. Once we are empowered enough we find that we stop pursuing the problems of our past and start pondering mysteries of the Divine. This is when our lives really open up and we are left with a lot of questions! Read More

What are Archetypes?

Archetypes are “universal patterns of power” that coordinate how you think and feel. An archetype is the original or first pattern from which all others are made of. We all have certain archetypes that are ours to express, but it is easiest to start with looking at the archetypes other people have. You might meet someone for the first time and say, “She’s such an angel” or when a friend gets pushy with you, you might exclaim, “Stop being such a bully!”. Read More

Meet Your Human Guides

Trish Lemke, Equine Guided Coach

trish lemkeHi, I’m Trish Lemke, the creator and face of Joy Rides.

I am a certified Equine Interactional Professional in Education and a certified Martha Beck Life Coach. But more importantly, I am a lifelong student of the horse and have a lifelong curiosity of humans.

I will be your personal coach, guide and confidante for all of my offerings, every step of the way. I followed my heart into this business, first and foremost, because of my love for horses. I followed my gut into this business because of my love for helping people rekindle their passions and reignite their spark.

But I also love exploring places near and far, immersing myself in different cultures, having deep conversations with friends new and old and exploring personal growth through experiencing life. So I followed my head and discovered a way that I can live my dreams and help other people discover and live theirs too.

If you are ready to jump into awareness of what it means to live your best life, I’m ready to explore the hows and whys with you.

Combining horses, people and travel is like a dream come true for me every day and it is my deepest wish to help you discover and live your dreams too!

Stacey L. L. Couch, Spiritual Director

Stacey Couch Horse ShamanStacey Couch is a Spiritual Director, Certified Shamanic Practitioner, and Certified Archetypal Consultant. She works for Caroline Myss’ Sacred Contracts online course as a mentor for students learning about archetypes. Her Spiritual Direction practice is inter-spiritual including wisdom from many walks of life including Shamanism, Buddhism, Christianity, and more.

Her calling is to help you, the spiritual seeker, discover your inner wisdom and enter into an intimate relationship with your soul. An expert in symbolism and archetypal patterns, Stacey supports your ability to see the overarching cosmic design in your life.

The company of equines provides a magical compliment to Stacey’s deep devotional path. She has hundreds of hours logged studying with various natural horsemanship trainers and countless hours treasured in the company of her own horses. Stacey’s focus is centralized on horse behavior and natural training as well as how to relate with horses via our spiritual journey.

Students of all levels, beginners to experts, are welcome in this workshop.

Worried you need to have horse experience or own a horse? You do not need to have horse experience or own a horse to attend this workshop. We have horses of all experience levels available and welcome beginners through advanced horse-men and –women. We will only be working with horses at the ranch. No outside horses may come.

Are you brand new to shamanism? No worries! Stacey Couch starts you from the ground up in your shamanic journey practice so that you can make the most out of this weekend of awakening.

Are you a current student of shamanism? That’s great! There are a couple hours that are a review of shamanic journey techniques for you, but you have the opportunity to delve deeper into the technique as well as learn from other student’s experience. Each shamanic journey workshop is different!

Traveling Information

Where to Fly In

The closest airport is Durango International Airport. It is approximately 50 minutes (30 miles) from the ranch. Vehicle rentals are available at the airport.

You will be connected to other students prior to the workshop to coordinate carpools and/or shared rentals if you’d like.

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Sunport International Airport is an easy and beautiful 4 hour drive away.

Driving In

Durango, CO is located in rural southwest Colorado and is surrounded by the beautiful peaks of the San Juan Mountains. The mountain views are breathtaking and there are a myriad of outdoor activities around. Driving time from Denver is approximately 6.5 hours, from Salt Lake City, UT and Phoenix, AZ is approximately 7 hours, and from Albuquerque, NM is approximately 4 hours. To view a map of the location of Durango, CO click here.

Policies and Cancellations

If you would rather not pay online, you may mail your payment via check to “Wild Gratitude, P.O. Box 2919, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147″

CANCELLATIONS: Retreat payments minus a non-refundable $450 deposit are refundable up to 60 days prior to the retreat dates. 50% of retreat fees are refundable within 30-60 days prior to the retreat. Within 30 days of the retreat all fees are non-refundable. You may transfer your registration for the retreat to another person.

Still have questions? Email Stacey for more info


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