Natural Lifemanship and Wild Horse Sanctuary have partnered up to offer a one-of-a-kind, extraordinarily special Natural Lifemanship Immersion training!
4 days at the WHS – Offsite Participant Package – Includes
- Thursday lunch and dinner
- Friday lunch and dinner
- Saturday lunch and dinner
- Sunday lunch
- Snacks and beverages each day
- Sunday Trail ride (2-2.5 hours)*
Below is an example of the type of offsite lodging provided. We will have two cabins that can sleep 3 people each.
Join us for cabin camping at the NL Immersion hosted by the beautiful Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, CA. This training affords you the unique opportunity to spend the weekend with NL trainers while camping out and building relationships with the Sanctuary’s very special wild rescue horses.
We have made this a 4-day Immersion to give participants ample time to work with wild horses, go on a trail ride through the Sanctuary, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the natural setting. For the first three days, the training will proceed as a normal Relationship Logic Immersion. On the fourth day, participants have the option to take a guided trail ride through the Sanctuary to see the wild horses and may have additional time to continue working with a wild horse. At the end of the training, participants will have the option of adopting a horse. Details about the horses and the optional adoption will be available closer to the event.
This will be an amazing experience and opportunity to connect with nature, with wild horses, with Natural Lifemanship trainers, and with each other. Participants will stay on site at the Wild Horse Sanctuary Horse Camp with the NL trainers. All meals and snacks will be provided, including exquisite camp fire prepared dinners each evening. Please be prepared to “rough it”. Cabins are clean and quaint but primitive, outfitted simply with two beds each. The common toilets and shower house are a short walk from the cabins. None of the buildings in camp are climate controlled. This is a real camping experience with the exception of very nice camp fire catered meals. Be sure to view camp pictures below.
The Sanctuary is located near Shingletown, California on 5,000 acres of lush lava rock-strewn mountain meadow and forestland. Black Butte is to the west and towering Mt. Lassen is to the east. Nearly 300 rescued wild horses and burros roam free to live out their natural lives on open range in ecological balance with many diverse species of wildlife including deer, black bear, bobcat, wild turkey, gray fox, and over 150 species of birds.
*****Arrival Date and Time: Wednesday between 3:00pm and 5:00 pm.*****
Please arrive at the Visitor’s Center no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, for orientation and refreshments. At 7:00 pm we will head down to the campsite for a western style cookout.
Horse Camp: Bordering a seasonal, vernal lake, the camp features frontier-style cabins that comfortably sleep two guests, a cookhouse with wood-burning stove, restrooms, and even a hot shower.
Meals will be western style cookouts; dietary preferences or restrictions will be accommodated if known in advance. WHS is able to provide veggie or gluten free options but not vegan. Please reference your preference in the note section of the registration if you have any dietary needs.
Wild Horse Sanctuary
5796 Wilson Hill Road,
Shingletown, CA 96088
GPS and web-based applications do NOT bring you the most direct route. We suggest you follow the directions shown below.
Physical Address: 5796 Wilson Hill Road, Shingletown, CA 96088
From Sacramento/Red Bluff
I-5 North. Take Red Bluff exit (Antelope) toward Lassen Park. Drive approximately 1 mile.
Turn left at next Lassen Park sign onto Highway 36. Go 10 miles on Hwy 36, watch for sign to Manton; turn left on A-6 go 16 miles to Manton, turn left at Manton Corner’s Store. Follow the road toward Shingletown for 3 ½ miles to the Wild Horse Sanctuary.
I-5 South from Redding. Exit where signs indicate Lassen Park, which is also Hwy 44 East.
Go approx. 30 miles to Shingletown.
Turn right on Wilson Hill Road (the Shingletown library is on the corner).
Go 5 miles, the Sanctuary is on the right side on Wilson Hill Road.
Pack Trip Check List: The following items should be packed in a small suitcase or duffle bag. Please mark your bag with your name. (Sleeping bags do not need to fit within your suitcase or duffle)
____Clothing (long pants, t-shirt(s)/tank top, sweatshirt, PJs, undergarments, long socks)
____Sleeping Bag ____Warm Jacket ____Light-weight Jacket ____Toothbrush/Paste
____Sunscreen ____Flashlight ____Bath Towel/cloth ____Soap/Shampoo
____Medicine ____Insect Repellant (Deet)
We will ride on Sunday in two separate groups.
Whether riding the valley floor or the rugged, rock-strewn ridges of the Sanctuary, visitors enjoy the excitement of wild herds grazing and running free in their natural surroundings. They share their natural setting with black bear, deer, quail, dove, wild turkey, gray fox, coyote, raccoon, badger, bobcat and mountain lion; also hawks, owls, bald eagles and 150 varieties of song birds.
Trail Ride Check List
Please wear riding/hiking boots & sunscreen & plan to bring the following items with you on the trail ride:
Saddles have bags that can accommodate:
____ Water Bottle or Canteen- 2 Qt. minimum suggested
____ Riding Gloves (optional)
____ Pocket Knife (optional)
____ Lip Balm (optional)
____ Broad Brimmed Hat
____ Bandana (highly recommended in summer)
____ Lightweight, long sleeved “over shirt” to wear for sun & “brush” protection (optional)
____ Riding Helmet (bicycle and skate boarding helmets are acceptable)
Helmets…if you have your own riding helmet, please plan to bring it with you for the trail ride.
Location and Weather
In May the weather can be unpredictable. The average temperature is 80 degrees during the day and 40 degrees in the evenings with the possibility of thundershowers. For current weather conditions, please go to weather.com and look at both Manton, CA and Shingletown, CA.
IMPORTANT – In hot weather hydrating one day prior to the training will help prevent dehydration. PLEASE DRINK LOTS OF WATER!
About Wild Horse Sanctuary and Natural Lifemanship
Wild Horse Sanctuary is a non-profit, tax exempt, public foundation and 5,000 acre preserve dedicated to the protection and preservation of America’s wild horses. The Wild Horse Sanctuary’s mission is to protect and preserve America’s wild horses as a living national treasure by providing sanctuary in an ecologically balanced environment open to the public.
Natural Lifemanship® founded Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP), which is based on the science of neurobiology and the modern understanding of how trauma affects the brain. Natural Lifemanship uses sound relationship principles to help humans build connected relationships with horses and in the process of doing so, create new neural pathways resulting in healthier relationships with self and others. TF-EAP enables humans to transfer the connected relationships they achieve with horses to their human relationships, while also helping horses transfer the connected relationships they experience with humans to their herd relationships. Natural Lifemanship is unique in its belief that horses are fully capable of developing “we” thinking and thus choosing to engage with humans not out of submission but from the desire to connect. This ability to make choices based on the desire for connectedness and on what is good and right for the relationship is cultivated intentionally when relationships are built using Natural Lifemanship principles.
Whether you choose to adopt a wild horse or not at the end of the training, you may be certain that the work you’ve done building a connected relationship with a wild horse over the course of the 4-day training will lay the groundwork for your horse’s successful adoption.
Watch the video below to learn a little more about the process of using Natural Lifemanship to work with wild horses.
Highlights from 2017
Photos from 2018
Photos from 2017