Embracing Balance

Discover the Healing Power of Heart-Centered Self-Care

An Equus Coaching Workshop with Koelle Simpson

July 17th –  19th, 2020 | J Bar L Ranch, Centennial Valley, MT

Email support@koelleinstitute.com to sign up for the last spot!

Do you feel tired, stressed, alone, or that you’re not doing enough—or somehow aren’t enough—no matter how hard your work? Are you ready to discover new ways forward to help you face each day with creativity, self-compassion and resilience?

You’re invited to join world-renowned Equus Coach Koelle Simpson, in the stunning Montana wilderness, for an intimate retreat. Discover how you can create profound new clarity around the needs of your body and heart, which you can then access anytime to help guide you back into balance, so you can maintain more meaningful, connected relationships with yourself, others and the world around you.

A Personal Invitation from Koelle:

Our daily lives are overflowing with activity—from hectic work schedules and answering seemingly endless emails and messages to the energy it takes to cultivate meaningful friendships and relationships, to being present with family while trying to keep everyone you care about alive and thriving—and somehow still keeping up with the laundry. It’s a lot!

No matter how hard you work, it can feel as if there’s always more to do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been swept up in the social cues and pressures that I should work harder, be more organized, so on—and then, only when everything is checked off my list, can I rest.

This mindset—rooted in scarcity and fear—often leads to excruciating times of exhaustion and stress, sadness, disconnection and loneliness, anxiety and sickness. But, there is another way.

One of the most valuable, life-changing lessons that Mother Nature—and specifically horses—model for me time and again is that when you consciously create the time to slow down and deeply nurture yourself, you will naturally nurture all of those around you without effort.

Each time I’m willing to get curious and become more fully present to my own inner world, I can feel the cells of my body being recharged! It’s a fantastic sensation of resting deeply, while simultaneously generating a peaceful sensation of aliveness that I can access whenever I feel stressed, overwhelmed, or fatigued.

From this empowered state of restored personal balance—I can face the day with curiosity, self-awareness, self-compassion, resilience, creativity and deeply meaningful connections with others.

Taking this time to truly slow down and nurture yourself can be a surprising challenge. But, it’s essential.

That’s why this summer, I want to invite you to take a small leap of faith⁠—step away from your laptop, put down your phone and your to-do list⁠—and join me for a nourishing, playful adventure in self-care, in the gorgeous wilderness of Centennial Valley, Montana.

We’ll gather together, with a small, intimate group of ten other like-minded souls to drink in the breath-taking beauty of wide-open vistas and healing rhythms of Mother Nature. We’ll cultivate experiences of deep connection—to the land, the animals and ourselves—in a safe and nurturing space. We’ll learn how a herd of horses can offer guidance—back to the magic, and abundance, that emerges when we take time out to truly lean into our own self-care.

Through facilitated work with these incredible four-legged teachers, we’ll learn new ways to let go of what we think we are supposed to do or who we are supposed to be. We’ll slow down, drink in the sights, sensations, smells and sounds that surround us as we allow our senses⁠—and souls⁠—to re-awaken to the richness of the moment.

You’ll leave this workshop re-energized with a profound new clarity around the needs of your body and heart, which you can access anytime to help guide you back into balance, so you can maintain more meaningful, connected relationships with yourself, others and the world around you.

If you’ve been feeling tired, stressed, alone, or that you’re not doing enough or somehow aren’t enough⁠—and you’re ready to discover new ways forward—I hope you will join me.

Much love,

Koelle Simpson



Workshop Benefits

Through guided exercises with horses, group activities, and in-depth personal coaching with Koelle Simpson, you will:

  • Learn to trust and honor your own personal truth.
  • Regain connection to your own needs and personal boundaries so you can maintain a safe and healthy relationships with others.
  • Discover how the courage to allow yourself to deeply rest will give rise to new layers of curiosity, compassion, resilience, creativity and deeply meaningful connections with yourself, the world around you and one another.
  • Discover how your own self-care isn’t selfish but actually helps restore your well-being while nourishing all of those around you!
  • Experience your own essential wisdom as you learn new ways to slow down and listen deeply to the messages from your body.
  • Uncover the immense wisdom of your emotions as a guide to restoring balance.
  • Learn how true self-care is not simply scheduling a massage or pedicure—it’s being courageous enough to trust that it’s okay to slow down, hit the pause button, and fully begin listening to all that’s happening in your own inner world.


Why Horses?

There is something about being with a horse that offers a powerful invitation to slow down, breath-in fully, become present and connect with our whole hearts. One of the most powerful life lessons that horses can offer us is that everything begins with the relationship we’re having with ourselves.

If you want to play together and form a friendship, you first need to find a honest connection within yourself.  

But horses have shown us that whenever we can turn our attention inward, and genuinely restore connection with ourselves, we also restore connection with our essential wisdom. This means diving into the subtleties of our own emotions, needs, desires and discovering what it is we truly need—in any moment—to feel safe enough to be utterly ourselves around another.

Come as You Are

No previous horse experience required. No riding is ever required. All activities take place on the ground.

It’s even okay to be afraid of horses. If you feel pulled to attend this workshop, know that Koelle has years of experience gently and safely guiding participants at their personal level of comfort around horses.



“The workshop was life-changing!

I had no idea how much pain was inside of me and no idea what to do with it. Koelle walked me through steps that led to an understanding of how to start valuing myself so I may connect with other people in a healthy way. The horses were extremely effective in providing instantaneous feedback while practicing new skills.”

– Susan B.

“It was very powerful, magical even. I loved the opportunity to play with energy and practice modulating it with the instant feedback of those beautiful, sweet horses.

I studied energy healing for a whole year and never had that kind of practical experience. I have definitely used what I learned and experienced since, both with family and friends. I feel stronger, more “solid” in my energy, and more confident.”

Tina H.

Equine Workshop Retreat Self Care Montana“Life-changing. I was so pleased and grateful we delved into trauma and safety. I found healing in dealing with trauma I hadn’t viewed as such, as well as trauma I knew I’d been dealing with. I also found a level of safety I hadn’t really experienced in a group of women that I’ve been able to take home with me – so grateful!

It’s been so gratifying, healing, fun, and I have said – magic! It truly has changed my life.”

Kay C.

“I am so happy I went. It showed me once again that listening to my heart is the right thing even when “reason” says it is obviously not reasonable and that my inner critic shouts that I am crazy and selfish when I have so many other things and people to take care of.

The experience also brought to light how much I pay attention to other people’s agendas and compromise my own.”

– Johanna M.

Workshop Agenda












Day 1 – Friday, July 17th

  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Arrival, check in and welcome
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Group dinner with introductions, along with laughter and sharing of stories and personal intentions












Day 2 – Saturday, July 18th

  • 8:00 AM –  8:45 AM | Group breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Interactive hands-on activities with horses and personal coaching
  • 12:30 PM –  1:30 PM | Group lunch
  • 1:30 PM   –  4:30 PM | Continue interactive hands-on activities with horses and personal coaching
  • 4:30 PM –  6:30 PM   | Break
  • 6:30 PM  –  7:30 PM  | Group dinner













Day 3 – Sunday, July 19th 

  • 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM  | Group breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Interactive hands-on activities with horses and personal coaching
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  | Group lunch
  • 1:30 PM   –  4:30 PM | Continue interactive hands-on activities with horses and personal coaching
  • 4:30 PM –  6:30 PM   | Break
  • 6:30 PM  – 7:30 PM   | Group dinner


Day 4 – Monday, July 20th 

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | Group breakfast, conclusion and departure
    • While the workshop concludes after breakfast—and check out time at the J Bar L Ranch is 10 AM—you’re encouraged to inquire with Ranch about extending your stay so that you have more time to further nurture yourself and integrate insights from the retreat while soaking in the magic of Montana’s wild landscapes.

Workshop Details & Registration

Workshop Location

Nestled within the Centennial Valley, in Southwest Montana, the J Bar L Ranch is a working ranch that encompasses 20,000 acres of rugged and wild landscape that defines Big Sky country.

A holistically-managed cattle ranchwhere ranching and conservation meetthe J Bar L is dedicated to continuing the valley’s historic ranching tradition while preserving and stewarding the natural legacy of the Centennial’s stunning and complex rangeland ecosystem. 

You are sure to witness some of the numerous wildlife that call this valley home. 

Immerse yourself in Montana’s great outdoors without sacrificing the modern comforts of a private home on the range. Cozy cabins will greet you with a warm welcoming feeling, while the beauty of the surrounding landscape will lull you into a true state of awe. 

Workshop Pricing

  • $1,000 tuition to attend this workshop
  • This tuition includes two full days of interactions with horses, small-group instruction and in-depth personal coaching with Koelle Simpson, as well as access to the beautiful grounds and facilities of J Bar L Ranch.
  • Tuition does not include flights, transportation or lodging accommodations. (See below for more information & to reserve your room.)

Register today and save $75 off the usual tuition.

Email support@koelleinstitute.com to sign up for the last spot!

Travel & Accommodation

Getting there is part of the fun!

The closest airport to J Bar L Ranch is the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA)

  • The drive from the airport to J Bar L takes about two hours. 
  • Part of the drive includes long dirt roads. Renting a car with 4WD is recommended.

The ranch is located in a gorgeous but remote area, thus onsite lodging at the J Bar L Ranch is required. Lodging rates (which include all your nutritious, delicious onsite meals during your stay) are: 

  • $230 per night for a shared room
  • $300 per night for a private room (you’re encouraged to reserve a private room early, as quantities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis) 

To reserve your room: Contact Hilary Zaranek at hilary.zaranek@gmail.com at J Bar L Ranch directly. Please include any dietary preferences and/or restrictions.


Extend Your Self-Care Adventure 

You’re encouraged to ask about arriving a day or two early or staying on a day or two after the retreat. On the ranch, you can also enjoy: 

  • Birding and wildlife viewing
  • Sunset strolls and nature walks
  • Mountain biking and hiking
  • Guided hiking and on-site tours with local birders and geologists
  • Wildlife and nature photography
  • Backcountry fishing opportunities
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Massage and body work (by appointment)

Also, consider a visit to Yellowstone National Park (a 2.5 hour drive). 

Only One Space Remaining!

Email support@koelleinstitute.com to sign up for the last spot!

Register today and you will save $75 off the usual tuition.

Have a question? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at support@koelleinstitute.com.


Our Cancellation Policy

Due to the costly, non-refundable nature of reserving venues for various events, and the limited spaces available in workshops and retreats, a cancellation made 60 days or less from the dates of an event is non-refundable. Fifty percent of the event fee will be refunded for a cancellation made between 90 to 61 days prior to a scheduled event. Any cancellation made 91 days prior to a scheduled event is fully refundable minus an administrative processing fee.

Curious to Learn More? Listen to this New Call With Koelle:

How Heart-Centered Self-Care Can Help You Embrace Balance

Recently horse whisperer and life coach, Koelle Simpson, hosted a free call to help you learn new ways to re-energize the soul and cultivate meaningful change.

Download and listen to this call recording.

During this call you will:

  • Learn what heart-centered self-care is (and what it is not), and why it’s important in helping us restore balance. And, how doing so can have a profound effect in your relationships.
  • Discover a new, helpful exercise—you can start using immediately—that Koelle uses to help her face any day with more creativity and resilience.
  • Witness the power of compassionately observing another’s process as Koelle coaches a few courageous volunteers, live. When we witness one another’s stories, we can learn a great deal about ourselves while also recognizing that we’re not alone in this wild adventure of restoring our own true nature.

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About Koelle Simpson

Koelle Simpson is a world-renowned life coach, horse whisperer, and leader of the Equus Coaching Movement. After experiencing early childhood trauma, horses became an important part of her journey to rebuilding a sense of trust in herself and the world around her. The safety, honesty, and wisdom she witnessed in these powerful four-legged teachers offered a profound roadmap to reconnect with her own inner wisdom.

In 2006, Koelle founded the Koelle Institute out of a desire to share her life-transforming insights with others. The Institute has evolved into a remarkable community of highly skilled Equus Coaches dedicated to facilitating transformative encounters with horses. She works with individuals and institutions around the world.

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