The Ranch Life Collective


Presents the Ranch Retreat


When we need to reconnect with ourselves, we head to the ranch. It is with the horses, in the beauty of nature, where we are reminded to breathe, to get out of our heads (as best we can), and to come back into relationship with what is important in life.  Given the current times, we are guessing there might be others who are longing to feel more connected to themselves, to others, and to the natural world.


Any adult who is drawn to spending a day at the ranch focusing on themselves.


  • Introduce you to the wisdom of the horse

  • Interact with horses on the ground, remember the power of non-verbal communication

  • Tap in to the wisdom of your inner voice, the one that knows what you need

  • Connect with one another, and remember we are all in this together

  • Experience “horse time” where digital devices, watches, and tight timelines disappear

  • Deeply listen to one another and make new friends


We are Judith Forrest, Jessica Pinto and Stephanie Holdenried; three professional women with different backgrounds and a shared reverence for horses.  We are on this journey with you.  Learn more about each of us and the Ranch Life Collective.


Dates in 2022 TBA

10:00am - 4:00pm 

Healthy, yummy lunch included.

Limited to 8 participants.

Golden Gate Dairy Stable
Muir Beach, CA


Ready to restore?



We have a big vision for the historic Golden Gate Dairy Stables, which is nestled in the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area just north of San Francisco in Muir Beach, California.  As with any big vision, there are many elements in different stages of becoming.  We trust that our vision will expand and evolve over time and we hope that many in the Bay Area community will be contributors and participants.


We believe that spending time with horses in nature offers humans of all ages a valuable opportunity to move into greater harmony with oneself, with each other, and with nature. We value collaboration and creativity and together bring different perspectives on leadership, learning and life. Together, we offer customized experiential programs with horses for individuals, groups and teams of both non-profit and for-profit entities. 


Elements of Ranch Life Collective


Eighteen years ago, I co-founded Perspective2, a consulting practice focused on startup leaders and their companies. Perspective2 is now introducing EquinePerspective2 (EQP2) to expand the opportunity for clients to come to the ranch for experiential leadership and team development.

I consider myself half city and half country. I was raised in Marin County, California, but spent much time in Grass Valley where extended family lived. I was in my element when I had ranch time, whether it be riding horses, eating a pomegranate right off the tree or helping my cousin tend to the cattle. Those were days I felt most free and connected to life.

As an adult, some of my most meaningful life lessons have occurred in the presence of horses, largely because they help me quiet my thinking mind so I can access other ways of understanding.

As a licensed psychotherapist (LMFT) and Certified Equine Interaction Professional (CEIP-ED), I hope to share this rich way of learning with others, each of whom will have their own experience.   


I'm a farmer's daughter. I was raised on a multi-generational family ranch (I am the 6th generation) in Northern California with black Angus cattle, wine grapes, and pears. My first job was driving a tractor when I was twelve: I disked fields, hauled brush, and changed irrigation pipe. 

In grade, middle and high school, I ran livestock enterprise projects and rode and showed quarter horses. Horses were always my refuge, my joy, and my True North.

As a Certified Equine Interaction Professional Equine Educator (CEIP-ED), I have guided hundreds of clients on their individual journeys.  My work is rooted in science and the wilds of nature; I rely on connection from the horses as well as the inner wisdom that is within all of us. 

My core beliefs are:

  • We possess the best answers for ourselves within ourselves. 

  • If we want to make the world better, we have to start with making ourselves better.

  • Nature is always giving us clues and pointing us in the right direction. It's our job to pay attention.


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Equine Interaction Professional (CEIP-MH) who is consistently inspired by the profound impact animals can make on our sense of self and our way of being in the world.  I have been working in the field of therapeutic horsemanship since 2005 and it was my relationships with horses that inspired and motivated me to become a therapist.  

I grew up in Marin in the 80s when horses and ranches were woven into the fabric of the county.  As a child the ranch was my haven, my day care, my clubhouse, and in the many hours I spent there I received the most valuable education of my life.  

Horses are naturally social animals who are gifted at responding to their emotions in useful ways, so interacting with them offers humans an opportunity to improve their emotional regulation and relationship skills, two common reasons people seek therapy.  I continue to learn and grow from my relationships with horses, both personally and professionally, and am often reminded by my equine co-therapists to slow down, tune in, and enjoy the deeply restoring experience of being present and connected.  


Horse Partners

The clip-clop of a horse's hooves hitting the ground is a sound embedded in all of our DNA.  It is recognizable anywhere.  There has never been a time that humans existed without horses. They have been our partners in hunting, exploring, plowing fields, fighting wars, and delivering mail.  We owe much to the horse for our civilization's development.

Today horses continue to benefit humans by acting as reflective partners who nudge us into authenticity.  We have much to learn from their sophisticated herd hierarchy and keen prey instincts.  Horses model self-care and living in the present moment - both excellent tools for surviving and thriving in our non-stop lives.  If we are open to receiving their wisdom, they can help us reconnect with ourselves and improve the ways we relate to others.  They challenge us to build better relationships with others and with ourselves. 

Our horses are accustomed to being with people they have just met.  We prioritize safety and all activities with the horses are by choice.


Join us at the Ranch Retreat


Using the pure and reciprocal relationship with the horse as a vehicle to promote insight, learning and connection, this experience will offer a unique opportunity to access your authentic self and true leadership style in a beautiful natural setting.  Through facilitated exercises with the horses and one another, we will pay attention to what emerges.  When we are open to receiving their wisdom, horses can help us reconnect with ourselves and improve the ways we relate to others.  If diving into this mystery intrigues you, come and invite the horses to support your journey.

Offered: Friday, August 20th; Friday, September 10th; and Friday, October 15th


The Ranch


Built in the late 1800s by Constantine Bello, an immigrant from the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal, the dairy once supplied butter and cheese to the surrounding area, shipping it by boat across the channel to San Francisco.  The historic dairy evolved into a horse boarding facility in the early 1970s and is now managed by Ocean Riders of Marin, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the historical presence of horses and ranching in Frank Valley while maintaining the integrity of the land, water, flora & fauna and promoting environmental stewardship through community outreach programs.  


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