Beyond Words: Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Workshop

Rancho Las Cascadas, Mexico - February 4th through February 8th

Nestled on a mountain plateau in rural Mexico, bordered by three waterfalls, Rancho Las
Cascadas is not only enchanting, offering a blend of traditional Mexican culture and
up-to-date modern amenities, it is reputed to be the most hospitable hacienda in Mexico!
The staff is lovely as are the horses! The Ranch is all-inclusive so all you need to do is pack
your dreams and your personal goals.

Join the Workshop

The equine-assisted therapy will be done on the ground, no riding or horse experience necessary. For those interested in riding, you can choose to go out on the trail every afternoon. There is a group for every riding level.

There will be approximately four hours of therapeutic exercises per day in the “round pen” (the area cordoned off for the horses) with breaks for lunch, snacks, and discussion. The horses will be our co-therapist in exploring issues of intimacy and connection, boundaries and assertiveness, mindfulness, non-verbal communication, emotional self-awareness, self-regulation, acceptance and grief, among other issues. We consider play and laughter an important part of therapy and life! So, each session will also include some playtime with the horses who actually love to play!

Those of you who are interested in more advanced riding and horse skills will be able to work with Stacey in the afternoon in lieu of the round-pen therapy experience.

As you will learn and experience firsthand, horses, being “prey” animals (as opposed to “predators” like dogs) need to be highly sensitive to their immediate environment to survive. They communicate their emotions, whether fear or happiness, nonverbally, to the rest of the herd. When you work with horses, spend time with them, you become part of the herd. If you want to know what you’re feeling, ask a horse! They reflect your feelings back to you!

The workshop will consist of three days of therapeutic horse-work. The fourth day is dedicated to either a full-day excursion to San Miguel De Allende, one of the most charming cathedral cities in Mexico for shopping, galleries, exploring…and a lunch at a classic Mexican restaurant overlooking the bustling town center. Or you can choose to stay at the Ranch and partake of the various activities offered, such as trail riding, hiking, massaging, pool and hot tub, etc. There are also additional excursions you can book if you so choose.

For those of you worried about traveling to Mexico, the Ranch is safely tucked away in the mountains. The most danger you might face is having your horse decide to take a rest stop next to a huge bull. Happened…I’m alive!

The Ranch offers transfers to and from the Mexico City Airport, approximately one and one/half hours from the Ranch. These transfers will be offered once daily and we will let you know the approximate times so that you can book your flights accordingly. The cost of the transfer will be split by the number of riders. If you’d like to take your own transport, you are surely welcome.

Your Instructors

Dr. Alita Buzel is a Clinical Psychologist with over thirty years’ experience. She has been working with horses as co-therapists doing equine assisted psychotherapy and running workshops for over fifteen years. This will be her third workshop at Rancho Las Cascadas. She is the author of: Beyond Words: The Healing Power of Horses, a manual covering the whys and how’s of doing psychotherapy with horses.

Anyone who knows Alita, knows she’s serious about her work, but loves the chance to play! And horses, being the quirky animals that they are, offer her lots of opportunities to laugh! Join her in her serious, yet playful, interactions between people and horses.

Stacey Carter is a lifelong horsewoman, creator of Heart Centered Horsemanship, PATH Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning as well as being a certified yoga instructor. Her approach of listening and responding to the horse in a mindful, empathetic and respectful partnership is ideal for equine assisted therapy.

She looks forward to once again partnering with Alita and the lovely horses of Rancho Las Cascadas to provide powerful and transformational experiences for participants, as well as offering horsemanship and riding

Please feel free to contact Alita or Stacey for any questions.
Stacey at:

Cost & Details

There will be a maximum of eight participants per workshop to ensure optimal therapeutic experience.

Shared Room:
$463.00/night (including tax and 15% workshop discount)

Single Room:
$564.00/night (including tax and 15% workshop discount)

The workshop itself is $250.00 for the week. Fee can be paid directly to Stacey or Alita at
the time of the Workshop.

This rate includes all booked accommodations, all meals, open bar while at the Rancho
(national alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks), unlimited horseback riding, the use of the
Rancho facilities including our solar heated infinity pool with jacuzzi, hot tub, day in San
Miguel de Allende and much more.

A 30% deposit will be needed by November 30th, 2023. Deposits are non-refundable but
can be used for a future reservation within the next 12 months of booking.
Card Payment: VISA or Mastercard. Or The Ranch can send a PayPal Payment Request.

Please feel free to reach out to Katrin c/o for any questions
about accommodations and payment. Katrin’s Phone/WhatsAppl: +52 1-55-1070 2080

There will be a van pickup and drop from the airport to The Ranch and back. The cost per
van ($290.00) or private car (up to four people) $145.00 each way. Cost divided by
passengers. There are two separate buildings at the Mexico City Airport so you need to
determine which building you will be arriving and departing from. It will depend on your

Equine Workshop Schedule