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HEAL: 6 Keys to Connection

April 7, 2017 @ 9:30 am - April 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

Raven Rock Ranch

A 3-DAY EQUINE EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP For personal or professional growth and learning

Facilitated by: Sandy Matts, MA, and Julie Harcus

This workshop is for anyone interested in equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning (EFPL), for personal and/or professional benefit, including horse owners wanting to deepen their understanding of the horse-human bond.

The HEAL Model™ of EFPL is an experiential learning model, based on scientifically validated principles from the fields of neuroscience and psychology (human and animal). Horses, as social mammals, are surprisingly similar to humans in terms of their relational needs to not only survive, but thrive. Through ground-level activities with these sentient beings, six core skills for enhancing self-awareness and interpersonal wellbeing will be explored.

We will begin each day with class-based learning, followed by activities with the horses that engage each “Key to Relationship”. We will conclude each day with time for shared experiences and reflections.

HEAL’s Six Keys:

  1. Body or feeling-centered awareness
  2. Boundaries – Trust and respect.
  3. Divided Self – Taming that “inner critic.”
  4. Yin and Yang – Sensitivity & action
  5. New Pathways – Beyond Dominance
  6. The Social Brain – Putting relationship ahead of performance.

About Sandy Matts, MA, CL, H.E.A.L. Certified
Being an H.E.A.L. Certified Facilitator combines all of Sandy’s passions, skills, and training to create a unique culmination of qualities maximizing the restorative work of both the horse and individual. Sandy earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. She is a certified therapist with the State of Washington. Sandy has also been certified by the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and worked for 3 years at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. From 2011 to the present, Sandy’s professional time has been spent working with at-risk youth and developing programming at Raven Rock Ranch.

About Julie Harcus, PATH TRI, H.E.A.L Certified Facilitator & RRR staff.
Julie has extensive horse experience and has owned horses since childhood. She has taught riding lessons balancing safety and enjoyment for 20 years. Julie completed the H.E.A.L Certification Program in September 2015, and has been a staff member for Raven Rock Ranch since 2014, serving as a Facilitator and Volunteer Coordinator. She has a degree in Sociology/Social Work and over 10 years’ experience working with children with special needs.


  • Cost $725 (A non-refundable deposit of $225 will reserve your place.)
  • Register by March 1st for a  5% discount
  • We have space for 6 participants
  • Rain or Shine The horses don’t mind!


April 7, 2017 @ 9:30 am
April 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
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Raven Rock Ranch
20503 NE 122nd Street
Redmond, WA 98053 United States
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(425) 869-2302


Sandy Matts
(425) 869-2302

Raven Rock 2022 Schedule

Raven Rock is in session Tuesday through Saturday. We take breaks periodically throughout the year. The following are the “break” days.

Break weeks for 2022

  • February 7th – 13th
  • March 21st – 27th
  • May 2nd – 8th
  • June 13th – 17th
  • July 25th – 31st
  • September 5th – 11th
  • October 17th – 23rd
  • November 21st – 27th
  • December 19th – 31st