I believe in kindness to animals. The horse’s wellbeing is important. Its essential they are happy and enjoy their work. They are never forced to do anything they don't want to do and their well being is never compromised. They are my family. It's a privilege and honor to be able to live and spend time with horses without the need or pressure to ride them.
I don't kill any wild animals, i.e., reptiles or insects at our retreat. I don't use traps or poisons. I have a cat, Tinkerbell, who hunts and eats her prey.
I am unarmed; no guns at SHR.
I have a holistic view on health. Spiritual, emotional, mental and physical ailments are all related. I believe there's a solution to any problem, though it may not be what one would expect. Anything can be healed if the person’s soul is in agreement and alignment to receive healing.
I believe in eating healthy. The meals are organic and cooked from scratch. I want my guests to be well fed and nourished from the food served. I buy, prepare and cook all the food myself. Junk food is out of the question.
Exercising is something I promote and feel passionate about. My entire life I have exercised; lifting weights, yoga, jogging and hiking. In addition to my outdoor lifestyle and managing this retreat I stay fit and in good shape.
Breathing fresh air makes a huge difference to our overall well being. Ranchita, home of Silver Horse Retreat, is known for its clean air. Years ago, a friend introduced me to the concept of sleeping outdoors. He told me, 'you can sleep anywhere as long as you're warm.' Hearing this liberated me from thinking I had to sleep inside four walls. Since then, I've slept in an outdoor bedroom or inside a yurt or tent. Breathing in fresh air while sleeping is restorative and promotes deep sleep.
Bathing and drinking pure, fresh, well water connects us to our land and promotes wellness. Getting off city water was one of my main goals after I found out about the chemicals I was ingesting such as fluoride and chlorine, to name a few. I noticed a difference in the horse’s health from drinking well water. Their allergies became less active.
One of my favorite places on our retreat is our outdoor bathing area. I was given and restored an old bear claw bathtub. The tub is in a tranquil and private area on the land. It's a wonderful place to watch nature, meditate and enjoy the benefits of a hot water bath.