Certification Retreats

30-Day Residential Certification Retreats


Gaia Gathering offers occupational certification retreats through our residential training programs at Starr Horse Retreats and Arenas, located in Minden, Nevada.

Residents of our occupational training retreats have private rooms in either the Chalet or Bunkhouse on our 30-acre equestrian facility. We offer nutritious meals, hands-on training, optional field trips, and ancillary activities for integration. Every participant has access to our resident therapist for emotional, mental, and spiritual support during their stay.

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Positive Reinforcement (R+) Horse Trainer Certification 

Do you want to start your career in the field of horse training? Or are you a current horse trainer looking for kinder methods? Maybe you are a horse owner and want to learn training techniques that align with your ethical values. There is a growing awareness in the equine world that there is a better way to train horses than the traditional protocol of using fear and pain. Our positive reinforcement (R+) horse training certification retreat combines the knowledge and application for honoring horses and healing humans into one program. This course dives into science-based, holistic horsemanship training with our Whole Horse, Whole Human program. Our program combines R+ training techniques and Horse-Human-Ship healing into a fully comprehensive certificate of graduation for a career in horse training. 

Holistic Healing Practitioner Certification 

This course teaches holistic healing modalities for the mind, body, and spirit. Residents learn a toolbox of knowledge to help their clients with past grief healing, PTSD, trauma, and depression. Instructors walk residents through all the steps required to start their own holistic healing business.

Holistic Healing Modalities

Areas of study will be tailored to student interests:

Bodhi Method Breath Work, Equine Therapy, Sweat Lodge, Yoga, Nutrition and Self Care, Sound Healing, Meditation, Group Therapy, Body Work, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Massage Therapy, Guided Meditation, Reflexology, Herbal Medicine, Energy Healing, Art Therapy.

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Life Coach Certification 

This course prepares residents on how to set and achieve goals for their clients in the areas of health, relationships, and careers. Using Neuro-linguistic programming (a psychological approach relating to how thoughts, language, and patterns of behavior produce outcomes) and Emergenetics (a psychometric tool that measures patterns of thinking and communicating) participants graduate with the necessary tools to start their own life coaching business.