Private Tours and Retreats
For our regularly offered programs, please visit our calender of events.
How to Arrange a Private Tour or Retreat
Private tours and Retreats are arranged on an individual basis. They can be scheduled on weekdays or weekends when there are no other scheduled events or activities at the ranch. The cost for large group tours and retreats are based on a sliding scale, and vary with each group.
Please contact us at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org for schedules, fees and other information. We look forward to make your retreat or tour a memorable and special event.
Note: Prices listed below are for tours during the months of April 2014 through August 2014. For off-season tour inquiries (September 2014 through March 2015), please contact email@example.com
Private Group Tours
Our most popular tour! Schedule your own private group tour, similar to our Living History Sanctuary Tour. Spend 2 hours experiencing a vital link to our living history: America’s wild horses! Learn about the origins of the horse in America, how they shaped American cultures, what they face in the world today and what we are doing to preserve them. This is a light walking tour to view the sanctuary and visit our ambassador horses along with a few of our herds; custom tours available by request. Light refreshments provided. Suggested minimum donation $50 per adult; $20 for children under 12. Scheduled by appointment only (Mondays-Fridays), and subject to staff availability. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Large Group Tours
Schedule your own private tour for a school field trip, birthdays, clubs, youth group, Pony Club outing, Girl Scouts, equine club, or church group! Bring a bag lunch and spread out a picnic blanket near the pagoda after the tour. Light refreshments provided upon request. Pricing varies by tour type and amount of guests, for a quote contact email@example.com. Scheduled by appointment only, and subject to staff availability.
Private Wild Horse Hikes
Interested in studying wild horse natural behavior and viewing wild horses out in the hills? Schedule a private Wild Horse Hike where we will spend 3-hours quietly observing and learning from our wild herds. This hike is a moderate to strenuous hike on uneven, steep terrain, although your guide will take the physical fitness level and ability of all guests into consideration when deciding on the route. Light refreshments provided. Suggested minimum donation $150 per adult; $70 for children aged 12-16. Scheduled by appointment only (Mondays-Fridays),and subject to staff availability. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Photo Safari’s
Private Photo Safaris can be arranged upon request. Whether you and your amateur photo club want to photograph colorful wild horses in a serene setting, or you’re a professional photographer looking to expand your fine arts portfolio, this tour is the one for you! One of our experienced guides will spend up to 3 hours with you and your group out in our hills. Suggested minimum donation $300 per person for tours with 1-5 guests; $150 per person for groups 5-10. Information for larger tours available by request. Special restrictions on photo use may apply; contact email@example.com to view our photography waiver. Scheduled by appointment only (Mondays-Fridays), and subject to staff availability.
Programs by Special Arrangement
Evening Herd Observation & Firelight Dinner (full moon evenings can be magical!)
A meditative and reflective journey into the world of wild horses. These intimate evenings are hosted by Return to Freedom Founder Neda DeMayo, sharing her unique insight and understanding of wild herds. Special guests and staff may join to add their expertise. Once in the hills, our time will be reserved for quiet observation of the herds. At dusk we will gather around the campfire for a light dinner, wine, storytelling, music, and discussion. Hiking level is moderate to strenuous on uneven, steep terrain. Not recommended for children under 12. Hiking boots, light jacket, and a reusable water bottle recommended for the hike. By special arrangement only, with a minimum of four people. Suggested minimum donation $150 per person. 4pm-9pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Journeys With Wild Horses™
This is for the individual who wants to immerse him or herself into the language and community of wild horses through exposure to their habitat and family bands. Guests experience direct learning through observation and self-discovery in nature’s classroom. We will create an intimate educational experience. Beverages and snacks provided. Reservations required well in advance. Minimum of six people required. Suggested minimum donation $1000 for 3 days. Contact email@example.com
Return to Freedom ranch is the perfect venue for your group’s next retreat!
Located in the California hills, about 2 ½ hours north of Los Angeles, we make Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary available on a limited basis to a variety of organizations for 1- or 2-day group functions and retreats. Groups enjoy a unique opportunity to come together in a sanctuary that opens the heart and magic of the natural world.
Features and Amenities
Return to Freedom is a 310-acre ranch that is home to the American Wild Horse Sanctuary. The Sanctuary offers dozens of quiet, outdoor settings for meetings, programs and a variety of group and solitary activities.
Consider a walking meditation through herds of wild horses. Or, while enjoying our grounds, climb a magical tree house in our 60-acre oak forest—a perfect spot for contemplation, meditation, yoga or special times with your groups.
And we are only 10 miles from one of the most beautiful beaches in south-central California. Enjoy a morning swim or walk on the beach. With breathtaking cliffs and pounding surf, it’s one that you’ll remember for years to come.
To compliment your stay, additional amenities are also available. These may include massage, yoga instruction, and herbalist walks.
You have a choice of accommodations for your group. Some groups prefer to camp out on the hills and spend the entire time in the beauty of our Sanctuary. For those who choose not to “rough it,” there are a variety of motels in nearby Lompoc that range from moderate to business class. When you call to set up your retreat, we can put you in touch with the accommodation of your choice.