Horse Speak® All-Inclusive Retreat

June 13 – June 20 and August 15 – August 22, 2021


Clinician Sharon Wilsie

Join Sharon and Laura Wilsie and Heidi Potter for an unforgettable and enriching experience at Bitterroot Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming USA. This ranch is home to over 200 horses of various levels, breeds and ages. The ranch is located in the beautiful Wind River valley, bordering the Shoshone National Forest, just fifty miles from Yellowstone National Park.

Horse Speak® All-Inclusive Retreat
Taught by Clinicians Sharon Wilsie & Heidi Potter

Clinician Heidi Potter

Clinician Heidi Potter

Retreat guests will experience the rare opportunity of observing the truly natural language and behaviors of horses that live in the most natural of settings. Participants will be immersed in observing and connecting with horses in the big herd of 150, along with the mares and foals of ranch’s Spanish Arabian breeding program. Lessons in decoding and encoding equine language will be abundant in this magical setting.

Through observation, interaction, workshops and self-awareness exercises participants will develop a skill set that leaves them with a deeper understanding of the truly natural language of the horse.  These skills will enable them to begin decoding horse language on their own and have appropriate responses to horses’ questions. They will join the growing number of “Horse Speakers” who have found success with calmly reshaping undesirable behaviors, creating enriching experiences and building rapport with horses.   

 Not Just Horse Speak…..

Retreat guests will have a chance to improve comfort, confidence, communication and overall balance in the saddle with a Centered Riding workshop and mounted lesson taught by Heidi. These skills will come in handy on the Two Guided Trail Rides in the surrounding picturesque mountains included in this memorable retreat. Optional activities include Yoga, Hiking, Square Dancing and attending a local Rodeo.  

This All-Inclusive Retreat Price includes:

  • Cabin Style Accommodations
    •    All Meals and Beverages
    •    All Equine Activities
    •    All Workshops and Lectures

 Retreat price does not include airfare, rental car or shuttle service to the ranch.

Sharon’s Bio:

Sharon Wilsie is the founder of Horse Speak, an educational system that helps humans understand the intricacies of horse conversations. It teaches the exact, specific, repeatable micro-movements of horse language and give its students a platform for “listening” and “talking” to horses in their language, instead of expecting them to understand ours.
Sharon is the author of Horse Speak, The Equine/Human Translation Guide and Horses in Translation. She has enjoyed a professional career as a horse trainer/rehabilitation specialist, intercollegiate coach, riding instructor, presenter and clinician. Sharon has developed several programs including; volunteer training groups for horse rescues and therapeutic riding centers, as well as Equine Assisted Learning courses at Landmark College in Vermont. Her life-long passion for horses has driven her to seek alternative training and rehabilitation methods for difficult and traumatized horses. Sharon’s goal has always been to create a two–way street of mutual healing, awareness, and betterment for both horses and humans.  For more information about Sharon and her work, visit

Heidi’s Bio:

Heidi Potter is an internationally known and respected Trainer, Instructor, Clinician and Author who shares over 50 years of horse experience.
Heidi was blessed to have learned Centered Riding directly from neighboring friend, mentor and founder, the late Ms. Sally Swift. As a martial artist Heidi was inspired by Centered Riding’s inclusion of Traditional Eastern Philosophies to help riders of all levels and disciplines improve self-awareness, balance, comfort, confidence and communication. 

In her Holistic Horsemanship Training Program Heidi is committed to addressing the horse’s needs first by sharing the concept of doing things “with” the horse versus “to” the horse, thus creating calmer, safer and more enjoyable experiences. In 2016 she began studying equine behavior and language with Horse Speak founder Sharon Wilsie. As a Senior Horse Speak Instructor Heidi finds great joy in helping to bridge the gap in understanding between horses and their humans.    

Heidi enjoys trail riding and competing in Western Dressage with her Cheval Canadian Horse Riley and spending time with family and friends at her Southern Vermont farm, The New England Center for Horsemanship. For more information about Heidi and her work visit

 Yoga sessions with ranch owner Hadley Fox will also be available during the clinic.