Experiential Learning with Horses
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Personal Discovery
Group Opportunities


Call of the Wild

Spring & Fall Retreats with Nature

The Wild is alive in all of us Let her out to play

All good things are wild and free.
-- Henry David Thoreau

An inner journey, vision quest and woman’s retreat in spring wonderland

Listen for the call of the springtime wild and awaken your Dreams

May 20, 9:00am – May 21, 3:00pm 2017 Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio

September 15, 3:00 pm – September 17, 3:00 pm 2017 Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio

Gather your deep feminine instinct, free horse spirit, wildish and wolfish nature and love of the natural world. We will follow the snowy trails through the forest uncovering our natural primitive self step by step. Gathering in a tribal circle around a warm fire we will share stories and wisdom.

The river calls us to be heard, the earth longs for our footsteps to hold the souls of our feet, the trees & rocks have secrets to tell us, the fire holds healing warmth for our bones & the wind inspiration for our spirit. Exploring our dreams within nature’s wisdom.

Connecting through nature to your wilderness spirit, inner nature and natural being.

  • Discover quiet moments in nature and spend peaceful time
  • Join a herd of seven wise horses and one courageous zebra
  • Sit by a campfire or listen to the creek to reflect, dream and vision
  • Stretch your body and self perception walking or climbing
  • Dwell beneath 350 million year old ledges & 1.1 billion year old crystals
  • In the rebirth of spring enjoy the simple luxury of slowing down
  • Awaken through body intelligence and energetic awareness

Moving with the rhythm of spring beauty, timelessness and ceremonial space, and listening deeply within we will create the energetic field to support each other’s wisdom, healing and instinctual natures.

Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio.

Lodging: Sleep in a cozy cottage, shared rooms with two beds, or dorm camping on the living room floor or bring your tent or sleep in the yurt.

Meals included

Registration: Open to a circle of 20 women. To register for your place in the circle or for more information contact Jackie at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com.

Fee: $175 for May Workshop, $250 for September Workshop

The land is about 80 acres and is surrounded by 500 acres of Geauga Park land and the Geauga Rookery. The Chagrin River wanders along and through the forest of the east boundary offering beautiful places to dwell by the water and to splash about on warm days. The west boundary is guarded by a Hemlock forest and old Canadian Glacial Rock and ledge formations and millions of 1.1 billion year old quartz pebbles...hence the name Pebble Ledge. On the north boundary is a three acre natural bog with amazing lily pads, water birds, turtles and many other primordial critters of the bog. The south boundary is living space for people and horses. The 20 acre rolling pasture is home to the herd of 7 remarkable horses and one courageous zebra, which live freely, joyfully and at peace.

We have a campsite in the forest above the beautiful ancient grandfather and grandmother ledges. Many sacred and ceremonial sites have revealed themselves and welcome us to learn from them.



Body of Earth, Body of Sky, Body of Heart

Accessing Our Physical, Energetic and Natural Wisdom in Times of Challenge

With Herb Stevenson, Jackie Stevenson, Jim Kepner, Lourdes Kepner and the Pebble Ledge Herd

Thursday, June 8th
through Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Body WorkshopIn our times of uncertainty and challenge we most need to draw on ways that support centeredness, grounding, awareness of the collective energies that surround us, to access our natural wisdom and to make wise life choices. Join us for a journey to your body’s innate knowing and natural connectedness through:

  • Strengthening embodied presence
  • Learning energy awareness practices
  • Engaging with horses and the herd
  • Tapping into the ancestral energy of the land
  • Deepening your connection to the family of Nature

Each day will include experiential learning through body process and energy awareness, movement and stillness, ceremony and celebration, reflection time in nature, engagement with the horses and herd and sharing dialogue with each other.

Body Workshop

Creating a sacred space together we will explore individually and collectively our calling, purpose and contribution among 350 million year old glacial ledges and 1.1 billion year old white quartz pebbles.

The four-day intensive will draw on these themes:

  • Day I - Arriving. Arriving in your body, arriving with each other, connecting to the land and orienting to the program.

  • Day II - Body of Earth. Developing grounded presence, connected to the deep nonverbal wisdom of our animal nature and rooting ourselves in the physical power of the natural world.

  • Day III - Body of Sky. Our energetic nature connecting us to the intuitive, the realm of vision and spirit, and the sacred in all things.

  • Day IV - Body of Heart Within. The process of integration drawing on the wisdom of our connection with nature, with earth and sky, and with each other.

Dates & Times: June 8th-June 11th, 2017; Thursday 3:00-8 pm; Friday & Saturday 8:30am-6:00pm; Sunday 8:30am-2:30pm

Thursday dinner & Friday-Sunday lunches included in fee.
Early bird before May 1st: $1050
After May 1st $1200

Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty Ohio about 55 minutes from Cleveland and airport; accommodations can be arranged.

For registration and information contact Jackie Stevenson at jacalynstevenson@gmail.com.


Jackie Stevenson is the founder and CEO of Spirit of Leadership, LLC. She is a coach, therapist and educator integrating experiential learning with horses and nature into her coaching, retreats and workshops. Jackie is an adjunct professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and teaches Embodied Presence at the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management and is a faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Herb Stevenson is the founder of the global Cleveland Consulting Group where he specializes in coaching C-executives and C-teams.  He is the founder of Natural Passages, a nature based men’s program that goes to the woods to rediscover how to be centered in a chaotic world.   Herb is on the post-graduate faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Jim Kepner is a psychologist in private and the author of two classic Gestalt therapy books: Body Process and Healing Tasks. Jim conducts training workshops internationally in Body Process, the Healing Tasks model in trauma and hands-on subtle energy methods. He is co-developer of Nervous System Energy Work (NSEW).

Lourdes Quiroz Kepner is a Gestalt therapist, coach, educator and NSEW practitioner. She currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio working as a coach/consultant, studies Experiential Leadership With Horses and teaches at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She was a co-founder UPAD Gestalt Training Institute and Academic Director of the Masters in Human Development Program at ITESO University, both in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she taught for 27 years. She is especially known for her expertise in Gestalt work with dreams and dreaming.

Pebble Ranch Herd: Be, Bud, Chief Silver Cloud, Holly, Raven, Spirit, Toby and Tess.


Horses, Heart and Spirit

Women’s Group - Ongoing

A circle of women and a herd of horses come together to explore on what has heart, spirit and meaning for us at this time in our lives. There is no horse riding, this is about relationship and we all have our feet on the ground.

Join our daytime group which herds up weekly on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm beginning January 25th.

We will spend time together outside in nature, in the covered arena or inside the cottage as Mother Nature and we decide.

Fee: $30.00 per day or evening.

You can attend sessions individually and attend as you can but please confirm your place in the herd for each day/evening you will be attending by e-mailing Jackie prior to group meeting at Jacalynstevenson@gmail.com

Details and Information for All the Above Personal Discovery Workshops

HollyPartner with our gentle hearted horses and zebra within the beauty of nature for a day of personal discovery.

There is no riding the focus is on relationship - the work with the horse takes place on the ground. No Horse experience is necessary.

Time: 9:30 - 3:00
Group size: Up to 14 participants with our team of 7 horses and a zebra
Location: Pebble Ledge Ranch, Novelty, Ohio 44072

For Registration or info e-mail jacalyn.stevenson@gmail.com or call 440-338-1752 .

  • Jackie Stevenson MSSA, Equine Guided Education Certification, European Association of Horse Assisted Education certification
  • Lisa Kayser and staff
  • and our awesome herd of seven horses and one courageous zebra--uncommon heroes for the common good--Be, Chief Silver Cloud, Bud, Spirit, Toby, Tess and Raven and Holly.

Personal and Professional Retreats at Pebble Ledge Ranch

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