Introductory to the Waterhole Ritual Clinic



Return to Freedom’s mission is to preserve the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world.

For eighteen years, RTF has been dedicated to modeling and advocating viable humane solutions to protect wild horses and burros on the range as an alternative to the costly and traumatic capture and warehousing of wild horses. RTF operates a sanctuary providing a refuge for 350 wild horses and 44 burros with a focus to maintain natural family bands and bonded social groups.  

For more information about RTF visit:

Clinician:  Linda Salinas is both a skilled clinician and a dynamic instructor who seeks to empower her students while ensuring the integrity of the horse.  Linda is a gifted teacher who feels that as we open our hearts and minds, horses in their infinite wisdom can assist us in our journey toward self-realization.  Linda is a certified instructor in the Carolyn Resnick Method of natural horsemanship.  She travels worldwide to share The Waterhole Rituals which were developed through Resnick's observation of horses in the wild.  The rituals provide a means by which we can bond and communicate with horses without the use of tack, force, or restraint in a free environment.

Kimerlee Curly Photography

Kimerlee Curly Photography

Meg Frederick Photographer

Meg Frederick Photographer

Roy Bozarth Photography

Roy Bozarth Photography

The purpose of this clinic is to help raise funds to assist Return To Freedom to continue their mission while raising awareness of the
future of our wild horse

Clinic Details

This clinic takes place at Return To Freedom's satellite location in San Luis Obispo.  We will begin our clinic in San Luis Obispo with a "Meet & Greet" Thursday evening.  Friday & Saturday morning Linda will introduce the Waterhole Rituals and each participant will get a hands on experience and demonstration of the rituals with a horse.  Friday & Saturday afternoons we will travel up the mountain to observe the wild horses.  Sunday we travel to Return To Freedom's base location in Lompoc.  

Check In:   5:00-7:00
(travel permitting)  

Date of Clinic: august 4-5-6

Location:   San Luis Obispo & Lompoc, California

Price: $1800.00 with early bird special $1650 before June  1

Clinic limited to 30 participants

Clinic hours:
9-4 Friday & Saturday  
Sunday 9-1

Clinic includes:    hands on clinic with horse, Live History Tour of RTF, Observation of wild horses at RTF, Waterhole Ritual clinic, guided group meditations.

Lunches provided
Does not include airfare, car rental or accommodations

Travel & Accomodations


San Luis Obispo SBP airpot
Los Angeles International airport LAX approx. 3 Hours from San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara Airport 1 hour and 45-50 minutes from San Luis Obispo

Suggested Hotel Accommodations:

The closest hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott, and it’s about an 11 minute drive.

Although it’s farther away, it might be nice to stay more in town where you can be closer to restaurants and the like.

Downtown Hotels

Granada Hotel and Bistro

Le Petit Soleil

Garden Street Inn

Near Downtown  (~15 minute walk to the main street, Higuera St., or a ~2 minute drive)

Holiday Inn Express

Sands Inn and Suites

La Cuesta Inn

*** A complete list of all the accommodations in SLO is available here

Most hotels with a Monterey St. address fall under the “near downtown” category.

Visitor Center

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce

895 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401

T: 805.781.2777 |


Cancellation policy: 

Full refund Up until May 31, 2017
June 1- June 30 - 75% refund
After July 1 -  no refund will be issued

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Unable to attend The Waterhole Ritual Clinic but would like to support RTF