Wide angle view of the Wildfire Ranch stables.
Ranch owners standing with their horses in front of barn. Young girl riding horse during camp. Girl in wedding dress on horseback. The owners of Wildfire Ranch riding a trail. Trail Rides Person getting therapy by riding a horse. Person learning how to ride a horse.

Welcome to Wildfire Ranch

"One of the best experiences our family has ever had together", Jack T., State College, Pa.

Wildfire Ranch featured on Global Television!

Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat is a peaceful paradise located in the heart of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania (just 25 minutes East of the Pennsylvania State University and State College, PA). Breathtaking views surround the setting creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The retreat center itself is fondly referred to as "The Ponderosa," a 6,000 sq. ft. log-sided lodge with guestrooms available to rent. Guests from Florida to California and Argentina to Germany have spent week-long retreats to receive healing from depression. Others visit just to enjoy the horse dude ranch experience with their loved ones. Each day is filled with riding lessons, equine therapy sessions, pony cart rides, 'All About Horses' clinics and unforgettable mountain horseback trail ride adventures. Between horse activities guests are invited to join our staff in authentic ranch life chores, including mucking out horse stalls, leather-oiling saddles and feeding the herd of 18 'angel-animals.' In between horse activities our guests spend endless hours on our 1200 sq. ft. wrap-around deck, sleeping, reading and meditating while soaking up the breathtaking views of mountains, valleys and horses. Nights are often spent under the stars around an Amish-crafted campfire pit.

Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat is owned and operated by the mother-daughter team of Cynthia and Ariel Sweeley. The epidemic of depression in America has touched every home. Emotionally-traumatized families are often unable to afford the $150/hour psychiatric treatments and unwilling to wait the 3-6 months at the low-income counseling centers. The heartbreaking effects are seen in broken families, drug addiction and suicide. Our purpose at Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat is to promote healing for emotionally-hurting men, women and children through one-on-one encounters with 13 magnificent horses.

Disclosure: Wildfire Ranch Staff members are not licensed counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists nor do we make any such claims. As such there is no counseling conducted during our equine therapy sessions. Clients are given games to play with the horses which empower clients in their weak areas and promote healing from inner traumas as a result. Wildfire Ranch staff members interpret horse behavior during these sessions as the horses 'mirror' what they are sensing in the clients.

We Also Offer: Affordable Horse boarding, Horse-riding lessons, Horse-back Weddings, Kids Horse Camps (year-round), Horse-training for problem horses, and fishing adventures. Please visit our sister ranch in Virginia by looking them up in Facebook under 'Wildfire Ranch, VA'.

All deposits are non-refundable. Ranch will apply your deposit towards a future appointment if cancellation occurs due to weather or necessary reschedule on the part of Wildfire Ranch. If a client terminates their lodging and horse activities earlier than agreed upon, there will be no refund for the remaining days of lodging and horse activities. However, Wildfire Ranch reserves the right to issue refunds if such cases are due to family emergencies and acts of God.

A look inside one of our vacation rentals.

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Horses and riders on a country trail ride.

Enjoy the opportunity to get closer to some of God's most amazing creations: horses! Discover the healing power and majesty behind these captivating animals and get to know our own horses.

Cynthia Sweeley caring for a horse at Wildfire Ranch.

Read the Purdue interview with Wildfire Ranch owner Cynthia Sweeley and discover the healing power of horses through God.



We all give money to causes we believe in. Wildfire Ranch is the only sanctuary in the state to use horses to heal humans of depression while drawing the broken-hearted closer to God. Please consider putting your next donation towards this amazing cause, even if it's a one-time offering.

God will truly bless you for it!