Wide angle view of the Wildfire Ranch stables.

About Wildfire Ranch


Opened in 2012 Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat is the passion and joy of owner Cynthia Sweeley. Following a series of traumatic events in her personal life, Cynthia discovered the healing power of horses and established the Ranch not only as a vacation destination but also a place of healing.

Operated seven days a week by appointment, Wildfire Ranch is a fully functioning horse ranch offering everything from riding lessons and boarding to equine therapy. Most recently, they have opened their doors as one of Pennsylvania's most breath-taking wedding destinations.

Curious to learn more about the history of Wildfire Ranch? Click here to read an intimate interview with Cynthia!

Why Horses?


Cynthia Sweeley, owner and managing director.

Cynthia Sweeley

Owner/Managing Director

Cynthia Sweeley has 20 years experience training horses with a specialty on producing beginner-safe trail-riding horses. As a result, guests frequently ask to purchase the Wildfire Ranch horses even when they are not up for sale. She has a Bachelors Degree from Penn State University with Deans List honors majoring in Professional Communications and Business Administration. Cynthia has 7 years experience as a 'Coach' in equine assisted activities that do not include counseling.

In 1995 Cynthia started a restaurant menu-and-placemat-advertising company named Menu Master. Over 13 years she sold 13 franchises and turned it into the largest menu and placemat advertising company in America! The 2008/2009 recession killed the business and so she started Wildfire Ranch instead.

Cynthia and her staff practice horse whispering with their herd of 14 horses with irrefutable results that can be seen in the equine therapy sessions and trail rides alike. Several licensed therapists have requested meetings with cynthia to discuss why their clients have "healed from unhealable" mental and emotional conditions. Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat is located at 332 Harter Road, Spring Mills, Pa. 16875 and operates by appointment only 7 days/week.

Read more about Cynthia's Story.

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.

Our Mission Statement

We Believe...

...In Jesus Christ as the true son of God, crucified and now alive at the right hand of God.

...In the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that they are three separate beings and yet they are One.

...That Jesus has left us the Holy Spirit as our Comforter to give us the strength for living and as proof of God's presence (John 15:26)

...In the gifts of the Holy Spirit to enable us in our daily lives as explained in 1 Corinthians 12.

...That the body of Christ is to be unified no matter the denomination, as we endeavor to become the 'spotless bride of Christ'.

...Signs and Wonders are for today, not just the old testament days as Jesus promised in Matthew 10:1.

....God speaks to His children as promised in John 16:13 and the book of Isaiah.

Wildfire Ranch in the news!

We are blessed to have media outlets contacting us to help with news stories, or to do a story all about us. Below are a few of the many ways Wildfire Ranch has been in the news!

Wildfire Ranch featured on Global Television!

A Mirror to the Mind: An Interview with Cynthia Sweeley

Written by Katie Carroll, Purdue University - A Mirror to the Mind: An Interview with Cynthia Sweeley
Note: This text also appears as the "Cynthia's Story" page on our website.

A Blessing in Disguise

Produced by Penn State ComMedia News - A Blessing in Disguise

Making a Difference - WJAC News Broadcast

Produced by WJAC TV-6 - click below to watch video or click here to view in new window.

Local woman uses horse therapy to help people cope.

Centre County Gazette - Local woman uses horse therapy to help people cope.

Become an Equine Therapist

Learn how to become an Equine Therapist and read about Wildfire Ranch in the news!