Welcome to Horse Honesty Workshops and Retreats

           Our first workshop in 2016 was such a success we will offer another workshop in 2017



Health and Horses

    A Woman’s Retreat

 Connect With Your Inner Cowgirl!

Enrich Your Mind, Body and Soul.

 An All Inclusive Weekend

Horse Therapy


Nourishing Food

Cowgirl Camaraderie

 At Sundog Ranch…..A Stunning Location!!

Mental Space to Think    Physical Space to Move
Spiritual Space to Reconnect with Nature

     October 6 – 8th  2017


Horse Honesty Mission

Horse Honesty’s mission is workshops and retreats with the horse in mind.  But on a deeper level we want to serve you, allow you to expand your mind and de-stress.   To get away from the hustle and bustle of the crazy world and relax. We intend to expand our horizons in the future. Future workshop ideas in the making are  art, photography, writing, food and health.

Happiness Health and Horses   (aka HHH) 

Oct 6-8  2017

Our first workshop HHH was originally designed for “non horse people” who were drawn to learn from the spirit of the horse or just be near horses in a safe environment.  But we found horse people wanted to attend this retreat too. So horse people are welcome.  We tailor the experience so anybody can benefit from the retreat.

The mission of HHH is to learn through the eyes and heart of a horse to become mindful of your individual energy.  Find out how horses react to your emotions which may or may not be hidden, your body language, your tone and attitude.

Develop awareness of patterns and emotions you may have that may prevent you from finding happiness or your finding the “true you”.

If you are a non horse person who desires to get near horses but has a FEAR of the horse because of its gigantic size and power then this retreat is a great start to conquering that fear.

How can horses help you?

Horses are amazing, sensitive animals.   As a means of survival developed over thousands of years horses are acutely aware of their surroundings.  As prey animals they make quick and accurate decisions to avoid danger.   That is why horses can read you like a book before you ever get near them.  Horses are authentic and react honestly to whatever real or hidden emotions, energy or behavior you may display to them.  The horses can in turn help you “think like a horse”  channeling your energy to become more authentic and honest.

During the workshop there will be (2 ) 2 hour horse therapy sessions on Saturday and (1) 2 hour session on Sunday.

You are also free to visit with the horses during “free” time.

Practice Yoga with the Horses

Start your day by finding your balance mentally and physically with yoga near the horses overlooking stunning views of the canyon.  Being outside in harmony with nature allows you to reawaken, forming a deeper connection with yourself.

We will practice “Sunrise Yoga” on both mornings of the clinic before breakfast.  You won’t want to miss this.


Friday night experience  Jo’s wild horse slide show and presentation.  Jo has traveled all over the west photographing America’s wild horses, most recently in Oregon’s Steens Mountain Wilderness and Montana’s Pryor Mountains.  See Jo’s new photography from those trips. You may be moved to tears and or you may have many questions regarding the controversies surrounding America’s wild horses.  Jo can most likely answer any questions you have and if not she can find you answers.  The subject of wild horses prompts excellent discussion on how horses live and communicate as well.  Giving you better understanding of horse behavior, wild or domestic.

Saturday night we will have a camp fire near the barn overlooking the expansive valley, twinkling lights and sparkling stars overhead.  If you want to break from the “healthy” food to melt a smore we won’t stop you.

Of course the hot tub beckons a visit after entertainment.  Soak in the warm water with a glass of wine while you gaze overhead at the canopy of twinkling stars. 

Nourishing Food

Nurture your body with organic farm to table nourishing food.   The 3 meals a day will not only delight your taste buds they will strengthen your insides. Non alcoholic beverages and fine wine will be available for your refreshment pleasure.

If you have any specific dietary concerns such as allergies, gluten intolerance, vegetarian, vegan please let us know!  We will cater to every request.

Free Mini Photoshoot by Danehy Photography

With your consent Jo will photograph you with any horse or animal you may have fallen in love with or maybe a new friendship you have forged.  We will also do a group portrait. After the workshop Jo will ship the 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 prints to your home.

What to bring? Climate etc.

Sundog Ranch is a fully equipped Bed and Breakfast.  All bed linens, towels, shampoo etc. are provided.  The weather in May can be a toss-up.  Average temps are in the low 80’s.  But of course there is a possibility for a cool spell or heat spell.   Check forecasts and come prepared.  In any case bring your swim suit as you won’t want to miss a dip in the hot tub, rain or shine.  In October the chance of rain is slim.  Definitely bring sun protection and your swimsuit to cool off in between sessions.

Start and End Times

Check in is between 3-5 pm Friday afternoon.   We will start the retreat with happy hour at 6 pm Friday.  Dinner at 7  Slideshow around 8:30.  Exact schedules and meal menus for Sat. and Sun. will be posted both mornings if not before. 

Layover Option

Since this is a two-day workshop Jo is offering the chance to extend your stay an extra 24 hours.    Arrive Thursday after 3pm and have Thursday afternoon and evening, and all day Friday at Sundog.  Thursday dinner and Friday breakfast provided by Jo.  Great for those who want more time to relax and de-stress.   This would be a great time to get your mini photo shoot.  See Registration page for more info.


Have Fun  Eat Delicious Gourmet Delights  Drink Wine  Do Yoga  Relax  De-Stress!!
No riding experience is required.   You will have contact with the horses if you choose but you will not ride horses in the workshop.

Sundog Ranch

Sundog is a ridge ranch 15 minutes northeast of Chico in the foothills of Northern California. The home and land have expansive views over the desolate Rock Creek Canyon, Northern California big valley and coastal range.  The architecturally designed home is inviting and unique. The home feels as though is has let the outdoors in.  You can decompress in nature’s landscape and quiet.  Soak up the sun by the pool, read a book in the garden. Spend time with the horses. Hug a donkey or hear her bray.  And last but not least you could end the day by sitting by the fire or taking an evening dip in the hot tub with a glass of wine while you gaze at a breathtaking canopy of stars overhead………before going to bed.

The Sundogs 2012

From Left: Sasha, Maisie, Yolo, Lassen and Nevada

See map below for location.  Sundog is located 20 minutes from Chico, California, 2 hours from Sacramento, Ca. 4 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area,  3 hours to Lake Tahoe, 3.5 hours to Reno, Nevada,  3 hours to Napa Valley, 3 – 4 hours to the Northern California Coast, 2 hours to Mt Lassen National Park, 2 hrs to Mt Shasta Recreation area and about 3 hours to the Oregon border.




Meet the Team

Deni Whiting

Ace in the Hole107    Expert Horse Human Connector

Deni lives her passion. She has been teaching with horses for over 20 years. In fact she still considers herself “a student of the horse”. She is a “forever learner” about horses. She has trained under the likes of Pat and Linda Parelli, Leslie Desmond, Amy Bowers-Book and Jonathan Fields. She is a certified rider bio-mechanic coach under Colleen Kelly. She is a master at pinpointing the root of a problem a human may be having with a particular horse. Deni uncovers the issue and then teaches about the miscommunication or misunderstanding the student is having with the horse. In Horse Honesty Deni will explore equine facilitated learning techniques to benefit workshop participants who may or may not be horse owners. We are lucky to have Deni as our master horse human teacher here at Sundog.

Lara Conkey-Wiebelhaus

SallyRonSalRon     Our Very Flexible Yoga Teacher

Lara is a local Cohasset resident and horse woman. She is on a new journey as yoga teacher since 2016. She is quickly gaining fame teaching for Chico Yoga Center, Chico Sports Club and Cohasset Community Association. If you have never done yoga or if you are a pro you will love her instruction. She teaches to every level. She will be customizing her sessions to “the horse”.  We are lucky to have her for Sunrise Yoga at Horse Honesty this year.

Sharon Blau

SallyRonSalRon-3    Chef Extraordinare


Sharon Blau is HONESTLY the best chef ever for this workshop. Horse Honesty believes that food has the power to nourish the body and soul and Sharon delivers.  She creates amazing culinary creations for the entire weekend.  She carefully picks out all fresh, organic and local ingredients for every meal. You will see her smiling face in the kitchen keeping everybody company while filling the house with tantalizing aroma’s. Sharon is a devoted natural horsemanship student of Deni Whiting.

Jo Danehy

Bio 0    Lead Mare at Sundog Ranch

Jo Danehy is the pioneer and owner of Sun Dog Ranch and the founder of Horse Honesty retreats.  Jo and her late husband Roy, cleared the land then helped design and build the house and ranch. Jo is a recently retired RN, a hobby breeder of Golden Retrievers, and most notably an award winning photographer and owner of Danehy Photography. Sundog Ranch is the product of years of hard work to achieve a dream.  Jo is excited about transitioning Sundog from a private residence into a retreat and workshop venue. Jo also raises goats to clear the land.  She is a horsewoman and devoted student of Deni Whiting.


The Investment

Workshop is limited to 6 participants.   Cost is $495.   Rooms are usually double occupancy, private room based on availability.  Private room $595

Check in on Friday is at 3pm  Retreat ends after lunch between 1-2 pm on Sunday.

Extend Your Stay with a 24 Hour Layover at Sundog

If you are coming a long way, need more time to de-stress or just want to enjoy Sundog before the weekend clinic which runs Fri to Sun you may want to consider booking a layover stay.  Jo will allow you to experience a full extra 24 hours at Sundog Ranch.  Check into Sundog after 3pm on the Thursday before the retreat.  Jo will serve you dinner Thursday night and breakfast Friday morning.  Jo will even do your mini photo shoot at this time if you please.  Layover is $200

Payment Details

You can pay through Paypal or credit cards on this site.  We will notify you within 24 hours that your registration is confirmed.    If you want to book the retreat with or without a private room if available AND you want to book a layover stay you will need to do two separate transactions through the Paypal buttons to your left.  Jo can also make secure credit card transactions for any workshop purchase with or without a layover over the phone if you wish.  If you prefer to send a check please inform us through the contact page you wish to register and then once we confirm space (within 24 hours) you can make out a check to Jo Danehy and send a check to 113 Via De La Cruz Way, Chico, Ca 95973


For more information on retreats or workshops inquire on the form below on this page or you may call Jo or Deni Whiting directly.  See registration page for detailed payment options.

Jo Danehy  (530) 680-3274

Deni Whiting  (530) 519-3803

Sundog Ranch

113 Via De La Cruz Way

Chico, California. 95973