Harness the Power of your Team session with animals

Harness the Power of
Your Team

Empower your organization's growth and unleash your team's full potential with Harness the Power of Your Team - a transformative team building and leadership experience at Main Stay!

“Main Stay’s team building activities challenged our key leaders to consider alternative ways of communicating and problem solving”. 

Trevor Henry, Director of Operations, Watlow Electric

Program Details

Main Stay’s Harness the Power of Your Team (HPT) offers a unique experiential learning opportunity for you and your group. Through tailored activities that partner your team and our herd of horses and animals, participants are inspired to collaborate, play, and work together towards goals important to your organization.

HPT Participants come to the farm for:

  • Strategic Planning Meetings
  • Leadership Training
  • Staff and Board Retreats
  • Organization-wide Training

Participate in a Half Day or Full Day Session

Engaging with the herd creates powerful experiences as they live in the present moment and provide authentic feedback. Experiences can range from a few hours to a full day and include time to reflect on the day’s learnings and translate them back to the organization. Our skilled facilitators work to ensure your session goals are met.

No previous horse experience is required as all activities are done on the ground (not riding) in a safe and supervised environment.

Additionally, through partnership with EarsUpLeadership, certified Equine Assisted Coach Cindy Schwarz is available to join the facilitation team for an additional cost. Cindy brings 25 years of leadership experience in construction, hotel management and various non-profit businesses.


Our 37,000 sq. foot state-of-the-art equestrian facility includes private meeting space, a temperature-controlled indoor arena, full operational kitchen, and endless views of McHenry County’s Glacial Park.

When weather appropriate, participants can experience our outdoor sensory arena, scenic walking path and adaptive garden, providing time to be in nature on our 40-acre farm.

Additional Amenities include:
Room Setup | On-Site Parking | Wi-fi | Accessible/Family Bathroom | Filtered Water - participants are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle.

Contact Us to Register

Contact Us to discuss pricing and how we can create a unique and powerful experience for your organization. Facility rentals are available at the farm if your needs only include meeting space. View our Pricing Menu to learn more.

How Do Horses Help with Team Building and Leadership?

The non-judgmental and curious nature of horses provides engaging opportunities to learn more about yourself and how your team works together. Horses provide immediate and authentic feedback allowing you to assess how you and others in the group show up.

“Each June, LGMC Core Program, with 32 leaders from our community, attends a retreat at Main Stay Therapeutic Farm. The sessions are priceless as each participant experiences unique “aha’s” while learning with the help of “littles” and the beautiful, calm horses. The environment offers a safe and serene space for self-reflection and collective wisdom exploration. Staff and facilities are incomparable – LGMC is supremely grateful Main Stay is part of our curriculum.”

Marcy Piekos, Executive Director, Leadership Greater McHenry County (LGMC)
Pricing Menu
Facility Rental

How You Can Help

Main Stay is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and receives no state or federal funding. Through the generosity of individuals, private foundations, corporations and service organizations, Main Stay is able to touch hundreds of lives each year.
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