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Tucked into the rolling red rock foothills at the gate of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, along the Big Thompson River, Heart-J Center provides learning experiences in creativity, outdoor adventure, and wellness that take full advantage of 3,000 acres of authentic Western ranch land at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. It’s a place where you can slow down … engage your heart, hands, mind, and curiosity … and be part of a community of discovery.


Heart-J Center Impact

The historic 2013 Big Thompson flood was a turning point for Sylvan Dale Ranch. Heart-J Center and its educational vision was born from the devastation with a commitment to keep the Ranch alive through an emphasis on learning, creating, and healing. Since then, Heart-J Center programs have served over 13,000 people, from toddlers to senior citizens. Over 350 programs have been offered, from half-day experiences to week-long retreats.


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Heart J Center for Experiential Learning
Heart-J Center was honored to host this year’s Project Self-Sufficiency staff rejuvenation day! Staffers got to unwind for the day by connecting with horses, trail rides, yoga, hiking, archery, strolling along the river bank…and happy hour on the Heritage porch! Thanks for all that you do @projectselfsufficiency team!-------#lovelandcolorado #projectselfsufficiency #staffretreat #connectingwithhorses #archery #ranchlife #experientiallearning #senseofplace #heartjcenter ... See MoreSee Less
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Did you know that we host a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat each fall? We and the Heart J Center for Experiential Learning are proud to host this wonderful group on ranch! Check out the cookbook we have available in our gift shop! 🤠 ... See MoreSee Less
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We are grateful for the partnership of The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1879, Colorado State University for their generous support of this year's SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat coming up October 15-17.The Unit is sharing proceeds of their beautiful award-winning cookbook to support the healing power of music and creativity at the upcoming retreat!Books are available at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch gift shop and at www.alaservecookbook.com/. If you order online, please make a note that you're buying in support of Heart-J Center's upcoming retreat. ... See MoreSee Less
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