Equine Therapeutic Center for Women

Circle of Oaks

Equine Facilitated Coaching
Horse Boarding
Natural Horsemanship
About Us

Equine Therapeutic Center in Rougemont, North Carolina

Circle of Oaks is an equine therapeutic center for women, who come here for life coaching and personal growth and development using horses. Our clients do not ride our horses. All our work is done from the ground.

Who we are:

Elizabeth Love Kennon CLC, ACC, our client services director, provides life coaching services for our clients through one-on-one and small group sessions. She is a career equine professional and natural horsemanship instructor, and works with our horses to prepare them for therapeutic work. Mary Lee Lobach MD, ESMHL, our barn manager and CEO, oversees the horses during client sessions and cares for them during off hours. She is a life-long horsewoman, a former gynecologist, and a certified Equine Specialist with PATH International. Our horses are our partners and team members in serving our clients.

What we love:

The company of women. The company of horses. Watching women grow through self-discovery and insight, helped by the big heart of a horse. Beautiful, peaceful surroundings. The presence of God.

What We Value


Healing & Growth

Healthy Relationships


Mary Lee Lobach

MD, ESMHL, Barn Manager & CEO

Elizabeth Love Kennon

CLC, ACC, Client Services Director

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Circle of Oaks Equine Therapy Retreat
Circle of Oaks

What We Offer

Equine Facilitated Coaching

Horses tell us the truth. They help us see ourselves, our patterns, assumptions, coping strategies, and how we impact those around us. All our work with horses is “on the ground”.

Natural Horsemanship
(Conversations with Horses)

Using your own horse, or one from Circle of Oaks, you will learn how to listen to the horse, hear and respond to what they are saying; building a true partnership. Spoiler alert: It’s still completely about your growth! 

Horse Boarding

Join our program and board your horse at Circle of Oaks. We provide full-service pasture board with stall access for our small gelding herd with individualized care and attention.

“We long to feel connected. We desire above all else to be seen for who we truly are. Horses, through their very nature, provide this for us.”  

Leif Hallberg



Beautiful Surroundings
Pristine 20-acre farm located in Rougemont, NC 30 minutes north of Durham. Stately oaks, rolling pastures, wooded walking paths, lovely private home and grounds.
Equestrian Facilities
New custom four-stall barn, heated/cooled tack room, grain room, wash stall. Two dry lots, grass riding paddock, 5+ acres fescue pastures, round pen.
Boarding Services

Full-service pasture board with stall access, grain fed twice daily, timothy/orchard hay. Hold for vet and farrier, blanketing/fly masking, grooming on client service days. Family-owned farm, CEO/barn manager lives on site. Small all-gelding herd of no more than four horses. Individualized care and attention.

Meeting Rooms

Small conference center for one-on-one and small group meetings. Outdoor patio for one-on-one meetings or private reflection.