Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm: Our Personnel

Max Woodfin, Executive Director

For over ten years Max has worked with youth and young adults in rites of passage, experiential education, and therapeutic programs in Tibet, India, China, Southeast Asia, and at home in Colorado. Bringing a unique blend of therapeutic and educational experience, his style combines farmyard practicality and eastern philosophy, creating an environment for clients to grow into their own wisdom. Max joined the Equirhythm team in 2010, establishing therapeutic programs for victims of Boulder County’s fires and floods. After taking a short leave to run Princeton University’s Bridge Year in China, Max became Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm in January, 2014. Max holds a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. In addition to his work as Executive Director, he has a small private practice in Psychotherapy and is a Head Guide for Centennial Canoe Outfitters.

Caroline M. Roy, MSW, LCSW

Caroline is the Founder of Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm and an individual and family therapist in Boulder, CO. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver and certifications in farrier science, equine therapy, and mind and body energy therapy. She has completed training with mentors Adele and Deborah McCormick, authors of Horse Sense and the Human Heart and Horses and the Mystical Path, and was an Associate Professor at Naropa University in the Wilderness Therapy Masters Program, teaching family and equine therapy. A Probation Officer in Boulder County for 13 years, she has specialized in working with high-risk adolescents and domestic violence offenders and currently writes pre-sentence investigation reports for the courts. Caroline has been involved in Boulder County 4-H as a leader for 15 years and has been a member of the Boulder County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Team. She created Foothills Riding Adventures, LLC, to help horse lovers connect with horses and nature on the trails at Joder Ranch.

Suzanne Forrester, MA, Summer Camp Director

Suzanne Forrester holds a Masterʼs degree in English with a certificate in Womenʼs Studies from Ohio University and a Masterʼs degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. She has over 20 years of experience serving adolescents, young adults and families as a therapist, teacher and professor, therapeutic program director, and wilderness therapist and guide. She has been the associate director of one of the nationʼs first therapeutic boarding schools and wilderness therapy programs. This California-based program served adolescents and young adults with substance abuse, emotional and behavioral issues. While there, she re-designed and directed the wilderness program, led multi-day therapeutic workshops in the backcountry, and led parent support groups around the country. She has been the program director for a young menʼs therapeutic program here in Boulder, offering counseling and substance abuse intervention for young men transitioning from primary treatment programs. She has trained therapists in facilitating equine-assisted psychotherapy at various sites around the country, including the graduate psychology program at Prescott College. In 2005, she co-founded an equine-assisted psychotherapy program, and she is currently a psychotherapist in private practice at La Rienda ranch.
Suzanne is trained as a yoga and meditation instructor, and this experience informs her somatic orientation as a therapist. She is also a life-long horse person, with grounding in natural horsemanship, centered riding and a background in hunt seat equitation. She grew up showing hunter/jumpers and has been a riding instructor and barn manager for stables in Colorado, Arizona and on the east coast. This year, she is the director of Rocky Mountain Equi-rhythmʼs summer camp.