EQUINE-GUIDED LEARNING FOR YOUTH
Learning-based activities with horses can encourage the development of skills and values that can be applied to all domains of life. Connecting with horses in this way fosters the development of empathy, confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness in addition to learning the presented concepts and skills at hand.
We successfully launched our pilot program offering small groups of local students equine-guided learning opportunities at the sanctuary in the summer of 2023. For our first program, we collaborated with the Community Partnership for Youth in Seaside as part of their six week summer camp. This program is now offered throughout the school year.
In this program, students focus on connecting to nature and to our herd through “disguised” educational lessons about horses including herd structure, horse communication and senses, and basic anatomy. We introduce them to the basics of horse care through grooming, nutrition, holistic care modalities such as zoopharmacognosy. Each session ends with a reflection and journaling or art component.
Equine-guided learning programs require a synergy of trained facilitators and can be adapted to meet the age range and needs of the group. Please reach out to our programs coordinator to learn more!
FEEL is Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Learning is a heart-centered connection that creates new and profound insights. If you love horses, dream of horses or are simply drawn to the spirit of the Horse, come and experience this special human-horse bond.
The FEEL (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning)® Approach will facilitate the reconnection of your heart and soul-inspiring healing and growth. It is a leading-edge modality that involves the horses’ willing participation as partners in assisting humans to discover their potential. Interacting on the ground with a horse is a unique time of discovery and reflection which raises consciousness for both humans and horses.
Engaging with horses allows you to create a relationship with a being who offers unconditional support and love without judgment. These intimate ‘felt’ moments foster transformation and healing at a deep level, while connecting you to something greater.
With the specially designed FEEL activities you can deepen your awareness to overcome personal obstacles, core feelings and areas of bodily tension that inhibit your ability to reach your true potential. These horse interactions help you recognize and move beyond familiar coping strategies to accessing your own inner wisdom.
- New awareness’
- Personal growth, transformation and healing
- Expansion of your heart
- Empathic leadership skills
- Increased intuitive abilities
- Enhanced vitality, communication skills, creativity and problem solving
- The value of setting boundaries