The HopeFoal Project™

The HopeFoal Project™ is designed to address issues of low self-esteem, depression and suicidal ideation in adolescents who live in our community.

These at-risk youth are paired with rescued foals, newly separated from their mothers, to provide a unique opportunity for personal growth. Giving the young adults the responsibility of "gentling and handling" the foals, who have had a rough start in life and need great amounts of love and kindness, helps provide them with a reason to live, thrive, and mature. Through this unique partnership, adolescents from the HopeFoal Project™ can learn to embrace life once again, while the foals flourish from their newfound trust in humans.

Next Group:

HopeFoal summer intensive

July 9-12, 2017, 9am-1pm

Facilitated by Brianna Hammerman, MA, LPC and Robyn Mourning 

This camp is for kids of any gender ages 14-17

Investment: $500 

Your teen would be great for this camp if:

  • They have been feeling overwhelmed by their anxiety or depression

  • They have been engaging in unsafe behaviors

  • They are struggling with peer relationships

Through experiential activities with other peers, horses and art-making, the benefits of this camp include:

  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem

  • Greater understanding of the impact of their choices

  • A sense of control over their anxiety and depression

  • Creating a sense of purpose in life

  • EMPOWERMENT AND CONNECTION (with self and others)!

Contact Brianna Hammerman for more information: brhcounseling@gmail.com

Parent support group

Facilitated by Nyle Biondi, MS LMFT and Alison McCabe

Ongoing, runs in 8 week cycles.

Investment: $485/participant.  Sliding scale and scholarships may be available.

This group is based on the belief that horses and kids require much of the same skill building in order to have a successful relationship.  Through partnering with horses, we will explore principles of relational parenting.  Participants will gain increased self-awareness, more self-regulation, and a sense of availability for connection.  The goal of the group is to facilitate your ability to inspire trust and confidence, which will help you and your kid/s find more peace and ease in your relationship.  

Contact Nyle Biondi for more information: nyle@nylebiondi.com

Mother/Daughter retreat

Facilitated by Brianna Hammerman, MA LPC and Annette Sloan

Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 9:30am- 3:00pm

Investment: $299/pair - Early Bird Rate $275, ends March 31

Moms, grab your teen daughter and join us for a day of soul-nourishing, mother-daughter bonding.

This fun and unique retreat will cultivate deeper connection, trust, and understanding between moms and daughters. You'll enjoy experiential equine activities and a unique partner yoga practice that will give you and your daughter new self- awareness and insight into your relationship. 

  • Space is limited to 6 pairs.
  • No yoga or horse experience necessary. Daughters must be at least 13 years old. 

Contact Brianna at brhcounseling@gmail.com with questions or click here to sign up for this powerful Mother's Day experience!: http://www.annettesloan.com/mother-daughter-retreat/ 

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Therapeutic Equine Day Camps

Facilitated by Heather Gunther and Eve Ellis, MA LPC

Do you want to provide your children/teens with a memorable, fun and purposeful summer experience? These equine camps will provide boys and girls with 5 days of horsemanship skills tailored to enhance personal responsibility, self-esteem, listening skills, leadership, empowerment and much more. 

Kids Empowerment Camp

July 17th - 21st, 9am – 2pm

Investment: $500

This camp is for boys and girls 8-11-years-olds who want to feel more confident within themselves and socially with peers. Each day is very active, moving between grooming, group activities, horsemanship activities, and the occasional art project - like painting the horses! Through working with the horses daily, campers will learn how to take care of the horses and how to better take care of their bodies and emotions to develop greater independence and self-awareness.

Contact Heather Gunther to sign up: heathergunther@me.com

Girls' Empowerment Camp

June 9th-11th & June 23rd-25th

In Girls' Empowerment Camp, we will be actively working on communication, empowerment, self-worth and self-regulation. The girls will be working with the horses each day to develop confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills. This camp will support your daughter’s belief in herself as she explores new skills for relationship, conflict and more. The days will be full of fun and meaningful activities that will help your daughter thrive. This camp is a great way to help your daughter prepare for the coming school year! This camp is for girls age 11-14.

Contact Heather Gunther to sign up: heathergunther@me.com

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A Hero's Journey With Horses

Facilitated by Lauren Munger

Investment: $295

Option 1: Wednesdays from April 5-May 10,  3-5:30pm

This group will be for kids ages 5-7 OR 8-12 depending on interest

Option 2: Camp: June 5-9, 9am-12pm

This camp will be for kids ages 8-13

Option 3: Workshop July 1&2,  9am-5pm  

This group is for kids ages 10-14

Option 4: August 12&13,  9am-5pm  

This group is for kids ages 8-12

“A Hero’s Journey With Horses” is a workshop in self-discovery.  Developed from years of studying horse behavior, in this workshop horses help humans discover their own heroic qualities and learn self-respect and respect for others.

The exercises in the workshop teach the participants about feelings and how to communicate effectively and contact with the horses offers loving support and how to be in the moment. The result is unequivocally that which inspires the human to believe in themselves.

This work is for all ages, for families, adolescents, teens and adults. It is beautifully orchestrated with group and individual exercises and interactions between the horses and the humans, all conducted on the ground. Tools are taught in the areas of leadership and communication and experiences are provided addressing fear and trust.  

A fun yet meaningful and often profound experience of oneself in relation to others, this workshop is a must for anyone who is seeking a better understanding of themselves and who has a desire to discover their very own Hero inside.

Contact Lauren Munger to sign up: laurenmunger@msn.com

Facilitator's Training: June 2-4, 9am-5pm  

Learn to lead your own Hero's Journey With Horses.  This training is for those who want to work with youth and teens but need a program to get started. It comes with a Facilitator's Guide and 6 CD's to help participants lead a workshop after the extensive training weekend is completed. This is a great opportunity for retired school teachers or those on summer break, retired nurses, counselors or anyone else attracted to working with young people.

The workshop can be done with or without horses and both models will be addressed in the training. It is a proven method that has changed the lives of many children over the decades that it has been taught. This is a package that is easy to learn and easy to teach yet it is powerful and effective as a tool that builds confidence and self-esteem.

Contact Lauren Munger to sign up: laurenmunger@msn.com

Youth Summer Riding Camp

Led by Grace Baker

July 3-7, 9am-2pm

Investment: $300

Sign your kids ages 7+ up for a week of horsemanship and riding!  Grace has been teaching riding lessons for the past several years and is eager to offer her first camp this summer.  Camp will be  combination of beginning riding and horsemanship as well as some art projects and experiential activities with horses.  

Contact Grace to sign up: sgb1013@gmail.com

Fearless Victory

Facilitated by Margot Neuman

Fearless Victory is a scientifically-sound, therapeutic program, employing practices of mindfulness to develop effective and readily available tools to work with post-traumatic stress and other military traumas. A collaboration between Veterans’ Peace of Mind Project and Medicine Horse, Fearless Victory offers an innovative therapeutic resource for veterans and their families. Many scientific studies at this point have verified the value of mindfulness for stress-reduction, emotional well-being, improved health, and other benefits. Learning to let go of afflictive emotions and obsessive thinking relaxes stress and invites a healthier, more joyful experience of life. How does mindfulness deal with aggressive, chaotic thoughts filled with hurt and drama, harsh memories, and overwhelmingly intense emotions? The simple practice of grounding oneself in the present moment using mindfulness techniques allows one to develop steadiness instead of reactivity, and to release the struggle with conflicted thoughts and feelings. By bringing the mind back to the breath in sitting meditation, rather than engaging and dwelling on a thought, particularly troubling thoughts, one short-circuits the chain reaction of escalation to painful emotions.  The thoughts become dis-empowered.  

Mindfulness is then brought into activity through observation of equine behavior, grooming, training, and riding horses. Because the horses are rescue horses, previously rounded up as Mustangs, they are themselves traumatized, hyper-vigilant, and easily frightened. By observation, participants can see the post-traumatic stress the horses manifest and learn the qualities that facilitate or allow them to settle down. 

The Fearless Victory program is offered free of charge to veterans and their families.  Each session includes a weekly meeting for eight weeks, mindfulness meditation instruction and practice, followed by equine activities. It also includes open discussion where veterans and their families can offer support to one another.

Contact Margot Neuman to get involved: margot@ratnapeaceinitiative.org

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EquineAbility

Through horse activities, creative expression and body movement, this EAP program addresses the psychological, emotional and social aspects of individuals with developmental disabilities. Through connection with horses and other participants, a good time will be had by all.  Medicine Horse Program partners with Imagine! to offer this program.

Next group TBD

Just Say Whoa

This group is geared toward teens who are repeat juvenile offenders or display behaviors such as truancy, substance abuse, anger management problems, depression and low self-esteem. Equine-assisted learning activities are utilized to develop communication skills and appropriate boundaries. Participants are encouraged to identify feelings and explore positive expression of emotions and needs, develop leadership skills and a sense of appreciation and empathy for themselves and others. Medicine Horse Program partners with group homes and alternative school programs to offer this ongoing program.