The horse is an intuitive, honest, and responsive being. Because horse herds closely resemble the family system, our interactions with horses can lead to awareness of how we relate to ourselves and others. Each horse’s distinct personality may remind you of someone you know, eliciting emotions and behaviors that can be processed in a safe and non-judgmental way.
New insights, skills, and successes developed with the horses transfers to each participant's everyday life. Medicine Horse Program provides a fun, challenging and unique environment in which human growth, healing and potential may be achieved.
Wholeness with Horses
Wholeness with Horses: Self-discovery for Women Impacted by Breast Cancer
Is a program for women impacted by breast cancer, including those who have recently received a diagnosis, those undergoing treatment, and those who consider themselves survivors.
No matter where you are in the process, breast cancer changes your life. Even the strongest among us may at some point encounter fears about the future, depression, anxiety, and a decline in self-esteem. We wonder what happened to the person we were before becoming a patient and even after successful treatment, we may struggle to feel whole and comfortable again in our bodies.
Horses can help. With their gentle being, non-judgmental attitude and ability to teach the gifts of presence and connection, they can provide support and healing wherever you are on your journey. With their help, the life-changing experience of breast cancer can actually change your life in positive ways you may not have imagined.
Wholeness with Horses seeks to enable women impacted by breast cancer to rediscover themselves, reconnect with the wisdom of their own bodies and return to a place of wholeness. Together with the horses, we’ll have an opportunity to share our stories, create community and empower one another.
Date: Group 1 (max 4 people): Oct 3rd, 17th, 31st and Nov 14th
Group 2 (max 4 people): Oct 10th, 24th, Nov 7th and 21st
Time: All sessions on Saturdays, 2:00pm to 4:pm
Operation Be Herd
A group for active service members and veterans of all branches of the military.
Operation Be Herd partners with horses to bring a unique approach to emotional and relationship healing. Observing and interacting with horses, we develop insights into concepts such as how to decrease our reactivity, increase our presence and focus, and how to be with difficult and overwhelming emotional experiences.
Working with horses, we engage in activities that teach mindfulness, regulation, and healthy communication. Learning from the herd, we can connect as a group to create a community that promotes growth, learning, and a sense of inner calm.
This program is limited to 8 participants.
Date: An 8 week program held every Friday from 9:30am to 11:30 am, starting October 2nd
LGBTQIA Young Adults Group
Medicine Horse offers an eight-week group for LGBTQIA young adults looking to deepen their connection to themselves and others. This group is designed to help participants learn to identify and regulate their emotions and connect to themselves, others, and the world around them. These skills are designed to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety in addition to creating a deeper community connection.
Working with horses and nature provides a unique insight into our social and emotional challenges. Horses are excellent at teaching people self-awareness and connection in an honest and non-judgmental way.
This group is made possible by the Open Door Fund of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.
Date: Next group tba
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Just Say Whoa
This group is geared toward teens who are struggling with behaviors such as truancy, substance abuse, emotion regulation, and low self-esteem.
Equine-assisted psychotherapy activities are utilized to develop communication skills, increase emotional self-awareness, build connections and learn boundary setting. 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.
Exploring Gender Identity Support Group for Teens
Youth ages 9-18
This group is for participants who are questioning their gender. It is designed to be suitable both for teens who are solid in their trans or non-binary gender identify, and for teens who are exploring and not yet committed to a particular gender identity.
Using horses, we will explore the concepts of self-esteem, judgement of self and judgements held by others, and how to regulate and move through our own emotional states from a place of compassion.