Standing Six Services & Programs
Mindfulness with Horses
This half day mindfulness program provides participants with the skills and tools to develop a healthy resilience to external stressors. First responders are often unaware of the impact job related stress has on themselves and their relationships. Partnering with horses in a mindful way increases self-awareness and promotes mental health wellness. Join us in this supportive and relaxing environment. Space is limited to 8 participants. Horse experience is not required and there is no mounted work in this program.
One of the first steps in healing from trauma is learning to experience life in the present moment, a skill that comes naturally to horses. With this as our goal, the focus of this two-day program is mindfulness. With the support of the herd, participants are eased into simple exercises that develop each participant’s internal sense of safety and well being. These exercises expand and develop according to the individual’s own pace. Space is limited to 8 participants. Horse experience is not required and there is no mounted work in this program.
Private 1:1 sessions with the herd are customized to meet your individual goals and needs. Client's will learn about herd dynamics, horse psychology and experience the value of a healthy relationship with the herd. Whether your goal is to bring more mindfulness and calm into your life or heal from a work related injury, an effective program will be designed just for you. Take in your own personal retreat and plan a multiple day intensive and stay at our popular bed and breakfast or loft retreat. Carla's approach is founded on a gentle and nurturing acknowledgment of each person’s uniqueness.
What is Equine Facilitated Wellness?
The focus of EFW is healing, growth, and empowerment. Although Equine Faciliated Wellness is not psychotherapy or counselling it is a learning experience that promotes self awareness; social and communication skills: and tools for coping with personal challenges and stress. EFW is based on research that suggests being in nature and connecting with animals is not onlya gentle and effective way to foster self discovery but that horses actually support healing and mental health and wellness. EFW is currently used all over the world in therapeutic work with war veterans, people with autism and traumatized children. While EFW works well alone, it is also used in partnership with mental health professionals.
Horses are excellent teachers in practicing mindfulness, setting healthy boundaries and learning to live in community. Other benefits include:
- Increased confidence and self esteem
- Improved communication and social skills
- Increased empathy
- A knowledge of what healthy relationships are and how to achieve them
- A sense of belonging and connection
- A renewed sense of resilience and courage