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Horsemanship and Nature Therapy 

Nature therapy and other creative activities are used as tools in the processing portion of Equine Therapy, giving participants the opportunity to express themselves in various ways. Our team believes that nature is a place to find peace, comfort, freedom, inspiration, strength, order, balance, and a sense of adventure. It surrounds us in beauty and reminds us of the importance of simple things.
Studies show that taking time to connect with nature has many benefits. In his bestselling book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv writes: “Unlike television, nature does not steal time; it amplifies it. Nature offers healing for a child living in a destructive family or neighborhood. It serves as a blank slate upon which a child draws and reinterprets the culture’s fantasies.”
Creative activities in nature connect us to thoughts and feelings in a different way. It gives a voice to a child or adult that has trouble expressing him or herself verbally. It can be freeing, healing, and simply fun. It can be an escape into the imagination, can connect us to ourselves, and take us to places we didn’t know we were capable of going.
In combining nature therapy and horsemanship, our hopes are that participants enjoy the outdoors, have fun, and nurture creativity & self-discovery. Depending on the needs of participants, individuals or groups may take part in: Scavenger Hunts, and Nature Inspired Art Projects. The workshops are designed for the specific needs of our participants and help them in different ways. For example, a foster family having trouble connecting may find a bond in creating a piece of nature inspired artwork together.
An abused child or woman, or a wounded warrior may discover healing in a horsemanship program. Inner-city youth might find a sense of calm and responsibility in learning to care for a horse. A church youth group or team of co-workers may gain insight into individual and group strengths, while building cooperation skills through horsemanship.

The Mustard Seed Farm
The Mustard Seed Farm
The Mustard Seed Farm
The Mustard Seed Farm
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