(dropping the reins)
Our equine programs are designed to foster empathy, communication, and trust. Horses have the remarkable ability to be present in the moment. They respond to what is happening around them without judgement or attachment. They can be a mirror for human emotions, energy and behavior. This allows our participants to learn more about mindfulness, being present and connecting with others.
Equine assisted activities have been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, enhance empathy and emotional intelligence, improve communication skills, increase confidence and self-esteem.
ART & MOVEMENT
(IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RIVERBEND GRIEF & MOVEMENT THERAPY)
The American Dance Therapy Association defines Dance Movement Therapy as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual for the purpose of improving health and wellbeing”.
Participants are able to release feelings stored in the body that are no longer serving them through movement and breath.
Art Making Programs:
(ALOHA ART WORKS)
Creating art supports appropriate risk-taking, emotional expression, healthy attachment, creative exploration, and use of coping skills.
Through art, individuals learn to be present with their experiences in the moment rather than focused on achieving a particular outcome.
The Ohana Stable Blooms Horticulture programs use plants and gardening as the basis for improving mental and physical health. Therapeutic gardening activities are designed specifically to promote people-plant interaction with the healing properties of nature.
Being outdoors, engaged in physical activities, provides us with a sense of meaning and place and focuses us on the here-and-now through the full use of our five senses.
MINIS ON THE MOVE
Our mini horses visit vulnerable children and adults in the local area, wherever they call home, including rehabilitation centers and hospices.
OTHER OHANA ANIMAL INTERACTIONS
HAND IN HAND HAIR
SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
We offer a variety of programming that can be customized to children at different developmental stages. We offer art, horticulture, movement, and animal interactions with our respective specialists. We have four regular horses and two mini horses, bunnies, chickens, ducks, gardens, and a covered tractor-drawn wagon. We love customizing programs to support specific educational themes and goals your school may have.
ALDIE CONSERVATION FUND