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Horses and Self-Care for Caretakers and Spouses of Veterans

April 11, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Horses and Self-Care for Caretakers and Spouses of Veterans

About this Event

The HEAL Foundations a 501c3 public charity dedicated to providing equine facilitated therapy and equine assisted learning experiences to Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

We have partnered with NOVA Veterans Associatioation Nn to host a half-day event specifically for caretakers and spouses of Veterans, Active Duty, Nation NOVA al Guard and Reserves. This is a learning experience for anyone in either role that might be feeling burn out, overwhelmed, isolated or simply wanting some time or space to care for themselves and break from their on-going responsibilities.

This event will focus on what we can learn about self-care and mindfulness from horses. Horses are prey animals and have finely tuned sensory systems in order to protect themselves in the wild; because of that they are very sensitive to the emotional range of humans around them. As a result, there is a lot we can learn about ourselves from working with them. It has been demonstrated that spending time with horses can lower your heart rate and increase feelings of calm and well-being. This event is as hands-on as you want it to be and you will be spending time up close and personal with the horses. They are part of our team!

If you have previously heard about equine facilitated psychotherapy this is also a great opportunity to learn more about the process, how and why it works and explore if it might be a good fit for you or a loved one.

No prior horsemanship experience is required to participate in this event. You will be asked to sign a waiver/release of liability to participate. Please come prepared for the weather and you must be wearing sturdy, closed toe shoes or boots. We are practicing in Covid-19 safety precautions and require that masks covering mouth and nose be worn when visiting the farm.

This event is not therapy, however licensed mental health professionals will be present to ensure emotional safety of participants.

If you are interested in learning more about HEAL and our services please visit www.HEAL.Foundation

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