Expressive Arts and Horses uniquely combines expressive arts with equine assisted therapy in such a way that the horses themselves become canvasses on which the therapeutic process unfolds. Using the horse as a living, breathing canvas, you enter into a unique relationship with both your imagination, your creative expression, and your stories - what you have experienced, what you have/are overcoming, and where you are going. Through this process, you deepen your relationship with your personal narrative, and regain self-confidence and self-efficacy is managing how it will unfold. The horses support you, accept you, and provide you with non-judgmental feedback as you uncover the beliefs and patterns, skills supports and resiliency. Trust deepens, walls and barriers come down, and you positively change the relationships with your story.
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Expressive Arts and Horses is Suitable For People Who:
Have had limited success with traditional talk therapy
Struggle engaging 1:1 with a counsellor/therapist
Have a hard time articulating themselves, their feelings, their concerns, or their challenges
Are creatively inclined (or want to be)
Parents wanting to reconnect with their children
Have a story to share
Have experienced trauma
Have behavioral challenges
Are grieving or bereaved
Are in the midst of life changes/transitions
Have chronic pain
Struggle with mental health symptoms
Want to participate in team building
Expressive Arts and Horses is fun, dynamic and engaging; sure to propel you into new depths of awareness. While no horse or artistic experience is required, participants are reminded that this process is for therapeutic value, not simply entertainment. Please note that this work is available to participants aged 6 and up, as individuals, or in couples or families. All paints are washable and non-toxic to horse or human participants.