When Armina, an Animals As Natural Therapy (ANT) intern from Denmark asked me to work with some of the kids from ANT to make art I was excited. Working with youth is a joy and a challenge all in one. Working with at-risk youth is another experience all together. I am not fond of the title “at-risk” because we all are at risk. These souls I encountered are indeed struggling to find their place. Knowing that most kids with stable
Our gala is rapidly approaching and the auction items donated from businesses local and beyond Bellingham, WA and the Skagit Valley are coming in. We wanted to take the time to post some of our items from last year to thank our sponsors again and give you a taste of what to expect. We hope to have a preview catalog for this year ready soon. Want to be part of the action this year’s gala is set to be bigger including
We are often asked to describe our programs and what we do an ANT. Changing lives is pretty amazing stuff. When said like that it appears easy. This process is different for everyone, and the healing comes in learning, acceptance, kindness to self, animals and others. One way we work with our Visions clients is an egg relay race. The teens identify things important to them and write those things on their eggs; then they and their horse have to safely
[separator headline=”h3″ title=”We want to thank Grow Northwest for including us in their article about therapy animals programs.“] Therapy animals: A look at how some local groups are helping people of all ages Jan 3rd, 2015 | By Editor | Category: Features Horses Healing Heroes, Animals as Natural Therapy, and JNK Llama Farm by Jessamyn Tuttle A few years ago Arleen Gibson of
Here at ANT we use a variety of methods to work with our clients. Equine Therapy is one way we can affect change! People ask us about it and how it works. We would like to include this article as a resource for communicating just how Equine Therapy works. What Exactly is “Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Equine Facilitated Learning”? Reprinted from NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) Strides Magazine, Winter 1998 By Isabella “Boo” McDaniel, M.Ed., Co-Founder of EFMHA No one would
Hello all we have put the newsletter here for your review. A new template and format for this will be out soon. Meanwhile I have enjoyed looking back at all the amazing stories of courage and healing over the years! [separator headline=”h2″ title=”2015″] Winter 2015 Fall 2015 [separator headline=”h2″ title=”2014″] Winter 2014 [one_half] [separator headline=”h2″ title=”2013″] Summer 2013 Winter 2013 [separator headline=”h2″ title=”2012″] Summer 2012 Fall 2012 Winter 2012 [separator headline=”h2″ title=”2011″] Spring 2012 Summer 2012
Dec 4th, the wonderful folks of the Bellingham Lions Club has awarded ANT a $2000 grant to finish the weatherization of the grooming barn so we can keep out snow and keep programs going even on blustery northeaster days!
Where is Persephone? We have just announced our Gala Event Theme is a who-done-it mystery involving horse napping! We are excited about the awesome entertainment and food for the event this year and are starting the process of preparation by making a call to businesses and individuals in Bellingham and Whatcom & Skagit Counties to help us get the word out. We are also looking for both silent and live auction items and support for our cause and organization. If you are
Our miniature horses will be with us in their most elegant garb for photos, and there will be a mystery to solve presented by Foul Play, a mystery theatre group from WWU! Save the date for a night to remember March 7th at the Silver Reef Casino. If you want to be in on the good stuff join us this Wednesday at our next planning meeting Dec 10th at ANT.