NORTHERN LIGHT ARTICLE

County therapy program uses animals to build trust and confidence. By Steve Guntli Troubled teens, elders and veterans can find peace and learn to build relationships with Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT). ANT is a Bellingham-based nonprofit that uses animals to help people heal, grow and learn. ANT works with troubled children, seniors, veterans and disabled people to help them develop relationships and build interpersonal skills. Sonja Wingard is the executive and program director for ANT. She started the program 16 years

KUOW.ORG STORY – VETERANS PROGRAM

We were fortunate to have Sarah Eden Wallace from KUOW.ORG Seattle at the farm to cover our EAGLE Vets work.  Here is the video coverage and article.   Horse Therapy Helps Veterans Heal Invisible Wounds By Sarah Eden Wallace • Jun 10, 2015                 Veteran Richard Dykstra leads Abby in a corral for equine therapy as part of the Animals as Natural Therapy program north of Bellingham, Wash. KUOW Photo/Sarah Eden Wallace BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Horses are intuitive creatures. Sometimes they’re so sensitive a veteran’s pain can

DAY CAMP MOMENT OF JOY

Yesterday was the first day of Day Camp 2015. It is such an amazing process to watch the horses and kids pick each other. The Visions girls stood there holding all the horses and the campers wandered amongst them, approaching some with more caution than others, reaching out to be sniffed by the horse and stroke its neck or shoulder. Only occasionally a horse will settle their noses gently into a youth’s chest and you know that’s their kid. Often its more

MAKING A HORSE

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

VISIONS EGG RELAY RACE

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

EQUINE THERAPY ARTICLE

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