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SUMMER 2018 NEWSLETTER

TALES FROM WINDY ACRES / VOLUME XXI In this issue: Letter from the Director / Mobile ANT Update / Farewells / Volunteer Highlights / Horsin’ Around Campaign / Summer News / Testimonials / Upcoming Events / Odds & Ends Facing Our Fears By Sonja Wingard, Director I always wondered if I ever got cancer, would I fight it or roll over and give up? On May 14th I attended a large community gathering at Whatcom Community College discussing with

13TH ANNUAL BLUEGRASS BASH

13th Annual Bluegrass Bash Face Painting in the barnyard Rousing games of tug-o-war on display in the round pen Esquel This year’s Bash was the biggest ever – over 400 people enjoyed the event, nearly tripling attendance numbers from previous years!    Fun at the Farm Guests enjoyed top-tapping music from Queen’s Bluegrass, a delicious Hempler’s hot dog dinner with handmade sides, frosty Mallard Ice Cream, all-ages games & activities, and a beautifully curated silent

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ANT FEATURED AT MICROSOFT EVENT

This July, ANT bunnies and Gabby (the golden retriever) were featured guests at the Microsoft One Week Expo in Redmond, WA!  Jessie Pemble (Mobile ANT Coordinator) and Kelsy Hartmann (Barn Manager) drove the Mobile ANT Van down south for the 2-day event, and hosted a “Cuddle Corner” for guests (all Microsoft employees) to enjoy. This is the second time ANT has been asked to provide therapy animals for a corporate event in order to relieve stress (read about our visit to

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MOBILE ANT DELIVERS CUDDLE TIME TO MICROSOFT CONFERENCE

We are so pleased to have been a part of the Microsoft Build Conference in Seattle this May; we brought Mobile ANT to nearly 6,000 people at the Washington State Convention Center!  The event was covered by the Seattle Times – Please check out the article below!  Thank you Microsoft for the opportunity to spread healing and relaxation with our therapy animals. Read full article here Software developers take cuddle break with farm animals at Microsoft Build conference Originally published May 9,

MINIS AT THE MARKET

  Minis at the Market 2018!   Come visit us at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market on Saturday, April 7th, for the kickoff of the 2018 market series! Bring the whole family and meet our critters, like mini horses, bunnies, chickens, and dogs, and find out more about ANT’s programs and events. Find us between 10am-2pm on Railroad Avenue, across from Boundary Bay Brewery. This is a fun opportunity for people of all ages to meet some therapy animals, and learn about what

OSKAR’S AMERICA AT THE PICKFORD FILM CENTER

Animals as Natural Therapy is proud to partner with the Pickford Film Center for the 2018 Bellingham Children’s Film Festival! Join ANT and the Pickford Film Center for a special screening of “Oskar’s America”, featuring special guests Toby & Persephone the miniature horses, plus other fun farm animals!   When 10-year-old Oskar’s mom leaves him with his grandpa to go to America, he sets up a nutty plan to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat with his new friend

HORSE HELPS A VISIONS TEEN: PATRIOT’S STORY

A Visions girl recently had a powerful moment with her horse Patriot that I wanted to share, to give you a small sense of the revelations that present themselves in the barnyard. ~ Jessie (Office & Program Manager, Visions Mentor)     Patriot’s Story I was standing with *Danielle (name changed) on her second day at the farm. She had chosen to work with Patriot, and we were making our way across the round pen as the pair navigated obstacles together. The challenge that

WINTER 2018 NEWSLETTER

TAILS FROM WINDY ACRES / Winter 2018 / Volume XXI / Issue 1   Please enjoy the latest update from ANT, featuring stories from the barnyard, Mobile ANT moments, fundraising news, and more! Hear from our new instructor, Haley, our Mobile ANT Coordinator, Jessie, our wonderful VISTA Volunteer, Laura, the amazing Betty Barats (our volunteer Volunteer Coordinator!), and of course our fearless leaders Sonja & Julia. Sneak a peek into life at ANT! Click here to read  

Community of Stars 8th Annual Gala

Animals as Natural Therapy invites you to our 8th annual gala, the “Community of Stars”.   This fun-filled event not only invites YOU, but already has RSVPs from ANT’s miniature horses: Toby, Persephone & Midnight-Mocha! Don’t miss this delectable Bellwether sit-down dinner and a specially-curated dessert dash featuring some of Bellingham’s best local bakers, while our barnyard stories & videos fill your heart. Exciting offerings can be yours from our fabulous Raffle and Silent Auctions. Dance the night away as