Horses as Healers – ANT Article

Horses as Healers Take a few minutes to read this article written by our resident equine-assisted mental health counselor, Lorna Shepardson, and learn how horses have a unique capacity to heal. Lorna beautifully illustrates the ways in which horses reach us at our darkest core, only to draw us into the light. A wonderful, inspiring read!

BLESSING & OPEN HOUSE 2017

It is that time of year we are opening our doors and giving thanks to the community and the animals that work so hard to heal.  It is a fun event here on the farm with something for everyone.  So come on down to Windy Acres.  See you there.

Healing Hearts Benefit Breakfast

HEALING HEARTS BREAKFAST 2015

      a heart-felt thank you to all who attended the  annual Healing Hearts Breakfast fundraising event, October 22, 2015. Attendees heard  first-hand how lives are transformed at Animals as Natural Therapy. Funds raised generously help support the healing work at ANT.

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

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GALA 2015 THANK YOU

We would like to say a huge Thanks to our sponsors, attendees, volunteers and hosts for making our major fundraiser a success!  We could not have done it with out you.  Our ability to maintain the farm while operating these programs for our community is possible because of the network of people from Bellingham and beyond that support our supporting youth, teens, adults and the elderly.  More to come about the successes of the evening so stay tuned.  

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ANT 2015 BLESSING OF ANIMALS & OPEN HOUSE

  Our 14th Annual Blessing of the Animals & Open House – Farm Tour in Whatcom County WA is coming!  Mark your calendars for all ages free fun at Animals As Natural Therapy’s Windy Acres Farm in Bellingham, WA.  The fun includes Farm Tours, Petting Zoos, Face Painting and Demonstrations for all ages. Event:  Satruday, April 18 ~ 2015 12-3PM The Blessing will start at 1PM. See you there!   Limited onsite parking for visitors with disabilities and families with car seats.   Parking and shuttle provided from Bank

ANT GALA 2014 AUCTION CATALOG

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

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

GROW NW ARTICLE

    [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 | Category: Features Horses Healing Heroes, Animals as Natural Therapy, and JNK Llama Farm by Jessamyn Tuttle A few years ago Arleen Gibson of

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