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
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,
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
Rainy Day Fun at the 12th Annual Bluegrass Ice Cream Social! Thanks to all who joined us for the 12th Annual Bluegrass Ice Cream Social on September 9th! Windy Acres welcomed nearly 200 guests and volunteers for an afternoon of games, music, animals, and ice cream. Despite the rain, visitors young and old enjoyed farm tours, observed exciting horse demonstrations, sampled cones from Mallard Ice Cream, and met our many animals. The hay alley offered
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!
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.
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
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