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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

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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,

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

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.

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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.

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