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!

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.

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

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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

GALA 2015 AUCTION PREVIEW

Welcome to our Gala 2015 Auction Item Preview! Our fabulous donors are making this year’s Live & Silent Auction more exciting than ever.  Stay tuned for more items and be sure to reserve your tickets to our most important fund raiser of the year!   Seattle Symphony & W Hotel Getaway   Animals As Natural Therapy Trail Ride on Chuckanut Mountain & Picnic from Old World Deli   Overnight At Silver Reef   San Juan Whale Watching Adventure Cruise             Discovery Sea Kayak

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