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
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
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.
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
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
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