In 1999, at Windy Acres Farm (Sonja’s home) Sonja; Abby Soley; and Gwen Hunter started Animals as Natural Therapy to provide a place where people could heal with the help of animal partners. Sonja, who has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, brings over forty years of experience working with animals and people of all ages and backgrounds as a mother/grandmother, community health nurse, 4-H leader, and equine specialist/ riding instructor. She is certified with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and has presented at three international conferences. She is an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) Equine Specialist and Certified Horsemanship Association instructor. Sonja says that she owes her personal transformation to horses (who she views as sentient beings and divinely-guided teachers sent to help), Barbara Rector (Adventures in Awareness), Debra Stone, and Frank Bell, among others. Sonja directed Animals as Natural Therapy from 1999 to 2020, with ANT receiving non-profit of the year by the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce in 2019 under her leadership. Sonja now runs her own energy-centered equine therapy practice, Unbridled Spirit, at Windy Acres.