Women experience transitions many times in their lives. These may include changes of employment, self-actualization, divorce, mourning, post-partum or emotional difficulties of any kind. When women come together to share their stories and challenges in a safe non-judgmental environment, the experience often is very grounding, validating. Equine assisted activities and discussion groups offer the participants an opportunity to achieve emotional awareness. Group members gain empowerment and personal insight while connecting with the natural world.
Why horses? Horses possess “unique attributes...as members of the therapeutic milieu” (Vidrine etal., 2002: 590). They are inherently non-judgmental, representing the true unconditional positive regard so crucial in helping relationships (McLeod, 2009). Despite their physical size, which in itself elicits respect, horses are prey animals with instinctual hyper-vigilance and flight instinct. Their extreme sentient abilities and immediate, honest, nonverbal feedback prompts many commentators to describe horses as ‘mirrors’ for human feelings and behaviors thereby facilitating personal exploration (Rector, 1992)
Equine Assisted Therapy/ Activities is an experiential therapy which provides individuals an opportunity for healing through direct interactions with the horse. These interactions help to gain personal insight via feedback from the horse and have caused significant change in the participant's life. ( Yorke, Jan;: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, Volume 21, Number 1, March 2008.)
Experience Sky Riding LI’s unique women’s discussion group, Women In Transitions. Learn to navigate challenging life situations with the support of peer women and our sensitive equine assistants. The 6-8 week group runs for 90 minutes. Each session is co-facilitated by Christa Schorn LCSW and Nancy Tejo. PATH Certified Riding Instructor. Participants work together and individually as the group completes weekly equine activities. All activities are un-mounted. Located in Huntington NY.
Please contact us at Sky Riding LI for more information, Chirsta.Schorn@SkyRidingLI.com , LCSW Director of Clinical Services 516-768-7127 or Nancy.Tejo@SkyRidingLI.com , Owner / Director of Sky Riding LI.516-241-2046.