Our Equine Enhanced Grief and Loss Day camps offer teens a day of honoring the loved ones they lost in a way that is best for them. We have space for 10 kids per camp and have a Mental health and Equine Specialist facilitating groups.
A crucial part of life missing during times of grief is peace. Peace of mind and a peace of your soul is absent and leads to fatigue and despair. The human-horse bond is special and fosters peace and joy…the opportunity to have these moments is a gift to those grieving and fosters healing. “Therapy” for the grieving can simply be the pursuit of peace.
Also, one size does not fit all and traditional therapeutic intervention does not work for some children and MANY teens. Equine assisted therapy can be the tool that helps a child or teen begin to progress through the stages of mourning without having it “feel” like therapy. This is a new field with many opportunities. It is an intervention model that I am more than confident will be successful.
Teens grieving someone close is a painful and stressful life event. It is experienced in many ways, shock, anger, sadness, guilt are common feelings during the grieving process, and can be overwhelming. Occasionally there are no emotions, there is only numbness. Some people find it difficult to cope with their loss and believe they’ll never be happy again. By having the teens work with the horses they learn to feel grief in a way that they are still able functioning in daily life with joy.
What I Will Do With $5,000
This is a FREE day camp looking focusing on grief with the high school population. Each camp has space for 10 teens. The 5,000 will support two EAGALA ( equine assisted growth and learning association) model groups which will bring in a Mental Health and Equine Specialist which facilitate all activities on the ground . Included with camp is breakfast and lunch along with snacks and supplies such as journals, markers, stickers and goody bags filled with memories we make here.