Providing a Holistic Approach to Recovery

Mahala’s Hope serves women who have already received primary treatment for substance abuse but still need assistance before rejoining their communities. Our transitional recovery residence boasts a holistic, nature-based approach as well as an equine component through which the women learn about themselves by working with horses. We also offer equine workshops to other specific groups and provide out-patient therapy.

Our Mission

Mahala’s Hope transforms lives through nature-based healing programs of recovery.
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How We Help

Transitional Recovery Residence

Our transitional recovery residence boasts a holistic, nature-based approach as well as an equine component through which the women learn about themselves by working with horses. Residents often form a sisterhood, finding camaraderie while building support systems during their time together. Mahala’s Hope created a transitional recovery residence to fill a gap in services available in the region. While many primary-care services, such as 30-day treatment programs, exist throughout Wisconsin, many women recovering from drug and/or alcohol abuse — and the trauma associated with that — need a place to prepare for their return home so they reduce their risk of relapse. Our goal is to impart the coping skills and life skills required for them to return to their communities and live independently. We are a safe place without judgment.  

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  We can accommodate up to eight women (18 and up) at a time, and the average length of stay is 90 days. During their stay, we help our clients apply for jobs or find community service opportunities, work with them on budgeting, seek out housing, make appointments with doctors and dentists, provide access to a fitness trainer, and offer individual counseling and group activities. The residence facility itself features a family-like setting located in a rustic, nature-enriched area. Our clients often form a sisterhood, finding camaraderie while building support systems during their time together. This is a safe place, where trained staff is available 24/7 to provide support and a holistic approach to treatment that includes physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual care. Chief among our programs is equine experiential learning, through which the residents learn about themselves while observing, grooming, haltering and leading our horses. Because horses are prey animals, they are very attuned to the energy and emotions of others. Through these the one-on-one sessions, the women learn to self-regulate, maintain boundaries, persevere and problem solve. They also gain confidence. Other activities include yoga and meditation, experiential art, group therapy, gardening, cooking and other contributions to the welfare of the house. We also teach the women how to have fun in recovery through nature walks, bike rides and day trips.
  • For inquiries, contact us or call 920-904-6445.

Equine Experiential Workshops

Mahala’s Hope offers equine experiential workshops for a variety of groups in the region. Participants engage in various ground activities, such as observing, grooming, haltering and leading horses. Workshops range from a single day to a four-to-six-week program. Because horses are prey animals, they are very attuned to the energy and emotions of others. Their trust must be earned, making them ideal partners in self-discovery. In addition to emotional recovery, equine experiential learning helps build leadership skills. Great leadership is based upon trust; horses respond to leaders that they trust. When the participant learns to project calm, positive energy, the horse reflects it back with a positive response. When these newly learn skills are applied in their daily lives, participants are able to realize their hidden potential. Between five and eight participants work with our four horses, engaging in various ground activities, such as observing, grooming, haltering and leading the horses. (Riding is not a component of the workshops.)

What programs are available?

We offer substance abuse and trauma programs ranging from one-day workshops to 4-6 week programs. We also work independently with individuals and serve private or corporate groups.
  • For upcoming workshop dates and locations, contact us.

A Day for Mothers and Daughters

Whether you want to get closer, understand more about your daughter or mother, or just learn more about yourself, this workshop is for you.

Women’s Workshop

Our women’s workshop takes two disparate approaches: it can be geared toward women recovering from addiction and trauma or women simply looking for a day of wellness and increased self-awareness. For the former group, we cover topics that would be difficult to handle early on in treatment, meeting one evening a week for six weeks. For the general women’s wellness workshop, we limit it to a single day and focus on slowing down, being present and enjoying yourself.

Professionals’ Day

These corporate retreats bring staff members together to work on predetermined, company-specific goals, such as leadership, thinking outside the box, communication and teamwork.

Vicarious Trauma

The vicarious trauma workshop was designed for individuals who deal with trauma on a regular basis, including caregivers, police officers, firefighters and other first responders. The two-day program accommodates a slower pace and opportunities to be creative. The goal is to provide guidance in self-care and help change participants’ perspectives so that they can continue to be effective at their jobs.

Men’s Program

We have led a variety of men’s groups in the past.

Outpatient Counseling

Mahala's Hope offers individual outpatient counseling sessions. These are tailored to meet the needs of the individual needs of the client, regardless of whether they have stayed at our transitional recovery residence. We also offer a support group for women in recovery called "Creating Hope".

Individual Sessions

These counseling sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the individual needs of the client, regardless of whether you have stayed at our transitional recovery residence.
  • To learn more, contact us or call 920-904-6445.

Continuing Care — Creating Hope

This is a group for women in recovery. Are you looking for a different approach to your recovery? Acknowledge your courage, commitment and persistence in your efforts to reclaim your inner strength by joining us for a 12-week women’s recovery group. As you are surrounded by a circle of women you will:
  • Learn to be kind and gentle to yourself
  • Find your inner sense of balance / peace
  • Listen to your body and its needs
  • Begin to reclaim your strengths and gifts
In this recovery management program you will have the ability to gain new awareness and coping skills that will enhance your ongoing sobriety. Topics addressed; trauma, communication skills, healthy boundaries, building self-confidence, mindfulness and several others.
  • To get involved, contact us or call 920-904-6445.
 
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Testimonials

“I discovered my ability to come up with creative ideas and solutions to problems. With my mind more relaxed, I could think more clearly.”

Former Client of Mahala’s Hope

Equine Experiential Workshops

“I own my decisions—whether to change and grow or stay the same. It is nobody else’s fault or blame if I am not happy with my life.”

Former Client of Mahala’s Hope

Transitional Recovery Residence

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