Connecting Horses and Hearts Program

May 13th, 2017 at Cedar Ridge Stable in Ripon, WI

Through the generous support of the Community Health Network Foundation, Mahala’s Hope is proud to offer our Connecting Horses and Hearts women’s workshop. This workshop is for those that are trauma survivors or are on their journey to recovery from substance abuse. It will be offered on May 13th from 9am-4pm for women residing in the Green Lake, Waushara, and Marquette County areas, including Ripon. The workshop is to be at Cedar Ridge Stable, in Ripon, WI.

There are a limited number of spots available at each so reserve your spot early. Both CHN sponsored workshops will be free of charge for participants.

This workshop will teach participants to connect authentically with horses – and in doing so – connect authentically to themselves. During their time in this workshop they will re-learn to listen to their inner voice, reconnect with nature and restore inner balance. By partnering with horses participants are able to improve their communication skills, as well as increase their self-confidence and self-awareness. Throughout the each day participants bond with the horses, and through that relationship learn to communicate, nurture, and trust. For some, this is the first experience of true belonging they have ever had.

Individuals, who have felt powerless, defeated, rejected, and cast away can experience the feeling of being needed and loved. Learning to trust their equine partner can be the beginning of renewing trust in people. Empathy is developed through learning to understand a horse’s feelings, behaviors, and needs. Being responsible for their horses helps participants learn accountability and responsibility for their behavior. They can also learn about the importance of self-care through nurturing a horse.

For further information about participating in the upcoming CHN Foundation sponsored Connecting Horses and Hearts workshop or any of the many other programs that they offer please contact Sandy Hardie at (920) 904-6445 or email