We offer gentle & effective programs for survivors of violence and abuse. Join us in a safe space and learn the tools to help you in healing the past and looking towards the future.CTA
HEART: Healing through Equine Assistance & Resiliency Training
Empowerment. Trust. Hope. Holistic healing – this four week program helps women heal their mental, spiritual and physical self after experiencing the trauma of domestic violence or sexual abuse. Heart includes equine-assisted learning, art therapy, yoga, mindfulness & group workshops in a safe, confidential setting. Join us in this safe space and learn the tools to help you heal the past and look towards the future.
This free four week program includes a wage for participation, transportation and childcare support and individual counselling.
Equine-assisted learning uses horses to promote physical, occupational and emotional growth in people. It can help you build confidence, trust, and self-efficiency, improve communication and social skills, learn boundary setting and control triggers.
Art therapy uses combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
Yoga & mindfulness allow participants to slow down and lean into their bodies, to feel the areas that may be holding onto trauma without our knowing. They allow for the practice of breathing techniques and guided, gentle stretching to encourage awareness and calm within ourselves.
Group workshops allow participants to
- Explore and learn about the impact of trauma
- Learn new coping strategies to challenge unhelpful thoughts and manage difficult emotions
- Better understand patterns in relationships and learn to negotiate boundaries
- Set goals for self and improve self-care
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Our program facilitators have your best interests in mind. They are caring, capable & trained to help you succeed. We know you have questions. Contact our office today to find out how we can help you.
"At HEART, I was validated and valued in a way myself and experiences have never been. I was able to shed some of the guilt and shame I carried, and while it will take further daily practice, I feel a sense of strength and hope within me that I have never felt before."