Healing & Wellness

Wellness, mental health & healing are more than trends—they are vital to our well-being. We offer gentle & effective programs for survivors of trauma, violence or abuse. Join us in a safe space and learn the tools to help you heal the past and look to the future.

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HEART: Healing through Equine Assistance & Resiliency Training

Let’s get ready for work! Boost your social, mental, physical and emotional well-being while we help you develop the skills to get ready for a job. Grow your resiliency and soft skills, access counselling and financial support, and break down barriers to employment, all with the help of healing and learning through equine-assisted training.

If you are a newcomer, a refugee, a member of a racialized group, a person with a disability, or an Indigenous person, you may be eligible for this pre-employment program.

Our final HEART session is over & we hope to be able to offer it again. You can include elements of equine-assisted learning, medicine wheel coaching, and art therapy in some of our other programs. Ask one of our project specialists for more info.

Learn more about Kim Robertson & holistic life coaching here. Find out more about equine-assisted learning with Rebecca here and Leah here. Learn more about art therapy here.

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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.

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HEART is a skills development program in the Kootenay/Boundary region that includes foundational and transferable skills, social and emotional skills, and equine assisted learning. It is a pre-employment program to improve your overall well-being and employment readiness.

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Participants will also receive individual counselling supports and a training grant. Other financial supports include childcare, nourishment, transportation, pre-employment counselling appointments, training and wrap-around services.

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Group workshops & individual work


  • counselling sessions
  • art therapy
  • psychological first aid course
  • mental health first aid course
  • Indigenous Canada course
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Meet your facilitator

Zoe Dowdall is our facilitator for HEART. She’s always ready to listen and offer guidance and will make sure you’re getting the most out of your experience with the Skills Centre.

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“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.”

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Funding for our programs comes from multiple provincial and federal sources, including:

  • Ministry of Post Secondary Education and Future Skills and the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement
  • The Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
  • The Government of Canada’s Skills for Success Program
  • The Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program
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