Specialty Adult Programming

Journey Into Awareness

Horses are dynamic, graceful and gentle creatures that provide us with the opportunity to learn valuable information about ourselves. This four-hour workshop takes attendees on a “journey” with horses through a series of unmounted (not riding) activities designed to build greater self-awareness and apply the special lessons learned from horses to daily life

#Metoo , We hear you

A Horse Guided Exploration of Self and Relationships After a Sexual Trauma
Working with horses provides a unique opportunity for individuals who face a wide spectrum of social and emotional challenges, including survivors of sexual assaults and those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Being in the presence of a horse encourages people to focus on mindfulness, self awareness, compassion, empathy, and trust building.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage in powerful, healing interactions with Hidden Acres Therapy horses in a trauma informed setting. Using mindfulness principals and guided by a licensed mental health provider and a certified equine specialist in mental health, activities will focus on personal safety, boundaries, honest communication and the building blocks of trusting relationships.

Activities include…

Breathing and Body Scan: Turning our awareness to both inside and outside our bodies. Trusting that there is nothing about our bodies or thoughts that needs to change or be different in any way in this moment. Notice how we feel and offer ourselves (body and mind) loving-kindness and compassion.

Greeting a Horse: We will learn to respectfully greet a horse and begin looking for their body language. Tune into internal reactions; how does this make you feel? Happy, excited, anxious, nervous? All are correct; the truth is whatever your body and mind are experiencing. 

The Horse as  Metaphor: Using the horse as a metaphor for a person we trust, participants will engage with obstacles and challenges to overcome. The focus will be on how we can use a trusting relationship not to solve our problems but to reduce the feelings of isolation as we navigate the troubled waters of our lives. 

And so much more..
*No horse experience necessary to participate in this program.*

Please contact Rebecca Caruso, LCSW, Clinical Program Director for information on scheduling private individual sessions or attending a group workshop. 

Your Hidden Key

Equine Facilitated Healing Experience For Cancer Survivors
Health is not just about living disease free. Horses live in the moment and reach to connect with people without judgement of health or physical status. As manifestly mindful beings, they are both models and mentors for those who wish to practice staying in the moment and living their healthiest life in the now. 

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage in meditative, healing interactions with Hidden Acres therapy horses. Using mindfulness principals and guided by a licensed mental health provider and a certified equine specialist in mental health, activities will focus on breathing, awareness, mindful grooming, and developing a connection to both nature and the relationships around us.  

Please contact Rebecca Caruso, LCSW Clinical Program Director for information on joining or forming a group for Your Hidden Key programming.

*No horse experience necessary to participate in this program.*

Seniors Memory & Sensory Enrichment Program

Hidden Acres can provide a memory and sensory enrichment program for seniors in the Naugatuck area. Seniors will be guided in activities created to embrace sensory stimulation and integration including grooming horses, working in the sensory garden, and experiences in nature which could include carriage driving on the Hidden Acres carriage trails. Special attention is paid to creating and encouraging memories and providing opportunities to share memories through storytelling and expressive arts.

 

RCaruso@hiddenacrestrc.org  or  (203) 516-8380