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Peaceful Acres Horses, Inc. Equine Assisted Experiential Learning Mission is to provide an environment for people to learn how to safely and effectively express grief, anger, fear, sadness and personal needs. EAEL partners horses in sessions with participants to promote hope, empowerment and connection.
Equine Assisted Experiential Learning is a beneficial, program which empowers people to improve their quality of life. Participants who enter our programs are encouraged to participate with the horses in activities which promote improved communication, assertiveness, problem solving, teamwork, self reliance, improved self esteem, mastery of skills, conflict resolution, recognition of boundaries, action versus reaction, cooperation, caring and respect.
The horses are the partners in the activities that offer relationship based learning where the participant is able to reflect on their feelings, emotions and reactions to the activities performed. EAEL is not a horse back riding lesson program, the majority of the activities are completed on the ground with a direct purpose of intended self learning and self help.
EAEL sessions support a positive change in behavior and self-esteem. The attitude of the participant is improved, more relaxed, calm and focused! The participants look forward to coming back, riding the horses becomes secondary; they want to learn how to be with them and be effective in their care. EAEL at Peaceful Acres is a beneficial program for all children and families who wish to promote positive change in their lives and improve behavior, communication and especially learn to empower each other, rather than over power each other! The horses are wonderful teachers of these lessons.
Participants served through Peaceful Acres Horses’ programs include; youth and adolescents who are referred from an organization that serves youth and families in The Capital Region, schools and parents. Many youth who take part in PAH programs reside in residential treatment, foster placement, have been adopted or are going through the adoption process. Many participants are struggling with peer, family or social stressors. The youth served are struggling with peer and social stress and transitions or adjustments that are causing personal or family problems.
Ages Served: Boys and Girls 8-17
Programs Offered: Individual EAEL, Group After-School Program, small group EAEL (individual EAEL course is a prerequisite).
A Note from Nanci Beyerl, Founder of Peaceful Acres Horses, Inc. “I’ve come to know many young people who first introduce themselves to me at the farm stating that they have a diagnosis (ADHA, BiPolar, Depression, Anxiety seem to be the ones most prominently diagnosed) and they have bought into the idea of identifying with that diagnosis. But at Peaceful Acres, we leave the “diagnosis label” aside and focus on the strengths of the participant and what they need to help them accomplish their goals. At the farm, they are welcomed as a special individual with hope and value. The horses do not recognize their “diagnostic label”, the kids are free to be themselves with the horses and experience their authentic self! It’s that simple!”