Please help us fundraise to launch our sister non-profit HEART Horses here! We would like to expand our services to include Therapeutic Horse Back Riding. We want to use this money for start up costs and to offer scholarships for clients who can’t afford therapy. Please help us help more people through the healing power of the horse. Our staff are certified through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) and PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). Learn more about Heart Horses at www.hearthorses.org
Hawai’i Equine Assisted Reflection & Therapy LLC, or HEART, is a unique therapy program for youth, adults, families, and groups that incorporates horses for growth, learning, and healing. We offer unforgettable interactive experiences with our horses at the picturesque Sunset Ranch on the North Shore of Oahu. Our programs for psychotherapy, learning, team building, and life coaching are experiential, meaning that our clients will engage in activities with the horses and experience a positive change that will last.
HEART envisions helping people live happier and healthier lives by providing an alternative, effective, and innovative approach to healing.
Our treatment philosophy resonates with the EAGALA model. We believe that our clients hold the best solutions for themselves. In the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) each therapeutic session is facilitated by an Equine Specialist and a Mental Health Specialist. Working with the horses as a team we provide the opportunities to interact with the horses and then process these interactions with the client focusing on real solutions that are applicable to each individual.
Why does this work?
- Horses are sensitive animals being acutely aware of human emotions and intent. Emotions can surface much quicker in a session with horses than in an office setting.
- Our EAP and EAL sessions are interactive and engaging. By experiencing the activities with the horses and working towards solutions, the process becomes meaningful and personalized.
- A powerful experience with horses can break down barriers and overcome stigmas associated with therapy.
- More action, less talk! The focus is not on hearing our clients say that they’ve improved or changed. Our focus is on seeing a change in our clients as they are able to practice new behaviors and manage their emotions when interacting with the horses.
Let our horses help you!
Our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program or our Equine Assisted Learning program may be just what you’ve been looking for. The process is engaging, fun, interactive, and different from any other mental health approach on the island. Go to our Programs page to learn more on how working with horses could be the solution you’ve been waiting for!
To schedule your first appointment contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-561-4184.
UPCOMING EVENTS WITH HEART ♥
Friday, December 13th 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Haleiwa Christmas Parade! Beginning at weed circle and ending at Haleiwa Beach Park, come see some of our most festive community members, especially HEART and Heart Horses, march through Haleiwa town!
Sunday, December 15th noon- 3 pm
HEART will be hosting a fun family benefit for our new sister non-profit Heart Horses at Sunset Ranch (see location tab for directions). Take your family photos with Santa, ride our therapy horses, fingerpaint with the ponies, arts & crafts, and more!
Free entry with you bring an item for donation:
Bring household goods (canned food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, etc) and any gifts for the Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center (www.fisherhouse.org).
Bring equine and barn supplies of any kind for Heart Horses including tack, cleaning supplies, shavings, grooming tools, and riding boots.