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SPIRIT Program

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Through the generous funding from Veterans Affairs Canada, the Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association (FSTRA) in partnership with Rohan Wood Stables and Clannad Counselling & Consulting Inc., are excited to offer the SPIRIT program. The SPIRIT program is designed to support women currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)/RCMP as well as women Veterans of CAF/RCMP who are living within the Central & Western Regions of Nova Scotia (Halifax to Digby).

By reflecting on shared experiences and discovering the power of connection, SPIRIT aims to help participants explore hidden supports and strengthen their overall sense of well-being. When strong relationships are formed and a sense of community is established, each of us has the freedom to thrive.

 

Equine Supported Wellness:

The SPIRIT program include 8 weeks of Equine Supported Wellness (ESW) sessions at Rohan Wood Stables in Aylesford, Nova Scotia. These sessions take place once per week, for two hours at a time. Participants will take part in 6 sessions initially and then 2 more sessions later on.

During the ESW sessions, participants will have the opportunity to spend time with a small herd of gentle and compassionate horses. Participants will be guided through carefully constructed exercises with the support of a Mental Health Professional and an Equine Specialist. The intention of these sessions is to allow for opportunities of reflection in how some of our patterns may keep us feeling stuck or overwhelmed. Weekly intention and attention will be placed upon supporting ourselves to settle into the space and experience moments of presence. Absolutely no previous horse experience is required.

 

Cost & Payment:

The total cost of the program is $200 per participant. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or e-transfer and will be required on or before the first day of the program. Receipts can be provided upon request for individuals to submit personally to their insurance provider as group therapy.

 

Registration:

Registration for fall 2023 is currently open. For information on registration, please contact our Program Coordinator by emailing info@fstra.org or calling 902-670- 8402.

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