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SPIRIT Program


The Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association (FSTRA) in partnership with Rohan Wood Stables and Clannad Counselling & Consulting Inc., are excited to announce the next SPIRIT cohort will begin in May 2024. 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.


SPIRIT 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). 

We are also pleased to share the program’s eligibility has expanded, with a second group being offered to family members and support persons of Veterans as well as family members and support persons of actively serving members of the CAF/RCMP.

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 $50 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.


Registration for spring 2024 is currently open. For information on registration, please contact our Program Coordinator by emailing or calling 902-670- 8402.

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