>Heroes Equine Learning Program (H.E.L.P.) is a not-for-profit charitable organization facilitating Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development retreats for Military service members, First Responders (active or retired), and their families affected by post-traumatic stress and operational stress injuries.
>The program is focused on providing the highest standard of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for participants. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in mind-body movement modalities and to reflect and recharge during free time. The program activities and facilities are located in a country setting and create an ideal environment in which to lower stress, renew hope, and regain a sense of meaning and belonging. Through experiences with the horses during H.E.L.P. retreats, participants are provided with opportunities to discover new ways of approaching life and connecting with the self and others. Participants will leave the program with a broader view of their recovery needs and future well-being.
>Partnering with horses in therapy can help participants to learn about themselves, process thoughts and emotions, and influence change in an engaging and active way. Establishing relationships with horses allows for a non-threatening and non-judgmental way to develop solutions to problems and discover strategies that help in the healing process.
>H.E.L.P. retreats are confidential and offered to small groups over four-days. Retreats include all meals, accommodations, and transportation between facilities where programming is carried out. H.E.L.P. retreats are facilitated in various locations across Canada. Please visit our website or contact us for more information about our retreat locations.
>The H.E.L.P program has three parts: 1)For participants to understand the impact of invisible wounds and consider strategies for better functioning in life; 2)For partners or support persons to understand participants’ needs and to enhance support within the relationship; 3)For families to have experiences alongside the participant. This enables the family to grow and provides a safe space for adjusting needs.
*Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development follows The TA Method and is facilitated by a team of an Equine Specialist Practitioner and a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner. All therapy is carried out from the ground and involves no horseback riding.