Whether it's Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall, we at Sierrah Acres believe in embracing all seasons with a positive attitude! 

Change is an ongoing fact of life and learning lessons through adapting to a new environment can be challenging and rewarding all at once. By simply spending time encouraged to be your true self and taking part in carefully planned out, interactive activities with the horses, youth will be able to view themselves and get their wheels turning in a unique way.  This is why we prefer to call this opportunity for our young people a Summer Playshop, rather than a Workshop.  


Equine Assisted Youth Summer WorkPlayshops

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The Focus:

Participants will be gently guided through specific life-skill topics that refer to us as humans and how that relates also to our equine friends. Youth will quickly learn how to use and enhance their communication skills, in a way that is specifically needed when dealing with these magnificent prey animals. Horses - being one hundred percent present at all times - will give honest, non-judgemental and immediate feed back every single time. The results of this special communication are learned through mild metaphors rather than lengthy verbal discussion. While learning the language of "horse", youth will also learn about themselves, build on a foundation of self-confidence, and take away valuable information into their real world - all in a whole new light.

Ideal for a growing life-skills toolbox in the areas of:

  • Self-care, compassion and empathy
  • Understanding and adapting to change
  • Communication and socialization
  • Self-confidence and self-efficacy
  • Patience and responsibility
  • Fear, trust and the importance of practice

 

While much of our time is spent involving mostly ground-based exercises with the horses, we will also explore a variety of other interesting and fun outdoor activities, including crafts, nature walks, campfire conversations and more!

WHEN:

Let's "Talk" Horse - ages 8-13
Learning about horses (and yourself) from the inside out.
July 18, 19, 20 (Tues-Thurs) - from 9:30am - 4:30pm


Building Tools for Your Saddle Bag - ages 10-15
Advancing your skills (built on Let's "Talk" Horse).
Understanding horses and self-awareness through their feedback, along with the importance of practice.
August 8, 9, 10 (Tues-Thurs) - from 9:30am - 4:30pm


Prey and Predator - ages 13-17
A self-discovery teen workshop with a focus on communication, socialization and relationships.
August 29, 30, 31 (Tues-Thurs) - from 9:30am - 4:30pm

Some extra details:

  • No experience with horses is necessary.
  • All activities are facilitated by a certified Equine Assisted Personal Development (EAPD) Coach and assisted by qualified and enthusiastic volunteers. Our volunteers have had Criminal Record Checks (CRCs), and most have their First Aid/CPR training.
  • Participants are asked to bring their own lunch - extra snacks and beverages will be provided.
  • Our programs will run regardless of weather unless conditions are extreme, in which case the activities will be scheduled for a make-up day as agreed upon.
  • Dressing appropriately for the environment and nature of activities is important. Please bring along any extras as the temperature and conditions change from early morning to high noon. Some of the items of your checklist should include: Long pants, short pants, t-shirt, long sleeves sweater, jacket, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes/boots, running shoes.
     

Your investment:

The cost is $165.00 per participant, per 3-day Playshop, all inclusive.

Our groups are kept small intentionally so that we can provide the most personalized experience for each individual. At the time of booking and in order to reserve a spot for your child, a completed registration form along with a non-refundable 50% deposit is required. Balance is due one week prior to the start up of programs.


Contact us today to ensure you reserve a spot for your child. Space is limited!


My daughter learned to set goals, challenge herself and be proud of her accomplishments every step of the way. Another important part of the camp was listening to other children’s challenges and supporting them while they met their personal goals and milestones. The camp also included nature walks, bonfires, crafts, visiting a neighbouring farm with miniature animals and learning responsibility in caring for the animals.

I cannot express enough what a positive experience this was for my daughter. She gained emotional strength and confidence through learning that other children also have challenges and fears, and in helping not only herself but others to achieve their goals.