Adventures with Horses, Well-being Courses

Well-being through the naturally occurring therapeutic and transformative opportunities horses can provide through experiential learning ...

£118 raised of £3,000 target 4 %
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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 12:57am 23rd January 2018

Our work has the potential to change lives, please help us flourish and thrive...

Adventures with Horses facilitates learning and growth through the naturally occurring therapeutic and transformative opportunities horses can provide, in order to create self awareness and well-being, and develop potential and skills which are transferable back into peoples everyday lives.

Please help us raise funds for our well-being courses for disadvantaged young people.

Our Art of Horse Whispering courses are a creative, inspirational way of engaging children and young people who are vulnerable or excluded. They learn natural horse skills and a connection with the horses that can also help with :
• Calmness
• Communication
• Growth in self confidence and awareness
• Building healthy relationships and boundaries
• Well-being.  

We need to raise money so that we can offer more courses including bursaries and reduced fees.

Please help us raise funds for our well-being at work courses. 

These experiential learning courses with horses are for employees, employers and self employed. They aim to:
• Build emotional intelligence and resilience
• Increase embodiment, mindfulness and presence
• Explore ways that help reduce the work related pressures and challenges many of us struggle with at times
• Improving well-being.

We need to raise money to get these courses off the ground, then as a social enterprise, once established any profits will then help to fund our work with disadvantaged people.

We are Crowdfunding for a second year

We ran our first ever crowdfunding campaign this time last year and with extra support from the Santander Change Make Fund we raised £8,600, this has helped finance our group and one-to-one sessions throughout the year including working with 89 new clients participating in equine facilitated interventions with 44 young people benefiting from bursaries. This included 334 hours of one-to-one sessions, 304 hours of Art of Horse Whispering sessions for children and young people and 211 hours of leadership and personal development workshops for adults.

But we feel we have hardly started! There's many more people who could benefit from the naturally occurring therapeutic and transformative opportunities equine facilitated experiential learning can provide.

In 2018 we will be focusing on two main areas, children and young people Art of Horse Whispering Programmes where we want to offer more bursaries for longer sessions including courses and programmes running over 3 to 5 days. The young people who come to us with special educational needs tend to fall into two categories: 1. Not bad enough to qualify for any therapy, they fall between the gaps. 2. Those that are really struggling and challenged but main stream therapies haven't worked.

Very few of the children and young people who come here have financial support - their parents are paying privately and even when they pay the full fee - this still doesn't cover our overheads. So far, other than the Crowdfunding,  Adventures with Horses has not had any other funding or grants. As a Social Enterprise the profits made from running our personal growth, leadership and sustainable development courses, as well as our crowdfunding is what keeps us a float.

Sue Blagburn, Founder of Adventures with Horses, with Tristan, Harry, Arthur and William

Something new for 2018

As describe above in 2018 we are launching a new equine facilitated experiential learning programme called "Well-being in the Workplace" where working experientially with horses helps individuals and groups build emotional intelligence and resilience which may help prevent  or help people deal with the work related pressures and challenges many of us struggle from at times. 

Work-related stress, anxiety, overload and mental health is a problem in our society that has only just really reached the nrews headlines. For all of us as individuals, gathering the skills and support we need to thrive in the workplace is of paramount importance. The recent government report in the UK, Thriving at Work is full of solid facts and statistics that make a solid rational case for businesses investing in the wellbeing and mental health of their employees.

Back at the end of October 2017 the Thrive report findings include: 

• 300,000 people leave their jobs each year with mental health problems and 15% of symptoms are job related.
•  The annual cost to employers is between £33 billion and £42 billion each year.
• Over half of the cost is coming from presenteeism – when individuals are less productive due to poor mental health in work
• The cost of poor mental health to the Government is between £24 billion and £27 billion This includes costs in providing benefits, falls in tax revenue and costs to the NHS.
• The cost of poor mental health to the economy as a whole is more than both of those together from lost output, at between £74 billion and £99 billion per year

The courses we will offer will focus on reducing the 15% job related symptoms, working experientially with the horses we will look at how employees and employers can decrease work related anxiety, stress, pressure, overload and fatigue.

As well as feeling very passionate about running these courses, once up and running they will give us the income we will always need to keep running our children and young people programmes and courses - as a Social Enterprise any profits will go towards offering bursaries to disadvantaged people who couldn't otherwise benefit.

We need to raise £3000 and we have lots of rewards from £7 to £750

 We are looking to raise £3000 so that Adventures with Horses can continue to flourish and thrive into a sustainable social enterprise. 

Our campaign is rewards based and start at £7 for a copy of our 2017 Adventures with Horses Calendar including postage.

Other rewards include for example: • A gift voucher to come on a one-to-one session, course or workshop, which start at £30
• Come on a Art of Horse Whispering workshop for a day or half a day

• You can also make a donation where the reward goes to a child or young person who wouldn't otherwise afford to be able to come starting at £25. 

• In addition you can also make a donation where the award goes towards feeding our extraordinary team of therapy horses Arthur, William, Harry, Honey and Tristan also starting at £25.

What will happen to the money we raise

1. Rewards

The money raised from rewards and donations will go towards the following:

  • Developing bursaries so that more children and young people can come, through schools, charities, agencies and privately.
  • Developing our programmes for children and young people between 9 years and 25 years
  • Develop our courses and workshops in professional and personal development including looking at how equine facilitated learning can help professionals suffering from work related stress and burn out.
  • Training our human team of therapists, teachers, horse experts and volunteers.
  • Feeding and nourishing our wonderful four-legged team of equine therapists and teachers

2. Donations

Rewards for our horses: Your donations for hay, feed and supplements will help us to nourish our horses - Arthur, William, Harry, Honey and Tristan. It takes very special horses to want to do this work; they are the therapists and the teachers, their role and what they give is profound and something that cannot be valued in money terms. However, horses on average cost in the region of £45 a week in feeding and horse care. 

Rewards for children and young people: Your donation will allow a child or young people who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to come, to paticipate in a equine facilitated learning one-to-one session or group programme. The money you donate will go directly into offering bursaries to children and young people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or excluded; who may also have special educational needs and/or other challenges.

More information about the Rewards

Adventures with Horses 2018 Fundraising Calendars

As part of our fundraising we have produced a calendar to raise funds, to create awareness of our work, and also to celebrate our beautiful horses. These calendars are unique to Adventures with Horses, they have been professionally designed and printed, and the photographs in the calendar of our team of therapy horses, Arthur, William, Harry, Honey and Tristan. Instead of photographing what we do in equine facilitated learning we have focused on what horses do naturally behind the scenes; eating, sleeping, playing, rolling, grooming and connecting with one another. I have also chosen pictures that depict the seasons, their coats changing, and sometimes soaking wet - it rains a lot on Dartmoor! I hope both the fundraising film and the calendar will also give you a sense of how beautiful the land is here. The environment is an important part of how we work at Adventures with Horses. Our horses live as naturally as possible which allows us to work with the many natural learning opportunities horses can provide.

  • Professionally produced and printed 
  • 12 stunning photographs taken of our horses (The Adventures with Horses Team: Arthur, William, Harry, Honey and Tristan) doing what horses do in nature...
  • 12 wisdom quotes on what horses can teach us 'by just being horses'
  • Space to write your appointments
  • All UK bank holidays are listed
  • Hole punched for hanging on the wall
  • Size 210mm x 210mm, 28 pages, high quality coat recycled paper.
  • They come in perfectly fitting high quality white envelopes.

Gift Vouchers

We have produced gift vouchers that can be sent to a loved one, family member, a friend or yourself, and can be used on any workshop, course or one-to-one session at Adventures with Horses in 2017. We will post the printed voucher to you, or directly to each person being gifted with a personal message from you, and we will send you a copy as a PDF by email or by post if you prefer.

Rewards for our workshops, courses, one-to-one  sessions

By engaging with horses in experiential learning and equine facilitated education, a wide range of people, both adults and youth, can practice leadership skills, communication skills and mindfulness skills. Build self confidence, self awareness and creativity. Develop trust, empathy, and responsibility for self and others. Explore new ways of inspiring others, building teams with greater flexibility, power and creativity. Learn to set boundaries without losing sight of the whole. Reflect on challenges and develop insights and new pathways for learning which are transferable back into everyday day life.

Adventures with Horses offers growth and learning through the naturally occurring therapeutic opportunities connecting with horses can give. People often believe they have something to teach horses. We ask instead what can horses teach us….

Our work divides into three areas:

Programmes and Courses for Children and Young People
By stepping into the world of the horse, children and young people learn essential life skills that cannot always be learned in the classroom. Example outcomes include reductions in anxiety and stress, increased self esteem, and reduced problem behaviours and hence better social inclusion. We offer programmes and one-to-one sessions.

Testimonial: "Falling through the Cracks, Horse Therapy prevented us falling into an Abyss. Our daughter is having a really tough time with severe anxiety following a disastrous transition to secondary school last year and has not attended school since. We found her school and GP were no help at all and we were unable to gain access the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service - school refusal falls between the cracks as I’ve found out. She spiraled quickly into a really, really dark place. I’d heard good things about horse therapy in the past and that’s why we decided to try it. Getting to the first session was a big hurdle – now we go every week and Sue individually tailors each session. The connection our daughter made with the horses has been amazing; I’ve watched her gradually come out of her shell and re-engage with herself and the world. At the end of one session my daughter said ‘ I love it here Mum, I can just be and forget my worries’. Horse therapy has been a powerful constant through a really difficult and ongoing journey." SD, Teignmouth

Courses, workshops and one to one sessions for adults
Experiential learning with horses is a process of enquiry, where we invite horses to become our teachers for personal development, transformative learning and nature connection. We offer experiential learning courses and workshops, and coaching and counselling sessions.

"The day working with Sue, William, Arthur and Harry was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. It took me deep into a spacious heart. I loved the bodyscan and meditation you guided, preparing us to meet with the beautiful energy field of the horses and everything that happened afterwards was a magical journey. I am changed and more connected with myself, others and the earth. I also feel as if a weight - the weight of worry or rushing has cleared from around my heart. THANK YOU ALL."
SP, Dartmoor

Courses for businesses
Step out of the office and into nature to work experientially with horses in sustainable development, leadership, building teams and well-being in the workplace. Get a fresh perspective on how to move your organisation forward and remain resilient in times of change.

Testimonial: "Such a wonderful day yesterday, being with the herd of very cool equine dudes! Thank you so much for a unique experience, and for a total break from stress, plus a few insights into how we allow modern life to herd us along when we shouldn’t. No doubt I’ll be back. Thoroughly recommended." 
JH, Plymouth

Thank you for reading! 

With Warm wishes
Sue Blagburn

Adventures with Horses CIC, Middle Stoke Farm, Holne, Devon TQ13 7SS
Tel: 07831 865259  Email: