Healing trauma with the Kindness Herd
When you experience trauma, your instinctive survival brain kicks in and takes over to protect you. Traumatic experiences can lead to a dysregulated autonomic nervous system, resulting in symptoms such as a sense of disconnection, anxiety, depression, pain, illness and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Equine Facilitated Learning allows you to connect with a herd of horses to help regulate your nervous system. It helps develop self awareness by encouraging you to explore how your body is reacting, feeling and what you are experiencing. By exploring this connection to self, you can create a more aware, present and mindful state of being.
Horses are able to help regulate our breathing, heart rate and even help regulate blood pressure. They are extremely sensitive to our energy fields and are exceptional at reading body language. Horses encourage people to interact in an authentic manner and are able to mirror our most important behaviours back to us.
Horses carry the wisdom of healing in their hearts, and offer it to any human who possesses the humanity to listen.
Eagle Vale Farm is home to the Kindness Herd, who are free to roam the 100 acre property of pastures and dams. It is located in the beautiful country side of Bullsbrook, Western Australia, and is rich with local flora and fauna; approximately 50% of the land has been left uncleared. There are three dams located on the property and it is bordered by the Avon River.
How does it work?
The sessions begin outside of the paddock where you will be guided through a safety talk and a grounding exercise. Once you are comfortable you enter the paddock where you are free to interact with the herd.
- Riding horses is not a part of this process. It is simply a process where you will be in the paddock among a herd of horses who will choose to interact with you when they have something to offer you.
- The current herd consists of eight horses and ponies who interact with you in a large open paddock. This gives them the freedom of choice of how and when they want to interact.
- The process doesn’t require you to ‘tell your whole story’ or ‘bare your soul’. We talk about your interactions with the horses and the body responses that come as part of it, but we let you process your own experiences without interfering.
- If you want to stand up, walk around, or just sit still, you can, it is your experience so you can choose how you interact. Having the freedom to walk around can be important if your body needs to release trapped trauma.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
Communified is delighted to offer this healing experience to families free of charge, with thanks to The Kindness Project. Group, family and adults only sessions are available during the week and on Saturdays by appointment.
Please complete the form below to register your interest.