Come and meet the newest kids on the block, and learn some helpful mindfulness techniques at the same time.
Experience the joyful presence of this little herd of young goats while you practice being mindful. Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. Mindfulness practice has been proven to help alleviate anxiety and depression by focusing our attention on the present moment, which counteracts rumination and worrying. Mindfulness teaches us how to respond to stress with awareness of what is happening in the present moment, rather than simply acting instinctively. By teaching awareness for one’s physical and mental state in the moment, mindfulness allows for more adaptive reactions to difficult situations. Learn how to cultivate mindfulness in a fun and interesting way.
And hey — close encounters with these adorable Nigerian dwarf goats! But please be aware that this is a learning experience on the farm, not a petting zoo.
Special introductory offer!
Individual sessions: $25 per 50-minute session. Group rates upon request. Contact Cindy: firstname.lastname@example.org or 315.289.2030 for an appointment.
Pssst! In the springtime, when the weather improves, we will also be offering Goat Yoga (with instructor Midge Regier) on the grass with the kids. Put your name on the waiting list now to ensure your spot!
Is Equine-Assisted Counseling and Personal Development for You?
You can find out for less with the
WILD Black Horse BOGO Holiday Sale!
In the spirit of generosity that permeates the holiday season, Black Horse Spirit is offering a wildly spirited gift to you! Buy One Equine-Assisted Session before January 1st and Get a Second Session (a $100 value) Absolutely Free!
Why Equine-Assisted? Well, with all populations, including children, adolescents, adults, and veterans, equine-assisted counseling has been found to induce a sense of well-being and feelings of acceptance. It is also effective with people who have control issues and childhood trauma. Additionally, positive changes have been observed in the field of alcohol and drug treatment. Sessions with a horse tend to create a safe environment where coping and problem-solving skills can be practiced. It is recommended for use in individual, family, and group settings to work through depression, grief, trauma, loss, and setting healthy boundaries. Studies have shown that equine-assisted counseling is a supportive intervention for women who have survived abuse, providing opportunities to improve self-esteem, a sense of empowerment, and an ability to trust and feel physically and emotionally safe.
There has never been a better time to gift yourself or someone you love with Equine-Assisted Counseling at Rivendell Farm in Chittenango, NY. If you are willing to brave the winter cold, we are happy to join and facilitate sessions for you!
(Sessions must be purchased by January 1st and scheduled between January 15 — March 30 to be eligible for this offer. Limited to one free session per person. Contact Cindy at 315.289.2030 or email@example.com to sign up.)
I bought this spirit bear in Tucson on Samhain (Halloween) 2017. I bought it because Spirit nudged me to buy it as a home for my best friend’s power animal, who had been visiting me every night between 3:00 – 4:00 AM since he died in a tragic accident on August 20th that year. It may have had something to do with the black onyx spirit bear fetish that I had gifted to him once and then buried with my friend (a whole ‘nother story), but maybe it was just that he was trying to reach out. I would abruptly awaken at that time every night and see the spirit bear, black as the shadows, standing near the bedroom door. As soon as I brought this horsehair pottery bear home, the nightly visits ceased and I was able to get an undisturbed night’s sleep at last.
It wasn’t until today that it struck me: this bear is white, in juxtaposition to the black onyx bear that I buried with him. Curiouser and curiouser. (Things are sometimes shifted into their opposites between the worlds; left and right, for instance, or night and day. It occurred to me that black and white should be no different.)
Yesterday, on Samhain Eve, two years to the day after I bought it, the bear was broken beyond repair. I was changing the curtain rods in my new office and the curtain swept some books off my desk, taking the bear with them. Needless to say, I was devastated. I cried as a picked up the pieces of his back legs off the floor. I got the desire, the nudge to smash the rest of the broken bear up today and return him to the land.
I was thinking about the back legs and what they might symbolize. Bears often stand on their hind legs, looking very human-esque in the undertaking, especially to mark or defend territory. Perhaps this signified a foundational energy. It is definitely a big shift of some kind. I discussed it with my buddy Karl, who is very Jungian in his approach to things. We agreed it was foundational (standing on the foundation of the earth), and he said my inclination to return the bear pieces to the earth as well was probably spot-on.
This morning, I awakened with the knowing that my dear old friend has probably moved on. When this came to me, I whispered to him (somewhere in the Otherworld), “So you will no longer be my guardian angel, like you have been for most of my life?” Again, tears pricked my eyes as I felt the truth of it.
I was reminded of the most recent dream I had of him, where he was found living another life in a place far away, and when I asked him if he had had amnesia, he said no and told me we would discuss it later.
Perhaps this was that discussion.
And perhaps the most fascinating part of this story is the fact that a friend in southern Arizona had recently gifted me with a beautiful horsehair pottery horse that she had made herself. Of course, southern Arizona is where the bear came from. That seems no mere coincidence, because the horse is (of course) MY power animal. A cycle has ended; we have come full circle.
I really miss my friend, who was very dear to me. He was someone I relied on for advice and support quite frequently. He had a wonderful sense of humor and the uncanny ability to pull me out of any anger or despair that might grip me on occasion. You know, sometimes in our grief we may hold the subconscious belief that moving on with life will cause dishonor to our loved ones. And perhaps because of that erroneous belief, we hold on to our memories a bit too tightly and try to maintain a holding pattern in our lives, balking against a life that seems to be careening forward at breakneck speed without the loved one we miss so much. Somewhere deep inside, perhaps I have been reluctant to move forward for fear of abandoning my best friend’s memory. This will never happen, of course, and my intellect knows that the concept is irrational, but my heart does not. All my heart knows is that it was broken, like the bear — suddenly, without warning. All my heart knows is that if my friend could die like that, then anything can happen, and it may be best to hold on.
Still, after much consideration, it seems that I have divined the intended message of the broken spirit bear at Samhain (which, by the way, marks the Celtic New Year): it is finally time to stand on my own two back feet, moving boldly into my future. I have been released.
My dear old friend, thank you.
© Samhain 2019 – Cindy L. McGinley. All rights reserved.
Toby is a Percheron gelding who arrived here last month. He is donated and sponsored by Sylvia Hall. He joins equine counselors Dare, Henry, Bea, and Duncan, helping to provide special encounters designed to help humans learn better ways to be present in their lives and relationships. We provide trauma-informed equine-assisted counseling and learning, and most of our horses are “rescues” (horses that know trauma first-hand). Please consider donating to the Edoras Farm Go Fund Me Campaign.
To find out how you can sponsor one of our equine counselors, or to find out how to volunteer on the farm, contact us directly.