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We are delighted to announce that our long anticipated indoor arena is finally nearing completion.


This building enables us to provide equine assisted therapy of all types during the entire year. There are still some items that we need to put the final touches on the project.

  1. Electricity
  2. Heat - We own the lights and the heating unit, we just need the expertise to get the items hooked up and running. We have electricity to the building and a meter already established.
  3. Skirting around the bottom of the building. There is about a 3 foot gap between the bottom of the arena and the ground. We were considering garage door panels or mobile home skirting with rigid foam insulation. If you have a better idea please let us know.
  4. Sand, ground rubber or other footing material. We have a 60 x 90 space that needs 1 to 2 feet of shock absorbent material to make for a soft landing should it ever happen.
  5. Therapists and clients. If you are a therapist with clients or a parent of an individual who you believe will benefit from equine assisted therapy, please call us!
  6. Volunteers


Now Scheduling for Summer Camps!

Equine Assisted Learning:
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool for emotional growth and learning. Individuals learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses. EAL uses experiential learning approaches which allow clients to challenge boundaries, overcome fear and develop self confidence to overcome obstacles in many areas in their life. EAL is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAL addresses a variety of human developmental needs; including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and communication needs.

The focus of EAL is not on riding or horsemanship. In fact, 90% of EAL takes place on the ground. The primary focus of EAL is to help the client or group learn and apply certain skills including non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork and self confidence, and as a result, enhance their self awareness, self esteem, feelings and attitudes.

Some EAL session activities may include: observing horses in their natural environment and processing the client’s observations of the interaction and relationship among the horses; grooming and leading activities: practicing non-verbal communication skills as a team to accomplish a goal; creating an obstacle course and guiding the horse through the course; team building games and activities.



How can you help? Support the cause by donating! Donate with our easy pay pal button

 


We currently offer:
This is our fourth year providing summer camps and after school activities. Please click on the Programs link for more details.
At this time we are unable to offer activities to those with physical disabilities that require the use of a walker or wheelchair.

Our long term goal:
Our goal is to glorify God by bringing horses and people together to promote healing and self awareness through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
:
EAP is an emerging field in which a licensed therapist, an equine professional, and horses are combined to create a healing team for people who may need special help on the road to a successful life. This type of experiential therapy is becoming very popular across the United States and throughout the world because it is so effective. In Alaska there is special concern with substance abuse and related issues that plague our population. At Benefe, we believe there is hope for our young people and for anyone who truly who wants to be free from the chains of their past.
Our future plans include an indoor arena, enabling us to conduct therapy sessions throughout the year.
If you would like to make a donation toward this please click on the Contact Us link or use the following PayPal option.

















 






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