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GRACE ACRES EQUINE CONNECTION

& CREATIONS

Grace Acres Equine Connection provides relationship building, skills development and wellness programs for youth, family, women and people living with PTSD. Our services also include Certified Level 2 Harmony Horsemanship™ and beginner horse riding lessons.

 

Grace Acres Creations provides a unique, peaceful studio space and gallery for the sale and creations of oil paintings, mixed media art, creative painting, and writing.

 

"I learned to be more aware of my own body language and energy.  Ruby (the horse) was patient with my hesitancies and confusion.  She made  me feel calm."

Kathleen

OUR TEACHERS ARE 600-1500 LBS.

Whether it’s working with your own horse, or one of our horses in these programs, our experiential services offer people an opportunity for self-discovery and self-realization of the skills needed to meet not only the task or challenge at hand, but their own personal life challenges, great or small. Here at Grace Acres, the horses are the teachers.

WHY WORK WITH PREY ANIMALS?

As a prey animal, horses provide an experience of connecting to our own intuitive voice, they react to our authentic thoughts and feelings, and therefore, aspire us to better understand ourselves. Horses require us to access the leadership within, in order to be a leader to them, to another human, or to ourselves. Our programming does not offer “therapy”, however, people will complete objectively-driven activities, feeling similar rewarding affects. These programs can be considered the ‘bridge’ between outside ‘therapy’ sessions and re-entering real life. Our programs help to build confidence, establish a partnership of trust, empowerment, willingness, the life skills to face challenges, responsibility and much more.

HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM WORK?

 

These programs build relationships - with yourself, the horse and others. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and safe learning environment where possibilities for personal growth and well-being are endless.

"My horse taught me that success doesn't have to be accomplished by crossing the finish line but can just be accomplished by taking the first steps."

Jaida 

MEET LAURA SCHWAGER

Grace was my great-grandmother’s name and I carry it as my middle name. All of my grandmother's were gentle women of tremendous strength and faith. 

Grace is what touches our lives so very deeply and beautifully that it is difficult to describe. It is what happens in the presence of horses when our heartbeat softens to meet their rhythm. It’s the “centaured” feeling of being upon their back. It’s time slowing down. It’s when senses feel alive.  It is truly unmeasurable. It is what happens in moments of true connection and partnership with ourselves and other beings and it is the serendipity of how the world falls into place. Grace seeks us out always in our strength, and most especially in our most vulnerable times, when we feel lost and broken, and just as much when we feel our cup runneth over, even when we ignore it, reject it, have nothing it seems to offer back, and feel so undeserving of its gift. It is unconditional and unmerited. It is a gift from creation and it is healing. Grace is everlasting and inspiring. It is always in us to be realized and move forward.

In the presence of horses, I have always felt complete. It’s through horses that I have maintained a connection with my authentic self. Horses have especially ‘graced me,’ with a deeper sense of who I am through their silence, their honesty, the challenge, the partnership, and the learning. It is this gift of creation and wellness I wish to invite others to experience.

I bring to my equine programming a solid teaching foundation, First Aid and CPR, Harmony Horsemanship level 2 instructor certification, EAL facilitator certification, horse training, a focus on wellness (human and horse) and building relationships with self, others and the horses. I also bring my art and love of nature.  I look forward  to sharing all of this you!

Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator through Equine Connection - The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning Ltd.

Certified Level 2 Harmony Horsemanship™ Instructor by Harmony Horsemanship™.

"I learned that horses and people can communicate in all sorts of different ways"

Katana

 

LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT & WELLNESS

YOUTH and FAMILY 

Grace Acres offers an experiential program with Horses as the Teachers to help youth and their families build life skills and strengthen their relationships!  Our BuildingBlock™ skills development and wellness programs are designed to support youth and their families who are recovering from trauma, experiencing separation, divorce and blended families, seeking solutions to communication challenges, bullying, anxiety or depression, and/ or are simply looking for a unique experience to strengthen family bonds.  

8 - 12 Week Programming

Individual or Small Group Sessions

Helmets and Closed Toed Footwear Required

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WOMEN

Our skills development program for women serves to create a safe learning environment, whereby participants can experience their authentic selves. This is an experiential learning program that inspires and encourages personal awareness, team building and life skills development through a human and horse partnership. Women complete objectively-driven exercises based on the BuildingBlock™ continuum of activities geared to support personal growth and empowerment. 

8 - 12 Week Programming

Individual or Small Group Sessions

Closed Toed Footwear Required

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PTSD

This experiential learning program serves to create a safe learning environment, whereby participants are inspired and encouraged to learn personal awareness, teamwork and critical life skills through a human and horse partnership. Participants complete objectively-driven exercises based on the BuildingBlock™ continuum of activities geared to support personal growth in a team setting. 

 

Participants will learn from the natural world by both observing and interacting in these programs, actively learning about themselves through the body language of the horse, an intuitive language of the natural world and applying that learning to their own personal lives. 

8 - 12 Week Programming

Individual or Small Group Sessions

Closed Toed Footwear Required

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HORSE RIDING & HARMONY HORSEMANSHIP

HARMONY HORSEMANSHIP

Understand yourself, your horse and the language that connects you, with Harmony Horsemanship™ Training. Create an understanding and rewarding relationship with either your own horse, or mine, following The Harmony Training Continuum.  We offer a variety of programing to suit your goals whether you are new to horses,  need a change of pace with your own, or simply would like to feel more comfortable on the ground. 

 

  1. Respect and Safety

  2. Calm Connection

  3. Create a Yes Horse 

  4. Refinement

  5. Balanced Rider (For Riding Only)

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BEGINNER HORSE RIDING LESSONS

At Grace Acres, building a relationship with the horse and subsequently understanding the self is fundamental to moving forward.  I offer a basics of riding program for beginners or for current riders to re-establish their relationship with their horse. Horse riding lessons start on the ground following the Harmony Horsemanship™ Training Continuum. Both private and semi-private lessons are offered. A strong emphasis on safety, personal development, horse care, grooming, tacking up, and horse body language are part of each lesson. 

 

Currently all lesson times are full.

1 Hour Private Riding Lesson:  $50.00

1 Hour Semi Private Riding Lesson (max 3 students):  $35.00  

GRACE ACRES CREATIONS

 

CREATIVE WRITING & PAINTING

Grace Acres Creations provides a unique studio space and gallery for the sale of oil paintings, mixed media art, and creative writing. From the moment you arrive you will feel a sense of well-being and grace all around you. In the presence of horses and nature you will be inspired and challenged in a peaceful learning environment to find that feeling of grace within you.

Grace Acres Creations Coming Soon! 

"I feel stress has left me and I am at ease."

JESS

OUR TEAM

 
 

CONTACT

Opening Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4pm-8pm 

Saturdays 9am-5pm

All other days by appointment.

2050 Vent Road, Napanee ON K7R3K9

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