GRACE ACRES EQUINE CONNECTION
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.
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.
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™.