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What We Do

One Heart Wild Education Sanctuary is a trauma-informed nonprofit organization offering individual, group, and family, mental health counseling, and animal/equine-assisted therapy. OHW also offers contract services to community organizations and schools.  Many of our programs are grounded in the four pillars of humane education: human rights and well-being, animal protection and welfare, environmental stewardship, and cultural issues that affect an individual's emotional and psychological health and resilience. 

Non-Discrimination Policy: One Heart Wild Education Sanctuary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious beliefs, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, neurodiversity, or age.

 

Trans-species Psychology--Nature-inspired Healing

Another foundational element of our work at One Heart Wild Education Sanctuary and the ROOTS Institute involves the scientific discipline of trans-species psychology. This discipline integrates the fields of psychology, neuroscience, ecology, and ethology, for the purpose of creating a deeper understanding of the nature of psycho-social behavioral health in human and non-human animals, and the astonishing results obtained in inter-species therapies.

While many facilities and training programs exist around the world, we believe the facilitators at our ROOTS Institute represent the next generation in human-nonhuman animal interaction professionals. Here, horses (and other social animals) are not merely used as treatment tools, they are respected as partners with equal concern given to their own growth and healing.  In addition to the obvious ethical advantages of this approach, we find it profoundly improves the quality of therapy experiences and results.

 

The ROOTS Institute at One Heart Wild provides training and certification in next-generation Equine Experiential Learning Facilitation, as well as Inter-species Equine Welfare Advocacy. The institute also offers a variety of continuing-education courses, as well as stand-alone, personal and professional development courses in trans-species psychology theory, animal ethics, collaborative horsemanship skills, personal Equine Experiential Learning, and social animal relational behavior.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, One Heart Wild Santuary is supported through client fees and tax-deductible contributions from individuals and organizations wishing to support mental health and well-being, animal welfare, and the promotion of humane treatment of all animals. 

The trauma-informed principles developed by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are fundamental to our work at OHW: Safety; Cultural, Historical and Gender Issues; Trustworthiness and Transparency; Collaboration and Mutuality, Empowerment, Voice and Choice; and Peer Support. 

Trans-species Psychology--Nature-inspired Healing

Another foundational element of our work at One Heart Wild Education Sanctuary and the ROOTS Institute, involves the scientific discipline of trans-species psychology. This discipline integrates the fields of psychology, neuroscience, ecology and ethology, for the purpose of creating a deeper understanding of the nature of psycho-social behavioral health in human and non-human animals, and the astonishing results obtained in inter-species therapies.

While many facilities and training programs exist around the world, we believe the facilitators at our ROOTS Institute represent the next generation in human-nonhuman animal interaction professionals. Here, horses (and other social animals) are not merely used as treatment tools, they are respected as partners with equal concern given to their own growth and healing.  In addition to the obvious ethical advantages of this approach, we find it profoundly improves the quality of therapy experiences and results.

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