To help our communities reach a greater state of well-being by delivering community defined, culturally congruent best practice services.
The Village Project now provides mental health services for Monterey County, and their current goal is to continue a program implementing “Eagala”—an experiential approach where horses are incorporated into a person’s therapy sessions. The focus is on the ground in the horse pasture, where the horses are reins-free—deliberately unhindered, never ridden and allowed to interact with clients as they wish. With the support of professional facilitators, this creates a space for the client to reflect and make deep connections, regaining control of their lives. Horse interaction teaches relationship-building and trust in a free environment where nature provides an opportunity for a deep connection with oneself. The Eagala model honors the ethical considerations of the horse, and human well-being.
I’ve loved horses through all my life now. One day I’m going to have one. If I’m having a hard day and then I’m going to the ranch and I see my horse, Dakota, I won’t even think about that anymore.
- Zachariah Alexander, 9 years old