MAIN STAY THERAPEUTIC FARM      6919 KEYSTONE RD    RICHMOND IL, 60071    815.653.9374   CONTACT US

DONATE To encourage, enrich and empower individuals through the therapeutic benefits of horses, animals and nature in an uplifting and nurturing setting. Main Stay is a place where bodies are challenged, minds embrace possibilities, and spirits are renewed.

 

Animal Assisted Activities

Equine and Animal Assisted Activities—Animal Assisted Activities and Equine Facilitated Learning focus on the social, emotional and behavioral needs of clients. Participants observe and interact with animals through hands on sessions with goals including:

  • • Cooperation
  • • Community building
  • • Patience
  • • Anger management
  • • Leadership
  • • Self-advocacy
  • • Communication  

Main Stay’s Equine and Animal Assisted Activities programs bring nature and outdoor experiences to developmentally or behaviorally challenged individuals and at-risk youth. Participants interact with animals both large and small in an adaptive farm setting; they get their hands dirty, and they touch and feel the world around them.

Goals are established through a team approach and uniquely address the specific needs of the individual or group participants. Participants of this program attend through direct referrals, public and private schools, residential placements, mental health agencies, court services and a variety of advocacy groups.

Clients who are overcoming extreme adversity, abuse or emotional trauma find healing at Main Stay. The non-judgmental animal, combined with Main Stay’s supportive team and inspiring setting can be a safe haven – a place to feel secure, trusted, positive and in control.

Often clients find new friends – first in the animal and then in the strong, supporting team of instructional staff and volunteers. Equine and animal assisted activities benefit a wide variety of clients. It can complement existing therapies or stand alone as a valuable therapeutic modality.

Our Equine and Animal Assisted Activities programming allows us to meet a broad range of needs and increases our accessibility to clients.

The horticulture program at Main Stay provides clients with an opportunity for healing, stress reduction, physical exercise, and endless learning opportunities. The hands-on approach facilitates social, emotional, and physical development.

Contact information

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm

6919 Keystone Rd., Richmond, IL 60071

Tel: 815.653.9374  Fax: 815.728.1224

Contact Us

info@mainstayfarm.org

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