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A Hero’s Journey with the Help of Horses --------SOLD OUT

A Hero’s Journey with the Help of Horses for PTSD

Equine assisted activities have been shown to be effective in treating a variety of physical, developmental, and emotional needs. Because they combine experiential learning with the opportunity to explore feelings, equine assisted activities provide coping tools for dealing with relationship and communication problems, anger and stress management, adjustment disorders, and maladaptive behaviour patterns, among many other difficulties.

In recent years, Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) has shown promise in helping our first responders, veterans and those with who care for them cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)1

Participants who completed a supervised equine program reported dramatically reduced stress levels.

Drs. Allan and Diane Hamilton own “Rancho Bosque”, one of the premier centres in the United States for equine-facilitated learning and therapy, is pleased to offer a one-day clinic specifically designed for first responders and veterans.

During these sessions, participants will explore their own Hero’s Journey, and will have the opportunity to dig deep into their feelings and experiences to learn new ways to thrive despite PTSD. This program will be supervised by Drs. Allan and Jane Hamilton, both internationally recognized experts in the field of EAT.


Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019

Where: Belvoir Estate Farm & Equestrian Centre. 2475 Gideon Drive, Delaware, ON, Canada

No experience with horses is necessary, and participants will work with horses on the ground.


Program Schedule

 8:30 - 9:00 Arrivals, sign-in, registration, etc.

9:00 – 9:30 Opening Circle

9:30 – 10:30 Lecture: Horses as a Foundation for Healing

10:30-11:00 Round Pen Demonstration

11:00 –11:15 Break (snacks provided)

11:15 –12:30 Round Pen Session with processing discussion

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch, Developing your own Hero’s Story (lunch provided)

1:15 – 3:30 Arena/Round Pen Activities with processing discussion

3:30 – 4:00 Closing Circle, end of Day One

Day Two (times approximate)

8:30 - 9:00 Opening Circle, Welcome back

9:00 –10:45 Arena/Round Pen Session with processing discussion

10:45 –11:00 Break (snacks included)

11:00 -12:30 Arena/Round Pen Session with processing discussion

12:30 – 1:15 Lunch, (Lunch provided)

1:15 – 3:30 Arena/Round Pen Session with processing discussion

3:30 – 4:00 Closing Circle, End of Program

Program Staff:

The equine-assisted learning and therapy programs are run by Allan Hamilton, MD, and Jane Hamilton, PhD. Allan is professor of Surgery at UAMC and author of Zen Mind, Zen Horse, and Jane is a clinical psychologist and director of clinical services at Rancho Bosque. These programs have been featured on ABC Television News, and written about in Western Horseman, Horse and Rider, and Equus magazines. The Hamilton’s have facilitated more than a hundred equine clinics in the United States and abroad. They were selected as the keynote speakers for the Eighth Annual Gathering on Equine-Assisted Learning and Equine-Assisted Mental Health Best Practices.


This course uses principles from Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and asks us to become the heroes of our own spiritual journeys.  The seminar includes immersive, interactive, didactic sessions as well as work with horses in the round pen and arena.

This unique workshop is designed for those who want to develop a better understanding of the heroic challenges and risks that all of us must face. Didactic sessions, seminars, and hand-on interaction with horses help to explore the

Seven Steps of the Hero’s Journey, especially as they relate to the experiences of First Responders* , Veterans.

In an amazing partnership with horses, the group works together to clarify and explore the universal aspects of heroic journeys. Time-honoured techniques of groundwork with horses are applied to study and dissect the tools available to us as we strive to understand our own journeys. This is a very special, one- of-a-kind, acclaimed equine program designed for first-responders, military veterans, and those who support them.

This program is based on mythologist Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey and Dr. Allan Hamilton’s award-winning book, Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses

 *First responders typically include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, and other trained members of organizations connected with this type of work.

No prior experience with horses is required to enrol.