Anxiety now ranks as the Number One mental health disorder in America. Nearly 20% of the population are being treated for anxiety-related issues…many more receive no treatment or are unaware of the root cause of problems. As Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, but we can’t always figure out how to let him reign over our anxieties. Pet-Assisted Learning sessions improve knowledge application.
“Just ask the animals, and they will teach you….” Job 12:7a
Horse-Powered learning sessions help move things we believe from our head to our heels. The truth is that we only believe what we actually live. Saying that Jesus has given us peace but living with anxiety is painful, destructive and even dishonest. The abundant life is ours to enjoy. Let the animals help you learn how!
P.A.L. Path to Peace: Answering Anxiety
Traveling on the path to peace requires awareness and action. Participants will begin by observing the animals & surroundings, and consider their own anxiety level. With attention directed to physical signs of anxiety and active thoughts, participants will then gather their learning partner and begin.
Leading their partner, participants will travel a pre-made obstacle course to explore:
- what causes anxiety for horses
- what anxiety looks like (and creates)
- what can be done about it
Understanding the fear nature of a horse helps participants see more deeply into their own ‘flight responses.’ After completing the course, horses will be allowed to move freely about as participants reflect on the experience and insights gained.
Participants will then build an obstacle course that reflects their personal anxieties and how it feels to navigate through those anxieties. They will then gather their horse partner and prepare to journey through their course together.
Before that obstacle course is navigated, participant and partner travel a path of peace to gather Scripture truths that will help them conquer the obstacles. Armed with the knowledge gained in the previous two paths, participants will then face their personal path to peace.
PAL Sessions by appointment only.