We work with women who are making their way out of unhealthy relationships, women transitioning from the military, women who work with others in the healing arts and women in recovery from PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL OR SPIRITUAL DIS-EASES. We are completely client-centered here, so we will meet you wherever you are on your journey.

All of what we do here is centered on rebuilding healthy relationships and we have specific exercises that address one's ability to set healthy boundaries or ask for what you want without getting upset.

Our goal is to help women find their own voices by becoming more grounded, clearer and more connected to their own wishes. We help break through self-limiting patterns and help our clients see for themselves what happens when they change.

Horses provide instant, honest feedback so that when a woman changes her approach and behavior, the change is apparent to all. As prey animals, horses are extremely sensitive to the intentions and emotional congruence of those around them, so it's easy to make changes in real time, right now.

Get in touch with Jane and we'll help you find the appropriate program and format to help you meet your goals.

Enhance your:

  • Self-awareness
  • Ability to relax
  • Experience new energy
  • Move into the present
  • Open your mind and heart

Contact us if you would like to sponsor a woman.

Women in Transition

From Military to Civilian Life –

Making the transition is not easy for anyone, but women experience unique challenges. Not only is it difficult to leave the structure and camaraderie behind, but it is also difficult to make the kind of changes that hold certain cultural expectations of women.

This transition can also be compromised by harassment or sexual assault that can leave women feeling angry, frustrated and depressed in ways that interfere with one’s ability to believe in the possibility of leading a productive and satisfying life.

We take particular interest in supporting women who want to move beyond the limitations in this particular journey from war to peace and believe that we can offer tools for empowerment, self-management and autonomy that provides a whole new outlook on the future.

I had forgotten how much I needed to open up again and take the time to trust my own sense of things in my life. It wasn't easy there and it wasn't easy coming home, but if you don't start somewhere, nothing ever changes. This was the easiest way to begin I can imagine.
JD
OEF

True North

Sometimes we can lose touch with our bodies for good reason. Attunement can get lost through too much physical, emotional or mental stress.  

Landing in oneself and protecting the places that need to be kept separate from others is easier said than done. Healthy boundaries are key. Knowing what you want can be a process. Asking for that takes courage and any number of stressors can take a woman away from herself - life threatening illnesses, sexual assault, addiction and functioning for too long on adrenaline.

A healthy dose of equine resonance, connection, collaboration as well as our tools for resilience go a long way to restoring and renewing energy…and a long way toward helping all of us find our own true north.

I've had a lot of responsibility for other people for a while and had lost touch with what's important to me. Working with these horses has made me more in touch with myself and in an interesting way, less drained by others.

Transitions as Thresholds

For those in recovery from physical, emotional and spiritual dis-eases

Not all transitions are easy, but met with self-awareness and an open mind, most can be navigated with grace. We help you slow things down, make distinctions between things that are important and things that aren't and most of all, help you access new perspectives that can make all the difference. Being present to yourself is never more important than when you're facing uncertainty — or finding a new way of relating to your life.

I was surprised at how comprehensive the program is, and how little I was aware of my own compassion fatigue. I felt as if I'd been on vacation for a day and returned to my office refreshed and renewed.
DD
VA Clinician

The Healing Arts

Those who help others become more successful and satisfied with their lives often do so at the expense of their own health and well-being.  Depletion and compassion fatigue are common to those who serve in this way.  

Our curriculum offers people in positions like this the opportunity to become present to themselves, gain new perspectives on their work and learn some things that help move clients forward in more creative ways.

I felt more alive and spent less time thinking about the past or the future with those horses than I have in months. I was totally relaxed and totally energized at the same time. I went home and slept better than I had for a very long time. It's like I came home to myself.

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The Equus Effect
37 Drum Road, Sharon, CT 06069
Jane Strong (860) 364-5363
David Sonatore (860) 364-5363

The Equus Effect is a registered 501-C3 corporation. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.