OUR HELPING HOME
Although mutual friends brought them together, it was their love of horses and helping others that united Isabel and Chuck on a personal and professional level.
Both partners worked with the public for many years; Isabel as a hairstylist and college facilitator and Chuck as a farrier/blacksmith. As a result of working through their own difficult experiences as well as listening compassionately to their individual clients and students, Isabel and Chuck recognized that all people struggle, but most lack the tools or knowledge to help themselves. When Isabel discovered the FEEL program, (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning) the couple realized their true ‘life path’. Isabel became a certified facilitator. Chuck trained to be her co-facilitator. That move not only brought them closer together professionally, it also strengthened their personal relationship.
Our Program background
The FEEL program founded by Wendy Golding and Andre Leclipteux from Horse Spirit Connections partners a facilitator and a horse to help a client begin a journey into healing. It is an effective way to break out of old patterns because horses work with ‘heart energy’ and participants’ emotions. Horses have the ability to sense inner feelings, bring them to the surface, and mirror them back so participants can recognize and understand them. Once people start to understand the messages behind their emotions – the body’s way of giving information – they gain the knowledge and confidence to work through them. Emotions such as fear and sadness are replaced with confidence, happiness, and faith moving into the future.
On their 50-acre property, HATHAWAY FARM (Where Horses Help Hearts Heal), Chuck and Isabel have created a safe, non-judgemental, inclusive environment where all people can begin to heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The Hathaways’ strong sense of empathy and compassion has led them to this new path of helping others while giving greater meaning to their own lives.
If you are interested in starting your journey into healing, consider joining the people who have already visited the farm and gained insight from their sessions with Isabel, Chuck, and their horses.
LEARN ABOUT F.E.E.L
What Drives Us
At Hathaway Farm Where Horses Help Hearts Heal we’ve strived to create a world of mutual respect, and harmony with all of nature. A place where every person, and animal enjoys a safe, special unique experience, expanding knowledge, and creating peace.
Helping others learn to live a healthy grounded lifestyle, with respect, honesty, and harmony, where people encourage, and help each other. Creating a place where our horses have the opportunity to live in a natural environment, This is a place where every person, and every horse has a choice to interact, humans, and horses alike are respected, and honored for their uniqueness. Spending time at Hathaway Farm engaging in experiential learning with the horses expands awareness, and helps bring about positive change, it allows the Horses To Help Hearts Heal
Always maintaining the participant’s, and horse’s safety as our first priority.
Ensuring that our horses are healthy, and happy.
Helping to create positive influence in the community, and each other’s lives.
Respecting nature, and our environment.
Sharing lifelong learning, building trust, having fun, sharing love.
Always allowing the Horses To Help Hearts Heal.
Isabel’s first contact with horse’s was at a very young age. She sat on the porch of her home in Portugal, and watched a man walking beside his horse pulling a milk cart door-to-door. As the horse plodded by past her, they made eye contact. At that moment, electricity ran through her body, and she knew horses were going to be a part of her life forever.
Still quite young, Isabel immigrated to Canada with her parents, and started school without any knowledge of the English language. Her first year of school was very difficult as she was already shy, and then found herself surrounded by strangers. However, she realized that by paying attention to people’s body language, it was easier to communicate with them. This form of communication set the precedent that she would carry throughout her life working with horses, and people. As she developed friendships, and acquaintances, she became more social, and confident. Isabel also learned that being outdoors was very important to her, she loved spending time in nature, hiking, and riding with close friends. Horses were a very large part of her life, they didn’t judge, and were always present, helping her navigate those challenging teen years into adulthood.
Throughout the years Isabel enjoyed different disciplines in the horse world, from jumping to competitive reining to cow work. The more Isabel learned, the more she realized that she wanted to immerse herself in more than just riding. She spent years studying horses in the field, and observing how they communicated with each other. Isabel began attending natural horsemanship clinics, learning to understand horses language’ by paying attention to their body, and facial expressions, also connecting with their emotions. Isabel’s path with horses started out with that first eye contact, and eventually led her to discover the FEEL program that partners horses with people. Isabel knew she had found not only her life’s work, but her passion.
Isabel has had a long career as a small business owner, hair stylist, and college facilitator. Like most people, she has faced many challenges in the course of her personal, and business life. However, being a very positive person, she recognized that these challenges were learning opportunities. Over Isabel’s lifetime she acquired valuable knowledge from each of these experiences. Her love of horses, dedication to lifelong learning, and empathetic nature made the FEEL program an ideal way for her to help others. The horses partner with her using their own language, and together they help people understand, and gain insight into their own lives. The horses love to teach lessons, they hold space when needed, and remain ever present.
Anna-Marie has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. She obtained a BA with a specialization in Therapeutic Recreation from Concordia University and more recently, a MHS degree from Athabasca University. In order to deepen her ability to contribute to the area of healthcare, Anna-Marie completed her Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL) certification from Horse Spirit Connections in 2016 and her Advanced FEEL training in 2018. She is passionate about sharing the healing possibilities of equine-assisted learning through individual, semi-private and group therapeutic sessions.
The Beginning of the Horse-Human Relationship
Horses had their beginning over 55 million years ago when they roamed North America. With changing climatic conditions, new species continually evolved. About 3 million years ago they moved into the other continents. However, horses became extinct about 10 thousand years ago in North and South America – although no one is really quite sure why. It has been suggested that the death of this species was mostly due to climate change, disease, and being hunted by humans. It wasn’t until 1519, following the Spanish invasion of the Americas by Christopher Columbus, that horses returned to their land of origin.
Of all the horse species that roamed the earth only Equus survived, and is the ancestor of all horses today.
Prehistoric evidence shows that the horse-human relationship began in Ice Age Europe, where man was predator and horses were hunted for food. However ancient images on cave walls have led us to believe that horses also played a spiritual role in human society. Images of horses and other animals are thought to represent spirit helpers. Of all the age-old depictions found, horses are by far the most abundant. Some of hieroglyphs date back as far as 35,000 years ago, reminders of the bond between horse and man that continues to evolve and thrive.
Domestication of the horse is a key landmark in history and helped shape the world we live in today. It is believed that horses were domesticated about 5,500 years ago, initially for food and milk. Archaeological evidence shows that the art of riding and harnessing horses was developed by 1500 BC. The ways we have fought wars, traveled, played, and explored have all been profoundly shaped by our use of horses.
In the 1950’s Liz Hartel of Denmark gave birth to therapeutic riding as we know it today. In the early 1990’s Linda Kohanov began exploring the horse-human connection and her work provided insight into the transformative healing power of horses. Today there are different types of Equine Facilitated Wellness – all focusing on the horse-human connection – including coaching and spiritual awareness, health and well being, working with people with physical and mental challenges as well as personal development and leadership training.
From a food source, to a way of transportation, to healers and guides, horses have been present with humans helping them throughout history.
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If you are interested in starting your journey into healing, consider joining the people who have already visited the farm, and gained insight from their sessions with Isabel, Chuck, and their horses.