The Hero’s Journey Home
An equine retreat for veterans with PTSD, November 17th and 18th, 2012
At Rancho Bosque in Tucson, AZ
In recent years, Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) has shown promise in helping our veterans cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans who completed a supervised equine program reported dramatically reduced stress levels.
Rancho Bosque, one of the premier centers in the United States for equine-facilitated learning and therapy, is pleased to offer a two-day clinic specifically designed for veterans. During these sessions, veterans 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.
Several full scholarships are still available for veterans to attend this two-day program, entitled “The Hero’s Journey Home.” Contact Rancho Bosque for details.
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. The concepts covered include the Seven Rules of Spiritual Transformation: making a commitment to something greater than oneself, being true to one’s nature, entering unfamiliar territory, answering the call to action, readying oneself, personal sacrifice, and a renewed power to return to life. Parallels from Hindu, Buddhist, and Native American culture, as well as examples from modern film and literature are explored to illustrate the Seven Rules. Participants will then be coached through individual and group groundwork exercises with horses that apply these concepts to their own personal journeys. Each participant will be encouraged to develop a template for his or her own heroic transformation.
No experience with horses is necessary, and participants will work with horses on the ground.
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