Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Seven Ways to Share

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Have friends who like finding cute pictures in their Inbox? You can send out an email to your friends about us and share some of our pictures!

If you know a great place to reach people in person, we've made a sheet of voting cards, which our supporters can print out and cut to card size for easy sharing.

Have some of our great 3TF gear? Be sure to wear it this week and share your 3TF stories!

Thank you all for your support!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Your Vote Matters!

Everyone at Three Treasures Farms is very excited that we have been selected to compete in this year's Chase Community Giving contest. This fall, smaller non-profits like 3TF are getting the chance to win up to $250,000!

Please take a moment to vote for us, and share the link with your friends! You can either click the "Support Us" button on the right side of the page, or follow this link. Voting ends at 11:59 AM on Tuesday, November 22nd!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Answers About Lymphoma

We asked some questions this week on our Facebook page about equine lymphoma. “At what age does equine lymphoma typically strike? Which sex is more likely to get lymphoma? How long does a horse with lymphoma usually live after diagnosis?”

To answer: lymphoma usually strikes between the ages of 5 and 7. It’s more common in mares, and typically the horse will die within a year of diagnosis. In lymphoma, some lymphoid cells become cancerous, and grow in an uncontrolled manner. It typically includes a large amount of swelling at the tumor site, as the lymphatic fluid collects in the area. Equine lymphoma is not contagious, nor is it heritable.

Nehalem is typical in that she is a mare, and her lymphoma struck at approximately age 5. Those of you who have met her or seen her recent pictures are well aware of how much swelling she has experienced in her lower jaw, at the tumor site.

However, unlike most horses, she has lived with it for over 6 years, and is now stronger and healthier than at any time since her diagnosis!

Our treatment protocols for her include a broad range of massage and healing techniques, dietary supplements, and a specially designed blend of herbs, created for her by Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir of Mrs. Thompson’s Herbs, in Eugene.

One of the biggest hurdles we've faced in trying to heal Nehalem's cancer is that for optimal healing she needs to stay on her herbs consistently. Given the current economy and the need to provide for the other rescued horses, we sometimes have to reduce the extra supplements she receives. In order to help us keep her on her herbs consistently, Heather has generously helped us organize a fundraiser for Nehalem, so that we can purchase a 6 month supply of all of her herbs in advance.

If you would like to help by making a contribution toward her herbal treatments, you may donate through our PayPal account or send a check (links and address are in our sidebar) or contact Heather at(541)686-6136 in order to help us purchase herbs through her directly. As a 501c3 non-profit, donations made to Three Treasures Farms are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Please join us over the next few weeks, as we share some stories and pictures about Nehalem’s life, and explain some of our healing techniques, as well as profiling all of the herbs that we use for her. We look forward to sharing more about this mare and her fascinating history!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pizza for Ponies

For all our local Eugene friends we invite you to join us today at Papa's Pizza on Coburg road for our pizza fundraiser. Papa's donates 50% of all the food sales to us, but you have to remember your flier you can download one from here.

I adore these fundraisers mostly because it gives me an excuse to sit around eating pizza and catching up with friends. Sadly, Papa's only allows us two per year, so please help us make this one count. For those who don't have time to sit around, orders to go count. Last time we were lucky to have Levi employees get personal pizzas for their company lunch meeting and O of U's Hunter/Jumper team held their meeting there. We raised $336 last time and our goal is to try for at least $500 this time.

We will be meeting with the City of Eugene's Youth Group at 6:00pm to plan our July 31st Mystic Horse Affair and encourage anyone interested in assisting with that project to join us. We will be making choices on T-shirt design, pony costumes, and trail course construction.

Rachel and I will be available for most of the evening to discuss various different programs and answer questions. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Iron Bros. Hats

A big thank you to Iron Bros. Hat Works for their donation of a custom Cowboy Hat for our Silent Auction. Iron Bros. specializes in custom antique hat making, with prices typically ranging from $500-$750. To view a sample of their hats or get more information on the art of cowboy hats made in the genuine traditional ways, check out their website.

Monday, June 13, 2011

H and E Feed Father's Day Donation

Thank you to our local feed store H and E for their assistance in making our Father's Day fundraiser something Dad wants to come to. They have donated a Justin leather wallet to be included among the items available in our Silent Auction this coming Saturday, June 18th.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Equine Massage Starter Kits

We are pleased to offer a starter kit for those interested in the tools we use for the various types of massage featured in our classes. These kits are good for both human and horse and one need not attend a massage class to benefit from their contents.

Kits come in a container suitable for use as a salt bowl for Pranic Healing, and have samples of salt and aura spray you will need to get started with Pranic Healing. Kits also include Po Sum On Oil, which is an excellent and powerful post massage oil good for opening up the meridian points of acupressure, and an Arnica oil from Wildflower Essentials which is good for whatever soreness ails you. For more information about the products or our classes please email us directly at

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dressage In History and Practice

We want to thank the National School of Academic Equitation for their donations of two copies of Craig Stevens' DVD "Dressage In History and Practice" and of a gift certificate to attend their upcoming two day Mediterranean Horsemanship Clinic. To learn more about this amazing DVD or their clinics and services please check their website.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Soule Photography

A big thank you to Dr. Duncan Soule of Soule Photography for his framed print donation to our Silent Auction. Duncan Soule is a local Portland photographer whose photographs capture the elements of the natural beauty of the world with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. He has framed works in various sizes and prices which can be viewed on his website as well as at his private practice in Portland. We hope to be able to offer more of his work at future fundraisers. To view these exceptional photos or learn more about Duncan Soule and his work please visit his website.

Photo courtesy Duncan Soule. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Soothing Luxuries Gift Bag

One of the items we have available for the silent auction at our fundraiser this Saturday is a lovely gift bag we're calling "Soothing Luxuries".

Inside the beautiful bag are an assortment of items perfect for a day of R&R. Give your hard-working skin a "thank you" with some natural hand salve, sprinkle some natural shoe powder in your boots and go for a walk to find some spring wildflowers on a hike at Mt. Pisgah. When you get home, take a hot bath and clean up with the honeybee soap bar, and then lie down for a rest with one of Jazlyn's dream pillows over your eyes.

This would make a great Mother's Day gift, too!

Stop by on Saturday to make a bid on this or any of the other fabulous items we have available! Our fundraiser is being held at Whispering Meadows Equestrian Center, 29015 Meadowview Rd. in Junction City, from Noon-4pm. A map and directions are available here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth:
An Alternative to Chemical Dewormers and External Parasite Treatment

(One should always consult a veterinary when making changes in their animal companion’s diet. For a consultation with a veterinarian who has experience with feeding diatomaceous earth we recommend Dr. Donna Starita of A Place for Healing 503.658.0316 or

There isn’t a doubt in my mind that we all want what is best for our animals. No one gives their animal a treatment or supplement and thinks, "I sure hope this makes him sick." We provide treatments and supplements for our animals with the intention of making them healthier. The problem is that not only do many “experts” disagree on what is the safest and best form of treatment when it comes to deworming and external parasite control, but also there is a financial motivation by the companies producing the products to keep us believing that we need them and that their products are what’s best for our animals. When choosing a product to give our animals, I think an important and often overlooked question is how does this affect the planet as a whole? The chemicals we put into our horses to kill their internal parasites every eight weeks end up back in our soil and watersheds, which means ultimately back into us.

The use of Diatomaceous Earth as an internal and external parasite control is not a new concept. It has been used in China for over 400 years. It is important to note that there are two types of diatomaceous earth: You should only feed food grade diatomaceous earth, as the other type is commonly used in pool filtration systems and can have all kinds of other additives in it. When purchasing DE (as it is commonly referred to) if it does not say "food grade" then assume it is not and avoid using it or putting it on your animal. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. How it works is that the fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects' exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. The parasite basically dies as a result of the water pressure deficiency. Additionally, diatomaceous earth stimulates basic metabolism, converts feed better, keeps fly larvae from developing in manure (which helps reduce fly population), helps detox heavy metals, contains minerals, parasites can not become immune to it like they do with chemical dewormers and it is a cost-effective way to control pests,
which enhances rather than harms the planet.

One of the things that most surprised me when I first began using DE on my animals is how much softer their coat hair became. That’s saying quite a bit since many people have commented on how soft my horses and cats coats tend to be over the years. Even my mares and foal that wintered outside without blankets became silky-soft as though they had been blanketed and recently bathed. Two of my horses' coats darkened and took on a deeper, richer hue.

How much DE should you feed your pets? I found once again that everyone seem to have a different opinion on this so I would refer you back to the beginning of the article with Dr. Starita’s contact info. I will share with you my experiences, but there are definite variables which may not make it the right course for you to take with your animal companion.

I began with sprinkling DE on the raw meat my cats get twice per day and then decreasing down to once per day using a tablespoon. With the cats I just kind of eyeball it. I have six cats, all feral rescues, and only one of them has been picky about eating it. She gets it mixed in with tuna, but you can try milk, yogurt, or a favorite canned cat food. I started out small and built up the amount I gave her.

I give the dogs about a tablespoon daily for the Great Danes and half for the other smaller dogs after an initial twice a day uploading dose.

The horses, on the other hand, get a one-ounce scoop twice per day; the Welsh pony gets ½ to ¾ and the stallions get a little over a scoop. My feeling is start out small and then build from there. I have seen people recommend up to a cup a feeding for horses. I believe the amount of DE needed is influenced by the overall health of the animal, so animals receiving high quality nutritional food will not need nearly as much or as frequently as those that aren't getting the proper vitamins and minerals. I realize that having regular fecal exams can be cost prohibitive, but it is an excellent way to know for certain if you need to add more or use less in your animals diet. It is also typically recommended to feed for at least 60 days to get the full life cycle of the parasite. I continue to use it daily since I really like the benefits it provides. For the most effective parasite control it is recommended that the manure be removed off the fields and areas where the horses are.

How to find a good quality DE? There are plenty of places online selling food grade DE for various prices. If you are in the Eugene area we have a variety of sizes of sample bags available for $3 and $5 which are available at our monthly fundraisers. Our next fundraiser date is Saturday, April 23rd from 12-4.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Nicole Sulick Licensed Massage Therapist

We would like to introduce you to one of the wonderful massage therapists who is generously donating her time to assist us in our monthly fundraisers. Nicole will be available for both seated and table massage on a donation basis at our up-coming April 23rd fundraiser. Email us directly to reserve a spot with Nicole.

Nicole Sulick is a licensed massage therapist who lives and works in Oakridge, OR. She has advanced training in deep tissue massage, acupressure, Reiki, Cosmic Healing Chi Gong and Pranic Healing. She is currently in the Massage Intern Program with Three Treasures Farms, using and expanding her massage techniques to included horses. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking with her family (which includes her husband, two kids and three dogs), yoga, gardening and reading. You can reach Nicole via e-mail at

Friday, April 8, 2011

Metal Art

Reino Huttula, has spent years painting in oils creating custom landscapes. Over the last few years he moved into the metal art specializing in coastal scenes and animals. He has recently added commissioned pieces and has been reproducing photos into metal art. He sells most of his pieces at the coast, and on-line. Reino donated this piece for our March fundraiser's Silent Auction. For April's Silent Auction (Saturday, April 23rd 12-4) he is offering to do a custom piece. His pieces normally sell for around $65 per piece. We are delighted to have his support and are planning a special project of our own with his work which we will display here and our Facebook Fan page once completed.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pranic Healing on Lola

Our students have amazing stories and we like whenever possible to share them with you. Nicole is a gifted Human Massage Therapist who we have been blessed to have as part of our program. When she shared with me her experience with Lola with me I asked her if I could post the story on our blog.

March 2011
Lola is a lovely Mustang mare who is blessed to live at the Tired Dog Ranch in Westfir, OR., near my home. Recently, she was having trouble with her back right hoof. I went to Tired Dog to offer my assistance. Amy Jo (Lola’s owner) requested Pranic Healing for Lola as she planned to do some work on the hoof later that day.

Lola was reluctant to use her back right hoof- she stood without putting weight on back right but could walk. Using the parasite protocol from Miracles in Pranic Healing I worked for about 30 minutes. I chose that protocol because Amy Jo suspected a fungal infection. I did general sweeping, cleaned and energized the solar plexus, navel, and basic chakras and cleaned her ming mein. In addition I cleaned and energized the kidneys because in Chinese medicine they are in charge of the bones. Also the K1 acupoints are in the area of the hoof where Lola was having trouble.

The next day I received this e-mail from Amy Jo:

“Hi Nicole,

I want to give you an update on Lola. Your healing on Friday was wonderful as she was so calm for the medicating and bandaging I did Friday afternoon. I knew it was difficult for her to stand as my left knee started to hurt horribly - her pain, not mine. But I didn't have to cut away any more frog, and so I cleaned the bottom of her foot, sprayed the daylights out of it with iodine, poured in epsom salt, covered that with gauze, sprayed that with Banixx, put on a newborn diaper, wrapped all that in vet wrap, and then built her a boot out of Gorilla tape as I went. She stood for the whole thing without getting upset or seemingly too tired. Then when I was done, she walked off normally! It was fantastic. And the boot lasted until I removed it today. It was dry and clean inside. I really think the Pranic Healing helped her to feel the relief and find the inner strength to help her heal herself as well. She seemed so much more comfortable that afternoon (Friday) than prior to that. I think the mud makes it so difficult for her to adjust herself back into a comfortable alignment, but perhaps when the weather improves and the ground starts to dry (which it had started to do before the rain started again - argh!), some body work would probably feel so good to her. LoLa loves her body work, you know.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You are a very blessed and talented creature who shares endlessly. I appreciate you so much.”

Nicole Sulick is a Three Treasures Farms Massage Intern and has been massaging humans since 2007. She recently completed her first Pranic Healing training and is also a Certified practitioner of Cosmic Healing Chi Gong and Reiki.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Miracles Through Pranic Healing

Liza Burney has generously donated for our Silent Auction Master Choa Kok Sui's book Miracles Through Pranic Healing.

Energy Healing is an excellent complement to allopathic (Western) medicine because wellness is more than just the absence of disease; health is not just the suppression of symptoms. The symptoms themselves are merely representative of an underlying imbalance. Energy Healing goes to the source of the imbalance, and corrects it on an energetic level. As a result, the symptoms naturally resolve themselves.

At Heart to Heart Healing, my goal is to customize a treatment plan for each client to optimize their personal healing experience. My belief is that the best source of this information is the client's own energy system, and I use this information to set the priorities for the treatment.

1) Physical and emotional healing for people and animals;
2) Relationship and family healing;
3) Energy feng shui for home, office and garden.

Liza Burney
h: 503.892.8840
c: 503.502.5186
f: 419.781.6298


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why Saddle Fundraisers?

In my many years as a rider and trainer, I had tested many brands of saddles, since so many of the horses I work with in both my massage and training practice seem to have pain issues relating to poor saddle fit. In my search, I was looking for a saddle that would support both the rider and the horse and that was nice enough for performance people, but not so cost prohibitive that only the elite could afford it. Another criterion for me was that the saddle be easy for the lay person to fit to different horses as their needs changed.

I was about to give up hope of ever finding a saddle that could do all those things until I tried the Fhoenix. In our non-profit program, we currently work with 11 different horses and ponies and I was able to find a way to make the Fhoenix fit every one I rode in it. All the horses moved better and were less sore than when I ride them bareback, which before purchasing a Fhoenix was how I had been training most of them.

After seeing the difference in support it gave to our riders and the comfort to our horses and ponies, we began selling our existing saddles in an attempt to raise funding to purchase Fhoenixes for all our equine partners. Although the Fhoenix is extremely reasonably priced for a saddle of its design and quality, it is still fairly cost prohibitive for us to re-outfit our entire program with them. We began by looking for used Fhoenixes.

I approached Shannon Olson (the Fhoenix representative for the US/ Canada) about our desire to have fundraisers to purchase used Fhoenix saddles and to seek her assistance in locating suitable ones. Shannon made us an amazing deal: she offered to sell us the previous season’s demo models she had at dramatically reduced prices. Since she needed to move the existing stock as quickly as possible, she was able to offer us an additional price reduction if we could raise the funding in a short amount of time.

To qualify for this extra discount, we need to raise enough funding to purchase one saddle per month. We will have monthly fundraisers throughout the spring and summer months to assist us in meeting our goals. We encourage people to attend the fundraisers and to take advantage of the opportunity to demo the Fhoenix saddles we have been able to purchase. Haul-ins are available for a $10 fee made payable to the stable. Please contact us directly for more information.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jazlyn's Dream Pillows

One of the things we strive to do is assist children in making their horse dreams come true. The reality of one’s dreams can sometimes feel extremely far away.

Jazlyn is a student in our Apprenticeship Program who has shown a great deal of commitment to improving her horse skills as well as working around the stable lending a hand when work needs to be done. At this time we do not have enough funding to allow for us to make all of Jazlyn’s horse dreams come true, but we have come up with a creative idea to help her gain some financial assistance in that area. Combining lavender and fabric which were donated, along with flax seed and sewing instruction from Mary, Jazlyn is able to make dream pillows.

These pillows are excellent aromatherapy tools. They can also be used to ease the tension of sore muscles by heating them up in the microwave and placing them on the body where soreness or tension exists. All the proceeds from the sales of these dream pillows go into a special fund for Jazlyn to assist her in getting proper riding clothing and the tack she needs to do the kinds of riding she desires with Konah, the Three Treasures Farms pony she has partnered with.

The dream pillows will be available for purchase at our fundraisers as well as online. The pillows are $15 each (plus shipping and handling for those purchased online and out of the area). Thank you for contributing to making our kids’ dreams come true!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March Fundraiser

Come celebrate Spring with us! 

We are having a Spring-themed fundraiser to help buy Fhoenix saddles for our kid's programs.  

There will be a silent auction, with items donated by local businesses and community members.

Both seated and table massages will be available, on a donation basis.   Nicole R. Sulick, LMT #14349, will be among those providing massages.  Email us early to reserve a time for yours!

Available for purchase will be items from the following vendors, with all profits being donated to 3TF:

Natural body-care products created by Nicole for her shop—Wildflower Essentials
Handcrafted jewelry, designed and created by local artisan Rachel Nelson, from her shop—Lilies and Laurel

Also available will be 3TF sweatshirts, aura spray, and prints of “The Meeting”  by Portland artist Raevyn Carney

Where: Community Room,
Whispering Meadows Equestrian Center      
When: Saturday, March 19th, from Noon-4pm              

Contact us at with any questions.
More information about our programs is available at our website:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine's Fundraiser

This coming Saturday, February 12, from 10:00am - 2:00pm we will be holding a pre-Valentine's Day fundraiser in the Community Room at Whispering Meadows Equestrian Center. The address is 29015 Meadowview Road, Junction City, OR. Directions are available on their website.

We are raising funds to buy Fhoenix saddles for our kid's programs, and this is a great chance for you to come help, while buying something for your sweetheart, and getting some relaxation in for yourself!

Both seated and table massages will be available, on a donation basis. Nicole R. Sulick, LMT #14349, will be among those providing massages. Email us early to reserve a time for yours!

We will have items available from the following vendors, with all profits being donated to 3TF!

* Natural body-care products created by Nicole for her shop—Wildflower Essentials
* Handcrafted jewelry, designed and created by local artisan Rachel Nelson, from her shop—Lilies and Laurel
* 3TF sweatshirts, aura spray, and prints of “The Meeting” by Portland artist Raevyn Carney

Come get a relaxing massage, buy a Valentine's Day present for your loved one, and help horses and kids at the same time!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

History of a Colic

On January 4, 2011 T’Pring, our 25 year old Thoroughbred mare, colicked. While she now appears to be doing well, it took a village to get her back.

I would like to say that I by no means feel that what we did should be put forward as a colic protocol. I made choices about which chakras and areas to have people work on based off of experience and intuition, and have now learned the importance of keeping a copy of my Pranic Healing books at the barn. What I would like people to take away from this is that there are things we can do for our horses while waiting for the vet. So many of us feel completely helpless when our animal companions are sick, and that feeling of helplessness just leads to more distress for us and them.

One of our long-standing concerns with T’Pring is that she tends to be a rather picky eater, eating small portions of feed at a time. This combined with her breed and age has made it difficult to maintain an optimal weight for her. T’Pring also has melanomas (a type of skin cancer which is commonly found in gray horses) that we have been treating on and off for the past several years as funding allows, along with several lameness issues which are by-product of her career as a former hunter/jumper. We have concerns that there may be melanomas in her digestive tract, which affect her ability to maximize her nutritional intake.

Luckily, when T’Pring colicked, Amy and Alyce were on hand. Amy first realized something was wrong when T’Pring wanted to lie flat out in the arena during her free-movement time. T’Pring typically likes to roll before she gets started on her work, but does not stay down and does not lie flat out. Given T’Pring’s health history, upon recognizing her distress we immediately called the vet. We got her up and walking while we waited for him to arrive.

T’Pring’s energy level was almost non-existent and I had to encourage her to walk. I massaged the base of her ears and listened to her gut. Her abdomen was distended and hard. T’Pring’s condition appeared very serious and I called upon various members of our Intern Massage Class to work on her chakras from a distance, while I massaged her physically. Our focus on the chakras was primarily just cleaning and cutting of inappropriate cords. One of the reasons I prefer to work on horses over people is that horses have such an amazing ability for self-healing. Often, even just cleaning their energy field allows them to heal themselves, without the need for energizing.

Amy worked on the liver, kidney, and basic chakras, while Jessica also worked on the liver chakra as well as the minor chakras in the soles of the feet, the digestive system, and the health rays.

Meanwhile, Nicole worked on the crown and forehead chakras. Nicole mentioned that when she first scanned the crown chakra it felt empty. She cleaned and energized the crown first for 5-10 min. Then an hour later she did the same to the forehead chakra. Nicole has training in several areas of energy work and integrated that knowledge into assisting us with the Pranic Healing we were attempting to use to treat T’Pring.

What was really interesting to me was how Nicole, Jessica, and I noticed independently that the congestion was mostly on the left side of T’Pring’s body. Alyce was our point person, coordinating the whole effort, so at the time none of us knew that we were finding the same thing.

As the person doing the physical massage, I felt very lucky that I got to witness firsthand the effect our work was having on T’Pring. Almost every 15 minutes her energy level would take a major step up. She began walking more briskly, had multiple releases of gas, and her guts began making a great deal of noise. Even though I am already familiar with the results possible from Pranic Healing and the other techniques that we used to assist T’Pring, I still always feel somewhat humbled by seeing it in action.

When our vet, Dr. Chris Wickcliffe, arrived, he gave T’Pring a muscle relaxant and tubed her to check her stomach and to make certain that the colic wasn’t caused by a back-up from undigested foods, and to ensure she received electrolytes and mineral oil to aid her digestion. We discussed what to watch out for the rest of the day, and made a plan to ensure she would have the highest chance of surviving the night, as well as some diet changes to make that might help her in the long term.

At the time of her colic, T’Pring was getting free choice second cutting orchard grass hay, rice bran pellets, wheat bran mash mixed in warm water, and orchard grass pellets soaked in warm water. Her supplements were ground flax seed, 1,000 mg human grade Ester-C, Earth Angel Herbs’ Easy Stride formula and diatomaceous earth. The second cutting orchard grass did wonders for adding weight, but greatly increased the amount of gas she had and sometimes caused constipation, which we attempted to counteract with the wheat bran mash.

After the colic, the major change was that we switched T’Pring back to local hay, with an increase in the orchard and alfalfa pellets to make up the calories. Dr. Wickliffe mentioned that the problem horses have digesting orchard grass is the small barbs that are on it, and the pelletization process appears to neutralize that. T’Pring receives the second cutting orchard grass twice a day instead of all day long and only gets a flake per feeding instead of the two to three she was previously on, and no longer receives orchard grass hay at lunch. We also increased the quantity of wheat bran mash she receives to almost five times what she was getting prior to the colic. So far, these changes seem to be working.

As scary and stressful as this situation was, I am grateful to T’Pring for teaching us to bring Eastern and Western ideas together in a harmonious way. In this situation I feel we were able to maximize the teachings of both. It also inspired us to work together to assist in healing an animal, teaching us that together we are greater than alone. T’Pring—ever the great teacher—has started a new chapter in our Equine Massage Intern program. As part of their homework, our Interns are now working on the various chakras of horses with specific problems. When learning something new, especial something as overwhelmingly large as trying to help another individual in his or her healing process, we find this group approach much easier.

We will keep you posted on T’Pring’s process.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pizza Fundraiser Day

We're hoping to expand our Introduction to Horsepersonship program in order to provide classes for more kids during Spring Term, but we can't do this without you!

How you can help-- On Tuesday, February 1st, the Papa's Pizza on Coburg Road in Eugene is hosting a Pizza Fundraiser day for us. We will receive 50% of the value of your food purchases and 25% of your gift certificate purchases, ALL DAY LONG!!! You MUST bring along a copy of our fundraiser flyer in order to have your purchase count! The flyer can be downloaded and printed from here.

Please pass this invitation along to your family, friends and co-workers as well. This is a great opportunity to help us help the kids, while having a fun lunch or dinner!

We will be there with some of our kids and volunteers between 4:30 and 8:00 PM; stop by and say hi.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Pranic Healing Workshop Available

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