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Recovery & Resiliency 

Every Monday From Jan. 22 to Feb. 26

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Recovery IS Possible – You are NOT alone

Come experience the Healing/Recovery you can live with

A six-week trauma-informed, equine-assisted group for individuals interested in understanding how past trauma and substance use go hand-in-hand.

Why Horses? Horses aren’t impressed with recovery talk or good intentions. They know when we’re grounded, focused, and being real, even if we don’t know it ourselves. Horses respond with unique insight into who we are in the moment. They are profoundly gifted reflectors of our true selves because their very survival depends on reading their surroundings correctly. That’s why time spent with horses on the ground, under the guidance of certified Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy professionals offers us a safe, hands-on, and immediate way to practice being honest with ourselves and open to change.

Introductory rate and investment of $35 per session paid in cash at each session, or invest upfront the reduced rate of $175 total.

We will not meet 12/25/23 or 1/1/24

Grief Support Through the Holidays – You Are Not Alone

Every Wednesday from Jan. 3 to Feb. 7

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Needing support through the holidays? Join us for a 6 week grief group in which we will support one another and partner with horses to help regulate our nervous system and emotions. The group is facilitated by a mental health professional, an equine specialist, and a herd of remarkable horses. All interactions with horses are optional and we will be connecting with them from the ground. No riding is involved and no horse experience is required. You’ll be amazed at how the horses show up for us. This is a closed group of 5 – 10 individuals from November 15th through December 20th. $10 per session or $50 for all six. If finances would stop you from joining, reach out to Stacey – there are scholarships are available. Whether it is a recent loss or years ago, let’s come together to heal, grieve, and support one another through the experience of grief while connecting with each other and the horses; all feelings are accepted and honored.

Flyer in comments – please feel free to share.

Women’s Group- Support, Healing, and Empowerment S.H.E

Every third Saturday of the month

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM  

Join us for a safe space of support, connection, healing, and empowerment. All who identify as a woman are welcome!

The is a peer support group and donation based. Come hang out with some great people and together we support one another and build connections.

The group was conceptualized by Carlie Dunn, a former Anam Cara Social work intern, and is now facilitated by Stacey Garcelon, LMHCA and/or Destiny Nugent, our current Master’s level Social Work Intern.

We meet every third Saturday of the month at 10:00am cst.
We look forward to seeing you! RSVP to ensure you’re up to date with weather changes. Also be on the look out for our Closed FB group!

 

Hero’s Club 

Every 1st Friday 

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, along with our tough-as-nails families! 🇺🇸 If you’re hankering for a kick-back session with your brothers and sisters in arms, surrounded by the raw power of our four-legged comrades, then lock and load because the Hero’s Club at Anam Cara Stables is calling your name!

Led by our very own Devil Dog, US Marine Caitlyn Kalisik, Anam Cara’s Hero’s Club is where warriors come together, let loose, and reconnect with their purpose while surrounded by the thunder of hooves. 🐎 Anam Cara Stables, throwing down the support, is making sure your chow and drinks are squared away. Let’s turn this into a mission to remember!

Intel Brief:
📅 Date: Jan 5th & Every 1st Friday
🕒 Time: 1700 Central
📍 Location: 4298 E 1000 North, LaPorte, IN 46350

AO Recon:
– Link up with your battle buddies and their families.
– Decompress in the middle of nowhere at Anam Cara Stables.
– Sync up with the beast mode herd and soak up the therapeutic vibes.
– Create your AO, own it, and enjoy every damn second with your squad.

Minimum Squad Size: 3 warriors (Your rsvp secures it)

No cost for veterans, active duty, reservists, Guard, and their (family) battle buddies.

Comms Check:
📞 Call/Text/Email to RSVP and for Updates: 219-207-7222 Stacey@anamcarastables.org

RSVP (min of 3 warriors needed the day before) and we’ll keep you in the loop about any changes due to weather, sick call, or anything else trying to mess with our plans. WE GOT YOUR SIX!

Fall in with the Hero’s Club and lock shields with the herd! 🍂 Let’s make this gathering a frickin’ epic experience for every warrior in the area. Be there or be square, because this event is brought to you by Anam Cara Stables, supporting our brothers and sisters who never back down. Hooah! 🤘 #HerosClub #AnamCaraStables #WarriorGathering #SemperFi

Anam Cara Herd Meditation

Every 4th Saturday

10:00 PM to 11:30 PM 

Do you long to take time for yourself during the week to breathe deeply and unwind? Horses embody presence and peacefulness. Immerse yourself in nature and the healing energy of horses. … No experience with horses or meditation is necessary.

Pause for a moment, and take time from your busy life to be guided through deep breaths, slowing down enough to notice the gentle rhythm of the horses’ breath and gentle heart. Allow yourself to be infused with a powerful sense of well-being, releasing healing endorphins and feel good hormones which improve the nervous system, hormonal balance, and immune-system response.

Join Anam Cara on the forth Saturday of each month for a time to slow down and connect with self. Space is limited for this Donation-based event, so please be sure to RSVP by clicking the Tickets button to secure your spot!

Additionally, event is contingent on the weather, so an RSVP ensures we can contact you if the event must be cancelled or rescheduled.

Fun facts: Horses hearts are five times the size of ours, and research shows that they emit an electromagnetic field that can influence our heart, causing a more coherent heartbeat. When you are in a coherent state, your thoughts and emotions are balanced, and you experience ease and inner harmony. So as we share space with horses in our meditations, we are only beginning to understand the healing that may be taking place.

Please dress for the weather , wear close-toed shoes, and bring your own water bottle, journal and whatever you need to be comfortable.

Suggested donation: $5 – $30

Herd Meditation
• Meet & greet at Anam Cara 4298 E 1000 North, LaPorte IN 46350
• Walk out to join the herd for a partly guided meditation
• Shift into a silent walking meditation with the herd
• Come back together to share our experiences
• Brief closing meditation

A tremendous Shout Out to Ulla Frederiksen at the Sundance Center, for sharing this concept/awareness with us!

You can also join the closed Facebook group, Anam Cara’s Herd Meditation for more discussion.

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Please contact Anam Cara if interested in the next offering of any of the following

Harvest of the Soul

Sat. Oct 21

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

You’re invited to don your best western garb and join us for an evening of fine dining and community connection inside one of La Porte County’s most beloved countryside barns.​

Experience the wonderment of nature and the healing presence of horses as internationally acclaimed Chefs Marcello Marino and Bruce Haumesser prepare a seasonal dinner using locally sourced ingredients from the harvest.

Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow philanthropic community members and take delight in knowing all proceeds from this farm-to-fork feast and fundraiser benefit two local nonprofits, Anam Cara Counseling and La Ventana Culinary School.

Hear powerful stories of each nonprofit’s impact in the community while enjoying a delicious meal, beer and wine, live entertainment, and a live auction featuring one-of-kind packages like:

– A Private Dinner for 10 by La Ventana’s Chef Marcello Marino
– Exclusive weekend access to Anam Cara Counseling’s arena and property
– Three-course Mezze Feast Dinner with 3 Wine Pairings for 8 at Aba Restaurant in Chicago
– A game-day football package with the University of Notre Dame tickets and fireworks

Plus, a cash bar will also be stocked with all the courage you need to kick up your boots on the dance floor at the end of the night.

Individual tickets are $125 and can be purchased at tinyurl.com/harvestofthesoul.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023

LOCATION: 4298 E 1000 North, La Porte, IN 46350

TIME: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Questions? We want to hear from you. Please call 219-575-0486.

Unable to attend, but still want to show your support for two great causes?

Please consider making an online donation in lieu of attendance.

About Anam Cara Counseling

Anam Cara Counseling’s mission is to help people, families, and the community heal from emotional wounds; cultivate resiliency; and promote mental wellness. We do this by providing mental health counseling, EMDR, Psychotherapy incorporating horses, Somatic Experiencing, and other healing modalities.

Learn more at anamcarastables.org.

About La Ventana Culinary School

La Ventana is a nonprofit culinary school dedicated to enhancing lives and nourishing communities through workforce development and experiential learning programs. We offer a variety of services to aid the budding hospitality industry in La Porte County; create employment and enrichment opportunities; and inspire community connection through the preparation and sharing of food. La Ventana embraces everyone’s unique perspectives, life experiences and abilities that make our community so vibrant.

Learn more at laventanaculinary.com.

Brain Injury Support Group

Sat. Jul 22, Sat. Aug 26

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM  

Brain injury affects different people in different degrees, but those who are living with a brain injury often experience similar emotions and frequently feel isolated and alone in working through them. Dealing with a brain injury or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be challenging for both the patient and his or her family, but sharing your experiences with people who have had similar experiences can help.

This group is facilitated by Stacey Garcelon a survivor of TBI herself. We are here to provide a nonjudgmental framework for people living with brain injuries to find understanding and support from others who are in similar situations.

Some examples for discussion: to provide information on TBI recovery, to meet others, share our experiences, process emotions in a safe and supportive environment, and/or provide support in working toward various goals, promote participation in previous activities or returning to school/work, to just have fun and be social with others who understand TBI.

The group meets at the Anam Cara, 4298 E 1000 North, LaPorte, IN 46350. We are limited to 8 – 12 members so please call 219-207-7222 to RSVP.

 

Grief & Loss Peer Support Group

Thu. June 15, 2023

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM 

This is a FREE ongoing support group for adults.

This group is an opportunity to meet other people who have experienced the death of a person in their lives regardless of how long it has been, share experiences, learn new ways of coping, and increase feelings of hope/wellbeing.

Facilitated by Anam Cara Counseling and Life’s Milestones, and paid for through the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte County

Please contact Anam Cara to register for the group 219-207-7222

Registration is required to provide support and ensure enough materials and ability to notify participants of any changes.

All are welcome.

Please park in the parking lot and enter in the side door (walk up the ramp). Conference room is located upstairs, please notify Stacey if stairs would limit participation and we will make accommodations.

 

South Bend Chocolate Cafe MC Lighthouse Place Gives Back!

Sep. 11 – 17

8:00 PM 

South Bend Chocolate Cafe -Michigan City Lighthouse Place is GIVING BACK to Anam Cara!

20% of all sales will support Anam Cara Counseling’s mission to help people and the community heal from emotional wounds, cultivate resiliency, and promote mental wellness.

Visit them every day multiple times a day! The coffee and chocolate are out-of-this world! And your purchase helps support programs at Anam Cara to help people heal! What a sweet deal!

 

Boots & Bling 2022

Friday, Oct.  14

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

You’re invited! Help support Anam Cara’s equine assisted psychotherapy programs.

Boots & Bling 2022
Dinner & Auction at Anam Cara
4298 E 1000 North, La Porte, IN 46350

Individual Tickets: $50
Tickets Include Dinner & Dessert
Featuring: Social Que BBQ & South Bend Chocolate Café

Sponsorships Available

Become a sponsor and get your tickets today! http://weblink.donorperfect.com/acbootsbling2022 

For more information contact:
Stacey Garcelon: stacey@anamcarastables.org
or Lisa Scheller: lisascheller02@gmail.com

 

Rhythm, Resonance and Resilience – Drumming for Healing

Sat. May 21, 2022, Sat, May 28, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM 

Rhythm, Resonance and Resilience – Drumming for Healing
A Community Healing Adventure Awaits!

Discover what the drummer who lives inside of you has to teach you! (yes, you do have rhythm!)

Anam Cara and Drumananda are partnering to offer this joyful introduction to the power of the drum as a tool for self care, social connection, intercultural understanding, community building, and creative self-exploration.

Drumming also comes with a medicine kit:
Scientific studies have shown that working with certain drum patterns in a community setting provides a unique elixir of benefits:
• Balances both hemispheres of the brain, creating neuro connections
• Stimulates the vagus nerve which regulates the nervous and other body systems
• Increases t-cells and endorphins which regulate mood, build the immune system and help to relieve pain.
• It’s fun!

Thanks to a grant from the Unity Foundation of LaPorte, we are able to provide this opportunity at no cost to you!!! Each class period will give you use of authentic African drums and you will learn African Healing rhythms, while outdoors in the presence of horses.

Space is limited to 10 participants (ages 15 to 99) for this introductory series.

You must apply for this program and pledge a commitment to attend all 6 sessions. Please submit a brief essay about yourself a guide with prompts is provided. All info will be kept confidential.

Please submit to Stacey@anamcarastables.org by April 1, 2022.
You will be notified by April 10th if you are accepted in the program.

This program is underwritten by a grant from the Unity Foundation of LaPorte.
Location: Outdoors in the natural beauty of Anam Cara Stables
4298 E 1000 North, LaPorte, 46350

 

Here is the guide to reflection questions, these are just suggestions, pick one, (not all) – We are asking for these on order to build a diverse community and also so our instructor can get to know you and tailor the series to the needs of the group:
NameAddressPhone/textAgeAncestry : state any countries your ancestors came from
State 3 reasons why you would like to be in this program, what you would like to learn from it and how you think it could benefit you. OR
Name one big obstacle in yourself you would like to work at changing. OR
Tell us something interesting about yourself. Use your humor and imagination! ( i.e., I taught my cat to sort of sing “Home on the Range on the range”, I love to wear my leather jacket and draw baboons, I rebuilt the engine on an old car once and drove all the way to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, I never had a cavity and make a great cheesecake and will bring some to class…. seriously, no bribe intended.)..you get the idea…
Your application will remain confidential.Send it by April1 to: Stacey@anamcarastables.org

Anam Cara & Creative Arts for Vets Present Creativity, Horses, and Healing

Sun. Dec 19 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Veterans, In honor of your service to our nation, we invite you to a wellness experience with art and horses.
This events will be a combination of art making inspired by the sand mandalas of Tibet and time spent in the healing presence of horses. Veterans will use natural materials found around the stables to create their own mandalas focusing on the ideas of impermanence and letting go. Veterans will also interact with horses to support a felt-sense of safety, connection, and resiliency.
This event is limited to 20 Veterans
This event will be outside. Dress appropriately for the weather. You will get muddy.
Cost: $10 which goes to support the care of horses at Anam cara, a not-for-profit who’s mission is to help people heal from trauma and other wounds.
This is a non-riding experience
For any questions please contact Stacey at stacey@anamcarastables.org
All genders are welcome at this session

 

Self-Care Saturday for Helping Professionals

Sat. Sep 11, Sat. Oct 9, Sat. Nov 13, Sat. Dec 11

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Covid has impacted everyone. Helping professionals are not exempt from this stress and heaviness. Our caseloads are through the roof, we journey with people during their darkest moments. We love what we do, AND it can be a lot. We know that self-care is an ethical mandate, yet many of us will admit to ourselves that we struggle with taking the time for care for ourselves. Here is a time and a place, where we can be there for ourselves and for each other. Once a month, one hour-ish a month… building and strengthening connections to our internal sense of self first and then outward…
Pause for a moment, and take time to be guided through deep breaths, slowing down enough to notice the gentle rhythm of the horses’ breath and gentle heart. Immerse yourself in nature and the healing energy of horses. … No experience with horses or meditation is necessary.
Join Anam Cara on the Second Saturday of each month at 9:00 am CST for a Self-Care Saturday for Helping professionals . We will gather and support each other and practice mindfulness with horses.
Space is limited so please be sure to RSVP by clicking the Tickets button to secure your spot! Additionally, an RSVP ensures we can contact you in the event the event must be cancelled or rescheduled.
Please come dressed for the weather , wear close-toed shoes, and bring your own water bottle, journal and whatever you need to be comfortable.
Suggested donation: $5 – $30

Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/self-care-saturday-for-helping-professionals-tickets-165558488897 

Sunset Herd Meditation

Sun. October 18, 2020
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Space is limited for this Donation-based event, so please be sure to RSVP: 
https://anamcarastables.as.me/HerdMeditation

Meditation with Horses

Do you long to take time for yourself during the week to breathe deeply and unwind? Horses embody presence and peacefulness. Immerse yourself in nature and the healing energy of horses. … No experience with horses or meditation is necessary.

Suggested donation: $5 – $30

Join Anam Cara on Sunday October 18th at 4:30 PM CST for a Herd Meditation at sunset, one of the most beautiful and peaceful times of day. 

Pause for a moment, and take time from your busy life to be guided through deep breaths, slowing down enough to notice the gentle rhythm of the horses’ breath and gentle heart.

Allow yourself to be infused with a powerful sense of well-being, releasing healing endorphins and feel good hormones which improve the nervous system, hormonal balance, and immune-system response.

Horses hearts are five times the size of ours, and research shows that they emit an electromagnetic field that can influence our heart, causing a more coherent heartbeat.

When you are in a coherent state, your thoughts and emotions are balanced, and you experience ease and inner harmony. So as we share space with horses in our meditations, we are only beginning to understand the healing that may be taking place.

Please dress for the weather , wear close-toed shoes, and bring your own portable/camping chair, water bottle, journal and whatever you need to be comfortable.

CoVID precautions are in place. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. Thank you!!!

Herd Meditation

• Meet & greet at Anam Cara 4298 E 1000 North, LaPorte IN 46350
• Walk out to join the herd for a partly guided meditation
• Shift into a silent walking meditation with the herd
• Come back together to share our experiences
• Brief closing meditation

A tremendous Shout Out to Ulla Frederiksen at the Sundance Center, for sharing this concept/awareness with us!!

For more information about the great woman who inspired us all:
Ren Hurst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdhRRs1Xi8c
Stormy May: http://ourhorses.org/
Healing with Horse Collective: http://www.healingwithhorse.org/tele-summit

You can also join the closed Facebook group, Anam Cara’s Herd Meditation for more discussion.

soldier with horse

Veterans Equine Therapy

Thurs. September 24, 2020 – Thurs. December 17, 2020
17:00 to 19:00 CST

12 Week group for Veterans

Anam Cara has contracted with the VA to provide Eagala model equine-assisted psychotherapy to help Veterans manage intense emotions.

Why horses?

 Horses offer safe reflection and compelling feedback. Horses’ unique sensitivity can help Veterans understand their own internal processes more readily than hours of talk therapy.

 Observing the dynamics of a herd of horses can help Veterans better understand the dynamics of their own family, military unit and community and provide another positive model for fostering collaboration, support and trust.

Veterans find their own solutions to the struggles in their lives. Under the direction of Anam Cara’s treatment team, Veterans build on their resilience and learn through self-discovery the changes they need to make in order to be more successful in both military and civilian life.

To register: contact the South Bend Vet Center 574-231-8480

For information on the Eagala model, contact Stacey at 219-207-7222

Photo Credit: Richard Meade

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Email: info@anamcarastables.org

Address: 4298 E 1000 N La Porte, IN 46350

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