Seaview Equine Learning Facility (S*E*L*F*), a 501 c (3) Non-Profit Corporation, offers unmounted and mounted equine learning and therapy programs. We are located in southern New Jersey just minutes from the beach.
Our goal is to create and maintain an environment in which learning, education and therapy can thrive. Through our programs, we hope clients can find the right answers for themselves. All sessions are private and confidential.
The State of New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has approved S*E*L*F as a service provider.
Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Alternative Education Programs
Workplace Communication/Team Building
Our unmounted programs are known in the industry as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) utilizing the assistance of horses.
Because horses mirror the actions and reactions of human response, this therapy may provide tangible results! Equine Assisted Learning is not riding or horsemanship but it is experiential in nature. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving, leadership, taking responsibility and self-esteem are a few of the skills our clients can identify, develop and strengthen.
Why Horses for Therapy
Many who are unresponsive to traditional therapy have found horses to be beneficial when dealing with a multitude of issues. Horses offer several advantages: they are clear on their boundaries, they have no hidden agendas, and much like us, they are social creatures with distinct personalities, attitudes and moods, plus they experience a large variety of emotions. They are also intuitive and have a defined role within their herd. Because of these similarities, horses can demonstrate and teach self-awareness, honest communication, trust, leadership, assertiveness and affection to name a few. Most importantly, horses mirror human feelings and they give us immediate feed back through non-verbal cues. The client can use these cues to better understand themselves, which may help facilitate change, learning, forgiveness and growth!
The Equine Facilities
Our facilities are in private natural settings — both mounted and unmounted sessions are closed to the public. This is optimal for complete privacy and confidence. One facility, Hidden Valley Farm, home of the Cape May Equestrian Association, offers a large enclosed ring. This area completely closes up allowing us to conduct sessions year round and in inclement weather. The farm is located at 4070 Bayshore Road in Cape May, New Jersey.
Star Hollow Stables on Route 83 in Clermont, New Jersey is our primary facility. Star Hollow offers a number of paddocks that can be used by both individuals and groups. Group sessions may be customized to meet the individual needs of an organization.
We practice The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model at our facilities for our unmounted sessions. EAGALA is dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals, families, and groups around the world by setting the standard of excellence in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning, also known as “horse therapy”. To learn more about this internationally known organization and their teachings visit EAGALA.org
S*E*L*F has scheduled an OPEN HOUSE at 1520 Route 83, Clermont facility for every Wednesday, starting at 3:15.
The first session — 3:15 to 4:15PM could include either a mounted or unmounted session.
The second session - 4:15 to 5:00PM is an unmounted session for a young adult with Cerebral Palsy.
COME and WITNESS
THE EQUINE EXPERIENCE!
Please send us an email and let us know if you will be attending.
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S*E*L*F is an approved provider of services by the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities.