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Howdy from Horse Camp


Fondly known as Horse Camp, SARA's Therapeutic Equine Partnering program is co-led by SARA therapist Lindsay Detlie and community partner Louise Goodling of Bent Post Farm.


This immersive experience guides survivors through a curriculum that promotes self-awareness, communication, boundaries, and ultimately how to lead from within. The horses (and one mule) reflect behaviors, emotions, and patterns of interaction in their human partners -- providing participants with increased personal awareness, the confidence to achieve, the ability to take on a leadership role and the recognition of self-limiting ways of thinking and acting.

On the final day of our summer 2019 program, teen participants celebrated their achievements by painting their equine partners (with non-toxic, washable paint). Horses and participants gathered back in the ring for a parade of colorfully painted ponies.

As the teens shared the meanings behind their paintings of flowers and rainbows, we celebrated much greater achievements of self-awareness, confidence, and healing. We are delighted to provide creative healing programs like Horse Camp when funding allows.


Your investments help provide this incredible gift to survivors by supporting staff time, healthy snacks, and program costs such as transportation and a journal for participants.

For more information about SARA's Therapeutic Equine Partnering Workshops, please contact Lindsay.



Photos in this post were taken by Advocacy Coordinator, Gleibys Gonzalez. Thank you, Gleibys!


Upcoming Events

Louisa IAC
Aug 13 2020 - Aug 13 2020
09:30AM - 11:00AM
Nelson IAC
Aug 17 2020 - Aug 17 2020
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Synapse Hub 105
Aug 18 2020 - Aug 18 2020
03:30PM - 05:00PM
SART Meeting
Aug 20 2020 - Aug 20 2020
12:00PM - 02:30PM
Greene IAP
Aug 24 2020 - Aug 24 2020
10:00AM - 12:30PM

About SARA

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Communities Served

We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and serve:

  • City of Charlottesville
  • Albemarle County
  • Louisa County
  • Nelson County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Greene County

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