Animal-Assisted Learning

Individual Sessions

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Animal-Assisted Learning sessions provide therapeutic learning opportunities in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Animal-Assisted Learning has been shown to calm the central nervous system and improve the overall health of those experiencing autism, developmental challenges, difficulty regulating emotions, anxiety, depression, and relational conflicts. Working in relationship with animals, combined with movement and breathing practices can change a person's brain circuitry in a way that builds self-control & positive self-esteem. Research shows that simply being around animals reduces stress, anxiety and blood pressure.


As participants care for the animals, they simultaneously develop compassion and self-worth leading to improved communication and socialization skills. Animal-Assisted Learning has similar benefits to Equine-Assisted Learning yet may be more appropriate for those who are overwhelmed by the energy and size of the equines. These sessions are tailored to each individual’s needs and participants have the option of flowing between time with the animals and expressive art time in the studio. Sessions will often end with an expressive sandtray or collage experience to integrate and process their time with the animals.  

$85/1 hour session

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Group Sessions

(6 week sessions)


These sessions are designed for children and youth and provide opportunity to experience growth, connection and belonging as they engage in expressive art, engagement with animals and Yoga/Mindfulness activities. These experiences support the development of confidence, caring for others and a strong sense of self while increasing the ability to handle stress and adversity. Participants learn about and experience the regulatory effects of engaging with animals and nature. They are then able to process their experiences in our studio using art materials and through group activities. Movement activities are woven into the program to support body awareness and a sense of agency. Groups are small and limited to 4-6 participants.


Skills developed:

  • Self-Awareness

  • Self-Confidence

  • Self-Regulation

  • Self-Compassion

  • Attention

  • Communication

  • Setting healthy boundaries

  • Self-Acceptance/Individuality

  • Building healthy relationships

***These group sessions are currently postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.*** 

Group sessions:  Ages 9 and older

Dates:  Contact us for further information