Specifically designed as a fun, outdoor way to reconnect families in nature, all in the presence of horses. Patterned after family volunteering vacations where parents, siblings and other members can give back as they learn, work and play side by side for a common cause.
Through these family programs, Berkshire HorseWorks gains a hands-on workforce which allows the nonprofit to continue providing equine assisted psychotherapy and therapeutic programs for those at risk in the community.
“We piloted Ranch Life 101 last summer and witnessed organic connections being made where older children mentored the others during the day. Participants as young as four felt valued and empowered as they worked and played with older children. Relationships and skills that were cultivated all through the interaction with horses was just beautiful and life- changing. We knew we had to try to expand. Family volunteering is what really kept us afloat throughout the winter months and families were able to come together and stay active during these isolating times,” stated Sumner.
Berkshire HorseWorks is a safe and positive environment, where kids can still be kids, but have the opportunities to learn exciting new skills that will contribute to making them more confident, self-sufficient, and better able to cope with new situations. Ranch Life 101 at Berkshire HorseWorks will lay down roots of resiliency in a fun-filled, activity-packed day at the ranch.
Both programs will be held on a seven- acre ranch with hiking trails, multiple outdoor paddocks, a vernal spring and sun patio, organic garden, walking meditation trails and quiet reading hamlets. Individual, multi-child and family experiences available!
Have you ever wanted to hug a living teddy bear? How about a donkey? Gear up in your t -shirts or snow suits and join us for a romp around the paddock with our two miniature Sicilians. Free Range Donkey Play is perfect for people of all ages, as you will groom, feed, walk and explore with the donkeys, all while learning a bit more about them. Young children and families welcome.
‘I sprang to the stirrup, and Joris, and he; / I gallop’d, Dirck gallop’d, we gallop’d all three’. Come experience how horses have inspired artists for centuries, from DaVinci to Remmington, through our Art on the Ranch workshop. Meet and mingle with a diverse herd of horses (and pony) allowing them to enliven your senses through up close and personal interactions. Afterwards, you can sit back with a glass of wine or cider and create something meaningful.
Immerse yourself in nature, and allow the fields, woods and horses to be a restorative balm – a catalyst to inspire and spark creativity, help set goals, or reboot. This is a perfect program for corporate leaders or anyone looking to practice being calm and assertive in the presence of horses, or to simply step out of a busy life and breathe in unison. Hiking and Horses brings two incredible worlds together via mindfulness, meditation & journal entries.
Picture hay bales, piñata, and painted ponies. Your birthday kid will get to choose their favorite activities for an experiential party!
Everything in Package 1, plus the below based on a theme of your choosing:
Choose from the following activities:
Additional staffing charges apply for groups over 15. Additional activities are available. We can also accommodate off-site parties.
* Staff First Aid and CPR Certified