Horses. Hope. Healing: a retreat for cancer survivors


I am so excited to announce this upcoming retreat.  My friend, Kris, and I partnered together to the Girl Power equine assisted learning and self-discovery camp this summer and we’re partnering together again to do a variety of women’s programs this fall and next year.  Our first program is this October and will be for female cancer survivors.  Here are the details- please feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested.  We’re also planning other retreats and workshops and I’ll share that information here as we have it.     

Horses. Hope. Healing for female cancer survivors is a one-day self-discovery and empowerment retreat inspired by equine assisted learning and the book, Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance.  Offered at Triple Play Farm in Davidson, North Carolina and led by certified equine specialist Kris Batchelor and author/educator Rosie Molinary, participants will enjoy equine assisted learning activities, journaling, guided discussion, yoga, and art to facilitate self-discovery and embrace self-acceptance.

 With a focus on authentic living, the core activities of the day will give participants practical and inspirational tools to more fully enjoy lives of their own imagining.  Participants will be introduced to equine assisted learning and self-acceptance principles they can use in their daily lives while enjoying the tranquil setting at Triple Play Farm, a beautiful private equine therapy facility.  Morning goodies, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided by Jennifer Brule of Finding Tasty. 

Horses. Hope. Healing is a practical and inspirational day that provides adult female cancer survivors support and motivation in a safe, non-judgmental, rejuvenating environment.  Space is limited to 18 participants.

October 15, 2011  *  8:30 AM until 5 PM  * Davidson, NorthCarolina

 Early Bird Registration is $189.00 (includes lunch, snacks, a signed copy of Beautiful You, and a Triple Play Farm shirt) and runs until September 20.  Registration after September 20th is $209.                 A minimum of 12 participants are needed to confirm the retreat.   

 To register, please contact:  Kris Batchelor ( at Triple Play Farm (Facebook: Triple Play Farm). 

Prior to the retreat, registrants will receive a letter via email with updated information on the retreat and directions to the farm. 

Bio:  Kris Batchelor has been involved with animal assisted therapies since 1998.  She has owned two therapy dogs and created the local Hug a Pug program.  She has also taught therapeutic riding to adults with traumatic brain injury and children with a variety of disabilities.  She is certified by both PATH Intl. and EAGALA as an equine specialist in mental health and learning and currently serves on a national PATH certification committee for the profession.  Creating Triple Play Farm has been the culmination of a dream to create a tranquil setting where animals play a key role in teaching us about ourselves.  The farm works with local therapists and civic organizations to provide mental health and learning services for individuals, families and groups.  Past clients include Community School of Davidson, Carolinas Healthcare, Enterpro Services STC, and Southlake Counseling.

Bio:  Rosie Molinary has been leading workshops and retreats for more than ten years.  An author, speaker, and educator with a focus on authentic living, she specializes in encouraging individuals to explore, integrate, and solidify their voices in order to empower them with their own truth, hope, passion and action.  Rosie’s book, Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance, was published in October 2010 by Seal Press.  Hijas Americanas, her book on Latinas coming of age in America, was published by Seal Press in June 2007. In addition to writing, she teaches courses on body image and women in the media at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and speaks on body image, self-acceptance, self-awareness, social justice and diversity issues around the country.

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