Children and teens can be more responsive to their peers than to adults.

Sometimes groups are the best places for your child’s personal and social growth. Our animal-assisted therapeutic groups offer the opportunity for your child’s personal and pro-social learning through direct interactions with their peers and the animals. The therapist, co-facilitator, and animal co-therapists create a safe and playful space for experiential learning to take place.

Your child can learn to master these skills in our peer groups:

  • Healthy Boundary Setting

  • Pro-Social Communication Skills

  • Increased Self-Awareness

  • Working As A Collaborative Team

  • Leadership Skills


Life Lessons From Animals: A Therapeutic Group for Girls

 

Does your daughter share that she’s stressed out about school? Have you noticed she’s caught up in social media and the image she’s presenting to friends? This experiential and collaborative therapeutic group focuses on developing your daughter’s life skills to navigate middle school and prepare her for high school. This group provides an opportunity for her to explore these tools for life:

  • Integrating mind-body awareness

  • Tools for decreasing stress and anxiety

  • Tools for developing healthy relationships with friends

  • Developing authentic connection to self, animals, and friends

  • Increasing self-esteem

Appropriate for girls ages 11-13 years old. Runs quarterly. 

Contact Shanti to register / ask questions >

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This is a cool learning experience to be in the moment and slow down.
— Sonoma County Group Participant
 
 
 
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I loved connecting and felt calm.
 

Collaborative Community Partnerships

Part of our vision at the Wish Fulfilling Tree is to partner with local community agencies to provide Animal-Assisted Therapeutic opportunities for young people who might not otherwise have such an opportunity. The Wish Fulfilling Tree has partnered with COTS, TLC Child & Family Services, Seneca Family of Agencies and Kaiser to bring this unique opportunity into our community. If you are a community agency interested in partnering with us, please contact Shanti.


Equine Skills for Wellbeing: A Therapeutic Group For Teens

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The Wish Fulfilling Tree partners with TLC Child & Family Services to offer a unique equine social-emotional skill building group 2 semesters per year. Working within this 10-week group, teens interactively learn and practice these skills for their emotional and social well-being:

  • Intention Setting

  • Verbal and nonverbal communication

  • Healthy boundary setting

  • Self-care skills

  • Emotional regulation skills

  • Working as part of a team

  • Self-esteem

 
 
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“The horses helped me get in touch with my emotions”
 
 
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“I feel like the horse is a mirror to my soul”. 
 

Community Workshops

The Wish Fulfilling Tree holds the vision of creating a new community paradigm of living from the heart. Part of this vision is offering community workshops where you can come to connect with yourself, community, animals, and nature from the heart. This includes hosting like-hearted professionals in a sacred space so they may share their heart-centered gifts with community.

Kerri Lake, creator of Generation of Harmony, is one of these practitioners partnering with the Wish Fulfilling Tree to offer a 6-Part Series in Intuitive Self-Awareness. Through this 6-Part Series you will learn profoundly simple intutive tools to guide and support you in living from the heart.

While you are welcome to attend any of these topics independently of the others, attending more than one expands your knowledge and clarity from the previous month’s experience.

Learn more about this 6-Part Series through these links.

November 16th, 2019 - “The Value Of Your Presence”

December 14th, 2019 - “Whose Emotions Am I Feeling?”

January 25th, 2020 - “How To Say What You Feel”

February 22nd, 2020 - “Caring Without Care-taking”

March 21st, 2020 - “Addressing Anger With Love”

April 18th, 2020 - “Take Back Your Power”


 

Questions About Joining a Group or Workshop?

We're happy to answer all of your questions! Please contact us to discuss signing up.