Swan Center Outreach Animals as Teachers, Healers & Friends
Swan Center Outreach provides leadership and self-awareness programs, with rescued horses, that empower and support youth and adults in the achievement of their life goals, while demonstrating the educational, therapeutic and spiritual value, of a loving relationship with animals.
Our Leadership & Sustainability with Horses program helps children learn the importance of responsibility while learning how to address the true cause of life's problems. A child's unhappiness can surely be caused by circumstances, but when a child reacts negatively to difficult circumstances and looks for answers outside of themselves through blame, they give up their power to change anything. In today's world, children are not taught how to change their circumstances, and as a result they can become imprisoned by them.
Changing our circumstances begins with changing ourselves. When a child understands that their thoughts are the basis for what they experience, they become empowered, because they realize that they themselves are the only one's in control of what they experience in life. When they interact with our horses, the horses respond to how the kids are being (either a victim or a leader) and they react accordingly. If a child acts like a victim, the horse will take charge and it can be very scary for the child. If a child acts like a leader, the horse feels safe and will look to the child for safety and security. When this occurs an amazing bond is formed, which in turn builds confidence in the child.
This is a powerful lesson for a child to learn, because they can take control in a positive way. Children are drawn to these massive, but peaceful creatures, and developing a true friendship is a strong incentive for a child to change their behavior. They learn how to accomplish this first by taking control of their thoughts, thereby taking control of the circumstances that they are inventing. Most of the kids in our Leadership Program come from difficult situations; they truly are being victimized because they don't know how to change their circumstances and the situation is made worse, because of the child's reactions to those circumstances.
Fortunately, in just one day with our horses and learning the skills of self-awareness and leadership - they are transformed and empowered. They leave a different person because they have been given the gift of knowledge, which becomes a knowing that they and only they are the masters of their life. It is an amazing thing to watch and it is an incredible gift to these children!