The Children’s Program has developed into a Mystery School which helps children get in touch with their whole self: physical, mental and emotional. We work with children who have a wide range of behavioral or developmental issues.
Horses help facilitate healing because they have an innate and profound ability to know what a person needs to heal. Whether it is a for an emotional block, a repetitive behavior, or even a physical problem, we have a program to aid you in your personal growth.
Our corporate retreats offer a relaxing environment to refresh and reconnect. Team building exercises strengthen the effectiveness of your company’s mission and are tailored for your specific needs.
In 2011 my child was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Therapist after therapist and doctor after doctor each gave me tiny pieces to the puzzle that is parenting a child with Autism, but a huge gap remained.
When I met Kimberly Clarke at Hochoka, the puzzle suddenly clicked into place. It was the first place that I ever felt my son was accepted entirely for who he is. His quirks and idiosyncrasies were not foreign at the farm, they were accepted. He was at once at peace with the horses and animals and open fields, and Kimberly was there to guide him through every encounter. The farm gave him confidence and freedom and affirmed his importance to society, to the universe.
At the farm, he learned hard skills, such as feeding the animals and planting a garden. He also gained soft skills, such as being present in the moment without being anxious about the future, and how to keep your personal energy low when meeting a new animal or person. Even better are the parenting lessons I learned. I learned how to require adherence to social norms and not give in to tantrums. I stopped feeling anxious about the awkwardness that is Aspergers and allowed my child to just be a kid.
Hochoka is a unique and beautiful place and must be experienced firshand to be understood fully. The healing effecto f the property has a long lasting reach that will endear it forever in my heart and soul. I will never be able to repay what Kimberly and Hochoka have both done for our family. I know that given the chance, Hochoka will have the same effect on many families to come.
I just wanted to write to you and tell you what a difference you and your farm and horses have made in the lives of my grandsons. My older grandson, Austin is on the spectrum for Autism with Asperger’s Syndrome and it presents as social anxiety. He has a difficult time with change and new situations and people. True to the qualities of ASD he is brilliant and extremely perceptive.
After his first stay with you, my daughter and I could tell a tremendous change in him. My daughter described it as a “Zen” quality because he was so at peace. It was amazing. It makes me tear up even now typing this. He took to the horses and they to him and it became a bond like we had not seen before. There was no anxiety. No fear. Just a calm peace within him.
I know we, as a society, want to only believe in the tangible. And our collective mantra is, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” This is so far from how the world truly works. We have to believe it to see it. And in this case we believed that you and your horses could make a difference and we absolutely saw it. This child changed in an amazing way. I know that what you do at Hochoka is such a blessing to so many. Lives are changed and hearts are healed beyond what even you may be away.
My prayer is that you continue to help these folks who are hurting and in pain in a way that only Hochoka is able. Thank you and God bless you.
Want to Start Your Own Healing With Horses Program?
Hochoka founder Kimberly Clarke offers remote consultation services for those wishing to start their own Animal-Assisted Intervention business. With over 20 years experience working in the wellness industry and with animal-assisted intervention, she is uniquely qualified to help you avoid industry pitfalls and put you on the fast track to success!