We believe in utilizing the resources we have to promote health, wellness and life-enriching experiences through the equine, farm, and natural environment. The presence and healing of horses can offer an antidote to the disconnection in our lives today. A working farm is a model of meaningful occupation and continual stewardship of the land and animals in our care. The surrounding fields and forest offer an outdoor classroom for holistic education. All of these community programs are supported by credentialed instructors/guides as well as occupational therapists promoting inclusion, education, and overall wellbeing.
Carlisle Academy has been offering wellness opportunities in the form of ground-based (unmounted) equine-assisted learning programs for over 12 years. We use the tranquil farm environment to create a sensory-rich experience where all participants can benefit from the enrichment and personal growth that comes with being in the healing presence of horses and participating in individual or team-based activities which provide insight, immediate feedback, and valuable respite from the outside world.
Our Wellness Retreats are unmounted, equine-facilitated and nature-based wellness programs using the tranquility of the living-farm environment for respite and renewal. These half-day retreats will help participants gather their thoughts, make space to relax, and take positive steps for themselves in the structure of a supportive group, led by nationally trained, credentialed facilitators in this modality.
Working Farmscape Program
The Working Farmscape Program at Carlisle Academy began as a pilot in 2018 with a goal of connecting participants to nature-based and equine-based learning and gain exposure to the everyday management of a working farm. It was led by Carlisle founder and farm manager Nick Armentrout, and assisted by Matt Day, Carlisle’s Veterans and Military Liaison who had participated in related Carlisle wellness programs. Together they led a group of veterans challenged with PTSD to participate in holistic and regenerative farming using tractor and draft horsepower that helped them connect to the land and one another in a purposeful, authentic way.
FarmABLE is an inclusive experiential learning program for youth. It is intended for students of all abilities and designed as an immersion experience into the rich educational opportunities that naturally happen on the farm. Participants engage in meaningful activities, gaining an appreciation for the natural world and learning the importance of being good stewards of the land and animals.
FarmWELL is an inclusive farm-based wellness program for adults. Taught by credentialed Carlisle staff and master gardeners, it is designed for adults to soak in the healing farm environment and participate in wellness activities appropriate for their interests and abilities. Participants engage in learning modules that follow the seasonal rhythms of nature and the farm environment.
Community Yoga on the Farm
These classes will give you opportunities to experience your body in new ways through various styles of yoga (including Vinyasa flow, Hatha, Yin, Classical, and Pilates/Yoga fusion). No experience necessary! These classes are designed for ALL levels of practitioner, from the completely new to the more experienced yogi, there is something for everyone!
For more information, contact the office at 207-985-0374, or email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.