Wellness Programs

Wellness Programs

Equine-Facilitated Wellness Sessions

Carlisle Academy has been offering wellness opportunities in the form of ground-based (unmounted) equine-based enrichment programs for over 10 years. We use the tranquil farm environment to create a sensory-rich learning experience where all participants can benefit from the enrichment and personal growth that comes with the immediate and honest feedback of horses. All ground-based programs are facilitated by credentialed instructors and health professionals and supported by trained horse handlers.

The unmounted work with horses may involve liberty work in the round pen, leading exercises, group challenges, and herd observation. Some participants may choose to focus on basic grooming techniques while being present and benefitting from the close contact and sensory communication with the horse.

Individual Session: 1 hour; $100
Group Sessions: 1.5-2 hours (depending upon group size; Minimum 4, maximum 10 people) $100 per person

Farmscape Wellness Sessions

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. Please see below for the video of this pilot program

Today Carlisle Academy offers seasonal* Farmscape Wellness Sessions with credentialed instructors and health professionals and supported by farm staff.  Adults and teens looking for hands-on experiential learning in a restorative farm setting have the opportunity to help harvest hay, spread compost, rotationally graze sheep, perform farm maintenance tasks, and extract fire and pulpwood from the farm’s woodlot. If time allows, they receive ground-based education in horse and livestock handling to better understand animal temperament, non-verbal communication, and trust. 

Individual Session: 1 hour; $100
Group Sessions: 1.5-2 hours (depending upon group size; Minimum 4, maximum 10 people) $100 per person

*This is a seasonal program. Session dates will be indicated on the calendar.

A photo of a man driving two draft horses.

For more information, contact the office at 207-985-0374, or email your inquiry to info@carlisleacademymaine.com.


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