TINY HOUSE PROJECT
Hochoka Retreat Center works with children, youth and young adults who have experienced hardship in life, be it from no parental involvement due to being taken out of the home and placed in custody of government programs; from grand-parents raising children which creates a huge set of generational issues; to working with veterans (and other affiliations) with PTSD; or working with anyone with life issues.
Hochoka’s main program is Healing with Horses. This program encompasses many facets of working with humans, such as: fear; anger; conflict; conflict resolution; emotional intelligence; wellness and prevention; stress management strategies and relaxation techniques. The horse modality IS NOT therapeutic riding. This program is curriculum based and produces behavioral modifications.
These children, youth and young adults have lost trust and faith, most often as a result of a breach of trust, caused by another human being. Modalities of helping (main stream therapies) are often non-effective.
The Healing with Horses program works well because the horses gain the trust and empower the child, creating a love bond that was broken previously. The natural environment works well because most of these children live in a box – a school room, their bedroom, television, computer or electronic game “box”. In nature they gain a sense of freedom, something they have rarely felt. Their growth occurs outside the “box”.