We help people to develop a range of skills so they can better manage life’s challenges, difficulties and painful situations.
Our programmes are unique, using a formula of horses, farm activities and mentors.
This approach provides an overall sense of emotional calmness, the horses are our jewel, they communicate with us so gently creating an overall relationship of confidence and trust. Allowing participants to be in an energy mindset where they can learn new skills and are confident to try new techniques.
Skills include a range of social, emotional, and practical characteristics that are transferrable to everyday life, helping people better cope and thrive either in school, with family, at work and in our communities.
An alternative educational approach to help children and adults have the necessary skills to navigate life's challenges, difficulties and painful situations.
Our Successful Formula
1. Our Horses
They are instrumental to the whole programme; they know and hear what is not spoken.
When we interact with them, they respond and project back to us our emotions and behaviours. They do this in such an honest and non-judgemental way that it is readily received by participants.
They can then practice other methods/skills and the horse is further empowering because they provide strong confirmation and participants see immediately the affect, and power it gives them, by changing their actions and attitudes.
2. Our Farm
Provides a beautiful peaceful, safe haven, conducive to learning; a very different space to that of traditional therapeutic premises.
Allowing new skills to be practiced 'hands ons' and in a relaxed fun way. Connecting to the Whenua (land) can be important for people and helps them find their identity.
Farm tasks and adventures assist in the development of practical and life skills, showing that what is being taught by the horse is transferrable and can be applied to help people at school and be work ready to help find employment.
3. Our Mentors
Provide an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement, where there is no judgement or testing.
Programmes are designed to feel very different to educational facilities, the workplace or conventional therapy/counselling, and sessions.
Mentors provide support and teaching points during activities, functioning as a role model. They are strengths focused, encouraging participants to try new approaches.
Challenges are opportunities to learn and grow. All programmes are client led focussing on their requirements.
Key skills so we can respond better to situations in the here and now, make better choices and live a life full of hope and purpose.
Confidence in your own worth and abilities. Self-respect
Having skills and techniques to use when things becoming overwhelming
Having skills and techniques to recover quickly from difficult situations
Ability to communicate well and using non verbal communication techniques
Ability of finding solutions, and alternative ways to achieve an outcome
Ability to follow precise instructions and follow a process and repeat a skill
Being a team player working together to achieve a common goal
Leading, motivating and inspiring a group of people to achieve a goal
Ability to communicate and interact well with other people
Who can benefit
Our charitable Trust was established to support Children, Youth and Women who are vulnerable in our community.
However, our facilities are fantastic for all to come and enjoy and learn.
Our horse educational programmes are excellent for those wanting to learn a range of life skills.
16th December 2023 - We are running a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Bunnings TeRapa. Come and say hello and enjoy a hot dog and yummy baking.
Benji makes a surprised guest appearance
The team surprised Rachal ahead of our 10-year celebration by bringing Benji back to the farm for the weekend celebration. Benji was the first pony that started Hope Rising Farm so very fitting that he should be there. Benji retired over a year ago and is living the best life in Tauranga, totally spoilt and loving his new family and beach walks/swims. He was delighted to see Rachel giving her a little whinny when he heard her voice, and his old friends were all over him saying hello. Benji did a fabulous job welcoming all our guests to the celebration.
10 year Celebration
Head over to our media blog and catch up on all the celebration news. It was a fun packed evening.