Experiential Therapy

Our experiential therapy programs address the individual needs of participants and inspire compassion for all people and animals. Our therapeutic programs provide healing and hope for hundreds of individuals and families each year.

Our Programs

Our individual and small group programs use expressive tools and activities, such as animal care, role-playing or acting, arts and crafts, music, and guided imagery. Our intention is for participants to graduate as campers, volunteers or active members of the HFS community. 

Individual Therapy (ages 6-17)

Offered in a one-to-one setting with a member of our therapy team and the support of our animal care staff and volunteers. Participants will work towards individualized goals determined by the individual, caregivers, and the therapist. For more information, please contact our Program Director, Annie, at Annie.Aschenbrenner@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org.

Empathy in Action (8-11 year olds)

Thursdays from 4 - 5:30 pm
September 7th - October 29th (No class on 9/30)
Tuition: $150
Participants will explore the concepts of acceptance, compassion, and empathy for all beings. During their time at Heartland Farm Sanctuary, participants will reflect on their own self advocacy and communication skills while also being a voice for rescued farm animals. Led by two of our Humane Education teachers, children will explore, create, and play at our beautiful sanctuary, in spaces designed to foster an engaging, safe and accepting environment to learn and grow alongside our animal friends

Compassionate Caretakers (5-8 year olds) | Saturdays​

Saturdays from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
September 7th - October 29th
Tuition: $315
Our Compassionate Caretakers class will gather together in our beautiful outdoor space to make discoveries, play, create, and explore alongside our animal friends. We will also participate in introductory caretaking for our residents, gardens, and environment. The days will include a drop-off time at 9:30, story time, play/create/explore time, animal spotlight, animal visits in the pasture and barn, and conclude with a picnic-style packed lunch from 12:00-12:30.

Cancellation Policy

Therapy participants must cancel before 5 pm the night before a scheduled session. If a session is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, or the participant fails to show up, a refund will not be issued for that session. In the event of an emergency, please call Heartland at 608-440-1118 and one of our staff will follow up with you.

Change Lives With Your Gift

Giving a donation to Heartland Farm Sanctuary helps save animal lives and provide shelter and a better quality of life for all.

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Your gift - of any amount - helps us provide care for farm animals in need and operate our unique people programs that inspire compassion for all.