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. 

While we are still offering one-to-one therapy at the sanctuary, the remainder of our experiential therapy programs are currently on hold due to Covid-19. Stay tuned to this page for updates. Thank you!

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 Therapeutic Programs Director, Maggie, at Maggie.Bayerl@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org.

AdoleSENSE Hour (ages 12-18)

Had a little too much screen time? Join us for some fun and engaging activities that will enhance your senses which might feel a bit dulled after all that stuck-at-home time. Let’s re-engage with our own selves, as well as each other through creative activities that include team building, mindfulness, self discovery and problem solving. Remember what it’s like to laugh with a group of friends and tune-into life again. Come to one or all sessions.

Open Pasture (All Ages)

Heartland Farm Sanctuary is offering 30 minute sessions of Open Pasture time to families and small groups (maximum group size: five guests). All guests are asked to practice social distancing if registering with guests from different households. Please note: Guests are asked to please wear a cloth face covering when feasible. Guests are asked to please remain in their vehicle until Heartland staff has ushered out the previous group and sanitized the gate latch. Guests are asked to please wash their hands at the hand washing stations before and after leaving the pasture.

Noontime Recharge (18+)

Fuel your mind, body and soul with an hour at the sanctuary. It’s time to come out of social distance hibernation and engage with others safely and mindfully. Join a small group of adults to re-explore social connections while learning coping techniques that will minimize stress and enhance life satisfaction. Topics will change week to week and will include mindfulness, communication, relationships, handling big emotions, ambiguous loss in relation to COVID-19, resilience and self-exploration, all in the context of our connection with nature. Feel free to attend all sessions, or just one.

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.

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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.