Besides the regular sessions, there are therapeutic “camps” during holidays in which the daily life is shared. For many children and adolescents this is a valuable opportunity to collect social experiences outside the family but in a sheltered place. Being an outsider, having a disability, taking medicaments et cetera make it difficult to join the joyful being together at school trips. Spending time together in the therapeutic impetusweek is helping to be fit for everyday life and make new friends.
Children with special needs often have a low self-esteem. Experiencing the own deficits and marginal position in “normal” social groups have left its mark on them. The purpose of the impetusweek is to create security and trust. For that, we want to provide new impetus and start together to assimilate old things and get a new gaze for each other. Horses offer the opportunity to strike up a relationship on a nonverbal level, they want to be cared for and give straight and direct feedback. Especially, when a relationship to another human is sometimes difficult through fear, worries and pain, the horse can help to find a new access to each other and to oneself.
Adventure- based learning with animals- Trekking
Under the slogan “Carry and to be carried” a particular adventure was started: Together with horses and caregivers we hike with backpack, gasoline stove, sleeping bag,... through the nature. Our horses help carrying the luggage und also carry the participants some parts of the path. Learning through experiences in movement and doing is, especially for children and adolescents with a challenging past, an important offering. Trekking with horses offers many opportunities to test playfully skills for a satisfied life. All activities are managed together: Cooking, planning the next route und going on. Every participant is needed with his special skills und contributes something positive for the group. The horses also offer the opportunity to strike up a relationship on a nonverbal level. They want to be cared for and give straight and direct feedback. Horses can help to find a new entrance when the relationship to humans is disturbed.