Acres for Life

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Acres for Life embodies its mission statement of “Stewarding the Legacy of Hope with Passion, People, and Purpose.” With thoughtful intention, our team of specialized facilitators incorporates horses with the mental health field to provide a unique approach to making a difference in people’s lives. For over 20 years we have had the incredible opportunity to step into some of the most difficult chapters with people and be with them as they experience transformational change. Our professional services assist in treating a variety of mental health disorders and we actively serve adults, families, youth, military/veterans, first responders/law enforcement, groups, and more. The approach we use is led by a team consisting of a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist, and the horses working together with our clients in a trauma informed environment that encourages experiences and lasting positive outcomes. We have passionately represented our mission within the community by volunteering and hosting events with organizations such as Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Walk for Recovery, Invisible Wounds Project, school groups, healthcare worker support, assisted living facilities and more. 

Listen, through their words, to what people have to share about their Acres experience:

A soldier points across the pasture at a large, black horse standing with his mouth open and says, “That's me... I'm trying to get the pain out but it just won't come.”

“I have been to so many therapists over the years. Nothing ever worked. The horses have a way to put it right into your face—it’s intense, but it works for me.”   

A white and brown horse approaches a sailor and pushes his head into the sailor’s chest and he says,  “He's telling me it's time to move on.”

“I don't know how it works but there has definitely been a shift in me. I have been able to get in touch with things from the war that I haven't really been able to deal with. After a few sessions I feel like I have connected with things that months’ worth of other therapy hadn't been able to touch. The people closest to me can really see a difference. Thank you...”

"I loved this program. I felt at peace when I was in the pasture. I went home feeling renewed..." 

"These two session shave helped me more than anything I've done in the past 10 years!"

"This experience allowed me to think of the big picture outside the box. It forced me to look more deeply into my body language and how congruent my feelings are."

"The horses, (and facilitators), were a part of the miracle in my life. My life has been transformed. I'm so grateful."

“Your program made tackling some not so easy topics doable! Now we share a common language from which to communicate more successfully.”

"I learned so much about myself, and addiction and me."

“All I know is there is something ‘magical’ about those animals.  How they sense our feelings and react as such.  Not only are they beautiful and intelligent.  They are insightful and gentle.  It worked for me!  Again, thank you so much.”

“I used to make choices without thinking of how they impacted others around me…I’ve learned to slow down, look around and think!”

 "Thank you for a six week learning experience that I will treasure the rest of my life.  I had been skeptical about the potential benefits of such a program but it has made a phenomenal impact on my recovery.”

 "This was a totally awesome learning experience that I will carry on through my life.  Thank you so much.”

"Wonderful, enlightening, and empowering experience."

"I was skeptical about doing Equine and I was very afraid of horses. I faced my fears and learned so much through this experience."


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Acres for Life

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Animals Faith Children & Family


18323 July Ave. N
Forest Lake, MN 55025



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