Welcome to the Selah Carefarm
A compassionate community where grief and love, pain and beauty intersect.
The Selah Carefarm just outside of Sedona, AZ is the first carefarm for the traumatically bereaved in the U.S.
It’s a very special place on 10 acres of beautiful farmland where bereaved family members can come to both give and receive connection, compassion, and understanding. All the animals on the carefarm have been rescued from abuse, neglect, and torture. Our grieving families know what it means to suffer, and so do these animals.
In April of 2015, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore rescued a pack horse in the Grand Canyon from horrific torture and abuse. She named him Chemakoh. Grieving clients with whom Dr. Jo worked were deeply moved by Chemakoh and found their time with him to be ineffable- very powerful. She eventually began to research an idea: Connecting tortured, abused, and lost animals with traumatized humans in a therapeutic carefarm environment. That’s when she met Dr. Rich Gorman in the U.K., who was already researching care farms. The two of them met in Sedona, Arizona and for two weeks planned the first carefarm for traumatic grief in the world. Now we have more than 40 animals rescued who live in our sanctuary and welcome grieving people and families from all around the world.
If you would like to schedule a visit to the carefarm, please visit this page below:
FILL PORCELINA’S PANTRY
We are so excited to announce Porcelina’s Pantry, a meaningful way to give the gift of delicious food to traumatically bereaved individuals seeking grief support at the Selah Carefarm, as well as our beloved carefarm rescue animals.
GENERAL CAREFARM FUND
We are always in need of support funds that help maintain the farm, create new gardens, grow healthy food, develop meaningful spaces for bereaved families, and sponsor a grieving family in need of support services and counseling.
RESPITE CENTER FUND
Consider this donation option that will go directly to support maintenance and operations of our family guest house for the traumatically bereaved. This donation helps overall operations along with programs and staff support.
We have a wonderful opportunity to directly sponsor our rescue animals at the farm. Please read their compelling stories and consider a contribution today to support our beloved rescue animals.