This section is designed to help you find key details about the vegan Selah Carefarm and the Family Guest House. Find out what a carefarm is and why it’s important. Plan a visit to spend time with our counselors and rescue animals in Arizona. Learn about the important research being done at the Selah Carefarm to help people who are experiencing traumatic grief. Additional topics are addressed that we hope you will find helpful.
What is the Selah House and Carefarm?
Located minutes outside Sedona, Arizona, the Selah Carefarm is a collective of restorative spaces within a therapeutic community where grieving individuals, families, and groups can go to give and receive connection and compassion. All of the animals (41 including horses, pigs, roosters, alpacas, cats, dogs, goats, donkeys, sheep…) on the carefarm have been rescued from abuse, neglect, homelessness, and torture. Our grieving families know what it means to suffer, and so do these animals. In addition, we teach mediation, yoga, bibliotherapy, and will soon have a house where families can come and stay on site. We base all our work on compassion for all, including animals and the earth. Thus, we are vegan and sustainable. We have a “rescue don’t reproduce” policy here so we can help as many animals as possible. Visit our Facebook page to “Like” and learn about what we do and who we help! If you’d like to schedule a therapeutic visit or counseling at Selah Carefarm, please do so here. Read some of our research visit here.
How can I help?
We need donations to build the family house on the carefarm. We need your help on the carefarm. We need in-kind donations like supplies, landscape materials, tools, animal feed and tack. If you have something to donate or if you’d like to help on the carefarm please contact us here. Read Yahoo’s feature story about the Selah Carefarm here. And if you can donate any amount, we have a $100,000.00 match from the family of Daniel J. Coleman. Learn more about this remarkable young man and his family’s generosity here.
How do I schedule grief time at Selah Carefarm?
Formerly, traumatically bereaved people would come from around the world to work with Dr. Cacciatore or one of our other counselors. But our facilities could only hold one to two families at a time. Thus, grieving individuals and families in the local area and also from around the world would have to wait until space opened before they could come for help. That meant a 6-9 month waiting period or longer. Now, we are able to serve more grieving people, especially those in acute crisis. Please visit us here if you’d like to reserve a room at the Selah Family House and schedule counseling at the Selah Carefarm.
Who can get services from the Selah Carefarm?
If you’ve experienced the catastrophic death of a child, sibling, grandchild, parent, partner, or other much-beloved one, then you are eligible for this program! Grieving people come from all over the world (Cambodia, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, Ghana, Liberia, Croatia, Romania, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Israel, Japan, China, Argentina, India, Jordan, and more – and of course from all over the U.S.) to spend time in this therapeutic community. Please contact us here if you’d like to reserve a room at the Selah House.
Please note: the carefarm is a vegan therapeutic community and is not open to the public. You must have a scheduled appointment, or be housed in one of our rooms, to be here at the carefarm. Because of open waterways that cannot be fenced, no children under the age of 7, please. We have large guardian dogs who protect our flock from night predators. For the safety of your own pets, please leave your animals at home or at your hotel. Because of our focus on deep compassion for all, non-vegan food items are strictly prohibited.
Is carefarming based on any science? How can I learn to practice the kind of bereavement care you do?
Yes! Carefarming, as a whole and in its individual components, has been shown to help many vulnerable population groups. Many countries in Europe utilize care farming as a humanistic approach to human suffering in vulnerable groups with profoundly positive outcomes that reduce harm and help people improve coping. And, carefarming costs a fraction of treatment as usual. The average basic cost (not inclusive of individual counseling services) of most carefarms is between $60-$150 a day. The average basic cost of treatment as usual in an inpatient setting is about $1000- $1500 a day. Learn more about the scholarly literature here.
If you are a provider interested in learning more about our Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider Certification (30 CEUs), please visit this link to see upcoming training dates.
What is the meaning of Selah?
The Selah Carefarm and Family House is named after the Hebrew word selah and after the Selah Grief Model (Cacciatore, 2011), a mindfulness-based framework that recognizes two foci: self and other, the intrapersonal and the interpersonal, in addition to the space between two beings. Selahderives from the Hebrew word celah, often noted in the book of Psalms meaning something like a 1) pause to stay with what you’ve just experienced; 2) reflect, feel deeply what you’ve just experienced. And, when ready, we hold space as we 3) discover meaning, allowing it to unfold in its time without rushing to the next passage.
May they be with us eternally.
Will I see Dr. Joanne Cacciatore while I'm at the Selah Carefarm?
Dr. Cacciatore may be at the Selah Carefarm at various times. However, she’s a full-time professor with ASU and is often in research meetings, analyzing data, grading papers, meeting with students, or taking some too- rare ‘down time’ when she can find it, and the few clients she sees are booked well in advance. She’s also regularly out of town for speaking engagements. If you do see her, feel free to say hello or wave! Our counselors and staff are highly trained and follow Dr. Cacciatore’s model. We are confident you will find the compassionate support you need from our staff and counselors during your stay. Although Dr. Cacciatore would love to visit with each attendee and honor your loved one with an open heart, please understand that she may not be available during your stay due to her ongoing commitments throughout the year. Thank you so much for understanding.