Become a Volunteer

Get involved and help grieving families find hope and healing

Give A Donation

Help provide a measure of love, education and grief support

Adopt an Animal

Help provide care by symbolically adopting one of our rescue animals

Become a Volunteer

Get involved and help grieving families find hope and healing

Give A Donation

Help provide a measure of love, education and grief support

Adopt an Animal

Help provide care by symbolically adopting one of our rescue animals

PROGRAMS

The Selah Carefarm offers a dramatically different approach to traumatic grief than traditional Western treatment facilities which often focus on diagnosing and medicating people who are deeply grieving. The carefarm approach is simple, safe and focuses on three restorative areas of support: Carefarming, which includes offerings such as gardening and therapeutic horticulture, animal therapy, rescue animal caregiving, green recreation, landscape maintenance, and ecotherapy; Contemplative practices which include meditation/centering prayer, mindfulness based support groups, bibliotherapy, grounding, and ritual; Physical well-being which includes yoga, physical activity, and psychoeducation around sleep hygiene, healthy eating, stress resilience, and traumatic grief counseling. (Based on the carefarm model, Cacciatore & Gorman, 2016).

CAREFARMING

Located just 15 minutes from ¬†beautiful Sedona, Arizona, a town named after bereaved mother, Sedona Schnebly, our carefarm is the first in the world for those enduring traumatic grief. It’s only ¬†one of a handful of carefarms in the entire United States. ¬†We do plenty of sweating, crying, and lifting here at Selah Carefarm. We also practice plenty of self-compassion, laughing, and putting things down in their places. This is a holy place and what happens here is ineffable. We use “carefarm” instead of “care farm” because we take ‘caring’ seriously, and none of our rescued farm animals are utilized for their products or for work. This is a sanctuary for them, and so we practice compassion and¬†ahimsa¬†through veganism and nonviolence toward all beings at the carefarm. The carefarming piece of the Cacciatore & Gorman (2016)¬†model¬†includes therapeutic agriculture and gardening, care for and connection to our 41 animals rescued from torture, abuse, and neglect, engagement with nature and ecotherapies, and green recreation.

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CAREFARM TRAINING FOR PROVIDERS

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This one-week, on-site training program, led by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore and David Decker, is an interdisciplinary course designed to foster spatial and community-based changes in how humans, animals, and nature interact. Applicable across various settings like schools, hospitals, and parks, the program is grounded in Dr. Cacciatore’s Regenerative Social Health Model. It emphasizes therapeutic aesthetics, animal interactions, community planning, and horticulture, promoting sustainability and ethical responsibilities. The course delves into restorative spaces, therapeutic communities, the significance of human-animal bonds, and the impact of nature on well-being, exercise, and nutrition. Aimed at enhancing life quality for all beings and the planet, it balances didactic lectures with hands-on learning at a carefarm, offered annually.

TRAIN WITH US

CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE AND CARE

The beautiful natural milieu of the carefarm is a wonderful place to begin a contemplative practice. Those who work here already have their own committed mindfulness, meditation, or contemplative prayer practices. Our team’s practices allow for the open, compassionate, and non-judging experiences of our clients. Those who want to learn meditation or mindfulness are able to receive instruction on contemplative practices, grounding, unconscious processes, bibliotherapy, rituals, yoga or mindful movement, and individual and group counseling for traumatic grief and the ATTEND Model (Cacciatore, 2011) of care.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

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PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

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Psychoeducation is an important part of what we do. And taking good care of the body is part of the process of traumatic grief because it’s such a physical experience too. When ready, clients of the carefarm will learn to eat clean and play dirty. We sweat, we move our bodies, and we work hard. Our counselors teach good sleep hygiene and stress resilience to help care for the body, mind, soul, and heart. When the body is healthy, coping with painful emotions is done with more ease. Compassion toward all, including the self, as well as the cultivation of self-awareness, integrating somatic health, exercise, sunshine, and the natural world, helps grievers feel more connected to self, to others, to all beings, and to the earth. We help our clients learn when they are ready.

SLEEP HYGIENE INFORMATION

If you have violated our rules intentionally or repeatedly, used abusive or demeaning language in person or on email to our volunteers or staff, or do not treat us or our animals or our land and neighbors heart-fully and respectfully, we will not accommodate your booking request or, if you are on site, we will ask you to leave the premises as gently and kindly as possible. We know grievers are hurting and we honor that pain; however, we cannot allow our carefarmily to be vessels for misdirected rage or just plain bad behavior.

PROGRAMS

The Selah Carefarm offers a dramatically different approach to traumatic grief than traditional Western treatment facilities which often focus on diagnosing and medicating people who are deeply grieving. The carefarm approach is simple, safe and focuses on three restorative areas of support: Carefarming, which includes offerings such as gardening and therapeutic horticulture, animal therapy, rescue animal caregiving, green recreation, landscape maintenance, and ecotherapy; Contemplative practices which include meditation/centering prayer, mindfulness based support groups, bibliotherapy, grounding, and ritual; Physical well-being which includes yoga, physical activity, and psychoeducation around sleep hygiene, healthy eating, stress resilience, and traumatic grief counseling. (Based on the carefarm model, Cacciatore & Gorman, 2016).

CAREFARMING

Located just 15 minutes from ¬†beautiful Sedona, Arizona, a town named after bereaved mother, Sedona Schnebly, our carefarm is the first in the world for those enduring traumatic grief. It’s only ¬†one of a handful of carefarms in the entire United States. ¬†We do plenty of sweating, crying, and lifting here at Selah Carefarm. We also practice plenty of self-compassion, laughing, and putting things down in their places. This is a holy place and what happens here is ineffable. We use “carefarm” instead of “care farm” because we take ‘caring’ seriously, and none of our rescued farm animals are utilized for their products or for work. This is a sanctuary for them, and so we practice compassion and¬†ahimsa¬†through veganism and nonviolence toward all beings at the carefarm. The carefarming piece of the Cacciatore & Gorman (2016)¬†model¬†includes therapeutic agriculture and gardening, care for and connection to our 41 animals rescued from torture, abuse, and neglect, engagement with nature and ecotherapies, and green recreation.

VISIT US

CAREFARM TRAINING FOR PROVIDERS

Selah-Carefarm-Programs-Training-Providers

This one-week, on-site training program, led by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore and David Decker, is an interdisciplinary course designed to foster spatial and community-based changes in how humans, animals, and nature interact. Applicable across various settings like schools, hospitals, and parks, the program is grounded in Dr. Cacciatore’s Regenerative Social Health Model. It emphasizes therapeutic aesthetics, animal interactions, community planning, and horticulture, promoting sustainability and ethical responsibilities. The course delves into restorative spaces, therapeutic communities, the significance of human-animal bonds, and the impact of nature on well-being, exercise, and nutrition. Aimed at enhancing life quality for all beings and the planet, it balances didactic lectures with hands-on learning at a carefarm, offered annually.

TRAIN WITH US

CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE AND CARE

Animal-Grief-Therapy-Programs-Contemplative-Care

The beautiful natural milieu of the carefarm is a wonderful place to begin a contemplative practice. Those who work here already have their own committed mindfulness, meditation, or contemplative prayer practices. Our team’s practices allow for the open, compassionate, and non-judging experiences of our clients. Those who want to learn meditation or mindfulness are able to receive instruction on contemplative practices, grounding, unconscious processes, bibliotherapy, rituals, yoga or mindful movement, and individual and group counseling for traumatic grief and the ATTEND Model (Cacciatore, 2011) of care.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

animal-grief-therapy-programs-physical-activity

Psychoeducation is an important part of what we do. And taking good care of the body is part of the process of traumatic grief because it’s such a physical experience too. When ready, clients of the carefarm will learn to eat clean and play dirty. We sweat, we move our bodies, and we work hard. Our counselors teach good sleep hygiene and stress resilience to help care for the body, mind, soul, and heart. When the body is healthy, coping with painful emotions is done with more ease. Compassion toward all, including the self, as well as the cultivation of self-awareness, integrating somatic health, exercise, sunshine, and the natural world, helps grievers feel more connected to self, to others, to all beings, and to the earth. We help our clients learn when they are ready.

SLEEP HYGIENE INFORMATION

If you have violated our rules intentionally or repeatedly, used abusive or demeaning language in person or on email to our volunteers or staff, or do not treat us or our animals or our land and neighbors heart-fully and respectfully, we will not accommodate your booking request or, if you are on site, we will ask you to leave the premises as gently and kindly as possible. We know grievers are hurting and we honor that pain; however, we cannot allow our carefarmily to be vessels for misdirected rage or just plain bad behavior.