Several of our followers told us they saw us on KRQE Channel 13, but since that time have been unable to view the story. So, we are posting a link to the lovely work KRQE News reporter Anna Padilla did in helping bring attention to Wilderwood’s program and the work we do.
Excited to be finally opening the program after COVID delays. Our semester will start in March 2021. To prepare our volunteers for the tasks ahead, Volunteer Training will take place in February 2021.
A HUGE thank you to U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union for the grant to help support our Volunteer Training Day! So excited to have you with us at Wilderwood.
Volunteer Training will involve a day-long event with a program of activities, learning sessions, Volunteer T-shirts, and all the information you’ll need to make a HUGE difference in the lives of autistic adults and the beautiful horses at Wilderwood.
Filming is underway on the Wilderwood documentary. We are very excited to be working with such an accomplished director and are enjoying watching this project start to come together. Below are some photos from yesterday’s filming session. More to come soon!
We are so incredibly grateful for the generosity of others: this week, receipt of another scholarship grant (!) as well as a donation of beautiful saddles, saddle racks, and assorted tack and equipment from the lovely Jan and Allan Herrbach. Amazing donors who believe in this mission and its goals. We are beyond blessed.
Our Volunteer Training is on target to be delivered from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on February 20, and we are already receiving applications for our program that will begin in March.
Very proud and excited to announce that our article, “Hautism,” has been published in PATH International’s Strides! magazine.
A couple of editorial corrections … Wilderwood is located in Peralta, New Mexico (not “Peralita”) and even though our preference is to refer to autistic people (not people with autism), the editorial house-style of the magazine was used instead.
We are very fortunate here at Wilderwood as we bring along Vivaldi and Desperado (Viv and Des) to be receiving assistance from instructor James Riedeman, one of only a handful of licensed instructors in the USA in the principles of the Ecole de Légèreté (trans. the “School of Lightness”).
Here is a video that features our instructor James (among others) participating in the Teachers’ Course for Ecole de Légèreté last fall in California. We are so lucky to have this opportunity to work with James and learn this beautiful way of developing a gentle, light, and lovely partnership with our horses.
We have just finished an amazing Pilot program with wonderful participants! Lots of useful and practical input and the incredibly valuable opportunity to “test run” many of the curriculum’s activities by and for the people who will be completing the program.
For three hours each week over six weeks, our participants attended every session and gave the curriculum a rigorous going-through with enthusiasm, grace, and commitment.
The horses also enjoyed meeting their new friends!
We are now starting the task of textbook and program revisions based on this input and then moving into the next exciting stage: recruiting participants and volunteers for 2021 and starting the program!
Watch this space! — and a HUGE thank you to our Piloteers 2020. We love you all and are very thankful to you!