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!

Beyond Blessed

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.

Hautism in Strides!

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.

The School of Lightness

The School of Lightness

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.

Watch instructors from the Ecole de Légèreté (“School of Lightness”)
Vivaldi and Desmond in the beautiful dawn light after an early morning training session in the roundyard.

The Piloteers

The Piloteers

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!

Opening the Pilot


Wilderwood’s Pilot program opened on June 20. We are so appreciative of the participants who are piloting the curriculum and providing incredibly valuable insight to strengthen it with their contributions and ideas.

We were also honored to have visitors to Wilderwood on our opening Pilot day as well: Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small and Board Member Linda Stover came by to discuss our innovative program and view Wilderwood. The horses were on their best behavior and it was a beautiful New Mexico summer day.

What an auspicious start for Wilderwood!

Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, Wilderwood Board Member Linda Stover, and Dr. Mark Evanko discuss Wilderwood Equine Therapy’s program and tour the facility on the opening day of the Pilot.
Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, Wilderwood Board Member Linda Stover, Field Representative Kayla Laywell, Dr. Mark Evanko, and Dr. Rebecca Evanko discussing Wilderwood’s unique program for and by autistic adults on the opening day of the Pilot Program.
Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, Wilderwood Board Member Linda Stover, Dr. Mark Evanko, and Dr. Rebecca Evanko and the Pilot participants at Wilderwood on the opening day of the Pilot Program.


Wilderwood Documentary is a go!

We are delighted to announce that Wilderwood has been awarded a grant to assist us in making a film documentary featuring one of our program participants!

We are enormously thankful for the generosity of the granting Foundation and look forward to the development of this project.

More on this soon. Exciting!

Image Credit: Steven Van, Unsplash