E/ASEL (Equine/Autistic Social Emotional Learning) is a program for autistic youth aged 8-18. It combines equine-assisted activities with an autistic form of social emotional learning.

A unique aspect of Wilderwood’s program is that autistic adults are active participants as mentors and role-models for children, as well as being resources for parents, grandparents, and teachers.

E/ASEL is offered in 6-week sessions from March through November. Participants attend for 90 minutes a week for a multi-modal approach based on authentic autistic and equine experiences. It features goal-setting and attainment, along with practice in collaboration, friendship, cooperation, and developing authentic autistic voice.

Features of E/ASEL include:

  • Individualized goal-setting;
  • Equine-assisted activities designed for mind/body connectivity, critical thinking, collaborative learning skills, and problem-solving;
  • Strengths-based curriculum aimed to improve self-esteem through positive affirmations;
  • Autistic mentors as role models and resources;
  • Instruction and activities designed to develop strategies for self-regulation, including coping with stress and anxiety and persevering through challenges;
  • Creative and imaginative hands-on learning activities;
  • Program can be repeated with new goals;
  • Greater self-awareness through reflection on thoughts and feelings;
  • Engaging and interacting with others to make connections and friendships;
  • Practicing social awareness and strengthening communication skill while honoring autistic preferences;
  • Striving to create a sense of belonging and acceptance.

Program cost: $600, all-inclusive for each 6-week session.


Spring: April 1 to May 6, 2023
Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

Summer: June 10 to July 15, 2023
Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

Fall: August 5 to September 9, 2023
Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

Sign up for E/ASEL here.