Despite the pandemic, your donations open doors for future leaders to learn:
  • $25 - Help us provide treats and supplements for our most valuable instructors: Our horses!

  • $50 - Help us put the last few welcoming touches on our ranch facility, so leaders will be inspired and energized.

  • $100 - Help us continue to serve our community through our suicide grief counseling program, PASOS, in a safe, socially-distanced manner.

  • $250 - Provide one week of the ten-week Teens Leading for Change program to a foster teen girl in Spring/Summer 2021 to help her become a leader for herself and her community

OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE:

When First Nature Foundation launched in late 2017, we had a vision that our ranch in Harmony, Florida be a place where the past, present, and future of leadership come together for the dignity and benefit of all. We could never have foreseen that just before the ranch was ready to welcome current and future leaders of all ages to learn, the world would go into isolation in response to COVID-19.

 

We purchased the ranch property in late 2018 and have been developing it ever since. It was just an open field without even water or electric…minimal fencing and no buildings whatsoever. These past months, even through the pandemic, we have continued to evolve: Construction on our classroom barn and covered arena is complete and ready for programs, new gardens taken root and bloomed, and we are about to welcome new program horses to the herd. We have conducted many private individual tours to introduce people to the facility.

 

We believe that our mission to cultivate 21st Century Leadership is critical during this period of political and social transition. Core self-leadership and collective leadership skills are more important now than ever. Our board and staff are committed to adapting and finding new ways to offer our services to the community.

 

For example, we have launched PASOS, a virtual grief counseling program for spouses and parents of suicide on January 6th. Ideally these sessions would have taken place in person, where participants can see each other’s full expressions in order to create connection. However, grief cannot wait, and neither can we. We are likely to go -in-person on this program in fall 2021.

We will also be launching Teens Leading Change in Spring/Summer 2021, originally planned to begin this year. This ten-week program will help teen girls who are currently in foster care in Osceola County and beyond to gain practical skills to lead the change they want to see in their own lives and in the world. The program will begin and end with weekend retreats at the ranch facility, and will feature weekly sessions. Your generosity will make it possible for a girl to learn about herself and her leadership potential. She will experience all this in a wise "learning herd" made up of horses, other girls and other living beings in the natural setting of First Nature Ranch. By giving, you contribute to a girl's:

  • Experience of herself as part of nature not separate from it

  • Self-awareness and self-regulation in the face of difficulties

  • Finding her personal vision and acting on it

  • Noticing habits that get in the way of being her best self

  • Building a local community for social change

  • Feeling joy and hope in a world of urgent challenges

We are soon to schedule our other programs for late spring and early summer 2021, including Revealing Your Strengths...With Horses! and Conflict as a Path to Collaboration. Subscribe to our newsletter at our home page or like our Facebook page to get announcements about programs as they are scheduled. 

We look forward to welcoming you safely to our campus soon. If you would be interested in scheduling a tour, please contact us!