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Horses Healing Hearts

Horses Healing Hearts is a developmental (as distinct from therapeutic) program designed to increase self-awareness and resilience, and to offer new thought and behavior patterns to replace those that are no longer useful.


In this program, First Nature Foundation partners with organizations that are interested in bringing a cohort of participants to the ranch for a series of sessions and that provide an experienced, credentialed mental health professional while the participants are at the ranch.


The participants engage in a variety of exercises and experiences designed to enhance self-leadership and evoke a greater sense of peace and potential. Please contact for more information or to arrange participation for a cohort from your organization.


Kerul Kassel, President and Executive Director of First Nature Foundation

Dr. Kerul Kassel has almost two decades of leadership coaching and transformative facilitation experience, with multiple coaching credentials. She has been quoted in TIME magazine, Real Simple, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Dr. Kassel received a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She’s the author of several books. Her horses are her leadership gurus, always teaching her leadership and life lessons that she shares with her playshop participants.

If you are interested in bringing a group of women or domestic violence survivors for this multi-week program, or partnering with the program, please email

We are not currently accepting individual applications for this program.

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