Our Mission and Vision
Through equity, compassion, and consideration for the unique needs of all creatures, we will work to remove the barriers, such as lack of funding or resources, which keep humans or horses in need from accessing a safe and healthy place of solace by pursuing our four organisational goals.
Community Therapy Projects:
At Sundance Solace Society, building collaborative relation ships is a top priority. Through local partnerships, we will increase our reach within the community, connect with like-minded agencies, and create greater opportunities for sustainable change.
We live in a time where resources are scarce and we believe that if we work together we can accomplish more goals. It is our hope to reduce the need for competition among community organizations and to become allies in the work for the betterment
of horse and humans. Therefore, we define Community Therapy Projects as time sensitive projects with a start and end date. They will be created through grant writing initiatives either lead by our society or another non profit organization. They will support the health and well-being of our communities in an inclusive way that impacts mental health. Our Society will help write, create, and implement the
programming in collaboration with external organizations. We will help fill in the needs of the community. The organizations we partner with for the projects must identify as struggling or having little or no resources available to their clients.
Animals In Need:
There are many ways in which we can help heal our world and it is our belief that all creatures have emotional and mental well-being needs. We know that animals contribute to our health and we to theirs through living in co-being relationships. As such we know that to improve our mental health we need the support of not only other people but the help of other sentient beings which we need to take responsibility for. Every life counts and we will work with other organizations to help support the better treatment of animals.
Individual Sponsorship Program:
Our Individual Sponsorship Program will provide funding for those without the resources to access mental health services. Participants may apply to be sponsored and have the option to choose a therapist who is qualified to provide services in keeping with our mission and vision. Eligible participants do not possess the resources to access mental health services, do not qualify for other sources of funding, and would benefit from our unique form of therapy. The board reviews applications and makes decisions in regards to how much funding will be provided, establish a length of time for services, and suggest an appropriate therapist. We will fund-raise to support this initiative.
Fundraising for all:
We will take on fundraising projects that support our mission and vision.
Eco-therapy and Equine Assisted Counselling
About Sundance Solace Society and the use of Eco-therapy and Equine Assisted Counselling when addressing Mental Health Incorporating Nature and Horses:
Sundance Solace Society is an Abbotsford based non-profit organization, which believes in combining elements of traditional counselling and Equine Facilitated Counselling (EFC) with Nature-based Wellness to address mental health challenges.
Equine Facilitated Counselling offers an innovative approach to intervention by partnering with horses to support people of all ages (children, youth, and adults) who are seeking to address life challenges. EFC is an experiential psychotherapy that may include mutually respectful equine activities such as leading, grooming, and riding. Facilitation in our program includes the use of gentle metaphors, narratives, and creative play. When people see themselves through the non-judgmental and forgiving eyes of a horse, it is easier to explore and invite changes.
Research has shown that the benefits of EFC can include symptom reduction, a greater sense of responsibility, boundary setting, healthy communication, an increase in self-esteem and self-awareness, and the development of empathy that enhances
relational competencies (Chardonnens, 2011; Marx & Cumella, 2003; Shultz, 2007). This becomes important in that it increases the transfer of knowledge and experiences to other family members, making EFC beneficial to more than just the individual attending the therapy session or program. Through this process, EFC comprehensively promotes individual, family, community wellness, and group cohesion.
Solace (the place):
We are committed to contributing to the harmony and peace at Sundance Solace Society by ensuring that a place of comfort and consolation is available to humans and horses experiencing distress.
Awareness (looking out for the other):
We will open our ears, eyes, and hearts to the details of our environment, the space and events we invite others to participate in, and how we contribute to the healthy and safe emotional and physical state of participants, horses, animals, staff, and volunteers.
Fairness (understanding all):
We commit to equality, inclusive rights, and non-judgmental treatment of all creatures and offer unconditional support and kindness.
Compassion (our actions):
We are continually aware of and sensitive to the experiences of others and commit to offering necessary services in a deeply caring manner.
Openness (not one is the expert):
Through bringing our real authentic selves to the Society we demonstrate integrity of words and actions. We are committed to providing the highest quality of services and creating strong, mutually empowering/beneficial/healthy relationships.
Community Mental Health
At Sundance Solace Society, building collaborative relationships is a top priority. Through local partnerships, we are able to increase our reach within the community, connect with like-minded agencies, and create greater opportunities for sustainable change. We live in a time where resources are scarce and we believe that if we work together we can accomplish more goals. It is our hope to reduce competition among community organizations and to become allies in the work for the betterment of horses and humans.
Meet the board members
My name is Cristina and I am the President of Sundance Solace Society.
My hopes in creating this organisation are that I can share the light and warmth of the sun that shines at the farm with all people and animals that come together there. I want to work everyday in the trees and with horses. I want my office to be outside where we play and laugh and learn through nature. I want to share the joy I have felt through my entire life with the relationships I have with all creatures and in particular horses. I believe that we will see big impacts in the people who come for emotional and mental support. Horses, nature, good people, active volunteers, fundraising and free mental health will make Sundance Solace Society champions in the social services field. I invite you to join our committees and initiatives!
Every team needs a wizard, and we have this guy. Wordsmith, horse whisperer and all round champion.
Being a lover of nature and a believer of the magic within each of us, it is my desire to create an opportunity to bring those together. Having worked with chronically homeless with mental health and addictions I have been witness to the gentle opening and healing that happens with equestrian therapy.
We take on fundraising projects in keeping with our mission and vision. If you would like to get involved, or have a fund raising team please get in touch to see how we could best collaborate!
Peardonville Treatment Center Therapy Group
Fundraising on behalf of Peardonville Treatment Center through grant writing and donations to create a therapy group for the women struggling with addiction in 2017
Mountainside Secondary School Therapy Group
Fundraising on behalf of Mountainside Secondary School through grant writing and donations to create a therapy group for the students in 2017
Project Dream Farm
Project Dream Farm is a fundraising and donations campaign pulling together the community to help get the supplies, equipment, and construction needed to improve our horse facilities located in Abbotsford BC.
“When we take on a horse in trouble it is our mandate to first see them healthy, assess their abilities and find professional training for them before they are placed in a home. We want all horses to have a lasting value into the future so that somewhere down the road they don’t join the many untrained, grade horses that end up being sold for meat. ” – http://www.horseprotectionsocietyofbc.com/about
Sundance Solace Society’s mission is to create free access to mental health services that utilize horses and nature. Which fits seamlessly with Horse Protection of British Columbia’s mission to promote and support the total well-being of horses. Together we reduce the need to compete for resources and increase our ability to give to the community.
A third generation family business since 1963. Trucking sawdust agriculturally, hauling logs, landscape supply (soil, gravel, sand & bark mulch), grinding, play chips, equipment hauling and more.
Donations and Contributions
Individual Sponsorship Program
Our Individual Sponsorship Program provides an opportunity for a participant who does not qualify for other sources of funding to benefit directly from our unique form of counselling with individual sessions.
Participants will apply for sponsorship, the Board will review the application and if successful and funds allow, they have the option to choose an available therapist.
All resources for Individual Sponsorship are 100 % supported through fundraising efforts. By choosing this funding route you would be directly impacting an individual who would not normally be able to access this amazing therapy.
- 5 sessions – 700$
- 10 sessions – 1400$
- 15 sessions – 2100$
- 20 sessions – 2800$
Community Therapy Projects & Mental Health
Under our mental health initiatives one of our main goals is the development of Community Therapy Projects defined as time sensitive projects with a start and end date. These projects will be created through grant writing initiatives. Our Society will help write, create, and implement the programming in collaboration with external organizations. The organizations we partner with for a project must identify as struggling or having little or no resources available or for their clients.
If you would like to sponsor a specific collaboration please ask for details of projects we are currently working on! This year we are focusing on two amazing organizations with the goal to complete a grant process and secure funding to begin programming by 2017!
Peardonville Treatment Center in Abbotsford
Mountainview Secondary School in North Vancouver.
If you would like to help sponsor a program each one would cost approximately $100,000 per year for full programming
Animals In Need
There are many ways in which we can help heal our world. It is our belief that all creatures have emotional and mental well-being needs. We know that animals contribute to our health and we to theirs through living in co-being relationships.
As such we know that to improve our mental health we need the support of not only other people but the help of other sentient beings which we need to take responsibility for.
Every life counts and we will work with other organizations to help support the better treatment of animals to live in co-being and the ones that support us in our work.
We are currently collaborating with Horse Protection Society BC and our goal is to foster horses from HPS and help with re-training and finding their forever home. While they are being rehabilitated they will also be a part of the therapy programs at Shamrock and Sundance.
To support one horse a monthly donation of $1500 would greatly help our needs!
Community Ring Days
Through Project Dream Farm, we will be building a new arena that would function as the hub to the equine therapy community, and mental health community. Nothing like this has been done before!
An example of an ongoing way to raise money for Sundance Solace Society’ mission and vision is to have public “by-donation” arena use on a weekly basis. Currently there are no facilities in this area that offer this opportunity in a community-focused way, where the funds would support a sponsorship program that provides individuals with free mental health services. Groups from the community can hold workshops on a variety of mental health and/or equine topics, the proceeds of which will go to Sundance Solace Society. This is a creative ongoing source of funding with little effort needed to sustain its function!
To build our Dream ring we still need to raise $200 000 dollars to complete this project
Our horses have many talents and they often are in training for competition with our founder, Cristina Rennie. Cristina hopes to help promote mental health with horses when she goes to competitions by creating interest in the work through advertising on the equipment that is used during the competitions. This could be on saddle pads, horse trailers, trucks, and stall posters. We also have a miniature therapy horse named Pippin that will help provide company to the other horses during competitions. He is our mascot and promoter wearing a small blanket telling about what we do!
We would love to have your logo on our equipment and sponsorship of entry fees!
Donations allow private individuals and businesses to make a commitment for providing a service, expertise, goods, and/or money. Donations are used towards the mission and vision of the organization. If there is a specific initiative that you want to support we would be happy to discuss all of the options and how they will impact our community.
If you would like to donate to our current needs, Project Dream Farm is our lead project at this time with the following opportunities for donations:
- Farm related items
- Equipment & materials
- Roofer – arena experience
- Earth moving
- Fence post setting
- Supplies for our Project Dream Farm
- Hog Fuel
We welcome volunteers who have a heart for the horses and the mission of Sundance Solace Society. In this unique environment we have opportunities for a wide variety of volunteering in a variety of areas.
- Yard work; lawn cutting, blackberry trimming, wood piling, weed control
- Field work
- Fence repairs
- General building and facility development
- Grant Writing
- Community Awareness Projects
- Fundraising and Donations
- Marketing and social media
- Special Events
- Finance projects – charity status, books, accounting
- Morning Care: feeding, water, cleaning
- Evening Care: feeding, water, cleaning
- Horse exercise
- Tack care and cleaning
- File organization
- Office cleaning
- Organizing research information
- Recording meeting minutes
- Document creation
- Youth mentoring volunteer
Due to a destructive fire this summer, Sundance Solace Society is not accepting applications for individual therapy at this time. All financial resources are being used for the barn rebuild and to increase our funding sources for specific group therapy projects. Please check back for updates regularly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.