What Can Horses Teach Us About Being There for Someone in Grief?

An Experiential Workshop in Partnership with Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT)


In her research into what “good grief support” looks like, researcher and author Dr. Joanne Cacciatore discovered that bereaved individuals rated pets as their most satisfactory source of support. According to Cacciatore, “When it comes to good grief support, perhaps we may have much to learn from our fellow non-human animals.”

Join us for this unique event where the horses at TROT will help us explore what good grief support looks like. Through gentle, guided pasture encounters with the TROT herd, Sierra and Laura will support the process as we find answers together.

April 13, 2024 from 9AM to Noon at TROT

8920 E Woodland Road, Tucson 85749

Space is limited to 20 participants

This workshop has a suggested donation of $35. Donations help us to do what we do, but if this is a hardship for you please donate what you can. To make a donation, click here. This will open a new page, be sure to return to this page and register below. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

*No riding involved, close-toed shoes required

"We're all just walking each other home" - Ram Dass

Workshop Facilitators

Sierra Ohrel

Sierra Ohrel, LPC, has been in the presence of horses all of her life and has witnessed their healing powers. She is a Nature-Based Expressive Arts Practitioner, Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and Equine Specialist from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH).

Laura Brinckerhoff

Laura Brinckerhoff, LPC, is a life long horsewoman, educator and facilitator in the field of Equine Assisted Mental Health. She is an advanced Certified Compassionate Bereavement Provider (CBC) and specializes in grief companionship. 

Are you ready to build a compassionate understanding of loss?

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