Inviting Healthier, Resilient Leadership

The Mane Intent

Businesses and organizations seek high performance culture. Culture is about leadership. Leadership is about relationship. Horses invite us to engage in healthier, resilient leadership that is authentic,  creating meaningful connections with shared purpose and all parties fully present. For beginner leaders or leaders with a beginner’s mindset — experiential learning with horses accelerates your professional […]

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Finding Beauty in Broken

The Mane Intent

Can you appreciate the beauty reflected in what’s broken? We recently concluded our 12th group of Building Internal Resilience Through Horses with an activity called Kintsugi. Kintsugi means “golden rejoining”, and refers to the Zen philosophy of acknowledging flaws, embracing change, and restoring an object with new found beauty. It’s a wonderful metaphor for resilience. […]

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Transformational Tourism is Here

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“Transformational travel is here, motivated by a shift in perspective, self-reflection and development, and a deeper communion with nature and culture,” shared Nancy Arsenault of the Tourism Café. Nancy was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Regional Tourism Organization 8 annual meeting earlier this year. We welcomed Nancy’s invitation to complement her presentation,  sharing our […]

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Vital Communities Grant Supports Equine Learning for LGBTQ+ Youth

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We’re thrilled to share Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC) received a $5,000 Vital Communities Grant November 14 from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (CFGP). The funds will support a new initiative between KSAC, The Mane Intent, Camp fYrefly and Trent University offering Building Internal Resilience Through Horses to youth counsellors of Trent University’s Camp […]

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Building a Sense of Mastery and Relatedness with Horses

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“Thank you – this group gave me a chance to see the real me.” — Participant, Building Internal Resilience Through Horses This month we welcomed the 12th group of young women to Building Internal Resilience Through Horses. We are so grateful for this collaboration and research initiative between The Mane Intent, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre […]

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Haute Goat’s New ‘Haute Horse’ Experience

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We’re pleased to share that we are now collaborating with Haute Goat to offer a new “Haute Horse” experience. Haute Goat is located near Port Hope, just minutes north of Hwy 401. A new Haute Horse experience complements Haute Goat’s farm experiences, including Goat Shmurgles, Haute Goat Yoga, Alpaca Walks, Farm-Life workshops, Team Building and […]

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Discovering Logotherapy: Our Search for Meaning

The Mane Intent

I’ve just completed my first year of academic studies as I work towards a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I have another year of course work followed by an eight month practicum at a local agency. Ultimately my intention is to become a Registered Therapist through the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and […]

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Memories of Canadian Tire

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Memories bubble up when revisiting a place or space. Some help shape and define us. Such are my memories of Canadian Tire. This summer’s mother-daughter road trip from our farm to St. John’s, Newfoundland was ripe with memories. My daughter Sarah, now 28, is pursuing an interest in music as a cultural practice and starting […]

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Vital Communities Grant Supports Indigenous Youth

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We thoroughly enjoyed hosting youth and parents from Curve Lake First Nation and Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre this summer. Thanks to a 2019 Vital Communities grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough to our community partner, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, we offered each a day of self-discovery and community-building. Our time together was an invitation […]

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Introducing Donkey Jake

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We’re very late in formally introducing our newest team member — Jake. Jake is a standard donkey who arrived at the farm in January. It took some time for Leroy Brown to accept another donkey into his herd. Now the two are inseparable. For many clients, our donkey’s offer a safe and calm presence, particularly […]

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