Our New ‘Heart’ Quarters Invites Creativity, Calm and Connection

The Mane Intent

We have a new gathering space on the farm. It’s The Mane Intent’s ‘Heart’ Quarters.

In June, we welcomed the arrival of a building formally used as a portable classroom. I originally purchased the building in January and waited six long months for its eventual arrival on two separate trucks.

With our ‘found time’ on the farm this summer, we had plenty of opportunity to repurpose our new to us building.

While a little tired looking and in need of attention, we put new life into this space with a thorough wash down, several coats of paint inside and out, a new floor, and a welcoming décor of repurposed furniture, artwork as well as vintage linens and a variety of found objects.

The building also features blackboards, white boards, a projector and screen and lots of storage to tuck away workshop supplies. It’s now equipped with a mini fridge and an area for coffee, tea and other refreshments.

Artwork by Cynthia Fox

It’s now one of my favour places to hang out (and our clients love it too). My heart is full when I walk into this bright, airy and calming space knowing that my vision for a place that invites creativity, sharing and healing is now a reality.

All individual and group sessions are now taking place in our new “Heart” Quarters. In future, we plan to host writing workshops, art-making and other offerings to complement our equine-assisted learning programs. It’s a safe space for trauma-informed and strengths-based programming for people of all ages.

I’m grateful for all who helped with and supported our vision for a new safe space for connection. Special mention goes to McCulloch Movers  for getting the building here, putting it back together again and providing phenomenal follow-up. A huge thanks to True Colours Painting and Decorating for painting the exterior of the building and to Heffernan Electric for hooking us up to hydro. Also grateful to my friend Marion Langford for helping me pick out the dreamiest of blue from Benjamin Moore called Constellation – and then spending a day with me to paint the walls yet again.

Most of all, I am grateful to my life partner and husband, Chris van den Berg, who continues to support, believe in and share the vision for our work at The Mane Intent.

Believe you can and you will.

About the Author

Jennifer Garland is the founder of The Mane Intent Inc. offering equine-assisted learning programs including Health and Wellness Workshops, Individual and Team Effectiveness Coaching and Leadership Development. Jennifer provides coaching, counsel and support to individuals and groups  from all walks of life to create opportunities to build productive relationships, facilitate learning and to embrace change.  Learn more about Jennifer’s professional experience, lectures, awards and publications here.

For more information or to book a private virtual session with Jennifer, please call 705-295-6618 or email jgarland@themaneintent.ca