The horse. Beautiful, powerful, and capable of incredible healing potential. He helps children walk and speak, he helps bring our inner light to the surface. He heals wounded spirits, and wounded bodies. He is a living, breathing, sentient being. And sometimes, he is the one who needs healing. Nestled just outside the hustle and bustle of town is Epona Farm, a small private farm specifically designed to help transform the lives of horses and humans. Since 2008 we have served hundreds with humane and compassionate horsemanship instruction with a focus on Equine Assisted Wellness. We have a simple mission with our work, to help horses and humans live healthy, and happily. We want to connect people and horses, and help them learn from one another, while bringing trust, kindness, compassion, and joy into their lives.
A well body is a functionally fit body. Our programs emphasize healthy lifestyle choices including exercise. In addition to walking and riding, we also have an Equicizer for fitness & riding goals.
Stress and cluttered thoughts can create havoc in our lives. We use our nearly 3 decades of Yoga and mind-body practice to help you rid your life of stress, and improve cognitive wellness.
Joy, playfulness, imagination, peace.
When did you experience all of those bliss filled emotions in a single day? Happiness and peace are a gift to ourselves, and we deserve to make it a priority!
Our Equine Assisted Wellness programming brings the principles of humane horsemanship, Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Hippotherapy, Functional Fitness, Yoga, and traditional horsemanship together into a powerful, transformative system of equine assisted activities, it's Horse Powered Wellness℠ and it can bring positive change to anyone of any age or ability.
About the Instructor and Team
Colleen Cheechalk is the owner of Epona Farm and has been involved with animal assisted therapies for nearly 20 years, and a full time therapeutic riding instructor and equine specialist in equine assisted learning and psychotherapy for almost a decade. She is holds several health and wellness certifications and advanced training including therapeutic exercise, yoga, Hippotherapy, therapeutic recreation and wellness coaching. In addition to her experience with people she is a former veterinary assistant with an advanced specialization in equine veterinary nursing, and education in veterinary technology. She also received her training in equine sports massage with Mary Scribner of Equissage in Round Hill, VA. She is currently completing her second degree, a BS/MS in Health Science. In her spare time she loves to cook and volunteers her time as a community educator in plant based cooking and nutrition.
Colleen also works with a trained adult staff who bring their talents and passions to the program, and credentials including Hippotherapy and Equine Specialist certification.