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Swan Center Outreach Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Education, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to provide spiritually minded individuals with knowledge and experiences with horses that lead to higher levels of awareness, balance and the fulfillment of one’s purpose. Our vision is to serve as a spiritual haven, while building a bridge from where you are in life to where you want to be. Values • Serving others • Kindness • Compassion • Education • Fun Swan Center Outreach is the community outreach of the Swan Center for Intuitive Living. We partner with previously abused and neglected horses, and offer programs to youth, adults and corporations that demonstrate the ability of animals to serve as teachers, healers and friends.

Target demographics: Volunteers who are interested in the role that horses can play in the quest for greater spiritual awareness

Geographic areas served: LA area

Programs: Horse Handler Volunteer Program This program is for volunteers who are interested in the role that horses can play in the quest for greater spiritual awareness. Volunteers have the opportunity to feed, handle and train horses, and do general ranch work. No previous horse experience is necessary. We offer an ongoing training program.

Community Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach and Swan Center for Intuitive Living has provided me with the confidence and wisdom I needed to pursuit my goals in life as well as the inner peace and discipline to stay focused and committed. I am deeply and completely grateful and consider myself very lucky to know that such an inspiring place exists and that I have had the opportunity to be a part of it.

1 Dervin G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How does one go about evaluating an organization that exists only for selfless love and serving those in need at the highest levels? that brings such a bright light and extreme positive balance into the world in these challenging times? I support its herds of Master life instructors the horses and their human partners with all my heart as well invite everyone to assist in this celebration of happiness!

That's Eeyore in the photograph, the Swan Center's miniature donkey and maximal ambassador of affection! ❤️

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6

Former staff

Rating: 5

So excited about the horses moving to a warmer, lower altitude as almost all of them were born and lived the major part of their lives closer to sea level. I'm certain this will be great for the health of the aging herd cared for by Master Rose Ashley who taught all of us everything we know about horses, their inner life and care. [As a result of that acquaintance with these miraculous souls even though a city slicker I became their farrier for over ten years in North Georgia]

We have loved Colorado and deeply appreciated the many many happy volunteers and excited program participants throughout the 20yrs in Georgia now 10 in Silverthorne. Of course it's always hard to say goodbye but I don't believe in those anyway. California is a state in crisis that needs a lot of love right now and our next step is to bring all of ours to serve in that beautiful place. Looking forward to seeing your lovely faces and uplifting hearts once again now out on the sunny rolling hills of Southern California.

I can't wait to come out myself!

Best to all,
Dervin Gilbert
Charlotte, North Carolina
www.800casting.com/24593

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1 Leslie T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In a recent visit to the new facility in Castaic, CA, I was happy to see our friends so happy and healthy. And along with my assurance of Animals as Teachers, Healers & Friends, I was indeed...taught, and healed and loved. A commitment to growing in self awareness and spiritual awareness means being on the lookout for the next advancement in growth. In this case, I had King to thank for being a great partner and teacher, gaining an understanding of what looking out for the whole was really all about...thanks buddy...

Leslie Thomas
Le Claire, IA

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter clung to me in fear, not for the first time, when trying something new...Riding Thunder was a very big, new thing, but Swan Center Outreach has a lot of love to offer a frightened child, and a lot of practice with kids, like mine, with autism and other life challenges. You can see her smile in the camp photo. There is so much value to gain with just one, positive, confidence building experience. It is priceless. . .
I am so grateful for the many volunteers in Summit County who made that experience possible. Now that the organization has moved to Sunny CA, and programs can happen year round; it is my fervent hope that many, many more children can be served with love, hope, and that one, indelible, positive life experience they can carry with them always.
From the bottom of our hearts...we are ever grateful..
Leslie Thomas

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

These people are great at hooking you financially through their "love" and then they rip your heart out. I have no money so I worked as much as humanly possible to return the money I did not have. There were people that had money that weren't even allowed to say good bye to the horse they loved, and when asked to say good bye, they were turned away. What kind of love is that?

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an avid equestrian and a person who has loved and handled horses all my life, I was a bit naive as to what my Swan Center workshop would offer me. However from the onset of my day, I discovered how I projected myself in the world and the true impact of my thoughts actions on myself and the world around me. Thru interactions with the horses and the leaders of the class I discovered avenues to better communicate with myself and others to create positive outcomes. Swan Center workshops offers tools based on co-operation, respect and fun .
The Swan Center is an asset to the community and to all the furry friends in it too !!
Jeanine Winborn

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Many times in life we yearn for acceptance, love, and peace. Swan Center Outreach is the one place to gain all three and more. The horses are the greatest healers and after interacting with them, you are at peace. The volunteers and staff and warm, helpful and loving. Swan Center Outreach is a beacon for those in need. At one time, I was one of those people in need, now all I can do is thank God for leading me to this wonderful organization. I guarantee you will leave happier than you arrived!

3 CaliforniaSwan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach is a safe haven for people and animals. It is a place to experience the joy of learning about yourself, your energy and how it affects others. It is a place for amazing animals and people to come together and love and support one another.

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9

Board Member

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach has been loving and caring for animals since 1987. All decisions regarding our animals are made with their best interests at heart. We are going to great lengths to ensure the best quality transportation and care for our animals on the road. The life threatening health issue of one of our founders has caused us to relocate out of the high altitude of Colorado. We feel strongly that our animals (some who are older) will fair much better in the sunny state of California. We are interested in continuing the spiritual focus of our organization and as such felt that the move to California would be in the best interest of our animals as well as our organization. We have appreciated all of the volunteers in Colorado and hope that your lives were changed for the better as a result of supporting our organization! Thank you for all your efforts!

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4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cherish the time spent at the swan outreach center. A well run organization that has transformed rescue horses into beautifully trained animals. The horses in turn help transform you while you work with them. The spiritual growth that I have experienced in the last year has changed my life. Everyone needs to have the benefits of the swan center.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience, I learn how to connect myself with the horses. if you are an actor or an artist I would totally encourage you to try it, as an actor I found the whole program really helpful, because I worked a lot with energy in terms to guide and lead the horse which I later apply in my career. The enviroment and the people made it even better, they made me feel secure and brave, I totally recommend this place.

6 Paul203

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have over 15+ years as a volunteer with the Swan Center and I can say unequivocally that being involved as a volunteer was truly life changing and enlightening. Many others that I know who have been involved have maintained life-long connections with other members and all I can say is do yourself a favor-you won't regret it!

Paul Lemal

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach partners incredibly trained rescued horses with humans serving the L.A. metropolitan area. A safe, fun and loving environment for adults, children and families. Businesses and corporations alike are welcomed for a unique Team Building experience with horses on the ground!!!
Very proud and humbled to have been a part of this life changing organization for over 30 years! Come play with the horses!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Thrilled for the horses that they will now experience warmer climate!! They have been teachers, healers and friends to the children, families and adults of Summit County! Bonding with humans on an emotional, mental and most of all, a spiritual level will now take place in California. I am so proud to have been affiliated with Swan Center Outreach for over 28 years, as I have witnessed many miracles on horseback. Thank you and much appreciation to all the supporters and volunteers of Summit County, Colorado.

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5 Toodles

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is sad to have some people think that all they did was not appreciated because it was deeply; every volunteer, for every single hour they spent, for every donation made, those not there in person, were grateful beyond words. The person who wrote the programs, who rescued the horses and who loves them deeply could not survive in the altitude any longer. The horses and the loving way they have been handled will continue teaching children and adults in a climate kinder to their advancing years. Things change, people change, but never the love and care the Swan Center has for their charges both two legged and four legged.

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5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wow! Hard to believe, twenty-five years ago I was mucking the stalls of rescued horses and volunteering my help with their life changing programs. Now I'm a Board Member of Swan Center Outreach and my love and admiration for this organization for all it accomplishes for individuals and the community it serves, continues to grow. One visit is all it takes for anyone to fall in love with this very special organization.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I Have worked at this horrible organization for many years helping the horse's and this beautiful ranch. I have basically turned my cheek to all the common criminal activity's throughout my time at the ranch because I wanted to help this organization out. But in time I found out that the ringleader(Master Rose ) who ran this organization is nothing more than a professional con artist. I feel really sorry for the kids and all the volunteers that have put their heart an soul and worked very hard to be only in the end treated like dirt and kicked in the face by these people. Now that they are almost out of Colorado they will be in California preying and suckering in new people into this organization that have know idea what will happen to them. Please do not help them especially with any money. When they come looking stay far away.





4 foolmeonce

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a dedicated volunteer for four years at the Swan Center in Silverthorne, winter, spring, summer, and fall. Although i loved the ranch and the animals, I never subscribed to the 'spiritual' aspect of this bogus organization, and never was shown a shred of gratitude for the time, energy, love, and yes, foolishly, money, i gave. The alleged leaders, 'Master Ashley' and 'Master Rose' have not shown up at the ranch for well over a year -neither EVER mucked stalls, or dug barn doors out of the snow, or picked ice from the horses' hooves. They micro-managed from Malibu, and drove a succession of wonderful caretakers away with their unreasonable demands and lack of gratitude. When the decision was made to move the horses, the non-cult-member volunteers were banned from the ranch. We never got a chance to say goodbye to our beloved charges. I wish the horses, especially Patches and King and Dakota, (and goats and sheep and camelids) well, but I hope those of you reading this do not give money to this self-serving non-profit. Ask to look at their books. Ask to look at their programs. Ask to talk to those of us who actually did the work at their ranch.

8 Sherry10

Donor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer it is my understanding that due to the desire to maintain the spiritual focus of the programs with the horses and in addition to serious health challenges faced by one of the founders, the board decided a move to California would be conducive to the well-being of the horses and people involved.

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6

Donor

Rating: 5

While I have observed Swan Center Outreach for a number of years in addition to participating in their trail rides, Leadership programs and Riding Intuitively workshop, I am always amazed with the outcomes and experiences of other participants. Their focus is on training the general public including children about the value of a relationship with animals especially one with horses. While this sounds fairly straight forward, the fact that they incorporate horses that may have come from abusive situations, were rescued and rehabilitated to the point where they offer their own lessons of recovery. Children and adults facing a health or family crisis often identify with the animals and can see a path of hope for themselves, which makes the programs priceless. To learn more, watch this short You Tube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaGljbNUvx4

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization is taking the horses out of Summit County and breaking children's hearts without regard to anyone's feelings. Do not support this organization.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Please do not give any money to this organization. They moved to Colorado from Georgia 8 years ago and have some of the most dedicated and amazing volunteers in Colorado. People who have given their free time and financial assistance to support the animals and programs. Then they CHANGE. No one is allowed near the horses and they now have a post that they need money to move the horses to CA. The horses are currently on a beautiful ranch with lots of acreage and beautiful fields. They did have lots of love from the volunteers until they restricted anyone from seeing them. They have broken the hearts of the volunteers and especially the kids that have fallen in love with these majestic animals. Many of the horses are quite old and may be so stressed from another big move that they may not make it. Don't get involved with this organization unless you want your heart broken and wallet emptied.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The Swan Center Outreach Inc. is simply a cult in my opinion. Any positive review you may read is written by one of the cult members dictated by the cult leaders. I had been a volunteer and recognized this outfit immediately as a cult. You need to hide your wallets and run like hell!

5 nancyspears1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operating a non-profit is a really tough job. Coming from a large corporate environment, it has been eye-opening for me to see the directors of this organization doing such a broad range of tasks themselves without big staffs of specialists to delegate to. They work incredibly hard for almost no compensation except their love of helping people and animals.

It amazes me how they can find time to do fundraising, without which the programs and horses would not survive, and still conduct the life-altering classes for children, adults, and people with special needs.

Even though I am no longer physically able to help with the ranch, I have found great satisfaction in helping with some of the many behind-the-scenes tasks that any business - for profit or non-profit - needs to do in order to operate. I believe in the cause and am always impressed with the results.

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing how many lives are touched -- animals and people -- by the Swan Center Outreach organization. I have been volunteering for 2 years, and I have learned so much, and met wonderful people who are an inspiration to me.

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6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I have been a long time volunteer for Swan Center Outreach. I have seen the transformations in many people through their experiences there. I am always warmed to see the children make such amazing strides with confidence and joy. There was no place I would rather bring my own child than there. Rose and John Longhill have long offered a place of safety, kindness and fun for so many children.

My daughter has been diagnosed ASD (autism spectrum disorder) for those of you familiar with the many challenges our children face, it is often difficult to find somewhere uplifting that we can go as a family for a successful outing that can accommodate her particular needs, not the least of which is an overwhelming fear of new situations. And that's what we all want as parents isn't it? A happy successful outing that offers memorable experiences and growth?

After seeing the thousands of children and animals nurtured and cared for over the years on this particular day it was my kid. My very special, very wonderful kid on horseback who had been "cleared to trot". As she rounded the judges stand with a grin from ear to ear, being sure we were watching, she continued her pass to join the others. Such confidence, such grace, such accomplishment I could not contain my emotion.

School has started again and carries it's own challenges but they don't seem so insurmountable anymore, I mean after all, "If I can ride a horse, I can do that!"

So come out to the Swan Center Outreach ranch, get a little dirty, love a few animals and let them love you back. Bring home your own successful outing and the incredible happiness that goes along with it.

LT-Iowa