I had the best experience at the Swan Center. Ashely and Pana are so knowledgeable and kind hearted. I appreciate the time they took to teach me how to work with the horses and answer all my random questions. I also loved hearing the beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking stories of where the horses came from and how they found the Swan Center. It’s amazing to know they are all loved and well cared for now. I highly recommend volunteering at the Swan Center! You’ll enjoy the fresh air, gorgeous views and priceless one on one time with these magestic horses. Thank you Swan Center!
This is a great place to volunteer! Living in the city you don't have much time for yourself. Volunteering here has brought mental ease on a busy week. I get to interact with horses and help maintain a clean home for them. These horses are super friendly and love being groomed and pampered. Im surprised at how well I have began to know the horse's habits in such little time volunteering. The staff is very attentive to their horses and volunteers like myself. This organization belongs on this site because it really is a GREAT nonprofit!
The Swan Center is terrific! I take a group to volunteer there once a week and have seen great improvements in their work skills. My group has intellectual disabilities and require a lot of direction and attention. My group has improved in counting and measuring food for the horses. They love to groom the horses and talk to them. They do not mind getting down and dirty. My clients look forward to going once a week and helping the horses. The Swan Center staff is patient with giving us directions and showing us how to complete a task hands on! We love volunteering here!
The Swan Center is such an amazing place, me and my group look forward to volunteering there each week. The people there are wonderful and lovely to work with. The love they have for the horses is truly inspiring. We have learned so much throughout our short time there and are very happy that we have the opportunity to volunteer here.
When I was looking for possible places to volunteer, I ran across the Swan Center on an LA based volunteer site. I'm so grateful I did- I really resonated with the mission and all they stood for. This place has been an great experience to be a part of. From the amazing Rose who runs it all, to the incredible selfless staff-it really is such a place of healing,growth, self awareness, and contribution. The horses are incredible- such fantastic creatures of God and they are such fun to be around. I love the energy here- one of welcoming acceptance and connection to nature's most beautiful animals. I can not recommend the Swan Center more highly- it truly is a place that feels like home. Brian B.
I am blessed I get to volunteer for this horse rescue but recently I was doubly blessed to work with (4) some would say mentally challenged guys but I say some of the sweetest, gentalist men I have ever met. I got to see the rescue through their eyes
As a high school student, I have volunteered with many organizations just for the sake of fulfilling volunteering requirements. When I discovered Swan Center Outreach, I expected a similar experience, but what I got was so much more. At the Swan Center you feel a direct connection to the work you are doing. It is easy to form bonds with the people, and Swan Center Outreach provides a fantastic sense of community. It is even easier to fall in love with the animals. The horses are extremely intelligent beings and teach not only of hard work and discipline, but also of the importance of empathy and confidence. I highly recommend the Swan Center to anyone seeking a truly heart warming experience.
I have been a volunteer with the Swan Center for over a year now, and will probably be with them until I’m too old to sweep a barn. This organization emphasizes a healthy respect and love for all the animals and people it serves. The founders and staff (including the volunteers) work together to provide a safe and happy environment for the horses, and the horses are thriving. Even the old ones who can’t physically work as therapy animals are carefully tended to and treated with dignity. Most of these horses were rescued from bad situations where they were abused, neglected or both. They have been re-trained and treated with gentleness since they came to the Swan Center, and therefore are ready and willing to help with the therapy and growth opportunities the Center provides for individuals, businesses, and professional organizations. I can’t say enough about what the Swan Center gives to these horses and shares with the community. I have learned so much by being a part of it.
I heard of the Swan Center from my friend, Nancy Turner. I volunteered and really enjoyed my time. I helped prep the grain and hays for the horses and led them to their individual stalls.
That was my first time interacting with horses and they were very gentle. The experience was calming and relaxing. I plan on going back again. I’ve already told my friends about the organization and they plan on volunteering when time permits as well.
Why did I choose to volunteer? Mental wellness became an important factor for me in the recent years. I climbed the corporate ladder quickly in my 20s and neglected my mental wellness. I eventually crashed in my late 20s and that became something I focused on.
This organization is kids friendly too, if you have little ones. They are located just about 30-45 mins north of Los Angeles. A great way to disconnect from the busy city life for a while!
I first came to Swan Center twenty years ago as a volunteer.over the years the many programs i have been involved in and the interaction with the animals and staff have truly enriched and changed me forever.I will continue to lend my support for as long as I am able
As a young teenager in Germany, I rode horses and was “horse crazy.” My best friend and I were dropped off at the stables every Saturday morning by our parents, and we mucked and did chores all day long to earn riding time. As an adult, my path didn’t cross with horses again until I decided to do volunteer work, and I learned about Swan Center Outreach on a volunteer website.
I didn’t realize how much I’d missed interacting with horses until I visited SCO. From the moment I stepped on the property one year ago, I was smitten.
Horses possess a unique intellect, empathy and warmth that becomes evident the more you’re around them. I’m not exactly sure how they do it, but they make me feel calmer and more centered. They also make me want to be more patient and to take my time (which is saying a lot, as I am usually in a hurry).
These thirty rescued equine (28 horses, 1 pony and 1 silly donkey) have captured my heart. SCO’s staff and volunteers clearly adore these animals; I wish that all animals were as loved and nurtured as these animals are. The humans at SCO are pretty special, too… always willing to pass on information about horses and to make the chores fun.
Swan Center Outreach has enriched my life in ways that are difficult to put into words. I am thankful to spend time there, and I look forward every week to feeding and caring for the horses, interacting with them, and learning from them. I have made some wonderful human friends as well, so the last year has truly been a time of absolute gratitude.
Talk to the animals!
When someone said "animal communication" to me...I was immediately on board. After all, I had always talked to my dog, and imagined my dog's response. But the words were one-sided, mine. My dogs never said anything when they collectively decided to jump in the creek. They just went...How did that happen? Why didn't they invite me? Maybe they did and I just didn't "hear" it!
After studying the non-verbal communication of animals with Rose Ashley, I am more certain than ever that not only do animals "talk to us"; it is in a language far richer and deeper than words. Learning how this subtle communication happens, and watching the body language and reactions of the animals to me, and with each other has offered a wealth of information about how to effectively communicate with people in a way that is far more effective. My level of awareness about what is going on through their body language and response helps me frame my conversation so differently and with more intent and less reaction.
I am happy to report my relationships have improved ... all of them. Great stuff!
"Plays in the Creek"
Swan Center Outreach is a sanctuary for all who come together here. I get tremendous satisfaction when I leave the barn and can hear tails swish and happy munching. There is such a sense of peace. I know the horses have helped me far more than I have helped them. BTW Rowdy is a snuggler so if you've never been snuggled by a horse, it is a worthwhile experience.
Swan Center has changed my life . My relationship with animals have expanded in now I can see them as a mirror of what I am putting out there. Animal have become my teachers.
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.
Swan Center Outreach focuses on so much more than horses. They are building a community that helps people in their spiritual growth. The horses are the perfect mirrors for that. They don't have any filters and are amazing and compassionate creatures!
The feeling I got when I visited the Swan center , is one of a place working for a future understanding of the importance of contact between man and animals in general , not just horses .
The benefits , regarding the understanding of our sensitivity and our empathy with others , are huge since the first hour you interact with those horses , because in so many ways they are like sensitive human beings and the Center teaches you how to use your energy in the accurate and addecuate way with them . In this interactions I happened to discover interesting things about myself that I use to this day .
If you are somebody that understands how important inner personal growth and understanding of oneself is for life , then you should participate of the Swan Center experience .
It can change your life .
Swan center is magnificent. People who work there really love horses and try to do their best to save them. Horses began to trust people again and they began to understand horses. You have to go and see for yourself and realise how big this is, the bond between nature animals and humanity is special! Kids love this place, it fills them with the purest feelings and learning about horses make them want to come again. One thing is for sure, once you visited Swan center outreach, it will change the way you see things in your everyday life.
Swan Center is a great place fool of love. I am a valanter I go to help out.
I love that place the people are amazing and the energy is great. it is a very peaceful place.
The positive feedback we receive from each and every participant in our programs is spectacular and appreciated. We are always looking for new and better ways to support and serve our community. Thank you!
Witnessing the powerful, positive transformations so many children, young adults and adults have experienced over the years at the Swan Center Outreach ranch is much greater than words can describe. The smiles, laughter, happiness and joy so many gain from just one visit to the ranch is a sight to behold, and certainly touches my heart.
I would like to personally thank every volunteer for all their support!!
I have been a board member of Swan Center outreach for many years and have experienced their wonderful programs with our beautiful horses,. that we have rescued and saved from abuse. We have helped people of all ages gain knowledge about themselves by learning and riding and being part of our workshops with horses. I highly recommend these programs.
A place where miracles do happen! Humans can learn compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional love. Where horses become our teachers, healers and friends! This was my first experience with horses at this level over 30 years ago. Please support this life changing organization.
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!!!