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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

135 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bruno Alonso Cerpa R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 .

1 Leslie T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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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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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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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3 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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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

Review from Guidestar

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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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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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.

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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.

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 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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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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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.