Celtic Charms is truly the kind of place that changes lives. It changed my life. I think everyone that walks though this door finds a sense of peace here. The horses are the real magic and what they can do for the students. Everyone benefits from this welcoming environment. Volunteers, students, parents, siblings... It is not just this place to pass by and wonder, "Hey what do they do there"? Come and see for yourself... I am glad I stopped here and volunteered my time.
Celtic Charms is a warm and welcoming place where everyone fits in and is appreciated. As a volunteer, it is truly gratifying to watch students improve over time and to see how happy they are to ride and take care of their horses.
Celtic Charms is aptly named, for it truly is a magical place that transforms people with disabilities into equestrians. While volunteering there I have seen the expressions of joy and pride on the faces of the riders and their family members. There are Celtic Charms students who cannot walk, others who cannot speak, and some who cannot make eye contact; yet their instructors get them onto their mounts or into a horse-driven carriage, and they move freely, focus their minds, strengthen their bodies...and often smile.
The facility is immaculate and the grounds and horses are beautiful, but the best thing about Celtic Charms is the people. The instructors are highly skilled, patient, and passionate about their students, the horses, and the progress they make together. Celtic Charms is a happy, bustling place where everyone is on the same winning team – instructors, family members, volunteers, even the facility manager and the animal attendant. They all play their parts (and so well!) in supporting the organization’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship.
I work as a leader at the barn, leading the horses in the lessons. All the animals a well kept, the barn is kept very clean and all the staff and volunteers are wonderful to work with. Non of the riders, volunteers, or animals are ever put in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable. Celtic Charm is a wonderful place to volunteer at.
I work mostly with the smaller animals. Beyond horses we have a cow, a pot-bellied pig, two ducks, two barn cats. One of the cats even sometimes let's strangers hold him, but no guarantee he'll always be around. We also have chickens, oh so many chickens. As such we have a limited amount of fresh eggs and yes, they are for sale. Now more than a few of these lovely animals live on parts of the property clients are unlikely to spend much time in. Instead you get the volunteers who are very nice, and the horses that are very nice, and the instructors and the owners and the staff; Everyone is very nice.
Volunteering at Celtic Charms is an amazing and rewarding choice. I was overwhelmed by how many people just simply give out of the goodness of their hearts to this wonderful non-profit. The horses, instructors, students, parents.... are all what makes this a great family. We are all there for the same reason and have one goal in mind. The founders are incredible people that pour their heart and soul into this organization day after day. Please consider giving anything you can -- even if it is just your time. You have not truly lived unless you give to others .. something that truly cannot be repaid.
Took a tour with a friend and observed 1st hand how much they are helping her daughter. Such a lovely place with kind staff
Celtic Charms is a fantastic place to receive riding lessons. The staff is prompt, and extremely knowledgeable. It has a fun loving, warm, friendly atmosphere. Having been to many barns in New Jersey, I can safely say that Celtic Charms is like no other. A top notch facility with well groomed, and well mannered horses. I would recommend Celtic Charms to any current, or potential riders.
Must start by saying how wonderful and fulfilling Celtic Charms has become to me . I started volunteering and didn't realize what an impact riding and spending time w a horse can make. I've seen children come alive when they are riding and grooming the horses. The farm is beautiful and the staff couldn't be more helpful. I walked into this just to volunteer but the staff is so great w so many individuals and their needs, that I find myself in awe. Everyone is so helpful and knowledgable that they answer all my questions and I go home learning something new everyday .Its a wonderful place and just knowing the difference they are making to even just one child is really a blessing..
Celtic Charms is a great place to work. I finally have the time to persue my lifelong love of horses. I didn't realize helping with Special children would be just as enjoyable. A visit to the facility will show Celtic Charms for the beautiful place it is with beautiful people to work with. Many volunteers are family members and the students themselves. Volunteers are made to feel welcome and indespensable for any time that they can contribute.
Spending tme at Celtic Charms as a volunteer has given me so many great oppotunities to work with the staff, horses and students and to learn and grow from these experiences. It is an excellent organization with individuals who are very knowledgeable and caring. I enjoy being a part of their continuing good work!