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 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.
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...
Le Claire, IA
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!
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.
Review from Guidestar
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
When a person finds the reason GOD created them and embraces it fully, you have something of rare and powerful beauty. The Longhills were designed to rescue these majestic beauties. I'm so thankful for people like them, and hope thier important work continues for all time. True inspiration!
In trying to decide where to donate, I look for many things. One that is most important is the selflessness of the people involved. They do what they can with what they have to make something work. Swan Center takes an idea, makes it work and then they continue to make it better.
Not only does this benefit the animals and the people that are there for the programs but for the volunteers as well. It is a place where people of all ages can learn how to be a volunteer. My grand kids love it and will become good philanthropists as a result.
I only donate to nonprofits that I can connect to on several levels. This organization helps so many horses and other unwanted animals. The staff is very caring of the animals and they teach children of all ages how to take caring of them as well. I treated my 9 year old neighbor to a day camp. She exercised the smaller animals, fed and groomed the horses and then had a riding lesson before the day's end. Her comment, "I no longer want to be a singer when I grow up, I want to be a cowgirl!" I realize it must cost a lot of money to take care of just one horse and their herd is at least 15 or more, plus the goats, llamas, sheep, donkeys and ponies. I can my time, any thing I can afford and donate items to their thrift store. Please look at their website and if so moved, give as much as you can, they will thank you for it.