WHO WE ARE
We are a family of intuitive wellness professionals, two and four-legged! We would love for you to join our Herd through our wide variety of programs and services to support you on the path of self-discovery and healing, in harmony with Nature.
Our non-profit organization was founded in 2012 by me, Fotini Chandrika and our first two Horse Teachers, Spirit and Malachi. With the unwavering support of my husband, Sensei Kevin, the Horses and I were able to grow our Herd, to include Penny and Isa, and evolve our vision into a community of wellness-driven clients of all ages! In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we downsized our Home and moved a short distance from our Tottenham location to our new farm in Loretto, Ontario. In light of our transition and with an invitation from the new space, we changed our operating name from The Big Red Barn Creativity & Wellness Centre to Red Barn Wellness Farm, where we are grateful to evolve the vision of a sacred space for horses to help humans and humans to help horses!
NATURE-BASED HEALING, TOGETHER WITH HORSES
Over the past two decades of personal and professional experience with nature-based healing, we have come to realize that Horses truly are the greatest teachers of all! Their honesty in reflecting their keen present moment awareness of energy and emotions in humans makes them 1000+ pounds of pure biofeedback! Their spiritual presence in mythology and religion dates back thousands of years, making it clear that there are unique qualities within the horse-human relationship that is profound and worthy of deeper exploration!
Through countless hours of research in neuroscience, spirituality, heart energy and emotional intelligence, we are fully convinced that Horses hold the wisdom that can help us find our way back to in presence with our authentic selves! As naturally sensitive and empathic beings, Horses provide non-judgmental support to highly sensitive people of all ages, providing the tools to thrive in today's world. Deeply connected to their environment and the Earth, Horses can help us to slow down the pace and reconnect with our inner resources, the flow of medicine that can be found in nature and the healing nature that can be found within ourselves.
No riding takes place. No horse experience is necessary.
At Red Barn Wellness Farm, we offer you the opportunity to explore:
therapeutic PLANTS and healing HERBS
mindful MOVEMENT and conscious BREATH
heart CONNECTION and creative EXPRESSION
With the Horse as our guide, we reconnect to the forgotten knowledge and insights that bring us back to the wisdom of nature and our ancestors. The Horses have a way of reminding us of who we truly are and where we come from, in our authenticity.
THE HEARTS OF OUR HERD
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Private Sessions for Individuals ages 9+:
Sessions are approximately 1.5 hours and involve a combination of intuitive coaching, equine guided wellness (i.e. horse time!) and creative reflection/expression. (Distance options available, please inquire).
Partner Sessions (couples, colleagues, friends or family members):
Sessions are approximately 1.5 hours and involve a combination of intuitively designed exercises to deepen connection, enhance communication and explore creativity together.
Private and Group retreats (half day and full day options):
Retreat packages are 4 - 8 hours in length with customized facilitation for up to four people. The farm is reserved for your retreat, with no other operations taking place during your special time. Retreats include refreshments, snacks and a wholesome plant-based lunch.
Please Visit our Calendar of Events for more upcoming offerings including our Classes, Group Retreats, Summer Camps and Training Opportunities!
All of our classes and events require pre-registration and space is limited.
Please contact us to register for an event and to book a private session or retreat.
Please note that WE ARE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We love to meet new people and know you may be curious, but, given the sensitive nature of our work, we ask that there are no 'drop-ins' please. We appreciate your understanding.
If you are an Equine Guided Professional, or aspiring to become one, please visit our sister organization, Awaken with Horses International, for more information about our business coaching & training programs with Horses.
“Each session has elevated me and facilitated profound emotional, mental and physical transformation.
From the heart,through the heart, heart to heart.
The Horses and Fotini are the best “therapy” I can imagine...
— Jo-Anne Beggs, Private Client
“I attended a day retreat 'Healing with Horses' with Fotini and the herd. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, learning through the help of the horses' wise souls, and Fotini's knowledgeable guidance.
It was an eye opening and heartwarming experience.
— Cindy Voss, Retreat Participant