Team Building with Animals

Donkey TherapyAnimals for Therapy, Team Building, & Spiritual Discovery in Santa Fe

Dream Catcher Retreat Center fosters the human-animal bond that has existed for thousands of years. We offer Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to improve social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. For team building and motivational effectiveness, we invite your group to bond with alpacas, goats, sheep, rabbits, donkeys and more.


Why Donkey Therapy?

According  to Dr. May Dodd, donkey therapy promotes the therapeutic benefits for physically, mentally and intellectually disabled patients.  It improves low-self esteem, and reduces feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

Donkeys have the ability to balance and calm anxious, agitated emotions through gentle interaction.  They bring mental and emotional calm to physically orr psychologically distressed people.


Therapy with donkeysOur Donkeys have crosses on their backs, and there is a legend that goes with it

A poor farmer near Jersualem owned a donkey far to small to do work at all.  He felt he could not afford to feed this useless animal so told his family that he was going to kill him.

The children begged him to put a free sign on him near the road.  He did and two men approached the next day saying they would take him for Jesus.  The farmer warned that he could carry almost nothing.  The farmer could not imagine why a great teacher would want this animal, but handed him over anyway.

The men took the animal to Jesus who kindly stroked the animals face and then mounted it and road away.  So it was on that day we call Palm Sunday, Jesus led his followers into the city of Jerusalem riding on the back of a small, common donkey.

The donkey so loved his gentle master that he later followed him to Calvary.  Grief-stricken by the sight of Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away, but could not leave.  It was then that the shadow of the cross fell upon the shoulders and back of the donkey, and there it stayed.  All Jerusalem donkeys have borne the sign of the cross on their backs since that day.


Most domestic donkeys are friendly and docile by nature

Their motivation can be food or social interaction with humans.  If they become stubborn we think it is more of a strong inclination of self-preservation.  They also quickly learn to avoid frightening or painful situations.  They have an intense sense for sight, hearing and smell.  Their hearing is superior to humans.  When a donkey nuzzles to smell that is to identify whether the  the animal knows the individual, as to who they know and donot know.

Donkeys can not see directly in front or in back of themselves, which is why you never approach them with out speaking to them first.  Generally speaking donkeys are not easily spooked as horses, and tend to freeze rather than flee at a disturbance.


Team Building with Animals

Therein lies the challenge and the fun!  If you thought other people were challenging to work with well we guarantee you will be working with both sides of the brain to figure out how to make these animals do what you would like them to do!  If you thought alpacas, goats, and a donkey were enough of a challenge – this fall we will be starting with chickens.  Come on and loosen up while the animals teach you a thing or two!


Dream Catcher Retreat Center knows that you will never be the same after you encounter the love from these animals.  So what are you waiting for?  Click Here or call 1-505-699-3080 today.

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