The Path of The Horse

Horses helping us heal.

At the Path of the Horse we aim to assist people of all ages and from all walks of life who seek better mental health and well-being. Our work is a powerful, effective and empathetic approach that assists our clients make positive change.  We help people become more self-aware about themselves which will enable them to make clearer choices about their lives. Through bringing about ‘awareness’, we work on ways to help heal, manage, build resilience, enjoy better relationships, and maintain better mental health. We welcome people just the way they are along with all their feelings and emotions.

We proudly support veterans, emergency service personnel and their families and others better manage conditions such as PTSD, anxiety and depression. We help young people discover coping mechanisms and assist them to understand their feelings and make aware choices. We work with people with Autism, those battling addictions, self-harm, grief and many other conditions.

Why Horses

Horses model some wonderful behaviours for us to follow when we learn to listen and walk their path. Horses live in a constant state of awareness that has enabled them to survive for millions of years. They always notice what is happening in their environment, what is happening with their feelings and their bodies.  Horses have an amazing ability to release stress and a truly unique capacity to share their empathy with humans. They never judge, they are completely honest and are our much-loved assistants in the healing process. They are great listeners too.   

No previous horse experience is required, just an open mind and a willingness to encounter a new way of allowing yourself to feel. You may be invited to meet the whole herd, take time groom one, participate in controlled lead work, perhaps a mounted experience or just share space with one of the herd that you feel drawn to.

What we do

Our clients are invited to take part in safe activities with the horses and then if they wish, process their experience, feelings and thoughts. Many of the experiences people have with our herd relates readily to life situations and can offer the opportunity to explore how we are in our relationships with others or how we are coping with life’s challenges. We will also demonstrate techniques that help people be calm and regain control.

We focus entirely on supporting individuals and their needs in private sessions. We also assist various organisations to build stronger relationships through improved understanding, communication, and leadership. Maintaining our clients physical and emotional safety and that of our herd is our priority always.

We also offer the Horse Wisdom Program (TM Equine Psychotherapy Institute) which is a comprehensive program that will take individuals or groups through Awareness, Boundaries, Feelings, Thoughts and Facing Challenges.
We are not a riding school or trail riding business.

Who We Are

The Path of the Horse is a Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission. All proceeds to the Charity to support our clients, horses and operations.  Dean Mighell is the Founder, Director and Practitioner. Dean trained with and is certified by the Equine Psychotherapy Institute as an Equine Assisted Learning practitioner and has also done trauma training and is currently studying at the Gestalt Institute of Australia.  Our Board is made up of volunteer Directors committed to the Charity and good governance. We are greatly assisted by a dedicated group of Volunteers, Veterans and locals.

Where we are located

The Path of the Horse operates very near the township of Trentham in Victoria’s Central Highlands an hour’s drive north of Melbourne along the Calder or Western Highways. We are surrounded by the beautiful Wombat State Forest and in a “Special Protection Zone” that supports conservation of our wildlife and habitat.  To find us, drive 1.7kms from the centre of Trentham along Cosmo Rd towards Blackwood then turn right on to Domino Rd (signposted on your left) and head west, our gate is 1.9kms on the right and clearly signed.
Contact Us

Call Dean Mighell on 0418354362 for further information or look us up on Facebook @ The Path of the Horse.
www.pathofthehorse.com.au

Please Support Us

We are a self-funded Charity. Ensuring we have trained, happy and healthy horses and maintaining the property we lease is a time consuming and expensive proposition and we need all the help we can get. If you can assist us with a donation to help us support our clients, sponsor a horse, provide horse feed or improve our facilities please contact us. All support is greatly appreciated.

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PUKAUP – Wayne Schwass

Puka Up is a new social enterprise founded by one of Australia’s leading mental health advocates, Wayne Schwass.

Having battled silently with his own mental health for much of his sporting career, Wayne is now a dedicated mental health advocate, committed to raising awareness about mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. In the Hindi language, Pukka means ‘authentic and genuine’.

“Our vision is to create the environments for every person to have authentic and genuine conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing”. 

Mental health conditions have the potential to impact anyone of us and we believe talking about this important issue is a life changing opportunity.  We are committed to creating environments for every person to be able to talk openly and honestly about mental health, emotional well-being and suicide prevention without fear or judgement.

We believe every person matters.
We believe its ok to look after your mental health
Be authentic, be YOU!

“Suicide is a national issue that tragically claimed the lives of 3,027 people in 2015. That’s 2.3 times more people than our national road toll in 2016 [Source: Lifeline Statistics on Suicide Australia].

I am passionately committed to the issues of suicide prevention, mental health, emotional wellbeing and normalising these important conversations. I absolutely believe in the value and benefits of creating authentic and genuine conversations about mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention and making them available to every person living in Australia.

I would like to personally thank you for joining this important conversation and movement.

Wayne Schwass

https://www.pukaup.com

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HALT

JEREMY FORBES – CO-FOUNDER AND SPOKESPERSON

Jeremy (Jez): A trade qualified painter and decorator in Castlemaine for almost 20 years, he has experienced the highs and lows associated with the building industry financially, physically and mentally and would like tradies to be more conscious of how depression, stress, tiredness and frustration can impact their lives and loved ones around them.

“The pain of regret is far greater than the pain of hard work.”

Tradies are one group that suffer mental illness and many of them will not have the information or confidence to access local or national mental health services. Talking about depression, anxiety, suicide and life’s difficulties are not part of the tradie culture.
Consequently, tradies suffer in silence and do not access the help that will improve their life.

  • HALT’s vision is that every tradie in Australia knows how to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
  • HALT builds the bridge between the tradie community and both local and national mental health services.
  • HALT’s focus is suicide prevention and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues like suicide, depression and anxiety.
  • HALT facilitates this by holding “Save your Bacon” brekkies at hardware stores.
  • A free feed, talks from people with lived experience in the trade and a HALT bag that contains information from both local community mental health organisations and national organisations like beyondblue and lifeline.
  • HALT embraces a whole-of-community approach by engaging, where possible, with local community health services, Rotary/Lions Clubs, sporting clubs, tradies, business owners, local council, hospitals, private practitioners and the local community.
  • HALT has held events at hardware stores, private businesses, TAFEs, and secondary colleges.

‘HALT’s ‘Save your Bacon’ brekkies are an important initiative to bring the community together to talk about the tough stuff. Let’s face it, no matter how strong we are – life happens. Someone close to us dies, we have relationship issues, we’re lonely, our business goes through a rough patch, we struggle to get out of bed and don’t know why. When things aren’t quite right, it’s good to know where to turn for help. It’s great that HALT are showing people where they can turn to for help.’
Brendan Maher, General Manager, R U OK?

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Vitality Group

Welcome to Vitality, where every member of our team is here to assist you to reach your health and wellness potential. Our experts in health will guide you with their knowledge and expertise to see you thrive.

Our clinic offers an integrative approach to healing and health where we provide services in the following areas: Chiropractic, PhysiotherapyWe love to educate our community through a range of health and wellness workshops and corporate programs., Clinical Pilates, Kinesiology, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Remedial Massage and Function Fitness, Personal Training, Meditation, Shamanic Energy Healing, Advanced Dynamic Therapy and Coaching.

We love to educate our community through a range of health and wellness workshops and corporate programs.

Live Well, Be Well!

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Iron Armour Academy

IRON ARMOUR ACADEMY is a not-for-profit organisation based on Christian Values, dedicated to assisting young people to improve their sporting and life skills. This is achieved through our various training and mentoring programs, which allows them to become valued members of the greater community. With over many years of combined experience, the IAA team delivers quality services to individuals and their communities.

Our Vision

To nurture a new breed of athletes that will be both strong spiritually and physically. This will enable them to be the best they can be on and off the field, to fulfill their purpose and to be a positive impact within their families, peers and communities for Jesus Christ.

Our Mission

To equip each athlete with tools so that they will be prepared both spiritually and mentally. This is achieved through holistic mentoring, pastoral care and bible studies to guide them in their journey to identifying identify their life’s purpose.

IAA aims to prepare its participants physically through state of the art fitness training delivered by trainers, athletes and strength & conditioning coaches, which provide an edge for athletes to reach their desired goals. This ultimately encourages them to become positive influences, developing their abilities to serve and give back to their families, peers and communities.

IAA also aims to endow participants with a positive attitude and outlook through the guidance of bible teachings, and ministerial care. We aim to encourage the growth of stronger ties to community, embody a sense of faith and respect in our youth, and equip participants with a lasting, positive attitude to serve them in the greater world.

Our Values

  • Faith and Respect.

  • Integrity and Commitment.

  • Family and Culture.

  • Love and Humility.

  • Servant-hood

    Our Goals

  • Renew   –    Renew the mindset, renewed attitude.

  • Equip     –    Equip with the tools to help make the right choices.

  • Release  –   Release to grow and to serve.

  • http://www.ironarmouracademy.com/

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