Giving Back...
Heart of the Herd's Scholarship Program & Professional Co-Op

2014, The Year of the Horse, is bringing great energy to a new project at the Heart of the Herd Ranch & Retreat Center in Silverdale, Washington, with the formation of a professional equine experiential co-op that will serve the community.

Brenda Newell, LICSW, HEAL; Michele Kaster, LMHC, Level 2 Eagala Trained and certified school counselor; Lisa Van Horn, Consultant; Yogi Jessica Cartwright; and Roby Snyder, Herd Artist in Residence have joined forces with Drea Bowen and her herd to provide equine experiential learning and psychotherapy services to the West Sound community.

"This is a dream come true for me and my herd! This professional co-op allows us to reach out to the community and for work to continue here at the Ranch during my busy travel season while we collectively share the healing and inspiring power of working with horses through relationship with people around the world," stated Drea Bowen.Scholarship Cards

For more information about the services provided by the Co-Op, please view the Heart of the Herd Ranch Co-Op brochure.

The Heart of the Herd Ranch Co-Op has identified three areas of focus for 2014:

  • Equine experiential learning retreats for women surviving breast cancer;
  • Equine experiential learning workshops and equine experiential therapy for women veterans; and
  • Youth/teen empowerment - youth at risk programs.

These programs are supported by a creative project from Drea and Roby called "Life Lessons from the Heart of the Herd Ranch Horses" - two beautiful sets of 5 greeting cards. Each set contains drawings of 5 different Herd horses by Roby, and tells the story of each horse, as well as each horse's healing inspiration for humanity.

The card sets are being sold at businesses and events to create a scholarship fund for tuition assistance for equine experiential learning and therapy programs. If you are interested in supporting the Scholarship Program, you may purchase cards from the following locations:

Liberty Bay Gallery & Gifts
Dolly and Baby Dante18830 Front Street - Suite 103
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Phone: (360) 930-0756

Sugar & Spice Tea Company
18928 Front Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Phone: (360) 271-7602

Delano Salon (Hair care for men and women)
Diana Borjas - Owner
18924A Front Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Phone: (360) 394-0007

You may also contact Drea Bowen at or myself at if you'd like to purchase sets.

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