Human Wellness

September & October 2017: Letting Others Lead

  It seems just when I personally need a life lesson, one of my animals is right there to teach it to me. The past five years of my life have brought many unwelcomed changes to my physical abilities, and frankly, to my husband’s as well. Neither of us has the energy we did just…

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September & October 2017: Getting a Higher Stool

  Years ago when we first started Dunrovin Ranch, we hosted open houses to lure people to come out to the ranch to ride. Thankfully, our business has grown to the point where we no longer need to do this. They were, in fact, something of a mixed bag. Not everyone was really interested in…

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September & October 2017: Offering Stone Eggs

In early September, Dunrovin Ranch hosted a Fire Medicine retreat in collaboration with Spirit Dance Equine Assisted Coaching to acknowledge the emotions, fears, and disruptions that Montana’s horrific fire season has brought to all who live here. Something of a skeptic with respect to ceremonies and group sessions, I found myself reaping benefits I did not…

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August 2017: Hiking Again

As I explained in my Running from Weddings article in last month’s magazine, Sterling and I routinely enjoy a weekend of rest and relaxation as we leave the hosting of weddings at Dunrovin to our son, Jake. These weekends recharge our batteries and provide us with much-needed, unscheduled, quiet time by ourselves. We have been…

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August 2017: Fire Medicine Retreat

Smoke gets in your eyes and in your lungs and in your house and in your spirit. It clouds your vision, chocks your breath, dirties your home, and engulfs your soul. In western Montana, fire is a natural part of the landscape and plays an integral role in its ecology. Losing a home to a…

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Equine-Assisted Therapy

What is equine-assisted therapy? It can be about having a person with physical aliments riding a horse to stimulate muscles and improve balance. It can be about connecting a veteran with post traumatic syndrome with a horse that help teach self control and anger management. It can be about an abused child becoming empowered by…

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Holiday 2016: Reflections on a New Knee

Naturally I brought my little point-and-shoot camera along with me when I went into the hospital for surgery to replace my left knee. I wanted to divert myself from my medical situation, and searched for something interesting to present itself as a photographic subject.  I have found that merely having the camera in my possession…

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October 2016: Animals Blessings

St Francis of Assisi was a Italian Roman Catholic friar who lived from 1182 to 1226. He became one of the most venerated religious figures in all of history. Known for his emphasis on peace and his patronage of animals and the environment, people the world over hold ceremonies on his feast day of October…

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