Wolfe Ranch of Quakerdale

2932 240th Street -- Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

O.K. Corral Series Returns to Wolfe Ranch

Are you a mental health professional who wants to add a uniqueness to your practice? Are you a horse lover with a passion for helping others?

Join us for this three day seminar. The O.K. Corral Series educates, promotes, and supports professionals in the practice of authentic equine-assisted work. Authentic equine-assisted work honors and integrates natural horse and herd behavior as a model for human mental and emotional health using the equine-assisted philosophies developed by Greg Kersten, Founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

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Wolfe Ranch of Quakerdale
Launches Shoe Collection Drive

Shoe donations will also support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills

[Marshalltown, IA]: Wolfe Ranch of Quakerdale in conjunction with Quakerdale Family Services is conducting a shoe drive from June 1 through July 31, 2021.   Wolfe Ranch will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated footwear.  Those dollars will benefit the Ranch. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at the following locations:

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Spring/Summer Fundraiser Kicks Off

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Upcoming Camps and Events

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Shoe Drive Fundraiser!

We are kicking off a fundraiser June 1st! We will be sharing more details soon, including how you can help!

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Story Time in the Stables

We have missed seeing all of you! Story Time is back.

See below for the dates and time.

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Take our Virtual Tour!

We have been spending a lot of time updating and making improvements to our facility. Please enjoy this virtual tour and schedule a time to visit us in the near future! Stay tuned for additional updates coming soon.

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Family Connections

One of my favorite things is seeing families build their relationships and grow their connections with those they care the most about. To do this we must invest in our relationships. This is not always the easiest thing to do, however the effort we put into it will most certainly be worth it. As a family therapist I get asked a lot of questions, but the most asked question seems to be “how do I get my kids to listen to me or do what I ask them to do?” Well, this is certainly a challenge, however if we focus on our relationship as opposed to focusing on compliance our chances of experiencing success will be much higher. You see we do things for others because we care and we want to see them happy or to be proud of this.

I love this quote and I think it really captures what I talk with families about when they ask me the question about getting their kids to listen.

I was invited to preview a video series about making connections with your kids. I just recently finished this series and liked the way the author approached the topic. The videos are short and to the point and give you some concrete tasks to work on before you come back and watch the next lesson. I thought those of you who read this blog might find this information helpful. I also thought a visit to the Ranch might be a perfect activity to help you strengthen your connection with your family! I believe the investment you make in connecting with your kids will be worth it. Enjoy!

To learn more about this series, click on this link. How to Connect Better With Your Kids

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What a Year!

Hello Friends of Wolfe Ranch!

Well folks…to say this year has been one for the books is certainly an understatement! We have had to be very flexible and creative and business certainly has not been as usual or as expected. We are so blessed we have been able to keep innovating and thinking outside the box to keep moving forward!

We have definitely been keeping very busy despite the pandemic and thanks to the August Derecho. We thought this was a good time to share the improvements and updates we have been making to our Ranch facility as well as update you on the repairs from the storm. After you finish reading about these updates and repairs, take a couple more minutes to watch the videos giving you a virtual tour!

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Give Thanks!

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

November has always been one of my favorite months of the year, with the change in weather, fall sports and the time I get to spend with my family. This year has been especially difficult and I wanted to take some time to remind myself to give thanks for my many blessings as well as to challenge others to focus on gratitude and thankfulness.

One of the things that helps me ground myself is being at the Wolfe Ranch and getting to spend time with our horses. I am so thankful I get to work together with our equine partners providing Equine Assisted Therapy.

We know this intuitively and research has shown activities with horses assist in building skills we all need, and are vital to building relationships. We see this in every interaction our clients have with our horses, many of them developing a strong and lasting bond with “their” horse. We frequently have visits from past clients who want to check in on how their horse is doing and just want to spend some time with them reconnecting and re-grounding themselves. They talk about how they use what they learned through the horses and how they remind themselves they are strong and can manage what life throws at them.

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