Alpaca Your Trauma is a complementary and integrative healing program available to ALL Veterans and their family members! Learn how to heal from trauma and adversity using a variety of modalities, including walking an alpaca or llama!
What?!? Yes, we said you will walk an alpaca or a llama on a leash!!!
We are one of the few, if not the only, in the country to incorporate the family in ALL training and services. Don't worry, individual abilities are taken into account while determining the walking distance so that we can ALL move our bodies to calm our minds.
Alpacas and llamas are sensitive animals that will pick up on any emotions emanating from the Veteran (even if well-hidden). During the walk, we describe the alpaca's movement and temperament, allowing you to process your feelings in a safe and supportive atmosphere. This allows us to combine physical healing with emotional and mental aspects of healing the whole-self. Typically, the majority of participants are surprised to learn they were able to complete a one-mile walk.
This program is a proud partnership with Harpster Farm, owned by Kim and Nate Harpster. The Harpsters are patriots, civil servants, and ardent supporters of our Armed Forces. Kim is a teacher, real estate agent, and volunteers countless hours in the Veteran community. Nate has spent 17+ years as an Arizona firefighter and enjoys hunting, paddleboarding, and kissing the alpacas.