We have a simple, but important mission--to improve the lives of individuals in our community by providing equine-assisted therapy. We believe that through positive interactions with horses and Salish Spirit volunteers, participants in our programs will gain confidence, improve physical, emotional and social well being, and become more independent, productive and engaged community members. We’ve seen first hand the difference our programs have made for dozens of people over the past five years.
We serve adults and children with special emotional, physical and social needs. Our main program is an 8 week riding instruction class that runs during the summer months. In addition we offer horse skills unmounted classes and some individualized offerings designed to meet a specific need. If you or someone you know would benefit from equine-assisted therapy, please visit our participate page to learn more and to find out how to apply for a spot.
All sessions are taught and supervised by Mary Craft-Nepute and Karen Reedy, our PATH certified instructors.
our 2018 program in video
We are a volunteer-run organization with five dedicated board members from diverse business, non-profit and educational backgrounds. Our board members are:
Karen Reedy- President
Donna Greenert - Secretary
Donna Greenert - Treasurer
Candy Raab - Photographer
Donna Miller - Donations
Mary Craft-Nepute, a former member of the judiciary serves as our Executive Director.
Our programs would not be possible without our wonderful group of volunteers who generously donate their time, horses, skills and love make the program so special.
Visit our volunteers page to see what our volunteers get up to and find out how you can help.
our funding sources
Salish Spirit Equine-Assisted Therapy is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, registered with the State of Washington. We receive donations from private individuals and grants from other organizations. We'd like to specifically thank United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County and the Rotary club of Port Townsend for their contributions. If you’d like to learn more about how we spend our funds, or how to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our donate page.