Our mission

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.

Our programs

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

our people


If you'd like to get in touch with one of us please send us an email and let us know who you'd like to connect with, or you can can fill out the form on our contact us page.

Our board

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.





Every single person was sweet, kind, empathetic and clearly wanted to be there. This was such a treat.
— From a mother of one our young participants

our volunteers

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.