Established in the Fall of 2013, Archway Connection is nestled in 25 beautiful acres in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario.
As a Not-for-Profit centre, it offers a nurturing and welcoming environment for emotional healing, mental health wellness and experiential learning.
The grounds are kept as close to their natural state as possible. There are forests, peaceful ponds and a myriad of nature details to explore.
Archway Connection's therapeutic healing animals include wild mustangs, rescued horses, playful chickens, cats, dogs and a mammoth donkey.
Mission, Vision & Values
Our mission is to be an integral part of the community's overall health and wellness. To be a centre for learning, healing and joy.
Our vision is to be both the province's and country's top alternative healing centre for people of all walks of life. We strive to provide the healing, wellness and support they need.
We value every being as a gift and honour their individual healing journeys.
Our philosophy is to present a safe, judgement-free, LGBTQ+ inclusive space. We offer support to nurture the rebuilding of stable foundations, healthy behaviours and positive boundaries.
We believe it is about discovering the best ways to assist one in healing by being present and listening. The client has all the answers, sometimes all we need is a different perspective.
Archway Connection successfully marries traditional modalities of psycho-social clinical intervention with the use of animal-assisted therapy, therapeutic riding, environmental distractors and nature guided interactions.
Archway Connection does not cater to a specific segment of clientele. Instead, it offers different avenues and modalities, spanning from the traditional to cutting edge interventions.
This holistic approach affords Archway Connection's facilitators a wider range of available tools. This allows for a greater rate of clinical success in addressing the client's specific needs.
In addition, unlike interactions in an office/hospital setting, the bucolic environment greatly enhances the overall sense of client's safety, which in turn reduces hindrances for a trusting bond with animals and facilitators.
Archway Connection utilizes a mix of equine facilitators coming from different sensibilities of the human-horse relationship spectrum.
Some of the facility's horses are rescued wild Mustangs. These animals still maintain their innate distrust of other species. As a result, wild Mustangs are far more adept and atune to human body language. Body language is a key identifier in several psychological and developmental interventions. Wild Mustangs allow for an enhanced client's proprioception.
Conversely, Archway Connection's domestic horses afford a less intimidating interaction, whereas the domestic animal offers a decompressing strategy, breaking barriers to dialogue and clinical interaction.
Acknowledging that clients come from all walks of life, Archway Connection offers animal assisted therapy with miniature horses, for those individuals who would feel intimidated by an average size horse. In addition, dogs, cats and chickens are also available for use in therapy.
In tandem to the use of animals, Archway Connection has taken great care in the development of its physical environment. The facility possesses natural and artificial ponds, forest labyrinths, nature trails and a self catering cottage-like guest house for up to four clients.