Welcome to Outdoor Integrative Therapies
Specializing in experiential, nature-based, equine and animal assisted programs for ages 7-17 needing assistance with social anxiety, technology addiction, emotional regulation, frustration tolerance, self awareness and social interactions.
About Outdoor Integrative Therapies
At Outdoor Integrative Therapies (OIT), we believe in the healing power of nature and animals. Our 5.5 acre farm in Sherwood/Wilsonville is a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens ages 7-17 and their parents, guardians and families to connect and find community. Through our nature-based and animal and equine assisted activities, we aim to support the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of those who choose to seek support with us.
Current Group Offerings
Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 3:45 - 5:00 p.m..
Teen Girls Empowerment
Tuesdays 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
Hands on Horses
Tuesdays 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
All Grown Up
Thursdays 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
This group focuses on spending time with all of our animals here on the farm while working on improving our own social skills. We will be working on body language, positivity, inclusion and engagement. Classes will consist of animal care, games, and barn maintenance projects. Join us as we bridge the connection between learning to care for animals and others!
Our group will be learning to find beauty in its raw unpolished form. They will be tumbling rocks that they find and learning the process from start to finish. This is a great group for those working on patience, frustration tolerance and collaboration. We will also do a little rock painting as a creative outlet along the way. Each group member will be able to take home their finished piece at the end of our time together!
Designed for female identifying youth ages 13+, this group provides a safe and empowering space for young girls to navigate the unique challenges and opportunities of being a teenager in todays world. This program is a journey of self-discovery, growth, and building connections with peers.
Throughout the sessions, we delve into essential topics such as social anxiety, self-esteem, positive body image, self-confidence, finding your voice, setting boundaries and navigating family and peer conflict. Using a diverse range of activities, inccluding equine interactions, artistic expression, campfire bonding and gentle group games, we encourage participants to explore their inner strengths, talents and aspirations.
The bond formed within this group is a source of support and encouragement as young females face the pressures of contemporary life. This is not only an opportunity for personal growth, but also a chance to building lasting friendships and empower one another to thrive in todays world.
This group will incorporate our equine partners and help us learn to regulate emotions and care for another being. Participants will adopt an equine partner to work with and learn all aspects of their care and needs.
This group takes us to the garden space on the property. We will be setting up the green house and starting seeds. As the weeks go by we will be able to see the seeds transform into plants. This is a group geared towards those who need help learning about patience, self advocacy, setting boundaries and being able to "clear the weeds” from their lives. Geared towards those dealing with social anxieties.
In this group, we will be taking a deep dive into the life of chickens and talking about their life cycles and navigating the mind of pray animals. We will be attempting to hatch chicks and learn about the beginning of life. This is a phenomenal opportunity to learn about empathy, nurturing, calming the nervous system, practicing mindfulness of respectfully approaching all animals and not freightening them, and taking care of another being.
This group is geared towards our 13+ population, this class is working on preparing our teens with life skills they will need as they start to become more independent. They will learn skills relating to self care, self discipline, self confidence, and how to navigate the turbulence of the beginning stages of independence.
Mood & Movement
Thursdays 5:15 - 6:30 p.m
Sundays 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Sundays 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
This is the perfect group for the high energy kids. We will be doing a lot of physical activities that will focus on finding productive ways to expel energy and ending each class with a calm focus session.
We will be utilizing our equine partners for this class to assist us in emotional regulation and frustration tolerance. We will be learning to quiet our energy to create a safe space for other beings to build trust and confidence in us. We will be working to learn body language and unspoken communication. This class will include activities of grooming, care taking, leading, etc with our equine partners.
A deep dive into activities utilizing targets, we will be focusing on archery, axe throwing and slingshot use. Learning frustration tolerance and working safely and collaboratively while recognizing ownership in our actions. This is a great class to work on focus and being in the present.
Our Nature-Based Services
Now Accepting Clients!
Mental Health Therapy
Welcome to our nature-inspired animal assisted mental health therapy program. Our unique approach combines the healing power of nature with the companionship of our animal partners. Whether its a calming walk in the woods or a day spent with the horses, we're here to support your journey towards emotional well being and inner peace. Join us as we harness the restorative energy of the great outdoors and the unconditional love of our animal companions to nurture your mental health.
Discover the transformative power of nature with our animal assistance skills training program. Explore the synergy between humans and animals, unlocking invaluable lessons in communication, empathy and teamwork. Join us on a journey where nature becomes the ultimate classroom, fostering personal growth and connection through the guidance of our animal companions.
Cultivate the transformative synergy of nature and animal companionship in our occupational therapy program. Through engaging outdoor activities and interaction with our animal partners, clients can enhance motor skills, cognitive function, and emotional regulation. Whether it's gardening, animal assisted exercises, or sensory exploration in natural settings, our program fosters holistic development and empowers individuals to achieve their occupational therapy goals amidst the healing embrace of nature and the gentle support of our animal allies.