Equal Ark

Equal-Ark

EQUAL-ARK is a charity with IPC status that rehabilitates at-risk youths, persons with special needs, and the elderly with clinical depression and dementia through working with therapy horses.

Spectra Secondary uses horses

Vision

We aspire to become an internationally-recognised institution building a resilient and inclusive society.

Mission

Empowerment of vulnerable persons in partnership with horses.

 


About

Equal-Ark is a charity with IPC status that rehabilitates at-risk youths, persons with special needs, and the elderly with clinical depression and dementia through working with therapy horses.

Known as equine-assisted learning, it is a pedagogy that is well-established in Europe, North America and Oceania. Through activities in the the farm-like setting located off Thomson Road, clients develop social-emotional skills such as managing impulsivity, persistence, empathy, self-awareness, confidence and resilience under the guidance of mental health specialists. Unlike other forms of counselling or therapy, clients develop these skills through experiential learning in a unique, engaging and non-clinical setting.

Equal serves 500 beneficiaries every year from schools, children’s homes, nursing homes and other social service organisations. [1]

 


Contact Information

Website: https://www.equal.org.sg
Email: info@equal.org.sg
Phone: 8126 8366
Address: 100 Jalan Mashhor Singapore 299177
Volunteer: https://www.equal.org.sg/volunteer

 


The Eagala Method

Equal-Ark follows the Eagala Method [2].
The model prescribes a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situation, make connections, and find their own solutions. Since the solutions are more than just intellectually understood but rather experienced, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting.

 


Programmes

Youth Programmes

Equal-Ark has youth programmes for at-risk youths and youths with special needs between 10 and 18.

Standard Programme

  • Horsemanship [3]
  • Horseplay [4]

Enhanced Programme

  • Horsemanship [3]
  • Horseplay [4]
  • Mindfulness training [5]
  • Forest school [6]
  • Art therapy [7]

Elderly Programmes

  • Horsemanship [3]
  • Horseplay [4]

Customised Events

  • Horsemanship [3]
  • Horseplay [4]
  • Mindfulness training [5]
  • Use of forest hill
  • Use of meeting rooms
  • Walking trail to Bukit Brown Cemetery

Available Activities

Horsemanship

Horsemanship is the art of caring for horses that include the handling and grooming of horses. Through horsemanship, clients learn the importance of building trust, patience, and caring for loved ones. For many of the clients, this relationship with the horses is one of the rare healthy relationships in their lives. By extrapolating the lessons from the stables to their homes and schools, from animals to the humans in their lives, clients re-gain confidence in building relationships with those in their lives [3].

Horseplay

This module involves playing games such as Horse Billiards, Horse Soccer and Crossing The River, which bring to life social-emotional lessons about persistence, empathy, problem-solving, teamwork, and attentiveness. Clients learn about the consequences of their actions not through words, but through concrete feedback from a majestic 500kg new friend that they will always remember [4].

Mindfulness training

The social-emotional skills that clients learn in the other modules are sealed up through the cultivation of practical mental habits that they can apply when they return to their schools and homes. Such mindfulness techniques teach clients how to regulate their impulses, reframe their thinking, and cultivate a sense of gratitude, among other things. This module is conducted in partnership with a certified trainer from Mindful Schools, a California-based organisation that has trained tens of thousands of teachers in mainstream American schools in age-appropriate mindfulness. [5]

 


Forest School

Founded in Sweden in 1957, Forest School is today a well-established pedagogy in Scandinavia, Japan and Germany (where there are 400 Forest Schools). It uses the open-ended environment of the forest to create powerful opportunities for social-emotional learning. This module is conducted at the beautiful Cockatoo Forest, located atop a low hill next to our stables. There is undulating terrain, fallen logs, and rich birdsong. The module is conducted in partnership with certified UK-trained instructors from Forest School Singapore [6].

 


Art Therapy

This module combines the healing powers of art and nature. It is different from art therapy in schools or social service organisations in that it will be nature-based, using Equal-Ark as a medium and place for art-making and creative self-expression. Sessions are held at the hill next to the stables and the indoor creative studio, using natural materials and experiences [7].