‘Grow Your Business’ at Touchstone Farm

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Touchstone Farm, in Temple, is presenting an intensive weekend seminar for individuals and groups interested in starting or growing a business offering therapeutic horsemanship (riding, driving, groundwork) or equine assisted therapy. The workshop will take place at Touchstone Farm on the weekend of March 14-16.

The workshop focuses on key business and program issues that need to be in place for such an organization to launch and thrive. Topics covered will include everything from defining the organization’s vision and mission, deciding whether to be a nonprofit or for-profit organization, through finances, good business practices, and assembling the right team.

The workshop presenters are Isabella (Boo) Martin, Founder and Executive Director of Touchstone Farm, and KC Henry, a principal at the consulting firm, Transitions Unlimited. Both women will share their extensive personal experiences of starting nonprofit and for-profit businesses. With humor, enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, and honesty, they will share both their triumphs and their disappointments with the aim of helping participants’ new businesses thrive. One on one consulting time with KC and Boo will be available during the seminar. The presenters are donating 15% of the program fee for each participant to Horses and Humans Research Foundation. HHRF is a grantmaking organization whose mission is, through investment in rigorous research, to serve as a catalyst to advance knowledge of horses and their potential to impact on the health and wellness of people.

Onsite accommodations are available at Stepping Stone Lodge, which is also the location of all presentations, discussions, and meals.The registration packet, seminar fees, and full schedule are available on the Touchstone Farm website, www.touchstone-farm.org. For questions or more information, contact Boo Martin at 654-6308 or email her at bmartin@touchstone-farm.org.

Touchstone Farm, home of Horse Power and Pony Farm, is a non-profit educational and therapeutic organization that fosters a community of belonging for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Touchstone Farm offers a rich and challenging variety of experiences, which includes summer camps, able-bodied and therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving lessons, an instructor training school, and equine-related specialty weekends. Grounded in a sense of place, mutual respect and well- being, the 28-acre farm is a sanctuary that nurtures connections, cooperation, self-confidence, and personal growth.

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