In April of 2023, I was lucky enough to get trained and certified in Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophies, FBEAP, by founder Elaine Davis of Unbridled Faith, LLC. By using equine assisted exercises, the philosophies taught by Elaine Davis and observing the natural equine and herd behaviors, this work helps human mental, emotional and spiritual health. This is not talk therapy or even ridden therapy, it is all experiential learning that will help people quickly and gently realize unhealthy thought patterns, lies they believe, causes of anxiety, and many other issues that are interrupting your life. Through experiences with the donkeys you will learn new, truthful, healthy thought patterns that will impact all areas of your life.
A Little About Me
Our vision is to see the endangered American Mammoth Jackstock, that was used to help people work their land for food in the 1700’s through the early 1900’s now help people again, but who are struggling with issues that are keeping them from living their lives completely.
Many, many years ago when we got our first Mammoth donkeys, I was completely unprepared for the impact they were going to make in my life. Fear, brokenness, lies, woundedness, anger, were all a bundled up mess inside me. Like so many of us do, I just ignored it as long as I could. We bought our first two mammoth donkeys in 2007. We drove all the way to Tennessee to get these two from a breeder. Boy was I full of fear and anxiety! I had no clue what I was doing. As it turned out, I was blessed with two donkeys that were willing to work with me, love me, tell me “No, that’s not how you do it”, and be kind, loyal, patient friends. I remember thinking these animals are unreal!
That first year was when the desire to give others an experience like I was having with these donkeys, entered my heart. I knew they would be amazing “therapy” animals, they are so calm and gentle. I knew they could help those suffering with PTSD, it just wasn’t my time yet.
Fast forward 15 years and here I am today. Working with the donkeys has taught me patience, mindfulness, peace in the moment, and gratitude. As I said before, I was broken, the donkeys helped me get through some very dark years, but it
wasn’t until I learned which voice to listen to that I started to heal. Do I listen to the one that is all Truth or the one who seeks to destroy? I chose Truth. I have grown by leaps and bounds and healed in many ways. Am I “all better”? No, but I am much better at knowing how to recognize the unhealthy patterns much faster. I knew it was time to start my other dream of helping others with the donkeys when I stumbled across the FBEAP program. I have a heart for working with teens and have done so for years with my Church. I have a “Kids Donkey Club” that encompasses kids from age 9-16, boys and girls.
This is one of my favorite things to do, is teach kids about donkeys! My biggest desire is to use this beautiful endangered animal, that has “no use” in the fields anymore and let them help hurting people. Herein lies the creation of “Donkey Miracles” at a place now perfectly named “Donkey Meadows Safe Haven”. A safe place for donkeys and humans!
If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment for a session, please contact me, Audrey Cadle by going to the “Contact” page and filling out the form.
I am also willing to speak with you by phone, 703-901-1715
Sessions are 1 hour for a fee of $50