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Flag Ranch: A Horse/Human Sanctuary

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"Flag Ranch has given freedom and an amazing life back to many of our equine population. Being with the herd, seeing them free and in their natural environment, swells my heart to the moon. I am grateful for the opportunity to be in service to these majestic animals."

-- Buffie Harris Francisco of Design Orbit (graphic & web design) and member of the Flag Ranch team who was recently named  Sebastopol's Citizen of the Year. Congratulations! 

Buffie Harris Francisco, Sebastopol Citizen of the Year 2015

Buffie Harris Francisco, Sebastopol Citizen of the Year 2015

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GIVE NOW

Glitter's General Fund

Glitterspace photo by Kim Latham

$10,000 for summer hay 
Spring's grass is in -- envision rain! But it's none too soon to build our fund for purchasing a big truck of summer hay. Receive a tax-deduction for any size gift and the joy of knowing you are helping sustain the lives of our herd. Your gift can be made by Paypal, check or stock. Did you know that if you give stock directly to us you can avoid taxable gains? For more information please contact Kimberly.  

 

Commissioned Art
Benefiting our Herd

Tara Arrowood, Equinality

A few pieces of Tara's original photographic collection of our herd called "Running with Flag" remain. She builds the frames from recycled barn wood and other materials, as much a part of the art as the image itself. Prices start at $950. Tara is also available for commissioned portraits. Visit equinality.com.

Carolyn Walker Art

Carolyn's unique portrayals in acrylic on canvas evoke the joy, color and subtlety of the horse/human partnership. You can work with her to select subject, size, and colors. Contact Carolyn for more info. 

ncorporated in 2006 as The Flag Foundation, a not-for-profit (501c3) corporation, Flag Ranch is a horse/human sanctuary. It's a safe place to pause in the open spaciousness immersed with a herd of horses. Here creativity and self-expression are inspired, and union with nature, restoration and retreat are fostered. Human time melts into the natural rhythms of the animals and the earth.       We believe that the horse/human partnership is ancient, mutually empowering, collaborative and rooted in shared fulfillment. That horses are accompanying humans on our spiritual path. And that in coming together we are restored through respect, care and understanding to our true nature, our authentic self, and our full internal and external power.

ncorporated in 2006 as The Flag Foundation, a not-for-profit (501c3) corporation, Flag Ranch is a horse/human sanctuary. It's a safe place to pause in the open spaciousness immersed with a herd of horses. Here creativity and self-expression are inspired, and union with nature, restoration and retreat are fostered. Human time melts into the natural rhythms of the animals and the earth. 

     We believe that the horse/human partnership is ancient, mutually empowering, collaborative and rooted in shared fulfillment. That horses are accompanying humans on our spiritual path. And that in coming together we are restored through respect, care and understanding to our true nature, our authentic self, and our full internal and external power.

AT A GALLOP
January/February 2015
NEWS FROM THE HERD

Immerse and Refresh!
Our New Spring Horse/Human Experiences 

Flag Ranch  photo by Susan Blake

Flag Ranch  photo by Susan Blake

Two of our seasoned facilitators -- Co-Active Coach Susan Blake and Integrative Bodyworker (for horses and people!) Richard Newton are teaming up with our herd of 30 beautiful, powerful and playful horses to offer the following one-day experiences at Flag Ranch this spring. Specific dates and times will follow in our March issue, but if any of these inspire you don't be shy about contacting Susan for more information and pricing. 

 

"Notice"

A retreat to give yourself a day to notice what's happening inside you and outside of you.

 

Confide-ence

A workshop in self-trust to begin laying a new foundation of confidence through guided meditation, self-awareness and connection with the horses.

 

Healing for Healers

A day for you to rest, rejuvenate and perhaps deepen your healing abilities.

 

Grief and Joy 

Explore the cycle of loss, grief, connection and joy in this one-day retreat for adults. 

Promise of Blue Horses

Promise of Blue Horses

A blue horse turns into a streak of lightning,
then the sun --
relating the difference between sadness
and the need to praise
that which makes us joyful, I can't calculate
how the earth tips hungrily
toward the sun - then soaks up rain -- or the density
of this unbearable need
to be next to you. It's a palpable thing -- this earth
philosophy
and familiar in the dark
like your skin under my hand. We are a small earth. It's no
simple thing. Eventually
we will be dust together; can be used to make a house, to stop
a flood or grow food
for those who will never remember who we were, or know
that we loved fiercely.
Laughter and sadness eventually become the same song turning us
toward the nearest star --
a star constructed of eternity and elements of dust barely visible
in the twilight as you travel
east. I run with the blue horses of electricity who surround
the heart
and imagine a promise made when no promise was possible.
 

~ Joy Harjo ~

(How We Become Human)

Editor's Note: A friend sent this image and poem to us recently. Last November we had to euthanize our sweet gray Quarter horse named Django, whose fore leg was severed by a kick from another of our horses. At the time his death made no sense, seemed wrong, out of alignment. But when I received this I knew: Django, who looked very much like the horse in this image, was our Blue Horse. Thank you, Django. We remember your promise.

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Flag Ranch

2920 Thorn Road

Sebastopol, CA 95472

CREDITS Writing & Design Kimberly Carlisle Banner Image Michael Short