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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Personal Development        
at Silva Spirit Farm

  501 (c) (3) Non Profit

Medicine Horse 

... an experiential approach to therapy...



EAGALA is an experiential modality that utilizes horses for growth and learning.

This means that participants learn about themselves and others by partaking in activities with horses and then discussing thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and patterns.

The EAGALA team consists of an equine specialist (ES), a mental health professional (MH), and one or more horses. 






“[Horses] have an uncanny way of mirroring our emotions, even before we are aware of them” 


— Jane

Meet The Team


Carol Ann Silva

Equine Specialist

I have been involved with horses since the age of 5, owning horses since 1979. Being prey animals, they have learned to survive in the wild by reading and responding to predators and herd members making them extremely suited for this work; they quickly become metaphors in a clients storyboard created in the arena...>>>


Jessica Veroline LICSW

Mental Health Professional


During my undergraduate social work internship, I learned about a form of equine-assisted psychotherapy, and was amazed by how horses assisted in the healing process for people... >>>

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Marjory Roberts Gray PhD

Mental Health Professional

My name is Marjory Roberts Gray, I have loved horses since I was a child and so was thrilled to discover that this powerful, beautiful animal could assist in the psychological healing process... >>>


The Herd

Equine Specialists



Silva Spirit Farm

In 1977, Carol Ann Silva purchased Silva Spirit Farm, named in honor of her father, Joseph Silva, a self-made man who came over from Portugal as an immigrant in 1920. In 2018, Silva Spirit Farm became home to  Medicine Horse 501 (c) (3) Non Profit. Sessions take place in either the indoor or outdoor arena, and all of the equine team live full time at The Farm.

Many other growth and healing programs are offered at the farm.

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