Find hope with help from horses

Peace Ranch offers the experiential, sensory-rich clinical therapies recommended and prescribed for the treatment of trauma-related issues including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction. Therapy sessions are facilitated by licensed, certified professionals and are customized and directed by the client’s needs and goals.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAGALA Model) is an interactive, hands-on model which employs the unique characteristics of the horse. EAP plus music (rhythmic) and art (expressive) therapies are integrated by our team offering the cutting edge of treatment for traumatized individuals.

Licensed professionals provide all services at Peace Ranch. These efforts are supported by the dedication of volunteers who serve at every level in the organization. Since insurance doesn’t yet cover these services, we rely on the generosity of our donors and sponsors to underwrite the programs. Every penny helps.

Peace Ranch also offers a broad range of experiential education opportunities for students of all ages including classes, internships, team building, mentoring, and leadership training.

To make an appointment:

Call: 231-499-4736

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Let horses lead you to a better way

Peace Ranch offers EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) which incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning. EAP is a team approach to issues with a licensed therapist, an equine specialist working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Clients learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.


Services for:


  • Sessions are 1-2 hours

  • Cost: $150 per hour

  • See our Fee Schedule for a sliding scale based on income and number of dependents.

  • To make an appointment, contact:


Equine Assisted Learning

Personal & professional growth taught with horses

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an experiential approach that provides an individual or group the opportunity for personal or professional growth and skill building.

Life Skills

Visiting Peace Ranch is both a fun and effective way for at-risk youth, developmentally disabled adults, and other vulnerable populations to achieve personal growth and development goals through skill building with horses. Groups are privately contracted for up to 8 participants. A qualified equine specialist certified by EAGALA and/or PATH is provided.

Focus group at Peace Ranch in Traverse City, Michigan

Focus Groups

Our team at Peace Ranch can assist you in creating custom, topically-focused groups designed to meet the needs of any age group around any topic. Anger management, addiction and recovery, growing in God, and personal empowerment are just a few examples. Focus groups are designed for 4-8 people.

Workshops and Retreats

Let Peace Ranch design custom programs for your group that offer a variety of equine activities which provide valuable insight into team dynamics. The possibilities are endless, including corporate team building, brainstorming, pre-employment assessments, the introduction of new team members, and discovery for existing teams.

  • Half Day Professional Workshop or Retreat for up to 40 (inquire for cost and availability)

  • Full Day Professional Workshop or Retreat for up to 40 (inquire for cost and availability)

Professional workshop/retreat at Peace Ranch in Traverse City, Michigan

To SCHEDULE your custom group experience, contact: 

Professional Partnerships

Providing an opportunity for everyone

Local clinicians and agencies may now offer EAGALA Model Psychotherapy to their clients via Professional Partnerships. Peace Ranch offers our partners unparalleled experiences and expertise, plus, all that is available at the ranch. Partnerships are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding defining each partner’s responsibilities.

Military/Veterans | Children & Families in Crisis | BrickWays


Peace Ranch partners with local and government agencies to serve Veterans with combat stress, re-entry issues, PTSD, MST, and other military trauma issues. Facilitators are specifically certified to work with military personnel and those who have experienced military culture. Services are free of charge to all Veterans and their families. Peace Ranch donates 100% of these valuable services to Veterans. The success has been documented and is made possible through the generosity of our donors.

To make an appointment:

Call: 231-499-4736


Children & Families in Crisis

Child & Family Services of Northwest Michigan and other child welfare agencies are partnering with Peace Ranch to serve children and families in crisis. The success of this program is documented and is made possible through the generosity of our community and sponsors.

To make an appointment:

Call: 231-499-4736



BrickWays is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing quality supportive housing and essential support services for adults with developmental disabilities. “The BrickWays and Peace Ranch collaboration is an opportunity for those in the BrickWays program to grow personally while having a great time,” Jackie Kaschel the Executive Director of the Peace Ranch says. The motto of the Peace Ranch is, “to facilitate healing using the parallel process of rescue, rehabilitation, and restoration for horses and humans.”

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