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At Equi Evolution, our mission is to improve mental, physical, and emotional wellness for both humans and horses by fostering meaningful interaction while preserving the authenticity of human and equine experiences.
 

Our Mission

Are You Ready for an Evolution?

Discover how you can begin your evolution journey:

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Meditation with Horses

Join our beginner-friendly 30-minute meditation class where we make meditation accessible and enjoyable. Banish the fear often associated with meditation as we provide support and understanding to help you seamlessly integrate this practice into your daily life. Discover fun and easy meditation techniques, and enjoy the company of our friendly horsey companions for a truly delightful learning experience.
 

Classes

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Meditation with Horses

Join our beginner-friendly 30-minute meditation class where we make meditation accessible and enjoyable. Banish the fear often associated with meditation as we provide support and understanding to help you seamlessly integrate this practice into your daily life. Discover fun and easy meditation techniques, and enjoy the company of our friendly horsey companions for a truly delightful learning experience.
 

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Reiki

Bring a yoga mat, a chair, a blanket…however you wanna get cozy in the barnyard, and receive the pure grounding energy of reiki in a group setting. Reiki is a peaceful energy healing practice that promotes physical and mental healing. 
 

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Open Farm Hours

Connect with your body and nervous system through exercises inspired by the naturally mindful behavior of horses. This course emphasizes cultivating present moment awareness, helping you tap into your sensory system and gain a deeper understanding of yourself.


 

For more information & to view the complete farm schedule:

Farm Membership

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Includes unlimited access to ALL classes, as well as 5% off all Workshops & Horsemanship Groups:

BONUS: Members are eligible for a mini-session at the farm with professional equine photographer Pictorial Tales Photography. (Details Coming Soon!)

Programs

Horsemanship Program

How to Catch a Horse

How to Catch a Horse is a program specifically focused on teaching the basics of safely handling and managing horses.

This 6-week course sets a strong foundation of equine care and includes everything from haltering & leading to communication, anatomy, vital signs, nutrition, and general care practice

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Private Equine-Inspired Wellness Program


Located on a private horse farm in beautiful Cumberland, RI, Equi Evolution offers a uniquely therapeutic experience, working alongside horses, to improve overall health & wellness.  
 
Horses are incredibly perceptive and naturally mindful beings. Their ability to read energies, hold space, and offer the perfect response at just the right moment makes them incredibly effective facilitators.
 
Scroll down to learn more about our private program options and Contact us today to set up your unique Equine-Facilitated Learning program. 

 

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Meet the Horses

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Theodorre (Teddy)

Haflinger

Having been rescued from neglect by a wonderful family in NH, Teddy spent a year being rehabbed back into health. Unfortunately, the family was unable to continue meeting his care needs and at 27 years old, he was high risk for ending up in a kill pen, so of course we were happy to offer him a safe home where he can live out the rest of his days surrounded by peace and love. 

Rosie

Belgian

Rosie spent her entire life at one farm. When tragedy struck the family she was living with, she was sent to a rescue in Pennsylvania to be rehomed. Having never moved before, the transition to her new home at our farm hasn't been easy. But she is teaching us so much about patience, compassion, and the fact that scars don't always show on the outside.

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Jackie the brown horse

Jackie

Quarter Horse

Pulled from a kill pen with her foal, Jackie found sanctuary at The Santana Center. Her baby was quickly adopted but it took a while for Jackie to find the perfect home, and boy are we glad it gets to be us! This little mare takes her maternal role very seriously and is always ready to offer a gentle nuzzle or a guiding nudge in the right direction.  

Meet the Humans

Sam Thorpe

Founder & Director

Sam has always had a deep love for horses. She grew up riding and helping care for the horses on her family's farms. As a teen she struggled with her own mental health and found peace in the barn. Her empathy and compassion for those struggling to find their own place in this world are what drove her to start these equine-inspired wellness programs.

Sam lives on the Equi Evolution farm in Cumberland, RI with her husband, 3 children, and many fur babies. She has a BSBA from Bryant University, where she studied Business and Psychology and has taken coursework in Equine Studies at Johnson & Wales University. She is a MA certified riding instructor and has extensive experience in EAAT (Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies) including therapeutic riding, Hippotherapy, and EFL (Equine-Facilitated Learning).

She is a certified EFL Practitioner through The HERD Institute and has over 25 years of experience coaching and helping build the confidence and self-esteem of those in her community, and around the world, through both in-person and online mentorship. In addition to running the programs at Equi Evolution she also offers business mentoring for those interested in pursuing a career in EAAT industries. She is also a Reiki III Master Practitioner who is passionate about holistic wellness and the power of self-love.

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​Sam has always had a deep love for horses. She grew up riding and helping care for the horses on her family's farms. As a teen she struggled with her own mental health and found peace in the barn. Her empathy and compassion for those struggling to find their own place in this world are what drove her to start these equine-inspired wellness programs. Sam lives on the Equi Evolution farm in Cumberland, RI with her husband, 3 children, and many fur babies. She has a BSBA from Bryant University, where she studied Business and Psychology and has taken coursework in Equine Studies at Johnson & Wales University. She is a MA certified riding instructor and has extensive experience in EAAT (Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies) including therapeutic riding, Hippotherapy, and EFL (Equine-Facilitated Learning). She is a certified EFL Practitioner through The HERD Institute and has over 25 years of experience coaching and helping build the confidence and self-esteem of those in her community, and around the world, through both in-person and online mentorship. In addition to running the programs at Equi Evolution she also offers business mentoring for those interested in pursuing a career in EAAT industries. She is also a Reiki III Master Practitioner who is passionate about holistic wellness and the power of self-love. 

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Lia Catanzaro

Wellness Practitioner/Sam's right-hand woman

Lia is a RI native with a BS in Psychology from Rhode Island College. During her time spent in Honolulu teaching yoga, she soon realized that the most important lessons for leading a happy and balanced life were found in the meditation and mindfulness aspects of the practice. Since then, she made it a goal to pass on those teachings in her classes and began creating and hosting workshops to give more people access to them.

 

Lia has always been an animal lover, but had never had the chance to be up close to horses until a few years ago when she moved back to RI. After being around them and realizing how grounding their presence was, she knew she needed to spend more time with them and explore that connection. Luckily that was when she found Equi Evolution!

 

Through her own personal experience with mental health, chronic illness, and grief, she knows how healing both mindfulness and working with the herd through the EFL program can be. Lia is a certified EFL Practitioner through The HERD Institute as well as a Certified Yoga Instructor and Reiki III Master Practitioner. She facilitates private and group wellness programs, teaches compassionate horsemanship, leads yoga and grounding classes, and offers Reiki healing sessions. Phew! There is nothing this woman can't do. (She is also Mama to our sweet girl, Rosie.)

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Lia is a RI native with a BS in Psychology from Rhode Island College. During her time spent in Honolulu teaching yoga, she soon realized that the most important lessons for leading a happy and balanced life were found in the meditation and mindfulness aspects of the practice. Since then, she made it a goal to pass on those teachings in her classes and began creating and hosting workshops to give more people access to them. Lia has always been an animal lover, but had never had the chance to be up close to horses until a few years ago when she moved back to RI. After being around them and realizing how grounding their presence was, she knew she needed to spend more time with them and explore that connection. Luckily that was when she found Equi Evolution! Through her own personal experience with mental health, chronic illness, and grief, she knows how healing both mindfulness and working with the herd through the EFL program can be. Lia is a certified EFL Practitioner through The HERD Institute as well as a Certified Yoga Instructor and Reiki III Master Practitioner. She facilitates private and group wellness programs, teaches compassionate horsemanship, leads yoga and grounding classes, and offers Reiki healing sessions. Phew! There is nothing this woman can't do. (She is also Mama to our sweet girl, Rosie.)

Jamie Thorpe

Farm Owner/Handyman/Emotional Support

Jamie is Sam's husband and together they own the Equi Evolution farm. By day he works as a Lineman, but his nights and weekends are spent fixing things around the farm and making Sam's crazy project ideas come to life. 

He has practically no horse experience and his mental health experience comes mostly from being married to Sam (so I guess that's kind of a lot lol), but don't worry, he won't be teaching programs anytime soon. Instead you'll find him out on the tractor or working around the property. He is the "silent" partner behind the scenes helping us make all the magic happen. 

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Jamie is Sam's husband and together they own the Equi Evolution farm. By day he works as a Lineman, but his nights and weekends are spent fixing things around the farm and making Sam's crazy project ideas come to life.  ​ He has practically no horse experience and his mental health experience comes mostly from being married to Sam (so I guess that's kind of a lot lol), but don't worry, he won't be teaching programs anytime soon. Instead you'll find him out on the tractor or working around the property. He is the "silent" partner behind the scenes helping us make all the magic happen. 

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Community Voices

Discover the genuine feedback from those who have experienced our offerings.

Our clients graciously share their insights, allowing you to explore the authentic testimonials they've chosen to impart.

 

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