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the Alpaca farm experience

Stone Farm, our partnering Alpaca Farm, offers transformative teen experiences. This fun journey also has wellness benefits and research shows that these types of events:

  • Reduce stress

  • Improve mood

  • Enhance social connections

  • Boost confidence

Alpaca-assisted activities in our creative programs promote mental, emotional, and social health. Teens observe and interact with alpacas, developing mindfulness, stress reduction, self-esteem, empathy, social connections, and personal growth in a unique and positive atmosphere.

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alpaca farm opportunities:

🦙 Field Trips: Learn more HERE
🦙 Summer Camp: Learn more HERE

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is Stone Farm?
14950 Little Eagle Creek Ave, Zionsville IN 46077

Who can participate in the Alpaca Adventure Program?

All Middle School and High School-aged students 

What is the program level: This is an introductory alpaca-assisted learning program.

What is an animal-assisted activity? Animal-assisted activities are informal, non-clinical interactions between humans and animals that are supervised by a trained animal handler or facilitator. These animal-assisted activities can decrease stress, improve mood and self-confidence, and enhance social communication while allowing humans to interact and connect in a non-judgmental and nurturing environment.

 

Attire: All participants should dress for farm/outdoor sessions. Participants are advised to wear closed-toe shoes with sturdy soles as well as long, comfy pants. Children/groups interested in creek stomping should wear submersible shoes/boots. Be prepared for rain and mud and don't wear special clothes.

What if I register and there aren't any spaces left? You will be placed on our waitlist and notified if/when I space becomes available.

Are scholarships available? Yes, for our Summer Camp. More information is included on the Summer Camp page. The Chris Center strives to keep our program fees as low as possible. However, sometimes even that is not enough. The Chris Center has been awarded limited scholarship funds to support participants that demonstrate a need. Please fill out our form of financial needs to be considered for a scholarship.  Once we receive your form, a member of The Chris Center will call you to discuss your application.

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Group Facilitator, Megan Hanna - Megan has always been a seeker- of beauty, purpose, and love. As the daughter of two classically trained musicians, she was drawn to the arts and the answers they held within their mysterious allure. She graduated from North Central High School and Indiana University with a degree in Art History and found her profession in interior design. Megan continued to seek beauty everyday while creating it for others but was eventually met with the awareness that the endless search for the next best thing was keeping her in a perpetual sense of lack.

 

While working in the interior design and retail world, she was guided inward and felt called to yoga. Through the practice of yoga, Megan became aware that the beauty she’s been seeking all along was already encoded within her. She started teaching in 2011 and has taught weekly ever since. 

 

In 2021, Megan shifted gears and started her own private practice in helping people feel more deeply connected to themselves through the art of Astrology.  

 

Yoga and Astrology have brought more satisfaction to her seeking than ever before and continues to each day. It has shown her the depth of the human experience, how to be gentle with herself, and how we each have beauty to be discovered within us. 

 

She believes that the more we learn to love ourselves, the more potential we have to be the change that we wish to see in the world.

 

Growing up, Megan had big dreams of being a wild animal trainer.  While alpacas are not wild animals, her dream came true this summer as she led the Alpaca camp in the summer of 2022.  Animals continue to be one of the great loves and teachers of her life, including her German Shepherd, Otto and current black cat, Missy.

 WHAT OUR TEENS SAY...

Happy Family

I met new friends and the staff was kind and fun to hangout with.

Teenagers in Park

I liked it because it was easy to talk to others when we did group activities.

Girl in the Fields

I learned I feel way calmer around alpacas.

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