The Alpaca Adventure program

The Alpaca Adventure Program is an innovative program designed to promote the mental, emotional, and social well-being of teens through alpaca-assisted activities. This program provides teens with the unique opportunity to observe and interact with alpacas while focusing on mindfulness, stress reduction, self-esteem, empathy, social interactions, and personal growth. 

What is an animal-assisted activity? Animal-assisted activities are informal, non-clinical interactions between humans and animals that are supervised by an 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.

IMG-0046.jpg

Fall Registration is now open!!

Who can participate? Teens 12-19 years of age. 

Location: Stone Farm, 14950 Little Eagle Creek Ave, Zionsville IN 46077

Dates and Times: This is an introductory alpaca-assisted learning program.  Please choose one session from the list below.

 

Priority will be given to first time participants.  If you are interested in repeating the program, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Director of Programs, Sandra Moreira at aplaceforpawssm@gmail.com.

To register please follow the following steps.

 

Step 1

Fall registration is now open! Please register here for your three-week session by clicking on the red hyperlinks below:


 

Step 2

Complete the required forms. 

 

Please return the completed forms via email to aplaceforpawssm@gmail.com or via mail to 1721 Wood Valley Dr., Carmel, IN 46032

Step 3

The Alpaca Adventure Program Fall fee is $150

 


If you have questions regarding the registration process, please do not hesitate to reach out via email to our Chief Strategy Officer/Director of Programs Sandra Moreira at aplaceforpawssm@gmail.com.
 

Arrival and Pick-Up: Participants should be dropped off 5-10 minutes before their session begins and picked up promptly at the end of their session. Because alpacas are animals of prey and are easily overwhelmed by large groups of people, we ask that parents drop their children off or wait in their cars during the program session. When arriving at the farm, please pull into the driveway slowly and be aware of children and animals in the area. 

Cancellations and Weather: Cancellations and no-shows are non-refundable. There will be no make-up classes in the event of a participant’s absence. However, we will offer make-up classes due to any weather-related cancellations initiated directly by The Chris Center, Inc. There is a barn on the property that can be used during inclement weather, but The Chris Center, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any sessions if the weather does not allow for a safe environment.  

Attire: Knowing that sessions will take place in a farm/outdoor environment, all participants should dress accordingly. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes with a hard sole. We also recommend wearing long and comfortable pants. Do not wear any clothing that you don’t want to get dirty.

Scholarship Application - 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 demonstrated a need. Please fill out our form of financial need to be considered for a scholarship.  Once we receive your form, a member of the Chris Center will call you to discuss your application.

DSC_1737.JPG

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

Meeting people who are like me in many ways: struggle with anxiety, love animals, and want to be with alpacas.

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.