Beauty SELF’s the Holidays

Even in the most mundane of years, the holiday season can bring about quite a range of emotions. In an effort to make the most of this time of tradition, trauma, and celebration, Beauty is visiting St.Stephen’s classrooms to SELF the holidays.  Maybe you’d like to do the same with Beauty ~

S – Safety – Beauty would like to remind you to surround yourself with people you feel safe with (like Miss Carey who always treats her with kindness) and to keep your fingers away dangerous things (like her nibbling mouth, which is always looking for a treat).

E – Emotions – Beauty is always in touch with how she is feeling, she doesn’t know any other way to be.  This helps her behaviors to match her feelings so that we know how to best help her when things aren’t feeling quite right for her.

L – Loss – Going into unfamiliar territory, like elevators and crowded classrooms, means leaving behind her friends in the pasture and can be scary and difficult for Beauty.  Luckily, she has friends that she can lean on like Miss Carey who helps her to feel like everything will be ok.

F – Future – Living in the moment as she does helps Beauty to avoid worrying too much about the future. If she could understand our words, she might have a sense of hope for the future, but really, it works out better for her to just feel good in the now.

Happy Holidays from Beauty and the whole Adventures Program!

Glade Run Adventures provides personalized experiences in nature, including horseback riding lessons, guided trail rides, animal care classes, gardening classes, farm to table cooking experiences and nature themed arts and crafts. These activities are prefect for families, school groups, home schoolers, girl and boy scout troops, youth groups and parties.


Glade Run Adventures is conveniently located north of Pittsburgh in Zelienople, just minutes from route 79 and Cranberry Township.


About the Author

Julie Wahlenmayer, Director of Adventures

Julie has been with Glade Run since 1996, shortly after graduating from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies. Her experiences in animal and horticultural assisted therapies at Glade Run lead Julie to complete her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Julie’s desire to connect individuals with the natural world around them, combined with her equestrian training and love of gardening, helped to shape our Adventures Program into the exemplary program that it is today. Julie’s vision for Glade Run Adventures is for it to become a model for social, emotional and physical growth and learning.

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