Along with traditional RACC benefits, the chamber now offers ribbon cuttings for new local brick and mortar businesses. For information, call Caitlin at 970/275-5791.
Equine Therapy From Susannah Smith
Susannah Smith, Ph.D., now offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning, following her certification by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, which has developed a model for standardization and excellence in training.
The model focuses on enhancing the mental health of individuals, families and couples, and “has been found to be particularly effective with adolescents, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, autism, marital discord, and group dynamics,” Smith says. For organizations, therapeutic models are used for leadership styles, teambuilding, management styles, communication skills, and systems interventions. Historically, Smith reports, the therapeutic benefits of the horse were recognized as early as 460 BC. “The use of the horse as therapy evolved throughout Europe, the United States and Canada,” because the animal “is intuitive and responds to the energy around it. Anyone who has spent time around these magnificent animals realizes how gentle and caring, and forceful and mischievous they can be. They respond differently to different energy.”
Smith is working with Olga Spanhoff, of the San Juan Riding Program, to combine EAL and EAP offerings with “hippotherapy.” Physically, hippotherapy can improve balance, posture, mobility and function, and also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions for clients of all ages. Clients who may benefit from hippotherapy can have a variety of diagnoses, ranging from cerebral palsy to multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, stroke, autism and learning or language disabilities. Smith, who has dual professional expertise as both a clinical psychologist and an organizational development consultant, can be reached at 970/728-5234; her website is www.creativeteamconsulting.com.
Mountain Village Hotel Project Comes Under Review Thursday
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Mountain Village Design Review Board will meet Thursday, June 24, at 10 a.m., in Town Hall, to consider Sketch PUD approval for the Mountain Village Hotel Project. The Mountain Village Hotel applicant is proposing six efficiency lodge Units (40 deed restricted as hotel rooms), 38 lodge units, 20 condominiums, one employee condominium, and 20,164 square feet of commercial space. The application includes a replat, rezone, density transfer, and variance requests for the development of the proposed hotel. Variance requests include the expansion of the building footprint lots by more than 25 percent and the increase in maximum and maximum average height for the building. In addition, the applicant is required to provide underground parking and associated amenities to operate the hotel such as a restaurant/bar, administrative offices, back-of-house operation space, lobby, spa and fitness area, business center, and gift/sundries shop. It will include 40 efficiency lodge units restricted as hotel units; public restrooms; plaza improvements; public parking; payment in-lieu to mitigate employee housing; transportation and parking costs; plaza improvements near the Westermere building; and conference rooms. To review the most up-to-date meeting agenda, visit link June 24, 2010 Design Review Board Meeting Agenda . It can be viewed live on Mountain Village Cable Channel 15 or via the Web at www.townofmountainvillage.com, in archives.