'A horse program for Indigenous peoples created by an Indigenous woman'
Tressa Beaulieu is a Métis woman with Indigenous heritage originating from Treaty 3 lands; home to the Saulteaux band of the Ojibwa people. In 2016, she completed a Bachelor of Sciences degree with a major in Human Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Indigenous studies at the University of Manitoba. Following her degree, she completed a dietetic internship with the Manitoba Dietetic Education Program and now holds the title of Registered Dietitian (RD) here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an avid equestrian for the past 20 years, Tressa sought to combine her passions of nutrition, traditional land-based teachings and horses. The end result is a unique, culturally sensitive, and empowering program she calls ‘Fuel Your Spirit’.
"Fuel Your Spirit is built on promoting emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health and wellness with the help of an amazing teacher- the horse. Giving it all the ingredients to promote cultural healing."
'Fuel Your Spirit’ is an Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program centered on traditional Indigenous teachings. The Fuel Your Spirit program is being offered to those that self-identify as Indigenous and must be 9 years of age or older. It includes six 2-hour sessions held on a weekly basis in a safe, non-judgmental and inclusive environment (2-3 day retreats also available). Over the course of this program, components of overall health and wellness will be incorporated as represented in the medicine wheel (i.e., mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual). In combination to working with horses, the program will incorporate traditional teachings, sharing circles, smudging, preparation of traditional foods and a variety of land-based activities.
Sagehill Stables is located on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.