Special Encore Presentation: Bonds that Heal: Horse and Human–An interview with Gus Jolley and Kelly Wendorf

September 15, 2012
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore

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Episode Description

“Meet 2 extraordinary people who have teamed up with our equine cousins – horses – to bring healing to the wounded and to teach communication, leadership, and relationship skills. With the help of a grant from Bread for the Journey of Santa Fe, accomplished riding instructor and veteran Gus Jolley started Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding to help veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other wounds of war. With his horses Promise, Sugar, and Zorro, Gus and a team of veteran and active military volunteers, offer free equine therapy to wounded veterans, teaching them the safety and peace of living in the moment, just as the horses do. Writer and accomplished horsewoman Kelly Wendorf seeks to liberate what is already good, courageous and whole in people, using their encounter with horses. Kelly developed The Equus Experience, currently used in corporate, academic and organizational environments to explore collaborative leadership and personal development.”

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Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived.

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Marianna Cacciatore

Marianna Cacciatore

Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.

Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.

Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.

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