Located minutes outside Sedona, Arizona, the Selah Carefarm is a collective of restorative spaces within a therapeutic community where grieving individuals, families, and groups can go to give and receive connection and compassion. All of the animals (41 including horses, pigs, roosters, alpacas, cats, dogs, goats, donkeys, sheep...) on the carefarm have been rescued from abuse, neglect, homelessness, and torture. Our grieving families know what it means to suffer, and so do these animals. In addition, we teach mediation, yoga, bibliotherapy, and will soon have a house where families can come and stay on site. We base all our work on compassion for all, including animals and the earth. Thus, we are vegan and sustainable. We have a "rescue don't reproduce" policy here so we can help as many animals as possible. Visit our Facebook page to "Like" and learn about what we do and who we help! If you'd like to schedule a tour and/or counseling here, please do so here. Watch this brief informational documentary to learn more.
We need donations to build the family house on the carefarm. We need your help on the carefarm. We need in-kind donations like supplies, landscape materials, tools, animal feed and tack. If you have something to donate or if you’d like to help on the carefarm please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read Yahoo’s feature story about the Selah Carefarm here. And if you can donate any amount, we have a $100,000.00 match from the family of Daniel J. Coleman. Learn more about this remarkable young man and his family's generosity here.
Currently, traumatically bereaved people come from around the world to work with Dr. Cacciatore or one of our other counselors here. Right now, our facilities can usually only hold one to two families at a time. Thus, grieving individuals and families in the local area and also from around the world, must wait until space opens before they can come to get help. There may be a 6-9 month waiting period. When the family house is completed, Dr. Cacciatore and our team will be able to serve more grieving people, especially those in acute crisis. In addition, the carefarm will incorporate more rescue animals, a therapeutic farm-to-table program, and other health enhancing activities that an agrarian environment allows. Timing of the family house depends on the success of this fundraising campaign. Our contractor estimates 6-8 months, once we begin construction.
Yes, if you've experienced the catastrophic death of a child, sibling, grandchild, parent, partner, or other much-beloved one! We run day programs right now and people come from all over the world: Cambodia, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, Ghana, Liberia, Croatia, Romania, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Israel, Japan, China, Argentina, India, Jordan, and more - and of course from all over the U.S. We do not yet have residential facilities so you'll need to find accommodations if you're from out of town until the house is completed. Please check back here. As we get closer to completion, we will have an inquiry form posted. Please visit this link to schedule an appointment at the carefarm.
Please note: the carefarm is a therapeutic community and is not open to the public. You must have a scheduled appointment here to visit the carefarm. Because of open waterways that cannot be fenced, no children under the age of 7, please. We have large guardian dogs who protect our flock from night predators. For the safety of your own pets, please leave your animals at home or at your hotel.
Yes! Carefarming, as a whole and in its individual components, has been shown to help many vulnerable population groups. Many countries in Europe utilize care farming as a humanistic approach to human suffering in vulnerable groups with profoundly positive outcomes that reduce harm and help people improve coping. And, carefarming costs a fraction of treatment as usual. The average basic cost (not inclusive of individual counseling services) of most carefarms is between $60-$150 a day. The average basic cost of treatment as usual in an inpatient setting is about $1000- $1500 a day. Learn more about the scholarly literature here.
If you are a provider interested in learning more about our Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider Certification (30 CEUs), please visit this link to see upcoming training dates.
The Selah Carefarm and Family House is named after the Hebrew word selah and after the Selah Grief Model (Cacciatore, 2011), a mindfulness-based framework that recognizes two foci: self and other, the intrapersonal and the interpersonal, in addition to the space between two beings. Selah derives from the Hebrew word celah, often noted in the book of Psalms meaning something like a 1) pause to stay with what you’ve just experienced; 2) reflect, feel deeply what you’ve just experienced. And, when ready, we hold space as we 3) discover meaning, allowing it to unfold in its time without rushing to the next passage. May they be with us eternally.