History

History

We live in a culture that’s moving so quickly that for many children it’s too much to emotionally digest, so they get left behind. What we try to do is to slow everything down, . . . open up a space in which kids can be who they really are.
— Ed Thorney, original director, Wilderness-Based Therapeutic Mentoring Program

TimeOut Foundation provides children and teens with the time, space, and experiences they need to create positive change in their lives. From our 35-acre farm in beautiful northwest Connecticut, we offer long-term, non-residential support through individualized, nature-based therapeutic experiences. We work with one child at a time, and we do so in a nonjudgmental environment that is safe, respectful, and free of social pressures.

In a warp-speed world too often blind to the needs of its youth, TimeOut Foundation is a community where children can find room to breathe. Toward that end, the foundation is centered around two main therapeutic programs: Equine-Assisted Therapy and Horse Care, and Wilderness-Based Therapeutic Mentoring. Each program integrates professional counseling with hands-on outdoor activities chosen according to individual needs, abilities, and preference.

While TimeOut Foundation’s mission is to create a self-nurturing environment where children can be free of the stresses of our society, our long-term goal is even more ambitious: to develop a model of  approach to experience-centered healing that can be replicated in other communities. TimeOut Foundation is focused on the kids of the Northwest Corner, but we want to help children everywhere.