Therapy with Animals
"Animal-assisted intervention" describes the deliberate, targeted use of animals in education and therapy. St. Martins' Animal-Assisted Intervention team works with the St. Martin's stable animals on a daily basis. The donkeys, goats, chickens and others aninals are thus extremely motivated and happy to spend time with people - under expert supervision and guidance.
Taking into consideration the idea of "biophilia", we want to help our guests spend time with animals and in nature, thus helping them experience well-being & stress reduction. After all, we need natural environments to be mentally and physically healthy.
Just several of the things our pets can do for you:
- Increase physical well-being (e.g. lower blood pressure)
- Stress relief & relaxation
- Promoting positive self-image
- The experience of relationship & connectedness
- Promotion of communication
- The increase of endurance & concentration
- Increase in emotional well-being
- Experience joy and fun
St. Martins Animals
In our St. Martins stable and our discovery trail you can find numerous domestic- and farm animals. Our animals are partially well trained an certified for animal-assited learning.
The following domestic animals are living with us, as well they are seen as our "colleagues": hens, a cock, warty ducks, rabbits, jura sheeps, a mountain sheep, serrated sheep, white Baroque donkeys.
You can explore the following "special animals" which are also employed in animal assisted learning: achat snails, ghost scares, stick insects and Madagascar hissing cockroach.
Personal meeting with our animals
ANIMAL ASSISTED INTERVENTION / TGI
On our farm, certified by Greencare Austria, you have the opportunity to book "time with our animals" under expert guidance. Do you feel the need for a special time out? .
Our animals will be happy to help you! From deep relaxation to increased self-esteem - the effects can be manifold. In any case, it is a valuable experience that can enormously increase your personal well-being
2 hours € 105 for 1-3 persons
Introduction into clicker training with our chicken – course!
A highly-professional half-day experience with great findings about work and training with animals as well as knowledge about behaviour and biology of chicken. A mix of theoretical and practical training makes this programme perfect for beginners as wells as for advanced pet owners. A confirmation of participation (Greencare-company) is included. This training is also perfect for educationists and guests with other professions which are interessted in animal assisted training on the job. Incl. drinks and fruits.
Meditation with our sheep
Watching, resting and calming down – focus onto our sheep. Observe their behaviour and get in touch. This meditation helps you to reduce stress, to slow down and to ground yourself. The meditation is accompanied by our yoga-teacher Senthil Kumar and an expert in animal assisted training.
Age: 4-99 years
Time out with the sheep
“SIX BREEDS, ONE PROGRAMME”
You can experience all aspects of sheep here, from their natural way of behaving to their heartfelt warmth. Sheep are sensitive animals that mirror us mercilessly. Observation – a little walk – contact with the animals.
Time out with the goats
“FROM THE WILD DWARF TO THE GENTLE GIANT” A special kind of goat programme that is fun and enjoyable and enhances well-being as well! You will get to know our varied “gang of goats” and will be amazed at how different each of the individuals are, and how many “jobs” there are to do in a herd of goats like this.
ANIMAL ASSISTED SAFARI WITH PROFESSOR CHICKEN
Have an unforgettable animal assisted „lesson“ with chicken Mary, Franziska & Co. How can a chicken answer questions? After the lesson we explore it’s wild relatives in the Nationalpark Neusiedlersee – Seewinkel.
Age: 4-99 years
Animal-keepers Workshop Beginners or Extreme
Do you know what an animal keeper has to do? Find out here and gain insight into animal keeper’s work.
Workshop BEGINNERS: Duration 45 Min. € 8 per person
At the animal-keepers workshop EXTREME you will see places, where others are not allowed to enter and find out secrets about our St. Martins animals.
Individual workshop with the white baroque donkeys incl. hike
A short hike will take you from St. Martins Spa & Lodge towards Lake Zicksee. This event will provide you with background information on the basic needs of the donkey, a practical and theoretical introduction to the donkeys, the hike and a certificate.