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.
Individual domestic animal-safari at the explorers path: Sheep, white baroque donkeys & co
Animal assisted activity
Enjoy a joyful domestic animal-safari exclusively in our golfcart which is very well known and nearly loved by our animals. So hold on tight – eventually one of our goats will join the ride ;-) The tour will be guided by our specialized rangers and you will learn a lot about sheep, goats & co.
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.
Walking tour & activities with our sheep
Our well trained TGI-Sheep are highly sensible and have a will of their own. It’s not possible to only put a leash on and start walking how it’s practiced very often in animal walkings. We focus onto the well-being of our animal because only healthy and motivated animals can give us a lot of positive energy an increase our well-being.
Do a little walk, get in touch with our animals and explore activities with our animals.
What a motley crew…! Most of the time our goats are exactly there where they shouldn’t be. Learn more about the dynamic in our flock. Master exercises with our funny goats and explore the intimate feeling, possibly due to the contact between goats and humas for more than 10.000 years. This programme is full of fun and increases self-esteem and activity.
Animal-keepers Workshop LIGHT or Extreme
Do you know what an animal keeper hast o do? Find out here and gain insight into animal keeper’s work. Duration: 45 Min. free of charge
At the animal-keepers workshop EXTREME you will see places, where other are not allowed to enter an find out secrets about our St. Martins animals.