A stunning ranch is offering a healing sanctuary for sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A Canadian couple in their 70s are sharing a bit of the serene piece of the country they’ve called home for 43 years to Canadian veterans and people who have served and now have PTSD.
Rick and Donna Wanless have offered up their 25-acre B.C. ranch to Honour House.
The charitable organization provides free housing and support to members of the Canadian military who battle PTSD.
Far from the stresses and often chaotic pace of everyday life, the ranch offers wildlife sightings (including no shortage of deer), boating and kayaking on the property’s pond or a nearby river, and plenty of mountain-filled views.
It will be called Honour Ranch and it will welcome a small number of individuals with PTSD to enjoy the property and work with the horses.
They will also have access to treatment as needed.
While Rick and Donna will continue to live on the ranch, they will do their own thing, allowing their guests to be alone in nature. The couple will stay in the main house, but the guest house, stable, clubhouse and a large gazebo on the waterfront will be used by the program.
“We’ve had a wonderful life. We haven’t had any hardships,” he said, according to Upworthy. “If [others like us] can be inspired by what we’re doing and want to help out in some way in their community, that would be wonderful.”
That feel-good vibe offered by nature is scientifically backed too, with many studies revealing that exposure to the outdoors can ease the symptoms of PTSD.
The program is expected to kick off in Spring 2017.