Growing Hope Garden:
Community Supported Agriculture

The Talisman Growing Hope Garden focuses on stable-to-table community-supported agriculture and sustainable growing, which supports nutrition and healthy eating.

Talisman is offering limited subscriptions for weekly baskets of fresh fruit, vegetables, wildflowers, herbs, and other seasonal varieties harvested from the Growing Hope Garden. Choose from a one-, two-, or three-month subscription – or a pick-your-own plan.

Drive On!

One of our PATH Certified Instructors, Vali, is well on her way to teach driving lessons to therapeutic participants. 

The certification process is intense.  She had to have a minimum of 200 hours driving including at least 6 hours of current instructed driving and 25 hours teaching able-bodied students as well as passing an online test on PATH Standards.   She then was allowed to attend the three day Driving Workshop/Certification Event at Touchstone Farm in New Hampshire, a PATH Premier Center.  After the workshop, she passed four tests, over the course of two more days, to become eligible for certification. She was given 45 minutes to groom, harness, ground drive, and put to the carriage or cart and horse whichever we were assigned.  She had three evaluators who watched her every move. The scutiny and need for expertise was very intense.  

The first two tests she took scored her driving ability. She had to drive a dressage course and then a timed cones course. Upon passing, she had to submit a detailed lesson plan and teach an able-bodied intermediate driver from the ground. She was given 15 minutes for the lesson and then evaluated on how closely she followed her lesson plan.  That evening the assessors gave her a profile for a disabled driver who she was to teach on the last day of the event.  These were the farm’s actual clients!  The next morning she handed in her detailed lesson plan and was given 20 minutes to complete the lesson. After the lesson, she was given individual feedback from the evaluators detailing her scores on all the tests.  

Vali passed all the on-site tests!  Yay!  The last step is for Vali to take one more online test, a grueling 90 minutes/90 question exam.  Upon her passing the exam, Vali will be certified to teach therapeutic driving!  Please cheer Vali on while she immerses herself in studying!

Vali has already begun teaching able bodied drivers.  If you are interested in learning to drive a horse and cart, please contact us!


Thank you to our community partners for your ongoing support!

Welcome to Talisman

Talisman Therapeutic Riding is a non-profit organization offering a variety of programs to create therapeutic opportunities while providing exposure to an environment of well-being and learning.

At Talisman, we believe in the transformative, healing power of horses and our natural environment. We serve, empower all, and lead by example with compassion, dignity, and inclusivity.

Our Mission

To transform lives by fostering personal growth, healing, and empowerment through equine-assisted activities and enriching outdoor experiences.

Our Vision

Create an equestrian center to host a diverse portfolio of therapeutic opportunities, equine services, education, and recreation.

Our Purpose

Provide exceptional resources which facilitate quality human-horse interactions and contribute to making the world a better place.

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The Ancient Art of Falconry on Horseback

Date: February 26, 2024
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $40

Enjoy the easy repartee between Noelle and Jon as he expertly demonstrates the ancient art of falconry from horseback.

Join us for an unforgettable experience at Talisman Therapeutic Riding at one of our upcoming events, where the transformative power of horses and therapeutic riding awaits. Discover more and secure your spot by clicking on the events below or on our Events page. 

How you can help

Donate. Participate. Volunteer.

Talisman could not be successful without the support of its donors, sponsors, and volunteers. We depend on the generosity of our supporters to keep the barn doors open to the community and make a significant impact in the lives of our participants.

The Talisman Team

The Talisman team is comprised of our horses, staff, founder, riders, volunteers, sponsors, partners, and Board of Directors. We’re all integral to keeping the services of Talisman available to our community. And we’re very happy to meet you!