Llama Medicine in Animal Assisted Activity & Therapy
Llamas of Circle Home has a multidisciplinary team who offer to the community a health service with a comprehensive approach. We have experience in children and adolescents with disabilities and within the autism spectrum Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) providing opportunities for motivational, educational, therapeutic and/or recreational benefits to enhance quality of life. The human animal bond has existed for thousands of years and this relationship is of significant importance for medicine and human health and wellbeing. Llamas are intelligent, social animals used in animal assisted activity and therapy to benefit humans’ mental and physical health.
Llamas appear to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago. They migrated to South America about three million years ago during the Great American Interchange. By the end of the last ice age (10,000–12,000 years ago), camelids were extinct in North America. As of 2007, there were over seven million llamas and alpacas in South America. The llama is native to the high puna of the South American Andes. Peru and Bolivia form the heart of this region. The llama is one of the four species known as New World camelids which inhabit the region. The other species are the alpaca, the guanaco, and the vicuna. All four species are thought to have originated from a common North American ancestor who is also the supposed predecessor of the African and Asian camels.
Study after study has shown that the presence of an animal in a therapy or intervention program reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and releases happiness and relaxation in the patient. Patients find to be more calming than traditional therapy or intervention, as therapy animals are gentle and nonjudgmental. This is especially important for people who suffer from social anxiety, autism, or other conditions or traumas that prevent them from fully opening up to a human therapist.
Redwood Regional Park - Oakland, CA
We offer a class and a llama assisted experience in nature, in the forest of redwoods. These are educational and therapeutic activity at Redwood Park, EBRPD, Oakland, CA. .
Reserve your experience. Click here to see the schedule for Llamas - Mystics in the Andes @ Redwood Park.
Training Program, Sonora
Llamas were the "Speechless Brothers" of the ancient Andean culture. Through careful breeding and other acquisitions we have gathered, produced and cared for llamas since we first got llamas in 1982. We started packing them in 1985. We currently offer ranch tours in Sonora and training hikes with the llamas.
Visit to Institutions
Llamas of Circle Home have been to many mental health/wellness events at UC Berkeley, schools and other institutions around the Bay Area. Feel free to contact us if you are interested to share this experience with you.