I must admit that I got very lost on my way out to Peaceful Acres in Albany last week. It was scenic, so I didn’t mind too much. Every turn darted around one gorgeous hillside to another. Nanci and Stacy, the mother-daughter duo that run the farm, took me up to the highest point on the grounds to feed the horses. When we reached the peak, I felt as though someone knocked the wind out of me. We were completely surrounded in the most beautiful countryside, entirely colored by fall and sprinkled with horses. I don’t mean to be trite, but Peaceful Acres is appropriately named.
Nanci started the non-profit organization as a sanctuary for horses and people. The horses are rescued from abandonment, neglect, and abuse, then rehabilitated emotionally and physically. Once healed, the horses in turn help out people who have faced their own adversities in life. A large portion of the programs focus on women recovering from breast cancer and other emotional and physical hurdles such as domestic abuse, anxiety disorders, and depression.
I was so moved, not just by the scenery, but by the effort and love Nanci and Stacy pour into Peaceful Acres. Their lives are devoted to helping people and horses alike. It was empowering to see these awesome women make the most of what life has dealt them and use what they learned to help others find their own path to peace.
Visit Peaceful Acres’s website here to see how you can help out.