The Bear Spot Foundation

Bear Spot Foundation offers a unique combination of traditional psychotherapy with dressage riding and horse care. The Foundation’s programs have successfully addressed the needs of clients with most common childhood psychiatric presentations including but not limited to mood disorders (depression, bi-polar disorder), ADD/ADHD, anorexia, and concerns related to low self-esteem, separation and loss and anxiety disorders. Learn more…


The Bear Spot Foundation

Meet Dr. Karol

“Psychotherapist, dressage rider, trainer, instructor, competitor. The Foundation is the culmination of years of ongoing work and professional development by Jane Karol.

Meet Dr. Karol

Did You Know…

>A $125 donation pays for one child’s
therapy session?
>A $250 donation pays for a horse’s
shoes each month?

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Our Horses

In keeping with the tradition of helping animals in need, Bear Spot Farm rescued two horses from the slaughter pipeline during the winter of 2011. Learn more…

Our Horses

What people are saying...

Horses are so often nutritive to those humans who seek out their company. The work of my foundation honors and draws on the seemingly mystical nourishing quality of the horse. This nourishing quality allows bonds to grow between people of diverse backgrounds, serves as a balm for the disquieted soul, and somehow allows even the most lost to feel at home in their presence.”

– Jane Karol, Founder

With Jane at Bear Spot Farm, [our daughter] is able to communicate her feelings to a horse named Jake who seems to understand her completely… Working with Jake has made it much easier for my daughter to trust. And Jake is a wonderful conduit for therapeutic issues.”

– Parent of a Bear Spot therapy client

Jane would always listen carefully, and Jake was a constant comfort. Together, they are a perfect team. I could always count on Jake to make me feel safe while we were discussing painful emotions. His presence always gave me the courage to face what hurt inside and express those feelings to Jane. Jake made it so much easier.”

– Bear Spot therapy client

I finally have a *spot* where I am able to let go of the weight of the inner burdens that I carry as I deal with a life threatening illness each day.  Bear Spot Farm carries that weight for me, just as Jake carries me, supports me, and bears the weight of me upon his back.  I finally have a place to let go and just ‘be.’”

– Bear Spot therapy client

One day my daughter was feeling particularly sad. She had just dismounted. Jake [the horse] came up behind her and put his head over her shoulder. Maybe other people couldn’t understand how she felt, but Jake sure did. What could be more powerful than that? A girl, a horse, and oh yes, a therapist.”

– Parent of a Bear Spot therapy client