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Sonja Wingard 

Executive Director and Program Director

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I am honored when a teen shares that he appreciates that I am not here to fix him, but rather am here working on my own stuff.

With the support of amazing people we have created Unbridled Spirit, helping people break free from what binds them, opening them to new possibilities. I previously co-founded Animals as Natural Therapy, which I shepherded for 21 years during which time we received the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit of the Year Award in 2019. I received the Ken Gass Community Building Award in 2012.

I am a certified riding instructor with Certified Horsemanship Association and Professional Association of Therapuetic Horsemanship (PATH) International since 2000. I am an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) with PATH, and I have been an Equine Specialist with Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) for over twenty years.  

I humbly welcome your heart to this journey.​


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

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