Move Mindfully. Connect Mindfully.

"I am related to everyone."

hun•ka•pi /hun-kah-pee/ - A Native American word.

Our Purpose

RESTORE

  • RESTORE

    The individual or family unit through complete wraparound services and support.

RENEW

  • RENEW

    A sense of hope, balance, and purpose through a customized therapeutic plan utilizing holistic and conventional modalities on the farm.

GROW

  • GROW

    Physical, mental, and emotional well-being through hands-on experiences that nurture social skills, problem-solving, and independence; maximizing potential and a sense of belonging and community.

GIVE

  • GIVE

    To the local community through the produce and services offered on the farm.

The Individuals We Serve

Hunkapi serves clientele with diagnoses such as:

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER

OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER

EMOTIONAL DISORDER

ADDICTION DISORDER

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Love Grows Here

Become a part of the Hunkapi Community!

The heritage of HUNKAPI is grounded in the idea of interrelatedness – our need for and reliance on one another - and the responsibility of forwarding that feeling.

Be a part of the Hunkapi community. Donate through Annual Membership - membership provides the reliable support Hunkapi needs to thrive - through Horse Sponsorship – the herd is the lifeblood of Hunkapi - or through a General Fund donation.

Your donation and support make a difference!

Our Programs

The Hunkapi programs all have one aim – to use the bond between horse and human as a catalyst for positive growth in the lives of our participants.

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Our Mission is Simple

To help individuals to be their best in mind, body and spirit - through the most innovative and integrative approaches - and to constantly teach and learn.

Founded in mindfulness, our myriad hands-on, experiential programs include: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, Counseling and Life Skills, and Addiction/Recovery groups. We and our four-legged healers help people move mindfully towards their clinical, life or leadership goals and connect mindfully to the people in their life who matter most.

Our Horses Will Touch Your Heart and Change Your Life Forever

Hunkapi Programs

Since our inception in 1999, our horses have helped thousands of children and adults establish more mindful connections with themselves and other people.  We believe it’s impossible to interact with a horse and walk away unchanged. Hunkapi’s programs all have one aim—to use the bond between horse and human as the catalyst for positive growth in your life or the life of your child.

How We Started

In the late 1990s, research done at Arizona State University demonstrated that horseback riding had a positive effect on children with AD/HD and autism. The children showed greater self-esteem, reduced depression, and reduced anxiety, among other improvements. This led to the development of a therapeutic riding program at ASU known as Hunkapi, which later became an independent nonprofit organization in sun-drenched Scottsdale.

How We’ve Grown and Continue to Grow

Today Hunkapi offers Therapeutic Riding, Emotional Regulation, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy , and other services for both children and adults. These programs are led by a staff of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)-certified Instructors, therapists and teams of experienced volunteers. Hunkapi continues to lead the industry by offering integrative, unique and expansive holistic programs to the clients we serve.

People and Organizations We Love in Scottsdale and Beyond

Hunkapi makes a difference through its therapeutic riding program and other services. The organizations below share our vision for helping children and families in practical, life-changing ways.

Meet Our Team

Want to Join Our Staff?

Thank you for your interest in Hunkapi Programs! We are always looking for dedicated professionals to join our team. Below are the listings of jobs we are looking to fill.

If you would like to be considered for a position not listed below, please send your resume and cover sheet to love@hunkapi.org so we can keep you in mind if a position becomes available!

Operations Director

Oversees financial, front office and non-clinical farm operations including animal care, volunteers and facilities maintenance.

If you would like to be considered this position, please send your resume and cover sheet to love@hunkapi.org.

Business Address

Hunkapi Programs, Inc.

12051 N 96th St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Business Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Phone Number

(480) 393-0870