The Serenity Project: Gallop For Good

BY Aly Black/Lenoir Marketing Management

The Serenity Project is a sanctuary for those seeking healing from trauma. Founded by Ruth Nicodemus, this non-profit organization 501(c)3 charity offers a unique approach to recovery, combining traditional talk therapy with the profound healing power of horses. The project was born out of Ruth’s personal journey of healing through horses, witnessing the transformative effects they had on individuals dealing with anxiety and depression. She felt compelled to make this healing modality accessible to trauma survivors, creating a safe and compassionate environment where they can find solace and healing.

Gallop for Good: A Night at the Farm is an annual fundraiser that supports The Serenity Project’s mission. It’s an evening filled with farm-chic attire, catered Southern BBQ, an open bar, tunes from a DJ, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. It’s also an opportunity to mingle with fellow supporters and engage in profound interactions with the horses, experiencing firsthand the healing power they offer. If interested in learning more about this upcoming event please visit: If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation here:

Testimonials from participants highlight the transformative experiences they’ve had at The Serenity Project. One participant, Jillian, shared how a group therapy session helped her feel more present in the moment, while Staci expressed the invaluable experience of sharing with like-minded individuals and working with trained professionals. Beth emphasized the self-awareness and peace she found working around horses, and Jenn described the nervous system regulation and deep sense of understanding she experienced.

Ruth Nicodemus, discovered her love for horses at a young age. Today, she shares that love and the healing power of horses with those suffering from PTSD and trauma. Ruth’s dedication to horses and people led her to envision The Serenity Project as a place where survivors can heal through work with horses.

Ted Grogan, the Executive Director of The Serenity Project, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his role. With over 25 years in commercial real estate, including positions at SL Green (SLG) and Diamond Properties, LLC., Ted’s expertise in marketing, leasing, strategic planning, and financial analysis has been instrumental in his career. Alongside his professional endeavors, Ted has also devoted his time to volunteering with Connecticut Renaissance, a CARF-accredited organization, where he worked with adults and adolescents living with addictions and mental health disorders. In 2018, Ted furthered his commitment to mental health and wellness by becoming a certified Guide with Adventure Recovery, focusing on outdoor leadership and recovery awareness. Ted’s diverse background and passion for helping others make him a valuable leader at The Serenity Project.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Ted has a personal commitment to recovery, with 18 years of sobriety alongside Ruth. Their journey has not only shaped their lives but also adds a unique perspective to their work at The Serenity Project. Together, Ted and Ruth have contributed to the success of groups recovering from alcoholism and addiction, bringing a depth of understanding and empathy to their roles.

Pleasantville Wellness Group, founded by Kelly and Ahimsa, partners with The Serenity Project to offer affordable and approachable therapy to the community. They believe in making therapy accessible and strive to connect with clients within the community. By partnering with local non-profits, PWG expands its therapeutic offerings and customizes therapy to meet the needs of each client.

Lynn Peters, the program director at The Serenity Project, has dedicated her life to horses and teaching. With a background in education and a passion for horses, Lynn has spent her career teaching, training, and managing barns. She is also a licensed USEF judge. Lynn’s deep understanding of the healing powers of horses makes her a valuable asset to The Serenity Project.

The Serenity Project is more than just an organization; it’s a community of healing and support. Your involvement helps us continue to make a difference in the lives of trauma survivors. Join us in our mission to provide healing and hope through the transformative power of horses.