At a shaman friend’s recommendation, last night we watched the movie “The Horse Boy” on NetFlix. We didn’t know what it was about, so it was a wonderful surprise. The story is an intensely personal yet an epic spiritual journey, as a couple and their autistic son set out on horseback through Mongolia, in a desperate attempt to treat his condition with shamanic healing.
- From their website, http://www.horseboymovie.com/:
“When 2-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, and his wife, Kristin Neff, a psychology professor, sought the best possible medical care for their son — but traditional therapies had little effect. Then they discovered that Rowan has a profound affinity for animals — particularly horses — and the family set off on a quest for a possible cure. The Horse Boy is part travel adventure, part insight into shamanic tradition and part intimate look at the autistic mind.”
- Watch the trailer:
“The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son,” a book about the Isaacsons’ experience, written by Rupert Isaacson, was released by Little Brown and Company on April 14, 2009. 2009, USA – Running time: 93 mins