We are planning a community
Crescent Moon Gallery Event
and Fundraiser
in the Spring of 2022.

Our programs have been delayed
until at least the Spring 2022 ​due to increasing COVID cases
in CA and across the country.

Please stay tuned, contact us
with any questions and
join our email list to receive updates.

About Crescent Moon Center

Crescent Moon Center offers multi-cultural co-creative educational programs for people in recovery from substance use disorders who share a commitment
to long term sobriety. 


Experience workshops designed to generate new insights, healing, growth and purpose through 

 - power of words (Poetry)

 - visual expression of thoughts and emotions (Painting & Photography)

 - deep insights from horses (Equine Assisted Learning)

 - community involvement (Group projects and interactions)


Crescent Moon Center’s mission is to build a community of support around individuals recovering from substance use disorders by: 

(1) offering equine-assisted learning and creative arts programs; 
(2) creating a lens of discovery into addiction; 
(3) embracing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our organization; and
(4) advocating for change in the public’s perception of substance use disorders.

Our Workshops

Crescent Moon Center's core program offers experiential healing arts and equine workshops known to benefit and enhance one's journey to sustained sobriety.


Workshops include equine-assisted learning, Art4Healing, collaborative mural composition, plein-air painting, creative writing, and a unique opportunity for a horse drawn carriage ride into the magnificent beauty and serenity of Rush Ranch. Each workshop is designed to deepen insights, build confidence, promote healing, and explore new pathways for achieving our personal goals.

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Equine-Assisted Learning

Equine-assisted learning helps people with substance use disorders and mental health issues.

Horses teach us about boundaries, kindness, and our inner authenticity. They give us confidence and hope. They help show us new pathways for achieving our personal goals. Horses partners with us to help solve some of the issues and challenges we face in our lives.

Our workshops are led by experienced equine-assisted learning facilitators.


Carriage Riding

Crescent Moon Center’s partnership with the Solano Land Trust and Access Adventure has made it possible to offer Carriage Riding Sessions. This session will provide examples of focus, teamwork, effective communication and the importance of building partnerships.



Paint large canvasses using a variety of tools like oversized brushes, sponges, and rags. 

SPLASH is action painting, enabling shifts in perspectives through gestures and abstraction. Play with unconventional painting techniques, such as splattering and ragging horizontally and vertically, on the easel or on the ground.

Meditation is integrated into the session, designed to keep you in the moment and provide refreshed perspectives.


Art 4 Healing


This workshop is an artistic journey into deep thoughts and feelings through shapes and colors.


Use colors to respond to questions posed by a facilitator in this fast-paced, theme-based group creativity workshop. 

Creative expression allows for personal insights and opens us to inspiration, hope, and our inner authenticity.


Singing Tree Project

Participate in a collaborative mural-making workshop. You will conceptualize, design, and paint a large canvas. This workshop builds healthy relationships and community, inspires hope, honors nature, celebrates art & creativity and cultivating resilience and well-being.

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Plein Air Painting

Express your thoughts and feelings through shapes and colors. Paint the landscape that surrounds you. This workshop gives you the unique opportunity to absorb the serenity and beauty of Rush Ranch.



Receive thoughtful exercises to light up your imagination and look at life through metaphors. It will be used as a tool for reflection and integration throughout program workshops.

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Creative Writing & Poetry

Anyone can put pen to paper; what happens after that is a journey. Poetry is a dance of one’s spirit in words. It is a form of expression and changes our ingrained patterns of thinking and processing in life.

Poetry and poem-making are compelling and effective tools in the journey toward wellness. It can enable you to change internal dialogues and to create positive metaphors about your life.

This workshop provides tools and support to heal body, mind, and spirit through the creative and therapeutic process of hearing, speaking and writing poetry. 

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Our Facilitators


Karen Kahn

Karen Kahn is the founder and President of Crescent Moon Center. She is an attorney, equestrian, artist, writer, and mother who lives in the Bay Area with her husband, dog, and horses.  She is a certified member of the Board of Equine Interaction Professionals and certified in Art4Healing.  She is a strong proponent of the belief that horses, and creative arts can have a transformative effect on one’s life.


Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi 

Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi is a Master Somatic Coach, entrepreneur, zoologist, professional equestrian, artist, founder of Equine Guided Coaching (since 1989) and international speaker. She has authored three books, including "Equine Guided Education: Horses Healing Humans Healing Earth." Ariana powerfully integrates emotional intelligence, somatic awareness, the biology of leadership and “The Energy of Communication” into a profound and life changing experience for participants.


Michael Muir

Michael Muir is the great grandson of John Muir, the explorer.  He is a champion in dressage, driving and he continues to breed the Stone Wall horse at Rush Ranch.  Michael has suffered from MS since he was 15 years old, is a two-time cancer survivor and is mobility limited.  Despite these challenges, he drives forward and is an inspiration to everyone.

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John Fox

John Fox is a Certified Poetry Therapist and Practitioner of Poetic Medicine and is a poet and author of numerous books including, “Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making.”  He is an adjunct faculty member of several colleges and teaches around the globe.

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Hilary Maslon

Hilary Maslon is an abstract painter with over 30 years of experience in painting and exhibiting.   She has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Queens.  As an entrepreneur, ecologist, and lover of animals she brings a new perspective of art and healing.  She has taught art to diversified groups and venues in NYC, Mississippi and California. 

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Laurie Marshall

Laurie Marshall, M.A. is a cutting-edge educator and creative activist who uses collaborative art to envision healing of heartbreak. She is a book author including, “Beating the Odds Now”, “Singing Trees: A Growing Forest”, and founder of the non-profit, Unity Through Creativity Foundation. Her Singing Tree collaborative mural methodology has produced over 90 murals with 20,000 people from 52 countries.

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Crescent Moon Center is for people in recovery who want to enhance long-term sobriety through equine-assisted learning and expressive arts.

Crescent Moon is for people who have exhausted their resources trying to maintain sobriety, those who have not been able to take advantage of costly recovery programs, or those who are looking for new and creative ways to embrace recovery. 



Programs are held at Rush Ranch, a 2,070-acre nature preserve of marsh and rolling grassland. It is owned and managed by the Solano Land Trust and located in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, Suisun, CA. 


The working ranch includes a visitor center, turn-of-the-century blacksmith shop, historical ranching equipment, and hiking trails. 

Crescent Moon's use of Rush Ranch is provided for by a generous donation from the Solano Land Trust.

Solano Land Trust, Rush Ranch
& Access Adventure


Solano Land Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit founded to protect land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land. Their work goes beyond conserving land; it’s also about ensuring that people’s relationship to the land remains strong. 

Rush Ranch hosts Access Adventure, a 501c3 nonprofit founded by Michael Muir. Access Adventure's mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and other underserved members of our community by providing outdoor recreation, open space access, education and therapy, through a working partnership with horses.

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Our programs have been delayed
until at least the Spring 2022
due to increasing COVID cases
in CA and across the country.

Crescent Moon's programs will resume when COVID allows for us ​to gather safely.

Please stay tuned, contact us with any questions and join our email list to receive updates.