The Way of the Donkey LLC

The Way of the Donkey LLC is all about donkeys (and goats) and resilience and positive empowerment of young people! We are introducing The Way of the Donkey ™ and Donkey Enabled Empowerment and Wisdom ~ DonkeyEEAW! ™.

Learn more about The Way of the Donkey. Please read this blog from an educational authority and grandmother of a child who came to our obstacle course as it was under development.

Watch our new video about donkeys.

Now With Goats!

We have acquired two wonderful, warm and fuzzy Pygora goats. It turns out they are as much fun as donkeys. 

Donkey (or Goat) Empowerment Life Coaching

This page will tell you what our objectives are and what is happening currently — January 2022.

We set up a program offering Donkey (or Goat) Empowered Life Coaching services on a farm out outside of Veneta and visits to groups.

We established a donkey (or goat) empowerment obstacles course. These obstacles were designed with resilience and empowerment in mind. As we go through life, we face obstacles. We may feel like we are going up and down or forced to change directions, around various blockages, walking a straight path with no diversions, going over jumps, on a teeter totter, going in circles, or through a tunnel.

Our focus is on increasing these three strengths:

  • Self-regulation. Young people have to remain calm so as not to scare the donkeys.
  • Getting past fear. Some young people are fearful of the task of leading a donkey. We have strategies to seek to work around these fears. We also respectfully allow students to decide not to interact.
  • Empowerment and self-confidence. To convince a stubborn donkey to walk with you requires that you stand tall and be assertive.

At the end of July 2021, we received funding through the Oregon Community Foundation to provide services. However, by that time it was real hot.

So we made a shift to bringing  donkeys for Resilience and Empowerment Visits to schools or youth organizations. We created a traveling obstacle course that we set up to allow young people to lead  the donkey through the obstacles. We also participated in the Fern Ridge Harvest Festival and the Holiday Market.

This is a news story about our activities at Fern Ridge Summer School. These are some letters of endorsement:  Letter from Fern Ridge School District. A letter from Eugene Parks and Recreation.

We had to close down activities with the rain. We are seeking to locate in a place that will allow us to continue private visits under a shelter, so that these can occur both when it is very hot or is rainy. We will be seeking additional grant funding. We have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Nonprofit organizations can also apply for funds to support visits to their location.

Please email or call for more information: 541-556-1145.

Children’s Book 

My children’s book, The Way of the Donkey, is available on Amazon.



The Way of the Donkey

Learn about The Way of the Donkey, our Donkey Empowered Life Coaching thinking, and Information Resources.

EEAWesome! Shirts

Are you interested in being a supporter of The Way of the Donkey LLC. It would be most helpful if you could purchase one of our EEAWesome! Keep Calm T-shirts.

Income from the sales of these shirts will go into a fund that will specifically be used to the costs of our program for low income families or organizations.


Nancy Willard, the Director of this program, is a recognized expert in bullying and positive relations, as well as trauma and resilience.

Learn about Nancy Willard. Also learn about our donkeys.

Public Benefit Corporation

The Way of the Donkey is a program of Embrace Civility LLC, which has been certified as a Public Benefit Corporation. A Public Benefit Corporation is a corporation or LLC that considers its impact upon society. The focus is on the three P’s: People, Planet, and Profits. We will be providing an Annual Report that documents our work for the benefit of society. 


Address: Call, text, or email for information.

Phone: 541-556-1145