Upcoming Events:


Sonoma Speaker Series: In Conversation with...

Jaycee Dugard and Dr. Rebecca Bailey

VIP Reception: 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Interview: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Hanna Boys Center


Jaycee Dugard is an abduction survivor. Since her rescue in 2009, she has used her freedom and voice to share her unique survivor experience. Jaycee is the founder and president of The JAYC Foundation, an organization created to assist families and individuals that have experienced a severe crisis, challenge, or conflict through a major life disruption; to spread the message of hope, growth, and resiliency through educational and animal-assisted programs; and to encourage the collaboration of various entities to provide "Protected Spaces" for families to heal. 

Recently, Jaycee co-created the Polyvagal Equine Institute with longtime friends Dr. Rebecca Bailey and equine expert Margie McDonald. The organization is dedicated to sharing educational programming focused on incorporating horses with Dr. Stephen Porges' polyvagal theory to a variety of populations. 

Jaycee has strong ties to Sonoma County and its community. This is where she and her family came to heal and recover after her rescue. After the devastating 2017 Northern California fires, her foundation provided much needed therapeutic and equine-assisted therapy sessions for those affected in the community. 

Jaycee is the author of A Stolen Life, a New York Times Bestseller, and Freedom: My Book of Firsts, both memoirs that she wrote detailing her eighteen years in captivity, eventual rescue, and recovery process. She plans to continue writing and speaking at venues across the country. An important goal she has is to educate the media and the helping professions about the term "Stockholm Syndrome, " a media-driven term that is degrading and insensitive to survivors and their families. Jaycee enjoys spending time with her family and her faithful four-legged companions in California.

Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D. is a leading family psychologist and equestrian who has become a world-renowned professional educator, speaker, author, and entrepreneur.

Many of you may know her from her years of devotion as a psychologist in our community. She is the founder of Transitioning Families, a group of independently licensed mental health practitioners dedicated to Bailey's innovative ideas for helping families through crisis and difficult change. She is best known for her work with survivors of non-familial abduction and is on the advisory board of the JAYC foundation. Together with Jaycee Dugard, they have created an innovative model which utilizes horses to help educate judges, police officers, therapists and other professionals about compassion, kindness, and connection. 

Dr. Bailey is the founder of the Polyvagal Equine Institute, an organization dedicated to equine-assisted psychotherapy and education with a focus on applying Dr. Stephen Porges' research on the autonomic nervous system to a variety of populations. She believes that understanding the interaction between the nervous system and our thoughts and actions is key to compassionately responding to and addressing the complexities of today's societal demands. Dr. Bailey has appeared as a guest and commentator on numerous network shows, including Anderson Cooper and ABC's 20/20. 

A graduate of The Wright Institute in Berkley, CA, Dr. Bailey was raised in the Boston area. She relocated to California 35 years ago and now lives in Northern California with her loving husband and countless animals.