Generation Farms offers integrative healing opportunities through
wellness programs, horsemanship, nature, and professional training.

Generation Farms is well known for our work with horses and people to create healing opportunities. Many children come to Generation Farms for counselling and support. People come from across Canada to learn the Generation Farms Approach. What may not be well known is that our work is not just with horses. As we move into our 19th year of programs we have developed diverse skills and expertise. Here is a short list of things to know about Generation Farms:

OUR STAFF

  • We are fortunate to have a very skilled multi-disciplinary team.
  • All of our staff have training in the Generation Farms Approach and follow the same principles. How they are applied depends on the specialty being offered.
  • We have trauma specialists, a nature-based practitioner, EMDR therapists, somatically trained therapists and Art therapists as well as equine specialists in our team. All our counselling staff have their MA or MSW and our Youth Workers have art a minimum of BA level.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • We have students across Canada who have learned the Generation Farm Approach and are working in a refined way with people and horses.
  • Training is scheduled every summer with mentoring continuing in the winter months. Go to http://www.generationfarms.ca/index.php?p=1_38_Training
  • We are affiliated with Equine Facilitated Wellness Canada.
  • We also have an interest in offering professional training in working with trauma, and in nature based approaches. Check back!

NATURE BASED AND WILDERNESS PROGRAMS

  • These approaches are dear to our heart and thrive in our new 33-acre facility. It is not just farmland but includes forest and areas to explore.
  • This growing field offers solutions to many of the challenges in our busy lives as well as forming an opportunity to support natural healing.
  • The philosophy and core principles are conducive to our EFW approach.

TRAUMA PRACTICES

  • Our reputation for working well with trauma comes from using an approach that creates the possiblity of change on a neural level. Present moment focus, working incrementally within a Window of Tolerance, and awareness of the body and the senses are major components of our trauma therapy.
  • Our work is refined in the important areas of attachment healing and attunement.
  • Working outside in nature has a strong helpful impact on healing.
  • Our entire staff has expertise in what could be called a ‘trauma informed’ approach that was developed prior to that term becoming in general use.

RIDING AND HORSEMANSHIP

  • Our coaches are trained in the same core principles as our counsellors and they use this expertise to create safe and healthy programs
  • We have a dressage coach who specializes in working in relationship with your horse, rider position and effectiveness in a unique and encouraging approach. We have well trained school horses for those who want to relearn and grow. You can also bring your own horse.
  • Our riding lesson program is small and we generally have a wait list for beginner riders.

WORKSHOP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • We will again be offering personal development workshops starting in the fall of 2018.
  • You do not need therapy to work with one of our staff on developing confidence, healthy boundaries, self-awareness and other elements of well-being

 

 

 

 

Simple experiences can be naturally therapeutic.

 

There is calm at Generation Farms. Time to pause and to listen to the eagles and the wind in the trees. In this tranquil environment people come to rediscover their natural ability to heal and to experience themselves at their best.Some come to Generation Farms for the recreational benefits of riding and connecting with horses. Others come to heal deep trauma, improve relationships or develop confidence. A strong base of common values and consistent philosophy runs through all programs based on principles of connection and self-regulation.

There is a need for programs for people who do prefer or benefit from an alternative to traditional approaches. Our well-trained and experienced professional staff have chosen to use their talents to work in this organically healing way.

 

DEEP NATURE CONNECTIONS AT GENERATION FARMS This is a program for children to engage with nature. Kate Burns MSW and Amanda Robinson BA. Please see further information in the Workshop section. This is a reasonably priced opportunity. 

June 23  6 to 8 years old  9 til noon rescheduled to July

July 21 6 to 8 years old 9 til noon

August 18 9 to 12 years12 to 14 years 9 til noon

September 22   2 to 14 years   9 til noon

 

Farm Produce 

The produce stand is just starting up. We have the best garlic! It should be ready in early August.

 

What is Equine Facilitated Wellness?

Horses have a powerful role in assisting people in feeling alive in their lives. Horses live in the present moment, highly aware of their surroundings, without the ability to ruminate about the past or worry about the future. They fully use all of their senses, including their ability to read the inner state of another. They are social and respond warmly to humans who are in touch with their emotions. Their attentiveness to the present state of a human has the capacity to heal old wounds through the bond of connection in the here and now.  Read More... 

Program feature

This Shaw TV segment features Generation Farms.

This sequence is about our Equine Facilitated Wellness programs in Nanaimo. Listen to Emily Pelletier explain about horses and how they help. A teenager and her mother are featured along with views of our horses and staff doing their special work.

 

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