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Equine Facilitated Wellness in Nanaimo

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Mental Health, Equine Facilitated Learning – there have been many names used to describe this emerging field. At Generation Farms, Equine Facilitated Wellness is the name we embrace to encompass all of the programs we offer.

Horses have a powerful role in healing and 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.

Horses are intelligent creatures and their cognitive functioning is more sophisticated that once believed. However it is their gift of intervening on an emotional and somatic (body) level that is a gift to people. In our work we help people to regain their ability to experience these attributes that come so easily to horses. People then heal naturally. With guidance from a facilitator and the presence of a horse, in the natural environment, people can update old traumas and reconnect with the memory of how to function well and think clearly.


Equine Facilitated Wellness can be applied in:

  • riding
  • horsemanship
  • personal development
  • mental health approaches for children, youth, adults and families
  • addictions treatment
  • group settings
  • leadership