Generation Farms offers integrative healing opportunities through
wellness programs, horsemanship, nature, and professional training.
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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 20th year of programs we have developed diverse skills and expertise. Here is a short list of things to know about Generation Farms:
NATURE BASED AND WILDERNESS PROGRAMS
RIDING AND HORSEMANSHIP
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.
As the days grow longer our garden is being prepped and the hens are laying!
2020 Training dates are now up on the Workshop page and Training page
Update March 18. Circumstances have led us to made the difficult decision to close down the farm to the public for the near future. We will continue to keep you up to date.
COVID-19 Response – Go outside in nature is the advice from BC’s Provincial Health Officer as the virus escalates in BC. There are many places on Vancouver Island where that is possible away from crowds of people. Do take advantage of that. Safely. On Vancouver island we are so fortunate to have many opportunities to be in nature without crowds.
Upcoming Training – We are committed to offering Explorations scheduled for May 30 & 31 in some fashion. It is clear that we will not be able to meet in person. We are planning options that include the important experiential and learning aspects through internet classroom, group discussions and things to do. This is challenging our creativity while we stay with the principles that are important to us. We will need to reschedule the experiential part of the program until things are safe. Check back or email.
For all training participants - we will follow the recommended Public Health standards with an additional measure of care. Consider all programs to be on hold until confirmed.
We are exploring options for people to make a start on their training experience online with experiential rescheduled. We would really like students to be able to start the learning process and not lose their year.
Equine Professionals and Coaches
We have an interest in supporting coaches to integrate EFW principles into your work. We hear from many coaches that they are discouraged with the demands on the horses of riding programs. We have two EFW Equine Professionals on our team and welcome coaches to train alongside the Learning and Mental Health professionals to explore new ways of working with their horses.
Intervention Canada came to Generation Farms. See a short video played through Facebook
See the Globe and Mail story "A horse named Fira helped me heal from emotional trauma" by Rebecca Garber about her experience at Generation Farms. It is in our NEWS section or follow the link.
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...
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.