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:


  • 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.


  • 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
  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


We are looking for a summer student!! 

 Spring 2018 Programs  Go to Workshops and Events for details! Training dates are also available.

Introduction to Riding A safe and fun introduction for ages 7 to 12. March 22 and 23. FULL

Spring Break Camp for Generation Farms Riders for existing lesson students March 29 and 30.

Connecting With Horses - skills to be a girl in a challenging world. Age 11 to 13. April 7 and 14.

Horsemanship for Beginners - Learn about horses in a safe, relationship focused small group atmosphere.  Thursdays 5:30 to 7 pm starting April 5 with Emily Pelletier.

We are offering a one year training position in EFW for a new CYC or SW grad. This opportunity will include our training in the Generation Farms Approach and the chance to work with our herd and team of professionals. Email Deborah at for more information.

Farm Produce 

Our produce will re-open in the summer of 2018. We have the best garlic!


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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