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

Workshops and Events 

See our Deep Connection with Nature workshops for children starting in June.

 

May 2018

Explorations in Equine Facilitated Wellness  at Generation Farms

May 26 and 27;  Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

Trainers: Deborah Marshall MA RCC; Kate Burns MSW RSW and Emily Pelletier MA as well as the Generation Farms staff and herd

This is an introduction into the field of Equine Facilitated Wellness and the role of the equine, safety issues when working with equines and humans and other core concepts of EFW. It will feature two days of experiential learning at Generation Farms, combined with a distance learning component. A manual will accompany the training.

Participants will leave with a general understanding of the EFW field and the next steps if they want to develop their skills further in this field.

Explorations in EFW is open to anyone.

Learning Objectives of Explorations in EFW:

  1. General understanding of Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW)
  2. Awareness of the history and foundation for EFW approaches
  3. Increased sensitivity to the horse, its needs and abilities
  4. Appreciation and understanding of the perspective of the horse as a 'sentient being'
  5. Appreciation of the safety and risk management issues and considerations in EFW
  6. An introduction to how EFW can be applied with clients in individual, family and group environments
  7. An introduction to how EFW can be applied with different client populations and needs
  8. Understanding of the EFW - Canada training, mentoring and certification model and how this applies to candidates
  9. An appreciation of the importance of always working within your scope of practice
  10. The development of personal next steps in exploring the EFW field.
  11. Ideas of what people can do when they leave 

$650 plus GST. Includes healthy lunches, snacks and all materials.

For more information please email generationfarms@shaw.ca 

 

June 2018

Explorations in Equine Facilitated Wellness  Deborah Marshall in Lanark County Ontario 

June 9 & 10; Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

Trainers: Deborah Marshall MA with Susan Cressy MA and Marie Josee Hull MSW

Course nformation as above in May listing.

$650. Inlcudes healthy lunches, snacks and all materials.

Registration through Highlands Gate https://www.highlandsgatewellness.com/registration-explorations.html 

Questions about the area to Susan Cressy  info@highlandsgatewellness.com  

 

New program for children!!

Deep Nature Connections at Generation Farms (for 6 to 8 year olds) see dates for older children July through September below

June 23: Saturday 9 am to 12 noon

$30 plus GST

Mentors: Mandy Robinson BA CYC; Kate Burns MSW RSW

This program will give children an opportunity to explore the natural world around them through games, stories, songs, and activities rooted in deep nature connection.

Participants will leave with an authentic experience of exploring and discovering some of nature’s hidden secrets.

Any 6 to 8 year olds who want to know their nature community better are invited to join us.

Learning Objectives of Deep Nature Connection:

  1. Deepen curiosity
  2. Identifying hazards and how to respond to them
  3. Opportunities to slow down and notice what often is missed
  4. Respecting each child’s unique gifts so they can explore with confidence
  5. Asking questions, finding answers

A target staff ratio of 1 staff per 4 children, with a maximum of 8 children

Mentors

  • Mandy is experienced in working with 6 to 11 year olds in group settings
  • Kate is trained through the Wilderness Awareness School as a Coyote Mentor
  • Kate and Mandy are:
    • Experienced First Aid and CPR certified professionals
    • Compassionate mentors who encourage each child’s respect for self, others and nature

If you would like to register or learn more about the program please contact: natureconnection.gf@outlook.com

 

 

July 2018

Reflection of the Horse - The Generation Farms Approach - Week One Professional Training

This fulfills Focus Training Week One requirement in the EFW - Canada Certification Program

July 9 to 14  (Monday through Saturday) - This five-day program has a free day on Thursday for rest and integration.

This is a one-week program for mental health/education professionals and equine professionals as well as others who want to explore EFW for their own personal interests. You will learn the fundamentals of the Generation Farms Approach to EFW. Previous exposure to equine facilitated work and/or Explorations in EFW is beneficial before attending this program.

The main focus of this week is to enhance awareness of the horse and its unique abilities to connect with humans in a deep and healing way. Participants will engage in experiential exercises with the horses and each other to deepen their connection with themselves, the horses and each other. They will learn about and experience the fundamental skills of the Generation Farms approach including:

  • understand fight, flight and freeze
  • how to work within a healing Window of Tolerance
  • present moment body centred focus
  • using all the senses
  • knowing when and why to pause and allow time
  • reflective and active approaches
  • introduction to a nature based approach
  • Authentic Horsemanship and its application
  • safe guarding the horse
  • proximity boundaries and energetic boundaries

Trainers: Deborah Marshall MA RCC; Kate Burns MSW RSW and Emily Pelletier MA as well as the Generation Farms staff and herd

Participants need to have sufficient resilience and stability to engage in the experiential components. This is not intended as a therapy group.

Total cost is $2600 plus GST for both Week One and Week Two when they are taken in the same year. $1450 plus 5% GST when taking Week One alone.  

For more information please email generationfarms@shaw.ca

 

 

Deep Nature Connections at Generation Farms (for 9 to 12 year olds)

July 21, 2018   Saturday 9 am to 12 noon

$30 plus GST

Mentors: Mandy Robinson BA CYC; Kate Burns MSW RSW

This program will give children an opportunity to explore the natural world around them through games, stories, songs, and activities rooted in deep nature connection.

Participants will leave with an authentic experience of exploring and discovering some of nature’s hidden secrets.

Any 6 to 8 year olds who want to know their nature community better are invited to join us.

Learning Objectives of Deep Nature Connection:

  1. Deepen curiosity
  2. Identifying hazards and how to respond to them 
  3. Opportunities to slow down and notice what often is missed
  4. Respecting each child’s unique gifts so they can explore with confidence
  5. Asking questions, finding answers

A target staff ratio of 1 staff per 4 children, with a maximum of 8 children

Mentors

  • Mandy is experienced in working with 6 to 11 year olds in group settings
  • Kate is trained through the Wilderness Awareness School as a Coyote Mentor 
  • Kate and Mandy are: 
    • Experienced First Aid and CPR certified professionals 
    • Compassionate mentors who encourage each child’s respect for self, others and nature

If you would like to register or learn more about the program please contact: natureconnection.gf@outlook.com

 

 

Integration Week - this program is for students who have completed Reflection of the Horse in a previous year

July 30 to August 3; Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Integration Week is a five day program for NAEFW certification candidates who are ready to work with others and create your own programs. This is a chance to expand your skills and awareness in a safe learning environment.

$1400 plus 5% GST

Trainers: Deborah Marshall MA RCC; Kate Burns MSW RSW and Emily Pelletier MA as well as the Generation Farms staff and herd

For more information please email generationfarms@shaw.ca .

 

August 2018

Reflection of the Horse -  The Generation Farms Approach - Week Two

This fulfills Focus Training Week Two requirement in the EFW - Canada Certification Program

August 20 to 25; (Monday through Saturday) This five day program has a free day on Thursday for rest and integration.

Expand your learning about Generation Farms Approach in this five day program. This week will focus on helping others experience the world using the Generation Farms skills and approach. This week is suitable for people who are going into the EFW field. It will review the concepts of the GF Approach and put them into practice with each other and the horses including:

  • review neurobiology and EFW concepts
  • putting together an EFW session
  • practice sessions with each other
  • horse as co-therapist
  • sensory healing and re-integration
  • nature based experiential
  • practical aspects of EFW including equipment, suitable horses and facilities, insurance
  • create a personal Scope of Practice document which lays out your personal path for further development and guidelines for the work you will do
Participants need to have sufficient resilience and stability to engage in the experiential components. This is not intended as a therapy group.

 Trainers: Deborah Marshall MA RCC; Kate Burns MSW RSW, Emily Pelletier MA as well as the Generation Farms staff and herd.

Total cost is $2600 plus GST for both Week One and Week Two when they are taken in the same year. $1400 plus 5% GST when taking Week Two alone.  

For more information please email generationfarms@shaw.ca

 

Deep Nature Connections at Generation Farms (for 12 to 14 year olds)

August 18, 2018       Saturday 9 am to 12 noon

$30 plus GST

Mentors: Mandy Robinson BA CYC; Kate Burns MSW RSW

This program will give children an opportunity to explore the natural world around them through games, stories, songs, and activities rooted in deep nature connection.

Participants will leave with an authentic experience of exploring and discovering some of nature’s hidden secrets.

Any 6 to 8 year olds who want to know their nature community better are invited to join us.

Learning Objectives of Deep Nature Connection:

  1. Deepen curiosity
  2. Identifying hazards and how to respond to them 
  3. Opportunities to slow down and notice what often is missed
  4. Respecting each child’s unique gifts so they can explore with confidence
  5. Asking questions, finding answers

A target staff ratio of 1 staff per 4 children, with a maximum of 8 children

Mentors

  • Mandy is experienced in working with 6 to 11 year olds in group settings
  • Kate is trained through the Wilderness Awareness School as a Coyote Mentor 
  • Kate and Mandy are: 
    • Experienced First Aid and CPR certified professionals 
    • Compassionate mentors who encourage each child’s respect for self, others and nature

If you would like to register or learn more about the program please contact: natureconnection.gf@outlook.com

 

September 2018


Deep Nature Connections at Generation Farms (for 15 to 18 olds)

September 22, 2018    15 to 18 years old       Day long (9:00 to 3:00); 6 hours

$60 plus GST

Mentors: Mandy Robinson BA CYC; Kate Burns MSW RSW

This program will give children an opportunity to explore the natural world around them through games, stories, songs, and activities rooted in deep nature connection.

Participants will leave with an authentic experience of exploring and discovering some of nature’s hidden secrets.

Any 6 to 8 year olds who want to know their nature community better are invited to join us.

Learning Objectives of Deep Nature Connection:

  1. Deepen curiosity
  2. Identifying hazards and how to respond to them 
  3. Opportunities to slow down and notice what often is missed
  4. Respecting each child’s unique gifts so they can explore with confidence
  5. Asking questions, finding answers

A target staff ratio of 1 staff per 4 children, with a maximum of 8 children

Mentors

  • Mandy is experienced in working with 6 to 11 year olds in group settings
  • Kate is trained through the Wilderness Awareness School as a Coyote Mentor 
  • Kate and Mandy are: 
    • Experienced First Aid and CPR certified professionals 
    • Compassionate mentors who encourage each child’s respect for self, others and nature

If you would like to register or learn more about the program please contact: natureconnection.gf@outlook.com

 

 

 

Workshop fees generally include lunch or snacks and materials.

Registration and inquiries are most easily done by email to generationfarms@shaw.ca.

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Sessions, Nature Based Sessions and HorseEmPower Child and Youth Care sessions are conducted on a regular basis and can be booked by emailing at  generationfarms@shaw.ca. Email is best for us as we are generally outside! You can leave a message at our Bowen Road counselling office (250) 754-7703. Our reception staff there will forward the message to Generation Farms. 

Our programs are private and independently offered. You may be able to have professional development credit in various organisations in the Counselling, Equine and Equine Facilitated Wellness fields. Our adult programs are accepted for credit with the National Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness. For information about our training programs  click here.

Spaces for workshops can be held by a non-refundable deposit. Registration and inquiries are most easily done by email to generationfarms@shaw.ca .

  • If you would like a phone conversation just email we will book a time.
  • Upon request you will receive a registration form.
  • Your space is held once we have received a your registration form and your deposit or full payment.
  • Payments can be made by Visa or MasterCard, email transfer or cheques can be mailed to the mailing address


Mailing Address: Generation Farms PO Box 435 Station A, Nanaimo BC V9R 5L3


Please watch for new programs as they are offered!

 

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