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

Workshops and Events 

September 2019 

Explorations in Equine Facilitated Wellness -  one in Ottawa at Highlands Gate and one in Nanaimo at Generation Farms

September 21 and 22; Saturday and Sunday at Highlands Gate Wellness outside of Ottawa. This event will be under the supervision of Deborah Marshall Trainer and will be conducted by Susan Cressy MA dually certified EFW Professional, and Marie Josee Hull MSW tri certified EFW professional. It will follow the same program and have the same materials as the Generation Farm based program. $650. See below for program description.

Please use this link to register at Highlands Gate 


September 28 and 29; Saturday and Sunday 9:00 to 5 pm at Generation Farms in Nanaimo BC    Full

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 including readings and an assignment done in advance.

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 19 and over.

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 at Generation Farms. $650 at Highlands Gate. Includes healthy lunches, snacks and all materials.

For more information please email 


October 2019  - this is filling up!!

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

October 8 to 12, 2019 (Tuesday to Saturday; no free day mid-week)

Integration Week is a five day program for EFW Canada 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 .

May 2020

Explorations in Equine Facilitated Wellness 

May 30 & 31 at Generation Farms

See description above

July 2020 

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

Week one July 6 to 11 -  Thursday is a free day

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

July 6 to 11;  (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.

For more information please email

August 2020

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

Week Two Aug 17 to 22

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.

For more information please email


October 2020 

Integration Week

October 17  to 21 (Saturday to Wednesday)

Workshop fees generally include lunch or snacks and materials.

Registration and inquiries are most easily done by email to

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 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 .

  • 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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