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

Workshops and Events 

Our 2018 Training dates are as follows:

Explorations in EFW May 26 and 27 onsite

Week One Focus (Reflection of the Horse) July 9 to 14

Week Two Focus (Reflection of the Horse) August 20 to 25

Integration Week July 30 to August 3


July 2017

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 10 through 15  (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

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


Equus: Horses for Healing Fundraiser   Saturday July 22  1 - 4 pm   

Generations Farms is offering our facility to Anastasia Hirst and John Fulton for a fund raising workshop towards their EFW documentary. 

Join Anastasia and John, producers of Equus: Healing Through Horses documentary series, for a day of self reflection, mindfulness, and Equine Facilitated Wellness activities . This workshop is for anyone who would like to experience and learn more about Equine Therapy. All proceeds from this workshop will go towards the making of this documentary series. No previous horse experience necessary. Most activities will be across the fence from the horses. Bring any questions you have about this innovative work. Spend the afternoon slowing down and becoming more aware of yourself in the presence of a horse.


Anastasia Hirst, BA CYC, will be facilitating this workshop. She is an experienced Equine Facilitated Wellness practitioner that is passionate about connecting people to their innate wisdom through work with horses, nature and art.


John Fulton, of Intuitive Visual Media, will be on site filming the workshop. Participants will be asked to sign a release waiver. All footage rights belong to Intuitive Visual Media and may be used in the documentary series Equus: Healing Through Horses.


Suggested donation is $95. Sliding scale available for anyone who would like to attend but are unable to for financial reasons (we are always open to trades!) Please Contact Anastasia directly by email at to register.


Integration Week

July 31 to August 4; 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

For more information please email .


August 2017

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

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

August 21 to 26; (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


September 2017

Explorations in Equine Facilitated Wellness  Generation Farms in Lanark County Ontario 

September 30 and October 1; Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

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

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 HST. Includes healthy lunches, snacks and all materials.

For more information please email 


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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