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

News from Generation Farms in Nanaimo BC Canada


Staff updates


We have happy announcements to make about staff additions and updates! And some goodbyes as well.
Sophie Limer: Sophie is following her heart to again work with horses. She is returning to Generation Farms in late May. Right now she is in Australia where she has taken the time to think deeply about what she wants to do next. We are thrilled to have her come back and work with Naomi and Emily and the rest of the team. We plan to support Sophie as she explores her connection to horses with the herd that she knows so well. She is excited about further exploring the new facility and the horses in this environment. She still has a few weeks of travel. Once she is back and has learned the routines and become reacquainted with the horses, she will begin  teaching horsemanship and riding. Sophie and Emily have plans to expand the horsemanship component of our program. When she is ready to move to her next opportunity we will support her with that transition and see who is going to step into her place.
Naomi Irving:  Naomi is back to work mostly healed from her January snowboarding injury. She was our energizer during our big move last spring. She has now had the chance for some time away to connect with friends and family and do some non-horse activities. She will be back refreshed and ready to do horse care and to work with the young children who are preparing to ride and learning horsemanship. 
Kerry Moon: Kerry is stepping into the Youth Worker role in a few weeks. She is replacing Anastasia who is now working with children at Haven Society. Kerry has been involved with Generation Farms for years, initially bringing Cedars Cobble Hill patients to Generation Farms for a regular day long program. After three years in this role Kerry has strong connection to the power of equine work having witnessed it up close. She worked hard learning about horses and is now comfortable and ready to put it to practice. Kerry has a CYC degree and experience in many roles and jobs with children and adults. She will also assist with horse care and admin support. 
Welcome to all four of you!! 

As well we have fond farewells for some very important people. Anastasia Hirst is working with children at Haven Society after years of heartfelt work with children at Generation Farms. We wish Rebecca Segal good luck as she is heads off preparing for work as a potential Fisheries officer. Sarah Bennett gave her heart to help us with horse care while Naomi was off. She plans to continue as a volunteer. Thanks Sarah and all who helped us out this endless winter.

The rest of the team still includes Kate Burns, Katy Scoones, Deni Driver and Kara Brunt.  Emily Pelletier continues to have a presence in in the barn as well seeing clients, coaching and riding horses. Deni will be sharing her time between our CLBC program, barn work and her new role at the Child Development Centre. Good thing she has lots of energy! 
Our volunteer community is expanding. Volunteering is available for a small group of our students. We look forward to supporting them as they enrich their lives with precious horse time and manure meditation. 
I am so happy to have a strong team and I will be learning how best to support everyone in doing their work. So much potential! Thank you to everyone who continues to support our work, our horses and our team. 


Integration Week 2016

Congratulatons to 11 Generation Farms EFW students who completed Integration Week in 2016. Three came to Generation Farms and Deborah travelled to Ontario for the other eight. We will soon be welcoming these talented and commited people to the group of EFW Can Certified professionals. They will enrich many peoples' lives.


We moved!!

We aquired a beautiful property early in 2016 in the Yellow Point area just south of the City of Nanaimo. Generation Farms is now located at 3055 Quennell Road where there are 33 acres of rolling hills with pastures and cedar trees. We added a new large sand riding ring, treed paddocks and a sand round pen. The barn is being renovated with roomy grooming stalls and many ammenities.

The horses are happy in their new interesting fields. People are happy to travel through the lovely farm land and lakeside drive to reach our new facility. We are now more accessible for people from Ladysmith and south. 

We will update the Facilities page with new photographs soon. 




Shaw TV segment

Our local television station came to Generation Farms to film a segment about our programs.
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.




Willow Tree Greeting

Familiar faces first meet 
Comforting smells and sounds 
Honest and caring air

Floats into the soul 
Opens the heart 
And shows the eyes

The magic of beasts 
The thrill of growth 
The enchanting circle of friendship

To be held gently 
For you have just entered 
Generation Farms 
Generating Connection!

         Naomi Irving


We have provided services for:

Cedars Cobblehill Treatment Centre
Royal Roads University
The Haven on Gabriola
Haven Society
Supportive Apartment Living
Nanaimo Family Life Association
BC Association of Clinical Counsellors     
Clearview Detox
Vancouver Island University
BC Hydro
EFW Canada

Harmonious Horsemanship
Discovery Child and Youth Substance 
    Abuse Services


Ministry of Child and Family Development 
MCFD Autism
Beau Cote Treatment Centre
Willaway Farms
Community Living BC
Mary's Therapeutic Farm
Nanaimo Christian School
Vancouver Island Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Kwumut Lelum Child & Family Services
Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding
Self Design
Highland Gate Wellness




Generation Farms
by More Living

People and horses have been connected in relationship for thousands of years. In legend and myth, war, work, and ceremony the bond between human and equine is magic. Trained and trusted horses or ponies can bring confidence, smiles, and laughter, as well as tangible therapeutic results. The people at Generation Farms know first hand the kind of pleasure and joy a guided equine experience can bring to one's life.

Full Article here


Saying 'neigh' to traditional therapy
By Melissa Korn, Columbia News Service

Jay decided regular psychotherapy wasn't working when eight years of sitting on a therapist's couch left him with only one insight: He was tired of sitting on a therapist's couch.

Full Article here 


Healing on the hoof: Horses as therapist

"Equine-facilitated psychotherapy" a lifesaver or a "gimmick," depending on whom you ask. by Katherine Dedyna - Times Colonist staff. Also appeared in the National Post titled 'Putting the Heart Before the Horse'.

Full Article here

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