Generation Farms offers integrative healing opportunities through
wellness programs, horsemanship, nature and professional training.
At Generation Farms in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, we have developed a safe and informed method of working with humans and horses together for healing and wellness. We also value the nature setting we work within.
Horses are the largest of the domesticated animals that are truly social. Their quick responses and ability to read the inner state of another allow them to respond at a deep level to people who desire to learn with them. Their strength is not cognitive. They intervene naturally at the emotional and somatic level that can be difficult to access in traditional therapy. Change happens in the context of working in an informed way with horses and people together in a natural non-contrived way.
Some beliefs that underlie our work include:
Horses are partners in experiences that facilitate integration between cognition (our thoughts), emotion and the body while updating the nervous system to respond to the present moment. This approach is flexible and can be applied to practical horsemanship focused activities or deep reflective experiences depending on the needs and goals of the individual. While based on a trauma model, it is applicable to many areas of learning and growth.
The horses are given choice in how they partner in this work, and often become healthier themselves through their participation. Similarly, we work in partnership with the natural world we are a part of and remain conscious of finding ways we can sustain its well being.
Core practices include: