ConnectByNature Therapy & Learning Services

Nature & Equine Assisted

Occupational Therapy 

Social- Emotional Learning Programs &
Nature Outreach

*Serving children, youth & families
across the Niagara Region.



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'In the spirit of nature everything is connected.'

Our Mission
To inspire life-long learning and contribute to the health and wellbeing of children and youth through nature and equine- assisted therapies and social-emotional learning programs with excellence in quality, service delivery, and innovation.

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 Programs & Services 

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Location:  All nature and equine- assisted therapies and learning programs take place outside, all seasons, on a two-acre hobby farm in Pelham, Ontario situated on the Niagara peninsula.

Please note:  In person  services continue to be offered outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic with appropriate risk management practices in place. 

Contact Us

Phone: 905-630-1909

1010 Effingham St. Fenwick, ON

Nancy Rushford 
PhD, MSc.OT, Reg. (Ont.), M.A
Registered Occupational Therapist/
Tara Darling M Ed., B Ed.
Learning Consultant
Certified Forest & Nature Practitioner

social- emotional learning programs

Developing Mindfulness &
resiliency skills for life

Nature &

Equine assisted

Transforming life's challenges into confidence, courage & resilience




Bringing nature's healing to people & communities in need

Nature &  Equine Assisted 

Our Approach

We take therapy and learning outside beyond the confines of clinics and classrooms to

help children and youth develop skills for life. Drawing upon nature's intelligence and interactions with wildlife and horses, we transform challenging emotions, life stressors and learning difficulties into confidence, courage, and resilience. By cultivating  connections and relationships with horses and nature we help children and youth develop greater self awareness, become better attuned to the environment around them, and expand their circles of belonging.

Who We Serve

Persons of all abilities (ages 4- 24 years) who may be experiencing one or more

of the following : 


  • Anxiety and depression

  • Stress & worry

  • Grief, trauma and loss

  • Attention Deficits (ADHD)

  • Autism

  • Difficulties with emotional regulation

  • Sensory Issues

  • Learning difficulties/ problems at school

  • Low self esteem

  • Poor social skills

  • Parent-child relationship difficulties

Please note: Our therapy services are provided by a registered Occupational Therapist and Psychotherapist and are covered by most private health insurance plans. Therapy services are not covered by OHIP






























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