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 

Meet the Herd

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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: 289-778-0642 (Business)

Nancy Rushford 

PhD, MSc.OT, Reg. (Ont.), M.A

Registered Occupational Therapist/


Tara Darling M Ed., B Ed.

Learning Consultant

Certified Forest & Nature Practitioner

Copyright March 2021 by Nancy Rushford/
Connect by Nature Health & Learning Services. 
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


social -emotional


 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 children and youth develop greater self awareness, become better attuned to the environment around them, and expand their circles of belonging.


Who We Serve

Children and youth (ages 4- 24) of all abilities who may be experiencing one or more of the following : 


  •  Anxiety and depression

  •  Stress & worry

  •  Grief, trauma and loss

  •  Attention Deficits (ADHD)

  •  Difficulties with emotional regulation

  •  Sensory Issues

  •  Learning difficulties/ problems at school

  •  Low self esteem

  •  Poor social skills



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.