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Mi'Kmaq Artist Loretta Gould

'In the spirit of nature everything is connected.'


Who We Serve


We serve children, youth and families affected by a range of issues impacting upon their social- emotional health and well-being including:


  • Anxiety and Stress

  • Grief, Trauma and Loss

  • Depression

  • Neurodevelopmental Differences (e.g. ADHD and Learning Differences, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy)

  • Sensory Processing Issues

  • Problems with Emotional Regulation 


CByN Hobby Farm

All nature and equine- assisted therapies and learning opportunities take place outside on a hobby farm and forest situated on the Niagara peninsula in Pelham, Ontario.



ConnectByNature is located on land which is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this land is home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Peoples. We are reminded that our great standard of living here in Pelham, Ontario is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people. 

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General Inquiries

Nancy Rushford, PhD

Registered Occupational Therapist,

Biomimicry Practitioner
Certified Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner
Phone: 905-630-1909


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© ConnectByNature Counselling, Therapy & Learning Services  2024 
A division of Paul Stacey Medicine Corporation


What We Do


We connect children with nature to promote their © biophilic health and wellbeing and build resilience for life. Our focus is on children's experiences of being in the world and the development of social- emotional skills.


What is © Biophilic Health ?

  © Biophilic health refers to a state of ecological well being where human life flourishes alongside and in relationship with the earth’s natural systems and other species. When a person has biophilic health  they 'know their nature'  and are able

to adapt and self manage within changing environments and the earth's context, including

its limits and boundaries. 


Biophilic health is grounded in the concept of biophilia, which literally means a love of life and living things, and the practice of biomimicry, which involves learning from nature to create healthier and more sustainable ways of living and being in the world.

Our Services


  • Nature assisted occupational therapy

  • Nature assisted psychotherapy and social- emotional learning.

  • Equine assisted psychotherapy




Our services are provided by registered mental health providers and occupational therapists in partnership with equine assisted learning facilitators and forest and nature practitioners.


































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