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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 is a way to describe a state of  well being where people exist and thrive in relationship with nature, the earth, and other species.  It is also an approach to promoting health and wellbeing by fostering a deep connection between humans and nature. 


Biophilic Health™ for children focuses on the idea that being connected with nature is crucial to child health and development. It explores how exposure to nature in childhood (in all its forms) can have significant impacts on children's physical health and mental wellbeng over the course of their lives.  

  • Nature assisted occupational therapy

  • Nature assisted psychotherapy and social- emotional learning.

  • Animal assisted psychotherapy

Our Services

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


Mi'Kmaq Artist Loretta Gould

'In the spirit of nature everything is connected.'


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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 

All nature and equine- assisted therapies take place outdoors 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

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