In addition to our core staff, we have many volunteers and advisors dedicated to creating sustainable educational and therapeutic programming on the farm. Our core staff consists of:
Mary Rostad, B.Ed
Mary Rostad, of Haisla Nation, is the owner and spiritual director of Mary’s Farm and Sanctuary. Mary is a BC Certified Teacher, a Forest School practitioner, and an Equine Facilitated Learning Professional. Mary’s deep belief in the interconnectedness of all life has inspired her to share her beautiful and sacred property for all to thrive. She brings over 25 years of insight and wisdom as a horsewoman, an educator and mindfulness teacher to all that she does.
Tania Stearns-Smith – Program Director
Tania Stearns-Smith is the Program Director and co-founder of Blossoming at the Farm Society, the not for profit arm of Mary’s Farm & Sanctuary. She is a nature based educator who practices and teaches mindfulness through art and land based experiences. A gifted leader and facilitator, Tania has spent the last 25 years supporting and mentoring families as a Behavior Interventionist. Her program for children on the Autism spectrum pioneers a way of prioritizing social thinking and self- regulation that we all would benefit deeply from learning.
Rachel Thornton, BSW
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Hannah Glass – Behavior Interventionist
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Sasha Mazur, BA
Sasha has a BA in child and youth care from the University of Victoria with the goal of becoming a registered family counselor who integrates equine-facilitated wellness into her practice. She came to the Farm as a practicum student in 2013 and has since facilitated programs for individuals and groups. Sasha began riding at age six and has since developed equestrian and horsemanship skills through training, competitions, and five years of volunteering with Providence Farm and the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association as an assistant instructor. She brings her talents to her work with youth both one-on-one and in groups at the farm.
Tyler Woolbert, Natural Horsemanship
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