In addition to our core staff, we have many volunteers and advisers dedicated to creating sustainable educational and therapeutic programming on the farm.  Our core staff consists of:

Mary Rostad – Spiritual Director, B.Ed

maryandhorse

Mary Rostad, of Haisla Nation, is the owner of Mary’s Farm and Sanctuary and the Spiritual Director and co-founder of Blossoming at The Farm Society. 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.

 

If delight were an animal, Mary says it would be a horse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tania Stearns-Smith – Program Director

Tania staff photoTania 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 Behaviour 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.

 

If delight were an animal, Tania says it would be a dragonfly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Thornton, BSW

Website pic 1

 

Rachel’s love of and deep connection to nature brings a heart-centred and gentle presence to Blossoming at The Farm. Having graduated with a degree in Social Work from the University of Victoria in 2017, Rachel’s work is grounded in anti-oppressive, strength-based and person-centred practices.  In her administrative role, Rachel’s professionalism ensures the sustainability and accessibility of our programs and services at Blossoming at The Farm.  In her individual therapeutic sessions and group work, Rachel utilizes self-regulation and mindfulness, along with building on connection to self, others and nature, as a means of supporting the children and youth she works with.

 

If delight were an animal, Rachel says it would be a hummingbird.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Rowse, CYC

Sarah is a life long horse woman who has found her dream job working at Blossoming at The Farm.  She is enthusiastic and believes in working in a strengths-based and person-centred way with children and youth.  Sarah has a deep love of learning and currently holds a degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria.  Sarah is passionate about the groups she facilitates as well as the time she spends as a individual therapeutic support worker.  Fostering and facilitating human, animal and earth connections and partnerships is a keystone to the work Sarah does.  

 

If delight were an animal, Sarah thinks it would be a rabbit – most likely her rabbit flopping down on the carpet in front of the fire.

 

Jeff Miller, MA Candidate

Stay tuned for more….

 

 

Linda Gower 

Stay tuned for more….

 

 

Hannah Glass 

Website Photo - Hannah 2

Stay tuned for more….