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


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.







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 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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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 the land, 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

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Jeff Miller, MA Candidate

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Linda Gower 

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Hannah Glass 

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