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Leveraging the

ANIMAL-HUMAN CONNECTION

and the natural environment around us

our mission

who we are

Founded by a collaborative group of industry professionals who are passionate about supporting and creating nature-based programs, Westcoast Nature Therapies & Learning Society is an inclusive non profit that provides services to all people, including LGBTQIA2S+ and all races, ages, cultures, and spiritual beliefs.

 

We aspire to promote innovation, education, collaboration and professional service delivery in any field of activity that leverages the animal-human connection and the natural environment around us.

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get involved!

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VOLUNTEER

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DONATE

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BECOME AN

INTERN

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BECOME A

CLIENT

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our work

what we do

  • Nature-based, equine-facilitated and animal-assisted psychotherapy and learning

  • Nature-based and equine-assisted learning Healing & Wellness Programs

  • Holistic training for young equestrians with a focus on rider self-confidence and equine welfare

  • Internship opportunities for students in any related field

  • Program-specific equine retraining, acquisition and placement

  • Continuing Education & Research for professionals in our field

  • Grant writing resources and program sustainability support

MEET US

the team

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founder/creator &

clinical supervisor

CRISTINA RENNIE

As the founder and creator of Westcoast Nature Therapies & Learning (formally Sundance Solace Society) I have always had a deep desire to be able to support people on their healing journey when the obstacles and barriers to services seem higher than possible to climb. I have worked hard to create a structure where everyone benefits from the spaces we create, especially in nature and with animals. Whether it be clients, volunteers, animals or supporters of our vision, I aim to have us come together to collaborate in creating opportunities for all. 

vice

president

CELINA KNELSEN

Having a passion for working alongside both horses and people, I was very drawn to an opportunity that brought both of these areas of my life together. The therapeutic benefits of incorporating both horses and nature into the work that is done alongside people continues to fascinate me every single day.

Intern Counsellor and Art Therapist

STEPHANIE

My background is in both psychology and studio art. I believe in the transformative power of making art. Making art allows us to express ourselves and tell our story in a different way. I feel that the process of creating the art itself is an integral part of the therapeutic journey. Everyone is an artist if they allow themselves to create.  

We experience many thoughts, feelings, and actions in our day to day lives winding around each other and sometimes they can be difficult to untangle. Together we can make sense of your situation and learn to overcome difficulties, find meaning, and make discoveries from within. You won’t be alone on your journey because we will walk it together.  Virtual and in-person appointments are available. 

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IS WESTCOAST NATURE THERAPIES RIGHT FOR ME?

Meet with one of our team members to discuss your options for how we can help you move through any issues you may be dealing with.