WELCOME TO TO THE RURAL EXPERIENCE!
We provide rural learning opportunities to you or your group!
OUR EXPERIENCE PACKAGES
Experience 1: Group Presentations
We come to your school/ classroom/ facility, or community group & present on chosen topic.
- EALPD Training
- Equine & Canine First Aide Training
- Composting- Bin & Vermicompost
- Our Rural Farm Experience- Our Packages & Sessions
- Animal & Farm Safety
- Gardening- Sensory, Floral, Veggie
Experience 2: Children 1:1 Sessions/ Day Camps
Sessions include a combination of Mentoring, Peer Support and Animal Interaction, 1:1 and Groups Camps.
- Journalling, Self Discovery/ Expression
- Crafts, Games and Activities
- Interactive Songs
- Mentoring & Peer Support
- Interaction with the Animals
- Mindfulness & Meditation
- Behavior and Mood Regulation
- Academic Support- Tutoring/ Mentoring
- Available 1:1 and in group settings
- Day Camps- Offered during school breaks and holidays
Experience 3: Adult 1:1 Sessions, Retreats, Workshops & Team Building
A collaboration from other disciplines and services from the community and surrounding area, to promote Personal Wellness, Self Discovery and Team Building! One on one, individual adult sessions, also available.
- Yoga/ Reiki/ Music Therapy/ Mediumship
- Health Eating Coaching and Resources/ Emotional & Mental Health Support
- Personal Development/ Growth
- Spiritual Growth & Development/ Support
- Group Work
- Support & Resources for Domestic Violence & Child Abuse
- Craft & Paint Nights
Tanya Brauer; Recreation Therapist, EALPD Coach, Equine & Canine First Aide Instructor, Mom
Tanya was raised in a small rural community in southern Alberta. When she was young girl, she enjoyed visiting her grandparents farm, camping with her family and spending time in nature. She had many pets while growing up! Throughout her schooling Tanya belonged to the local 4-H club as well as many other community groups. Tanya has always been an active member in her community, playing sports and serving on several committees over the years. After high school, Tanya attended Lethbridge Community College and received a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation, as well as Unit Clerk Certification.
Throughout her 25+ year career, Tanya has gained experience working in Mental Health, Mentoring Children, Programming for families in community Recreation Facilities and Engaging with Elderly Patients with Dementia- in Hospitals & Long Term Care settings. Tanya has been raising her son at home for the past 8 years and has a huge passion for animals and the role that they play in our lives.
Tanya has worked with clients with decreased self esteem, behavioral issues, trauma from abuse and has also supported families with their journeys regarding their loved ones goals and challenges.
Tanya continues to build on her professional development and her skill set, in 2018 she became an Equine Assisted Learning Coach (EALPD), in 2020/21 an instructor with Equi Health and Canine Health Canada, allowing her to teach Basic & Advanced/ Remote Equine Health and First Aide as well as Canine First Aide. Tanya is also a Scouter with Scouts Canada and a member of Guardians of the Children (Strathmore, AB).
Tanya's portfolio is extensive and consists of training in:
- Finally People Are Talking; Communities Against Sexual Abuse
- Behavior Patterns & Modification
- Mood Regulation
- Alzheimers Disease
- Family Violence
- Equine Communication Patterns
- Basic Massage
- American Sign Language
- Non- Violent Crisis Intervention
- Suicide Intervention
- Family Dynamics
- Supportive Pathways
- Death & Dying Support
- Empowering Women
- Domestic Violence
- Accountability Training
- Working with Challenging Families, "Who's In Control?"
- Coping with Stress
- Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety
- ADHD & Executive Functioning
- Understanding Children's Behavior
- Learning Disabilities
- Safe & Caring Schools
- Behavior Patterns & Coping Strategies
- Positive Discipline
- Understanding & Responding to Challenging Behavior of Children & Youth
- Supportive Pathways
- Soap Making
- Homemade Preserves
- Reiki/ Reiki Drumming
Tanya enjoys gardening both vegetables and flowers, soap making, canning and preserves. In her spare time she is always working on projects and attending activities with her son. Tanya has a passion for gratitude and realizing that there is "Always something to be grateful for!".
Animals can provide a sense of calm, comfort, or safety and divert attention away from a stressful situation and toward one that provides pleasure. Advocates of animal-assisted therapy say that developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilize their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialization skills. -Psychology Today
Meet Our Team!
Jorgie is a seven-year-old Palamino Gelding. Jorgie is cautious and takes his time warming up to new people, especially tall adults. Once he is comfortable with you- he is very compassionate, gentle and loving. He loves kids!
Luna is a five-year-old Pinto Mare. Luna is very easy going, and loves to be brushed and receive belly rubs. Luna is very loving and caring and always has to check on on everyone in her herd!
Oinkey is a four year old Pot Belly Pig. Oinkey is a very friendly pig! He loves meal time and it is evident by the way he swings his tail and grunts. Have you ever heard a pig eat?
Rocky is four years old. He is very curious, excitable and loving! You can find Rocky skipping across the pasture to greet you!
Hank is a Minature Pygmy Goat. He came to us from a rescue called FARRM. He is very friendly.
Gus is a Minature Pygmy Goat. He is the "boss" goat and also came to us from FARRM. Gus is very vocal.
Stewie is a Nigerian/ Pygmy cross Goat. He is very sweet and loving!
Dolly is a female Pygmy Goat. She is very vocal and can be heard around the farm. She is very friendly! In October 2020, Dolly had a baby and we named him Casper!
Tuff- The Great Pyrenese
Tuff is a three year old Great Pyrenese Livestock/ Human Guardian Dog. Tuff is still a puppy and is learning new things everyday! He is very loving!
The Ladies- Chickens
We have 5 chickens and 1 rooster. They provide us with delicious fresh eggs everyday! They are quite comical to watch. Have you ever seen a chicken take a bath.....a dust bath?
We currently have 2 hives. Bees provide us many wonderful gifts!
Gracie is a 5 month old Mini Australian Shepard! She is extremely confident and smart. She loves to run and play at the farm! When she is a bit older she is going to start agility classes.
Baby Casper was born in October 2020, on the day of our first snowfall!
Casper is a Nigerian, Pygmy and Fainting cross mini goat! He is very vocal and adorable!
This is Rudie. Rudie loves to dance and sing!
Topics & Themes
We provide 1:1 support and mentoring for children.
If your child needs to build their confidence in 1:1, group settings or academically in school, we can assist by providing a safe, positive, judgement free environment to build these skills!
Sensory play and making crafts are popular and valuable components of childcare programs. Children use sensory items and crafts to enhance their sense of touch, sight, taste, smell, and hearing through hands-on play with different materials.
Garden; Growing & Harvesting
Gardening assists children and adults with overcoming stress through the nurturing of plants.
Animal Bonding & Support
Spending time with animals has been known to offer several mental, physical and emotional benefits, which can improve your quality of life. Spending time with animals can significantly reduce fatigue, anxiety and depression.
Bees & Sweet Harvest
Bees are very interesting to learn from and watch. The harvest that bees provide us are very sweet and tasty!
Bees might seem like something to be avoided because they can sting, but they are an important part of our world. Without bees, we might not have flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other plants. In fact, bees play a crucial part in our world. Learning about what honeybees do and why they are important could give people a new appreciation of these winged pollinators.
Aromatherapy can help calm a child who is anxious or under stress, reduce nausea, discomfort and pain, and promote healthy sleep.
Soap & Potions
While incorporating Aromatherapy and Sensory Craft Activities together, the children create a product that is both soothing and useful after their session.
Bin & Vermicomposting is a natural process of decomposition and recycling of organic material (such as leaves, grass, fruit and vegetable scraps) into a rich soil amendment known as compost. Compost provides beneficial nutrients to plants.
"Tanya, thank you for all your hard work and the many extra's you did. Both boys have made tremendous progress!"- Marilyn
"Thank you so much for being such a wonderful "Mentor" and friend to Darren. His success this year is a reflection of your dedication and effort working with him. Many thanks!"- Nicolle
"It is with great appreciation that I send you this note. I was fortunate to find a "tutor" at the exact time I wanted. Both kids have certainly surprised me at their eagerness to come to you learn! The credit must be given to you 100%."- Fern
"I just wanted to personally thank you for all the good work you did for the kids this summer".- Donna