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BLUE MOUNTAINS: Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture - One Day Workshop
Now in the Blue Mountains, NSW!
Learn how to run your own group or individual therapeutic horticulture program in this introductory course.
This is a general course suited to anyone wanting to work or volunteer in mental health, ageing & dementia, rehabilitation, disability or community gardens. Theory, research and practical components feature throughout the day so you can tailor examples to your specific area of interest. Each participant receives a take home resource manual.
Topics will include:
• Introduction to therapeutic horticulture and supporting research
• Purpose, setting & focus of a gardening program
• Selecting appropriate activities
• Setting client goals
• Using adaptive tools
• Reporting and recording
• Risk assessment & WHS
• Fundraising and sustainability of a program
• Practical simulated group activities
Please note that spaces are limited to maximise the learning experience. Once sold out a waiting list will become available.
About the facilitators:
Virginia Field has a background in public health, and currently works in her own business as counsellor, psychotherapist and t'ai-chi instructor. She has worked with people of all ages and abilities, as individuals, and in group environments. Her intent is to promote positive life changes.
In former employment, Virginia worked in community development roles in state and local government agencies. Her particular experience involved community engagement, social planning and policy development, including the development of community gardens. Virginia is a contributing author for 'Nature Heals', a resource designed to support the developing the field of Nature-assisted therapies in Australia and New Zealand.
Meera Jarvis Meera’s first experienced the physical and emotional benefits of nature and gardening in her childhood. As an adult, it was through personal experiences of grief and loss that she gained an understanding of the therapeutic nature of “being in the company of plants” not only for herself, but for many people she encountered who were going through grief and loss. Meera went on to work as a volunteer in a Grief and Loss Support Group with SANDS (now known as SIDS and Kids).
Meera currently works at TAFE NSW not only teaching Horticulture, but also supports students with various Disabilities including Intellectual, Neurological and Mental Health. Meera has also completed a Permaculture course and Diploma in counselling.
Download the flyer here (PDF)
Cultivate is planning on running Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture workshops in more regional areas. Please be in touch if you would like to see the workshop run in your area.
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM
Cultivate NSW Event