Date(s) - Jun 8
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This interactive and hands-on workshop will introduce you to the practice and profession of horticultural therapy. You’ll learn basic principles and practical skills for using gardening activities and nature appreciation to improve the health and well-being of yourself and participants you work with.
Health improvement through horticulture is beneficial to many individuals and groups, including:
children in special education and gifted programs, youth at risk, employee health programs elders living in the community or in long-term care; Aboriginal and immigrant populations; people with socioeconomic challenges; and people with a wide range of functional abilities in acute care, rehabilitation, vocational, and community settings.
Horticultural therapy programs designed to be participant-centered and to engage the whole person can improve physical, emotional, cognitive and social functioning, build community capacity and enhance medical and social treatment programs to improve health outcomes. Join us to find out how it works.
Shelagh Smith is a professionally registered horticultural therapist who shares her passion for gardening and nature to improve people’s health and well-being. Over the last eighteen years, she has developed and facilitated horticultural therapy programs for a variety of clientele, including seniors and people with disabilities, street-involved youth living in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, people with mental health issues, and healthcare providers.
She is a Journeyman Landscape Gardener, holds a certificate in counseling skills, and has a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Education and Communication through Royal Roads University. Shelagh instructs the only accredited Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program in Canada at Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver.
Limited accommodation is available onsite. Please contact us by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 250 743 3067 for more information and costs if you would spend the night before and/or after the workshop.