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**Next course commences on 9th October 2019
This course is designed to introduce participants to the growing field of Horticultural Therapy in which gardens and garden based activities are designed to support the physical, mental and social health of individuals. Studies show that gardening is a valuable way to improve and maintain physical and mental health, bring communities together and aid rehabilitation. Gardens and garden based activities are increasingly being used in settings and services such as hospitals, schools, Aged Care, Disability, Migrant settlement, Youth and Justice, and Mental Health.
The course will explore a range of aspects of both garden and activity design such as understanding client needs, rehabilitation, community gardens, working with all senses, catering for mobility issues and includes a visit to SEEDS Communal Garden which is located within Milparinka Disability Services.
The course will also provide an opportunity for participants to explore training, volunteering and employment pathways in allied fields such as Horticulture, Permaculture, Leisure and Health, Community Services.
Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture
- What is Therapeutic Horticulture and differences to Horticultural Therapy.
- Applications and benefits of Therapeutic Horticulture & nature based activities.
- Connecting with nature through sensory processes & mindfulness.
Understanding Client Needs & Supporting Diversity
- Understanding Client’s needs & abilities.
- What diversity means and how to support it in this context.
- Potential challenging behaviours & engagement opportunities in the garden.
- Different Community Garden models.
- Establishing and identifying key elements in Community Gardens.
- Site visit to SEEDS Communal Garden.
Writing and Facilitating Therapeutic Horticulture Programs
- The planning process; values, key objectives and elements of a program.
- Planning activities; practicalities, preparation, adjustments, feedback & evaluation.
- Facilitator framework and qualities.
Sessions involve class discussion and group work activities
- Creating a client brief
- Site analysis
- Design features for consideration
At end of session we do a mud map specific to varying client needs using all the theory covered earlier in the day
- Exploring senses
- Sensory walk
- Understanding each of our senses and how they can effect mood
We re address our mud maps and focus on appropriate alterations to highlight the gardens sensory experiences.
- Benefits of growing food
- How and where to grow edible plants
- Practical applications for varied client groups
Bulk of the day conducting practical exercises of building and planting gardens as well as plant propagation.
- Industry Guest speaker
- Exploring industry entry pathways including further learning and volunteering
- Group discussion of where to from here and map individuals possible pathways.
Justin Calverley is a horticulturalist and permaculturist with over 20 years experience and will be the lead trainer for the Urban Farmer course. He has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, garden design, organic gardening and native bushfood plants. He specialises in edible gardens and is an expert in fruit tree cultivation and pruning. For over 10 years Justin has taught workshops at CERES in sustainable gardening and permaculture. Justin was a regular broadcaster on 3RRR’s ‘Dirty Deeds”, a presenter on Ch 31’s “ The Garden Tap" and now author of The Urban Farmer.
Michelle Casamento has a Social Sciences back ground and long history working with disadvantaged groups and networks in the Community Services sector. Including 19 years’ direct client service delivery, managing and supervising homeless programs in the North East of Melbourne.
Michelle is a passionate gardener, currently developing her horticulture skills through various courses at CERES. She understands our connection with nature and how gardening enhances health and wellbeing on an individual and community level. Michelle is inspired by current trends in Horticulture as therapeutic means to local food production working towards more socially inclusive and sustainable communities. She is currently involved with organizations who provide therapeutic horticulture programs and urban food production to support disadvantaged groups.
Jo Townsend: In 2017 Jo completed the CERES Complete Urban Farmer course, following which connected with trainer Justin Calverley, to combine their areas of expertise and co write and facilitate the Introduction to Horticulture Therapy. Jo comes with a foundation in adult education and training following which she has undertaken a path specialising in the area of creative and nature therapy, with previous studies in art therapy. This year Jo has began a Masters in Therapeutic Art Practice and is also undertaking the CERES Environmental Education course. Jo is passionate about the power of this work and her role in facilitating a journey of healing and empowerment through connection to nature, creativity and self. She is currently involved with running a local Community Garden as well as various programs and volunteer work, with a variety of organisations including schools, kinders, and disability services.
** A certificate will be issued upon completion of at least 75% of the course
* This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. For more information about eligibility please click here
To apply you will need to contact our VET Co-ordinator, Karen Mengell, on (03) 9389 0127 or via email at email@example.com
- Horticulture therapy with theory covering a variety of urban farming topics
- Understanding clients needs and roles of nature connection with emotional and physical rehabilitation
- Community, sensory and therapeutic gardens, food production
- Understanding of horticultural therapy
- Skills and knowledge in establishing gardens
- Pathways and opportunities in the sector
- Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
- Gardening gloves
- Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
- Pen and paper
- Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’
Casual, sturdy boots and weather appropriate clothing
Those wanting an introduction to horticultural therapy
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CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
We are a not-for-loss community business. We run extensive environmental education programs, urban agriculture projects, green technology demonstrations and a number of social enterprises including a market, grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.
CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is a place where people come together to share ideas about living well together, and directly participate in meeting their social and material needs in a sustainable way. Through social enterprises, education and training, employment and community engagement, CERES provides the means by which people can build awareness of current local and global issues, and join in the movement for economic, social and environmental sustainability.
For thousands of years the Wurundjeri people lived on the land where CERES now stands. The Merri Creek was a focus of their lifestyle, a place to swim and play and a vital source of food. Following the European invasion, the Victorian gold rush and the growth of Melbourne city, the site was quarried for bluestone then turned into a landfill site… As industry moved in the water became polluted and the trees and wildlife disappeared.
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If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
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