Buy a Gift Voucher
Gift this class
Intro to Horticultural Therapy
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.
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.
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.
* 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