Horticultural Therapy Workshops


Continuing education in therapeutic horticulture and horticultural therapy

Since 2012, Providence Farm has partnered with Ann Kent HTM and the Horticultural Therapy Professional Development Program to offer courses and workshops in horticultural therapy (HT) and therapeutic horticulture (TH).

Please note the April 2014 two day workshop scheduled to be held at Providence Farm has been cancelled.  To find out about more course offerd by Ann Kent please check her website: http://www.catkingardens.ca/current_classes.htm

In April, 2014, we present a two day workshop on therapeutic horticulture. This short course supports the vision and purpose of the Providence Farm therapeutic community and takes advantage of the Farm’s beautiful setting in Garry Oak meadows and coastal forest.

Gardening and nature-based activities, as part of continuing seasonal programs, are sought after by community organizations as well as schools and healthcare facilities. This workshop will appeal to those working or volunteering in educational, vocational, community, and healthcare settings who value gardening and horticulture as fostering health and wellness for people of all ages and abilities.

The instructor, Ann Kent HTM, is a long time supporter and partner of Providence Farm. Ann spent much of her childhood growing up on the leeward shore of Vancouver Island and is very familiar with local horticultural conditions and south-coastal ecosystems. Ann has an active horticultural therapy practice based in Vancouver, BC.

An Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture – two day workshop

 Explore the potential of indoor and outdoor gardening and related activities in nature studies and botanical crafts. Learn how seasonal programs can support goals for health and wellness in a variety of settings.  

Workshop participants complete several plant-based activities each day that use easily sourced and inexpensive or found materials. Adaptations for various populations and settings are discussed. You will have lots of samples and inspiration to take home or to work.

Each student receives a resource binder with planning templates, reference lists, plant information, and an overview of the evidence base that supports the use of therapeutic horticulture and horticultural therapy.

Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, 8:45 am to 5:15 pm.

Fee for this course is $270.00 and includes two full days (16 hours) of instruction, lots of helpful handouts, and all plant materials and activity supplies. There is no HST.

No prerequisites. Join others with similar interests in therapeutic horticulture and nature-based activities. Class size is limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Early registration is advised to ensure placement. To make further inquiries or to obtain a registration form, please contact Ann directly at ann@catkingardens.ca.

A statement of completion is provided to assist those who wish to use this program for continuing education credits for their professional associations.

For further information about comprehensive horticultural therapy courses, please download HORTICULTURAL THERAPY CERTIFICATE_SPRING & FALL 2014_Ann Kent HTM, or visit Ann’s website at www.catkingardens.ca.