12mth Garden Therapy Programme

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12mth Garden Therapy Programme

5,500.00

12mth Garden Therapy Programme

Garden therapy uses the activities such as gardening, planting, plant care, visits to natural environments and gardens and parks etc. to engender a feeling of well-being, improve physical health and encourage social interaction. 

Garden therapies are attracting attention thanks to the increasingly well-documented value of the outdoors for people’s mental health and wellbeing. In fact, research has shown that the flexible nature of gardening projects allows service users to feel empowered in a non-threatening space. It also helps develop nurturing skills and is thought to boost mindfulness, as well as increasing serotonin and dopamine levels.

“The direct connection between physically doing something and the progress made, can be a good antidote for those who find being inside restrictive.”

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This 52 week at home programme aims to sow and nurture the seeds of love, compassion, acceptance and patience within the garden of the heart while developing skills in garden activities and meditation yoga.

Fortnightly 2hr sessions each develop skill sets in garden therapy and meditation yoga. (1hr garden practices, 1hr meditation yoga)

Garden Therapy

A garden represents a fantastic vehicle for helping people with a wide range of mental health issues. This programme can be adapted to the individual based on their diagnosis and individual needs.

In the treatment of mental health issues, it is known that becoming more active is an important part of recovery from symptoms. Not only does garden therapy help to re-focus thoughts, but the exercise involved in garden activities also reduces blood pressure and stress levels. Activity also helps to release hormones such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins which stimulate feel good emotions.

The programme is focussed on one-on-one supervision depending on the nature of your condition and your ability to work independently for short periods. However it can also be used in group settings. Clients in recovery from rehabilitation environments have stated that garden therapy offers them a break from the clinical recovery environment which is often viewed as being sterile, unstimulating, and a place where thoughts associated with their conditions may perpetuate.

Meditation Yoga

The seat of all Happiness and Unhappiness is within the Mind. In deep sleep there is no Happiness nor Unhappiness. Depression, anxiety, poor self-worth, worry, anger, jealousy, are all 'mind-generated'. The Mind is the sole cause of all positive and negative mental fluctuations. The Mind is also the sole means to the release from all mental fluctuations. (Dean Das 2011)

The booming popularity of the mindfulness movement has turned it into a lucrative cottage industry.

Business savvy consultants pushing mindfulness training promise that it will improve work efficiency, reduce absenteeism, and enhance the “soft skills” that are crucial to career success. Some even assert that mindfulness training can act as a “disruptive technology,” reforming even the most dysfunctional companies into kinder, more compassionate and sustainable organizations. So far, however, no empirical studies have been published that support these claims.

However the inner change that comes from learning and practicing meditation yoga skill sets are more aligned to qualities of becoming more 'human' rather than simply becoming more efficient.

  • Improved self-acceptance.

  • Increased confidence with more humility.

  • More self-responsibility.

  • An acceptance of finding love rather than reaching for it

  • An increased appreciation of the positive aspects of my life.

  • Greater ability to reflect upon mistakes without negative judgement.

  • A sense of comfort within your own skin and a reduced need for validation from others.

Your facilitator :

Jai Cheswick was trained in UK by leading garden designers, horticulturists and plantsmen. This small garden design course attracts Distance Learning students from all over the world, who often use the course as a stepping stone to a new career.

Jai is also a senior meditation teacher with Meditation Australia.

You will need a garden to use while on the programme Your own or a friend’s garden.

The therapeutic effect of gardening is well known and the programme is an enjoyable learning curve.