Horticulture Therapy Programme
The Horticulture Therapy programme is designed to use the activity of growing plants to help improve mental health and general wellbeing.
Taking time to talk within the group or individually with the facilitator(s) enhances the therapeutic benefits of gardening.
A range of mindfulness, nature and seasonal awareness techniques is also to be included.
The group will be led by psychotherapist and ecotherapist, Robbie Breadon.
Programme starts Thursday 5th August, and then every Thursday for 12 weeks.
Cost: £25 per person. Booking essential www.ancarn.yapsody.com
Who is it for?
This programme is for individuals who:
• Suffer from anxiety, depression or other symptoms coming out of lockdown and would like to learn new healthy ways of coping;
• Have symptoms which could be relieved by outdoor activity and opportunities to talk;
• Would like to spend more time with other people;
• Would like to be more physically active in the outdoors;
• Who enjoy nature and want to learn more about it;
• Are able to take part in light physical tasks and enjoy contact with the earth;
• Would like to learn about growing vegetables and a range of other plants.
Each session will run for 3 hours starting at 11am - 3pm with a break for lunch
As the programme develops, sessions will vary in response to weather conditions, seasonal changes and individual needs. Participants will not be expected to do anything beyond their fitness level. A variety of activities will be offered over the 10 weeks. For example, learning about gardening and the growing process, learning mindfulness and other practices to help symptoms of social isolation, anxiety and depression. There is also the possibility of nature mindfulness walks into the reserve.
· Outdoor clothing and footwear – adaptable for all weathers will be required
Participants to bring packed lunch
Teas and coffee will be provided.
Robbie is a psychotherapist, ecotherapist and director of Common Ground N.I.
which is based on a farm in Fermanagh. His passion is helping people to change their relationship with themselves and nature. To this end he has been developing Nature Based Therapies since 2012.