Nature in the Workplace
Professional Self-Care
for Healthcare Providers & Caregivers

Recorded Online Workshop (50 minutes)

Includes worksheet & reference list with links

Plus closed captioning if desired

The leafy green world we inhabit is so easy to take for granted, and yet research shows that if we pay attention to nearby nature, we feel better and function more effectively. 

Discover simple, enjoyable strategies for noticing nearby nature that fit your workplace, schedule and personal preferences. 

You'll learn how to:

  •  reduce fatigue, 
  •  increase your creativity and productivity, and 
  •  have more energy at the end of the work day.

This evidence-based, professional self-care practice is quick, easy and playful. Best of all: you’re likely to feel the benefits right away!

Learning Outcomes

Advance from 'spending time in nature' to paying attention to nearby nature 

Choose 3 evidence-based benefits that you'd enjoy 

Decide on 3 simple nature-engagement activities to practice at your workplace

What They're Saying...

"WOW, I have a new tool to use in my tool box. Thank You. I was noticing nature, but I will be paying attention to Nature more. It was excellent. GREAT JOB."

"If you could get it to me ASAP like today I have a great opportunity to present to co-workers this week."

Fran Wehlage
Recreation Therapist

"Thank you for the workshop, Shelagh! It was very educational and helpful, packed with great suggestions and ideas that can be easily put in practice right away. Loved it!"

Akiko Hara
Speech Therapist

"The Nature in the Workplace workshop you developed for ATRA in 2020 would be wonderful to promote self-care during Recreation Therapy Month here in Alberta. Would you be willing to share this workshop with our agency of 15 staff?"

"I am thrilled to be able to share your amazing work!"

Terry Neumann
Recreation Therapist

Presenter: Shelagh Smith, HTR, MAEEC

Shelagh inspires healthcare professionals to engage with nearby nature for self-care, and to share this evidence-based practice with their peeps for health promotion and therapeutic intervention. 

She's a professionally registered Horticultural Therapist with the CHTA in Canada and the AHTA in the United States, and holds a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication.

For 23 years, Shelagh developed and led therapeutic garden programs for care home residents, while supervising and mentoring many students and volunteers. She taught people with mental health challenges how to grow their own food, collaborated on the design of restorative and enabling gardens, and taught a certificate program for budding horticultural therapists. She’s given 100+ live multi-media presentations and workshops to healthcare, community, and professional organizations. 

Vancouver, Canada is her local nature playground, and she loves to travel on the back roads of British Columbia with her husband and their tiny Trillium trailer.

Currently, Shelagh offers online programs and illustrated garden activity signs at

  • Can I share this workshop with my colleagues?
    Yes! I encourage you to watch it together with your colleagues. Print a worksheet for each person. Encourage and support each other to enjoy nature.

    If your colleagues want access to share the workshop with another group of colleagues, please direct them to my website to purchase their own access.
  • Is closed captioning available?
    Yes! They're autogenerated (but with few errors because my voice is generally clear with good diction)

Nature in the Workplace Workshop$26

Nature in the Workplace is chockful of insights, research results, and simple activities for enjoying nature as professional self-care, while enhancing your job performance. 

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