Sweet Re-Leaf
Garden & Nature Programming for Mental Wellness

Want to facilitate brief, nature-focused interactions with big benefits for your peeps? This 45-minute video

training is for you!

You’ll learn a person-centred approach for engaging your peeps with nature that: 
 • builds a therapeutic bond with them
 • brightens their mood and mental attitude
 • offers sensory, social and creative aspects
 • avoids the challenges of a full-on gardening program
 • can be done anywhere, anytime, with little to no budget
 • is brief and profoundly beneficial.

Originally delivered in the spring of 2021 as a live online presentation for the BC Therapeutic Recreation Association, this training is equally applicable for other healthcare professionals, teachers, and care partners who want to share their love of nature with the people they serve.
You'll get:

  • A 45-minute video
  • A list of 56 recommended sensory plants 
  • A resource list that includes:

      • Information sources for poisonous and allergenic plants

      • A list of blog posts with additional programming ideas

"She enjoys her work – you can tell. For some people, it would seem like a job, but with her it’s natural. She wants to find out about what others know. She makes it so we like to take part in it. She draws people out. She’s very friendly, pleasant."

Care Home Resident
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 www.ThriveWithNature.com

Sweet Re-Leaf: Garden and Nature Programming for Mental Wellness$26

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