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GardenWell Educational Book Series on Therapeutic Gardening

Not Horticultural therapy its Garden Therapy
See
in Qld ( I think Qld)
Will create educational book series with audio and video in iBooks. So yeah probably just for Mac users on iBooks app. I know limiting the market.


Structured educational books for two markets:

People wanting training and coaching each month to develop their business. These educational books and courses rain Gardenwell licensees.

People with stress and anxiety that want to run own gardening business
People that want to run their own gardening business in an eco and yogic kind of context

General interest people covered by books

Therapists
Counsellors
Psychologists
People in therapy
People wanting a practical therapy, a hobby even as an adjunct to talking therapies.

Stories are good. As we related earlier stories get my attention and can convey many meanings, like parables. If you want my attention send me a story, so to speak.

So chapters (and chapter combinations) below will instead be individual books / book courses.
Feel free
To add, remove what you want, let the creative juices flow ! Often left of field suggestions can prompt (no matter how impractical they might be) new insight so don’t hold back
A bit like questions after a talk, no wrong questions.
Introduction
The metaphor of the garden
The importance of the garden as a hologram of the planet
Preface
Robyne Latham or someone like that

Gardening Well
Responsibility
Planetary
Garden
Community
Microcosm macrocosm
Future Generations


Garden Contents
Plants
Indigenous v Exotic
Materials
Bling
People
Gardeners
Clients
Community
Naysayers

The Business of Gardening
Communication
Planning
Operations
Networking
Marketing
Garden Design
From Survey to completion

Plants
In
Biophilism

Bonsai

Wellness in the Garden
Breathing
Walking / Working Meditation
Yoga
Nervous system response

Soil
Soil Bacteria
Research / Common Sense

Exercise
On all fours weeding
On your knees planting
Pulling weeds
Pushing a shovel or space
Ritual
Garden Practices
Singing to the garden
Permission to work in garden
Deva, Devi etc
Gardening as yoga
Senses
Feeling
Hearing
Seeing
Smelling
Cardinal Points
North South East West Centre Space
Feng Shui
Geomancy / Earth Energy
Indigenous Songlines etc
Geography
Rhythms
Nurturing of the seasons
Bigger rhythms smaller rhythms
Rhythm of working in the gardening (Flow)

Viewpoints
Buddhist Views of the Garden
HIndu Views of the Garden
Christian views of the garden
Islamic Views of the garden
All very similar
Animist and indigenous views of nature? (across the world quite similar)

Mental Health

Permaculture


Our Work
Our work takes a sociological approach by considering not just the individual benefits of therapeutic horticulture, but also the role TH has in fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion at a social or community level. It does this with a view to better understanding the potential impact TH can have on the social status of its participants, their wellbeing and the ways they meaningfully engage in within it and why it is important.

We believe in participatory and collaborative research done alongside research participants in a way that privilege the voices of program participants through ethical and person-centred appropriate data collection and analysis methods.
Whether you want to build a new gardening program, formalise your existing therapeutic activities into a written program or simply have it evaluated, we’re happy to lend our expertise.
We can consult on design; plant choice; material use; program structure, accessibility and inclusivity; activities and processes. We will provide a user-friendly and accessible report with recommendations based on evidence-based best practice.

We specialise in programming for a wide range of contexts including: Disability, social housing, schools, after school care, early years’ education, aged care, community gardening, staff wellbeing and corporate volunteering.
If you work with people you think would benefit from therapeutic horticulture, we can design and develop a program for you.

Experienced, engaging and knowledgeable, we turn presentations into dynamic conversations with the audience.
Speaking topics include:
Children and gardening
Exploring the impact of greenspaces on student wellbeing
I don’t just want a nice day out! Making meaning in therapeutic horticulture programs for disability.
Not just helping you – Taking a broader societal impact approach to the benefits of therapeutic gardening.
Building capacity through collaboration: A dynamic approach to therapeutic programming.

Therapeutic horticulture, as an umbrella term, describes benefit derived from passive or active participation in a greenspace or garden setting, either by an individual, or within a group setting.
It can be conceptualised through a number of useful lenses including landscape design, passive and active participation within greenspaces, plant choice, biophilia, horticultural therapy and social or community gardening.
It’s through this rich tapestry of disciplines and perspectives that a full understanding of the therapeutic qualities of horticulture can be appreciated.
Our work takes a sociological approach by considering not just the individual benefits of therapeutic horticulture, but also the role TH has in fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion at a social or community level. It does this with a view to better understanding the potential impact TH can have on the social status of its participants, their wellbeing and the ways they meaningfully engage in within it and why it is important.
We draw on a number of more specific theories in our work including recognition theory, social geography, sociocultural theory, childhood studies and disability studies.
Each contribute to a deeper understanding and application of the ways we do therapeutic horticulture, why we do it, how we engage specific groups in particular contexts, and for what benefit.
Whether it is developing new programs, conducting research, consulting on new initiatives or developing professional development workshops and training, there’s a few common themes and uncompromising approaches within our work:


We specialise in programming for a wide range of contexts including: Disability, social housing, schools, after school care, early years’ education, aged care, community gardening, staff wellbeing and corporate volunteering.
If you work with people you think would benefit from therapeutic horticulture, we can design and develop a program for you.
Program structures typically include:
Introduction to the principles of therapeutic horticulture
A guide to implementing for maximum impact
Staff training notes
Person-centred therapeutic gardening activities
Tools to capture impact for evaluation and refinement
Gardening tips and advice
We also provide hands-on staff training to ensure the ethos and approach of the program is never compromised or lost as well as on-site help to get the program up and running and your garden built.














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