Training & Resources for Organizations

Growing Wellness Together

Elevate your program with therapeutic horticulture

Are you ready to enrich your offerings with the healing power of nature? Root in Nature collaborates with businesses, charities & not-for-profits to empower your activity and therapy teams with the essential skills for facilitating therapeutic horticulture sessions. 

Following the training, we provide resources, session plans and support, ensuring your team is ready to bring the benefits of nature into your services.

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Common Problems

  • Social isolation and loneliness: 1 in 4 older people experience social isolation resulting in serious health implications (World Health Organization, 2024).
  • Limited activity opportunities: Residents in care homes “do nothing” 65% of the time (Tak et al., 2015).
  • Staff engagement and training options: Less than 1/3 of employees feel engaged and energized by their work (Gartner, 2023).
  • Spending 90% of time indoors: Connecting with nature has mental and physical health benefits (Parks Canada, 2014).

Here's How We Help

Connect people with plants and nature indoors or outdoors
Enhance skills and engagement of staff through our virtual, self-paced course
Improve quality of life and reduce stress through the benefits of therapeutic horticulture
Provide ongoing resources, activities & support

The Root in Nature™ Process

Step 1: Facilitator Training

Our Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture virtual, self-paced course teaches how to facilitate, adapt and evaluate therapeutic horticulture sessions while providing foundational horticulture and safety training. 

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Course Details

  • CE Credits with NCTRC for 8 hours
  • Completed in 4 -8 hours
  • Primarily video content
  • 5 Modules & Quizzes
  • 63 Topics
  • Course Manual
  • Therapeutic Horticulture Ally Certificate
  • Digital Badge

Step 2: Facilitator Resources & Support

Full access to the GrowTH Network, a professional resource and support platform for therapeutic horticulture practitioners and course graduates.

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What's Included in the GrowTH Network

  • 12 Session Plans 
  • Sortable Activity Database
  • Free live monthly support calls
  • Free ongoing professional development events
  • A Resource Library, including:
    • Intake & Evaluation Forms
    • Visual cues
    • Site Safety Assessments
    • Therapeutic Garden Elements Assessment

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Benefits of Bringing Therapeutic Horticulture to Your Organization

Improved Client Satisfaction

Training staff in therapeutic horticulture equips them to provide engaging, meaningful activities that enhance residents’ quality of life. This leads to higher levels of satisfaction among clients, contributing to a positive reputation for the facility.

Enhanced Staff Skill Set​

Providing staff with specialized training in therapeutic horticulture not only broadens their skill set but also increases their job satisfaction by enabling them to contribute more significantly to the residents’ wellbeing.

Increased Engagement and Socialization Among Residents​

Activities centered around gardening and nature stimulate interaction and cooperation among residents, fostering a sense of community and reducing feelings of isolation.

Market Differentiation​

Offering unique therapeutic programs such as horticulture distinguishes the facility in a competitive market, attracting potential residents and their families who are seeking innovative care options.

Reduced Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia Patients​

Implementing nature-based therapies has been shown to decrease agitation and improve mood in dementia patients, leading to a calmer environment and potentially reducing the need for medication.

Cost Efficiency in Activity Planning​

Horticultural activities can be cost-effective, utilizing the facility’s outdoor spaces and natural resources, thereby offering a sustainable option for resident engagement without the need for expensive materials or outings.

Supports Staff Wellness

Engaging in gardening and nature activities alongside residents can have therapeutic effects on staff as well, reducing job-related stress and burnout, and promoting a healthy work-life balance.

Improved Outcomes

Engaging in gardening and nature activities alongside residents can have therapeutic effects on staff as well, reducing job-related stress and burnout, and promoting a healthy work-life balance.

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Best Ottawa Business (BOBS) Award Winner

Root in Nature was recognized for Best Performance in Social Entrepreneurship by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal.

Coralus Venture

Root in Nature is grateful to be selected as one of the Ventures working on the World’s To-Do List by Coralus Activators. We receive interest-free funding, connections and relationships to grow our impact.