Online Courses

Our online courses are outlined below, some of which are self-paced and pre-recorded (asynchronous), some of which are virtual and live (synchronous), and some of which are a hybrid.

Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture Course

Root in Nature’s virtual, self-paced Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture course teaches how to integrate plants, gardening and nature into your therapeutic approach. 

Nature at Work

This course explores how elements of nature – from biophilic design to the simple presence of plants or natural light – can significantly enhance mental, physical and emotional health.

It highlights nature’s role in boosting productivity, sparking creativity and fostering innovation.

Whether you’re an individual aiming to harness the healing power of nature or a team leader aspiring to cultivate a healthier, more collaborative environment for your team, this course offers valuable insights.

Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture with Children & Youth

Tailored for professionals working with children and youth, this self-paced course offers population-specific insights, best practices, and adaptations for integrating plants, gardening, and nature into your work.

It is designed to empower educators, therapists and other youth leaders with specific techniques and tools for enhancing the well-being of children and youth through therapeutic horticulture.

Advancing Skills in Therapeutic Horticulture

This course is for those who want to deepen their understanding and enhance their skill set in therapeutic horticulture.

The format is a hybrid of asynchronous and synchronous, taught by instructor Katie McGillivray along with guest speaker experts in the field. Students will complete the self-paced and virtual live elements of the course in a one-month period. 

Join the waitlist to be notified when registration opens.

A Journey into Reflective Practice for Professionals

This course is designed for professionals seeking to enhance their skills, self-awareness and well-being through reflective practice. It will explore the concepts of self-reflection, peer reflection, and reflection with clients.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of reflective practice and learn how to create opportunities for reflection with peers and clients. The will acquire a diverse set of techniques, tools, and exercises that can be directly applied in their professional work.

This course will launch in the spring of 2024. Join the waitlist to be notified when registration is open. 

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A Guide to Navigating Climate Emotions

Exposure to information about our planetary crises can elicit distress which can lead to unhelpful coping strategies.  Recent surveys indicate the majority of youth are alarmed and feel dismissed when talking about climate concerns. 

This series is intended to help reduce suffering from ecological anxiety. It offers strategies for working with specific climate emotions, and help participants identify pro-environmental actions which are within their capacity and fit their strengths and interests. 

Join the waitlist to be notified when this series launches in 2024.

Mind, Body & Soil

Mind, Body & Soil is a small-group therapeutic horticulture series. Led by Horticultural Therapist Katie McGillivray, you will explore these topics in five weekly sessions:

  1. Kitchen Gardening
  2. Emotions and Choices in the Garden
  3. Seed Starting and Choosing Plants
  4. Plants and People
  5. Transition and Change
Therapeutic Horticulture is the purposeful use of plants and plant-related activities to promote health and wellness for an individual or group. Engaging with plants can improve mental well-being, increase physical activity, and reduce social isolation.
Materials will be shared following registration.
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Root in Nature was recognized for Best Performance in Social Entrepreneurship by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal in 2022.
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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.