Online Courses

All Root in Nature courses are offered virtually. Click ‘learn more’ for more information and registration. If a course is currently under development, we maintain a waitlist and will notify you when it becomes available.

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. 

Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture for 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 follows on the Intro course and is for those who want to deepen their understanding and enhance their skill set in therapeutic horticulture.

Taught by Katie McGillivray, HTR along with guest speaker experts in the field, this course includes both self-paced and virtual live elements. Students will complete the course in their chosen one-month period. 

Graduates who meet all requirements will be eligible for certification as a Certified Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner – CTHP™.

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.

Taught by Dr. Owen Wiseman and Alexis Ashworth, this course 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.

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™

Join us for a therapeutic horticulture series designed to take you on a wellness journey, connecting Mind, Body & Soil™. Therapeutic Horticulture harnesses the healing power of plants to enhance mental well-being and foster social connection. 

The virtual, hands-on series is co-facilitated by Horticultural Therapist Katie McGillivray and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner Kristin Topping. 

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting to explore the world of plants, this series offers a welcoming space for all. Each one-hour session aims to foster learning, community and a deeper appreciation for the natural world. 

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 in 2022.

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.