The ‘Gardening for Health and Wellbeing’ Program is offered nationally by Soil to Supper.
Gardening as therapy has been used for years to cultivate health and wellbeing in people with disabilities, illnesses, diseases, the young, the elderly and people recovering from surgery, stroke, heart attack and other health issues.
I am blessed to share my passion for gardening, my skills and knowledge in Horticulture and Horticultural Therapy to provide support to individuals and organisations to create wellness throughout the community.Cath Manuel
“Horticultural Therapy is a process of using plants and gardening activities to promote health and well-being of people’s mind, body and spirit”
Our program provides an organic and sustainable approach to gardening and is customised for the needs of all people in care.
We offer these services…
Onsite Consultations assist organisations to establish gardens, including therapeutic and kitchen gardens, and delivering of gardening programs to suit all client’s needs.
An Onsite Consultation includes a review of your existing gardens and includes recommendations for garden locations and re-purposing of existing gardens, growing fresh food onsite and other suggestions for a sustainable, thriving garden. Find out more HERE.
In-House Gardening Programs - we provide gardening programs to aged care homes and community services. The program includes hands-on gardening activities, which are adapted to suit the needs of all involved.
From seed sowing to potting flowers and herbs through to growing fresh food in Kitchen Gardens, our program follows horticultural activities and organic gardening methods, which are adapted for therapeutic benefits. If you would like to discuss how we can establish a successful gardening program within your organisation, please contact me HERE.
Onsite Presentations to staff and residents - as an established speaker, I am available to deliver presentations on the the benefits of therapeutic gardening within aged care, how to establish kitchen gardens to grow fresh food and ways to implement gardening programs.
Please contact me to discuss your event plans and how I can delivery quality presentations to staff and attendees of your event.
Training Programs – As part of the Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Program, we offer specialised workshops to provide carers with the skills and knowledge required to deliver garden therapy to clients.
A new training program will commence in 2019 through our non-for-profit association Sowing Serenity Inc. and will provide the necessary skills for staff to deliver gardening activities, support a therapeutic garden and meets the standards for Professional Development within Aged Care. For more information on the program please complete the contact form below and we will forward information to you.
We assist organisations to deliver high quality activities to clients, provide sustainable programs in-house, offer an holistic approach to customer’s lifestyle needs and to be a point of difference for consumers.
For more information on services available please contact me here.
The Wellbeing Garden Episodes…
Listen to other episodes HERE
The benefits of Cath Manuel’s therapeutic gardening groups can be seen on the faces of our residents who attend her weekly sessions in our Memory Support Unit. Living with dementia can make daily activities challenging and frustrating, so it is beautiful to watch the group laughing and interacting together, reminiscing about gardens they have tended to in the past.
For many of them, the feel of the soil between their fingers has unlocked gardening skills that have remained hidden in recent years. To have seedlings to care for and gardens to water has provided a purpose for them again. The feedback from staff and relatives has been incredibly positive.
Find out more about our program at NoosaCare HERE.Sandra Gunner
Our residents are enjoying the weekly gardening group at The Club Palmwoods and look forward to Cath’s fun, interactive visits!