The Soil to Supper Therapeutic Gardening Program is a unique initiative that offers participants of NDIS with opportunities to improve their mental and physical health, learn new skills, develop confidence and enhance social connection through gardening activities and growing fresh food.

Based on the Sunshine Coast, this program follows the principals of horticulture to promote overall health and wellbeing.  This includes simple techniques, information and guidance to grow fresh food and enhance health within the participant’s home garden.

Activities include discovering dirt, planting seedlings and shrubs, growing new plants, composting, nature art plus loads more! These are suitable for all abilities from the beginner gardener to seasoned green thumb and are customised to suit the need of individuals and their home garden environment.

Sessions range from 2 to 3 hours, available once or twice per week and include a range of horticulture-based activities that are scheduled to suit participant’s aims for wellbeing and to provide outcomes for their NDIS plan.

Gardening equipment is provided by Soil to Supper for each weekly activity. Participants are required to purchase perishable items, including potting mix, seeds and plants as arranged for activities.

The NDIS Pricing Guide is followed for costing of the program and charged at the appropriate hourly rate plus travel expenses to participant’s home.

For more information please contact me HERE.

 

I look forward to Soil to Supper gardening sessions with Cath being outside in the garden helps my physical and mental wellbeing.

I enjoy sowing seeds, propagating, planting seedlings, watering, watching them grow, mulching, keeping the compost going. It’s all part of the cycle of life in the garden.

 

MB

Therapeutic gardening program a veritable lifesaver…

There is no doubt in my mind that Cath Manuel’s Therapeutic Gardening Program has been one of the most significant positive influences on my recovery from Major Depression and General Anxiety Disorder.

From the initial planning session onward, Cath uses a collaborative approach to the creation of my weekly gardening sessions. Developing the program to meet my physical, mental and emotional needs appears to come natural to Cath.

My active involvement in planning ensures that I get the maximum benefit from every gardening session. Initially I was capable of limited input to this process however with Cath’s increasing knowledge of my needs and limitations, and using her horticultural knowledge and experience, she was able to draw on my gradually returning capabilities.

Over time I was more confident and increasingly able to contribute to the planning process.

I value our weekly, two-and-a-half hour gardening sessions immensely and eagerly look forward to them. The program naturally varies from week to week, depending on the seasons, vagaries of the weather and tasks needing attention.

Being such a “hands-on” activity, gardening can be exhausting and satisfying both physically and mentally… and therein lies the reason why Cath’s Therapeutic Gardening Program has been, and still is, an absolute winner and a Godsend for me…

A very big thank-you Cath.

Graeme

Therapeutic Gardening Participant

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