Would you like to provide garden-based activities and programs to participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), residents of aged care, health care, schools and other locations within your community?

Do you have a passion for gardening and would you like to support others to enjoy gardening activities?

Are you serious about making a difference in someone’s life through the enjoyment of gardening and growing healthy food?

If you are empathic, understanding and inclusive, with a willingness to give your full support and guidance to others then a career in Therapeutic Horticulture would suit you!

Therapeutic Horticulture follows gardening methods 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, aged care homes or other community settings.

Find out more about working in the Therapeutic Horticulture field in this podcast episode HERE.

Join Therapeutic Horticulture specialist, Cath Manuel, for this unique masterclass training and learn how to provide meaningful activities to improve health and wellbeing for people of all ages and abilities.

Feedback from previous training…

Was the content informative? What else could be included? - “Yes, the content was perfect and as we went along, it was great to hear what other participants wanted/needed and this information was quickly uploaded. The NDIS component was great…very helpful! I needed the “how to” part that you can’t read in books which was covered in this training.”

How did you find the online training format? - “I found the online training format easy to understand, comprehensive and relatable. And Cath was fantastic at delivering this training!! Thank you so much!!

What did you enjoy most about the training? - “I really enjoyed the content of the training as I felt like it was relevant to what I want to do. After a couple of sessions, I had feelings of “I can do this” and was excited by the prospect!! I also enjoyed the small group discussions…we all wanted the same thing!”

“I really am so grateful to have found you! Your course really inspired me to move forward into moving ahead and implementing my knowledge to share /reactivate the love of gardens and gardening with others in our community.”

“Not only was this training packed full of informative content and activities, I would say, you also over-delivered by sharing resources, templates and insights from your personal experience, which is invaluable.”

“I enjoyed the practical exercises and looking at each gardening activity in terms of its benefits in detail, that will help in designing and delivering a tailored and successful program.”

“I consider myself fortunate to have met someone as generous as you and the tribe that share the same values. I am glad to have a mentor who is willing to help others on the same path by sharing their valuable lessons and experiences.”

 With this training you’ll;

  • Gather information and learn from specialist Cath Manuel as she shares her vast experience and knowledge
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Therapeutic Horticulture
  • Know how to deliver a Therapeutic Horticulture Program to clients of various abilities 
  • Understand how to support others to improve their wellbeing
  • Get started in a career as a Therapeutic Horticulturist, also known as Horticultural Therapist
  • Receive ongoing support as you establish yourself within the field of Therapeutic Horticulture

Gardening provides opportunities for improved health and wellbeing for people of all ages and abilities.

Participating in therapeutic gardening activities has many proven benefits, especially for physical, psychological, social, cognitive support and also provides access to fresh food and nature.

The NDIS provides individuals with the opportunity to choose their own path to wellness and to enjoy participation in a full life. Through offering Therapeutic Gardening Programs and support you are able to work with participants to achieve these goals and those of the NDIS Scheme.

As a provider of therapeutic gardening you have the opportunity to work one-on-one with clients within their home or within an aged care setting, community organisation, school, healthcare and other community based groups to offer guidance and support for the completion of activities.

This training is suitable for anyone currently working or wanting to establish their own business to work with clients and have an interest in gardening for improved health and wellness.

It is preferable to have formal training in Horticulture or Community Services/Support prior to completing this training, but not essential.

You’ll learn;

  • What is Therapeutic Horticulture
  • The benefits to health and wellbeing
  • How to implement a program for individuals and groups
  • Gardening for people who live with mental illness 
  • How to make adjustments and customise gardening for people with varying abilities. 
  • Plants used in a therapy garden
  • Ways to grow fresh food
  • Adaptive gardening activities
  • Equipment required
  • Your business and NDIS regulations
  • Understanding mental health and psychosocial disability

At the completion of this training you will have an understanding and practical knowledge of Therapeutic Gardening and how to provide this to participants of the NDIS or within an aged care organisation.

This will be a journey into a career in the field of Therapeutic Horticulture and I will be with you to guide and support you along the way.

Please note…

·       this is not a horticulture or gardening course, it’s all about understanding and applying therapeutic gardening for your clients.

·       ensure you have developed horticulture skills before applying to this training as we will not be covering horticulture or gardening methods.

·       this training is not an accredited training. It is continuing professional development for horticulturist to move into the field of therapeutic horticulture.

Training is held Online, with weekly live sessions held over 4 or 8 weeks and resources accessed through the Online Training Hub.

Participants receive workbooks, resources and certificate of participation upon completion.

To support the successful establishment of a Therapeutic Gardening Program you’ll also receive access to video tutorials on many therapeutic gardening activities, 2 x One-on-One online mentoring sessions with Cath, ongoing support through private Facebook group, access to one Seasonal Gardening Program and one year access to the Soil to Supper Online Gardening Community.


Are you offering the training after hours as I’m working on Friday mornings?
I’m planning on scheduling training for 2022 on Fridays and also another day, possibly an evening. 

If I miss a weekly session how to I catchup with topics missed?
I record each session and add them to the Online Training Hub to view at any time.

I’m interested in offering gardening support for NDIS, how do I get started?
Through the training I share a range of information and guidance for becoming a non-registered NDIS provider and ways to make contact with organisations for new clients.

Is this training accredited?
No, the training is not an accredited course. It is training for anyone with experience in gardening, qualifications in horticulture, or the health sector wanting to work in the Therapeutic Horticulture field or to deliver gardening programs to clients, residents or participants.

How did you develop the content and are you experienced to deliver it to others?
I have worked and delivered training in the TH field since 2014. Through my own studies and hands-on experience I have developed a training program which provides the necessary information and skills to deliver therapeutic gardening activities. I have vast experience in this field and now specialise in delivering high quality training and support as I believe we need more people working in this industry to support others.

About Therapeutic Gardening

Therapeutic Gardening is not just gardening. It’s providing support for someone to achieve their goals within a garden setting, complete meaningful gardening activities and grow specific plants to enhance wellness.

It’s about the journey not the destination.

It’s having empathy, compassion and by supporting someone else to have a positive outcome with the use of gardening to achieve outcomes.

Gardening brings joy, boosts confidence and enhances health and well-being for participants.

Find out more about Cath here.


I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge of therapeutic horticulture with you.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions,


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