Training Programs

At Soil to Supper we believe that everyone of all ages and abilities needs a connection with nature and to experience a sense of joy and the health benefits gained from gardening activities and fresh food.

The Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Program, includes specialised training to provide carers, staff and volunteers with the skills and knowledge required to deliver gardening activities to all people in care.

Soil to Supper Training Programs provide the necessary skills for staff to deliver gardening activities, support a therapeutic garden and meets the standards for Professional Development within Aged Care.

Our Training Program aims to provide a deep understanding of the benefits of gardening as a therapy, horticultural therapy methods and techniques, suitable activities for residents and clients, plus the knowledge and skills to successfully grow a thriving garden.

‘Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture’

 In-House Professional Development

Held within aged care, community services or school gardens. Participants will gain knowledge through theory and practical hands-on activities to gain an understanding of organic gardening methods and horticultural therapy activities.

Through the training participants will learn;

  • How gardening benefits people within aged care, especially within memory support units and also within disability support.
  • Practical activities included in a gardening program
  • Therapeutic plants and their uses
  • How to assist gardeners throughout activities
  • Risk management
  • Implementing a gardening program
  • Measuring outcomes



Through each session participants receive a holistic skill and knowledge base for therapeutic gardening to support the garden’s growth and provide gardeners with positive experiences throughout the seasons and into the future.

Staff Professional Development includes:

  • onsite training session at one location for up to 15 staff.
  • workbook for each participant.
  • gardening materials required for hands-on activities.
  • Certificate of Participation for staff completing training.

Also available - Each participant receives 12 months membership to Soil to Supper Online Membership Community. Further details

Therapeutic Gardening Programs assist to build self-esteem, confidence, improve health and wellbeing and create positive social settings.

There is a great amount of research showing the benefits of gardening for;

  • Physical – improves strength, energy and assists fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Social – good social interaction, motivates people and improves positive habits
  • Psychological – improves emotional well-being, reduces anxiety and stress, stimulates senses
  • Cognitive – improves concentration, good for problem solving skills and exercises memory
  • Access to the Environment – assists with reducing stress, anxiety and lifts spirit in participants

Research also shows that spending time working in the garden with others creates great friendships, improves self-esteem, gives people a feeling of belonging and being helpful, and offers plenty of fresh food to enjoy and share. The fresh food grown by gardeners is packed with nutrients, which also supports good health.

Please contact Cath directly with any questions on our Therapeutic Gardening Programs and Services.

© cath manuel 14 january 2017

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