Horticulture Therapy utilizes the potential of gardening to heal stressed minds, and to especially bring positive change in behaviour and interaction of people who have mental illnesses. Our approach to Horticulture Therapy sessions comprises group activity with individual attention being paid to participants.
Being in a group encourages doing things together — listening to instructions, observing with others, and performing tasks. We are flexible in allowing for each person’s condition and mood on a given day. We also allow for how much involvement or distance a participant requires in observing what is going on, if not actively participating.
We treat participants as adults who are intelligent, in a friendly way. Activities are designed so that participants are given space to respond from their own knowledge, their preferences, or by performing tasks. When they observe others doing a specific task, it is easier to go ahead, and do the task better or in one’s own style. It is a pleasure to watch this happening.
GARDENING FOR ALL
Gardening at first glance seems to be a passive activity. It is in fact disarming for most people used to facing steep challenges and putting up with adversity. With some encouragement from us, we let the nurturing of plants, the aesthetics of nature take their course, in a group setting, and make their impression on the responsive human mind. Horticulture Therapy is a great argument in favour of community gardening, urban farming, and public parks. It is indeed therapy for people in a stressed society, and beneficial in more ways than one.
In the Press
- The Garden of Healing – Dawn By Zahra Ali
- Gardening for Mental Health – Express Tribune by Ishrat Ansari