EDUCATION – Reflective Practice

I am almost finished the Reflective Practice course with Cliff Thorbes and I knew it would be great but I never imagined it would be so incredibly therapeutic for myself, cleansing, thought provoking, heart touching, human connecting, absolutely mind blowing.

J. Buck, Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner and participant of Cohort #1 – Spring 2022

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE FOR REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONERS is a continuing education course designed to develop reflective processing skills.

This is a 28-hour course that includes 14-hours of group-based work in a Zoom virtual classroom, and 14-hours of course assignment work completed independently.

Cohorts are a minimum of four and maximum of ten participants.

In this course, participants will:

  • Practice reflective thinking across a broad spectrum of instruments for reflection including:
    • horticulture and nature-themed activities
    • ethical dilemma resolution
    • creative writing
    • metaphors
    • photography
    • film
    • labyrinth
    • personal development
  • Develop skills to facilitate reflective thinking in others
  • Network with other reflective practitioners

Practice is an important part of this course. In this course participants will engage in group-based activities and complete six assignments that promote reflective thinking skills including reflective writing assignments and short presentations to the group.

The guest speaker for this course is Carla Atherton, a Horticultural Therapy Practitioner and Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator.  She lives in Smithers, B.C.

The spring 2022 cohort is now accepting registration. Sessions are scheduled to run over the following dates and times:

  • Session 1: Saturday April 23, 2022, 10 am – 1:30 pm PST
  • Session 2: Saturday April 30, 2022, 10 am – 1:30 pm PST
  • Session 3: Saturday May 07, 2022, 10 am – 1:30 pm PST
  • Session 4: Saturday May 14, 2022, 10 am – 1:30 pm PST

The course fee is $350 + GST.

To reserve a seat in the spring 2022 cohort, participants are required to pay their fees in full when registering. The course fee does not include the cost of a writing journal. Participants must purchase this on their own.

Participants who attend all virtual classroom sessions, participate, and complete all course assignments, qualify for a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion of the course.

This course is eligible for gaining education points towards CHTA voluntary professional registration.

***This course does not teach skills in horticulture nor does it qualify a participant to call themselves a Horticultural Therapist upon successful completion of it.

Course Syllabus – Spring 2022

Course Terms and Conditions, & Cancellation Policy

Email Cliff at to reserve your seat in the next cohort scheduled for spring 2022.

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