HORTICULTURAL THERAPY

Our team had a fantastic day at Stanley Park with Cliff. We started it with a mindful stretch on the beach that relaxed our mind and body and opened our senses. We then proceeded to an adventurous walk in the forest, exploring secret hideaways and venturing the less-taken paths. We shared stories and learned how to incorporate nature into self-care. Being in nature itself is very therapeutic, and we cannot think of a better way to learn and experience improving our mental and physical well-being.  We all need a day like that, and Cliff helped us to see how easy and possible we can make it happen!

J. Chen – Children, Parenting  and Youth Programs, MOSAIC

Connecting with nature is healing, grounding, and has a resilience effect. A walk out in nature can improve your mood, help restore attention and focus, and be an effective way to recover from stressors including technostress. Spending time connecting with nature is one important way we can all look after ourselves and feel better for it.

About Horticultural Therapy?

Horticultural Therapy (HT) is a formal practice that uses plants, horticultural activities, the garden and nature’s landscape to promote well-being for its participants.

  • HT recognizes the positive benefits of the interaction between people, plants, and nature.
  • HT is goal orientated with defined outcomes and assessment procedures.
  • Research indicates that HT is proven to be beneficial in a variety of healthcare, residential, school and rehabilitative settings.

Source: Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association

Who can benefit from HT

Anyone including

  • employees at risk for burnout
  • mental illness including depression, anxiety and substance dependency
  • at-risk children and youth
  • elderly
  • stroke, spinal chord and physical disabilities
  • traumatic brain injury
  • developmental disabilities
  • offender rehabilitation

I’m a Horticultural Therapist Registered (HTR) with the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association, certified in Red Cross Wilderness First Aid, and a member of the West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, and Stanley Park Ecology Society.

I provide HT inspired GUIDED NATURE WALKS in West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park, and Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Every nature walk is customized to meet individual or group goals and include opportunities to

  • exercise outdoors
  • practice relaxed breathing techniques
  • socialize with others
  • develop awareness and curiosity for the environment around us
  • stimulate your senses

Email or call me at (604) 684 – 0584 to schedule a GUIDED NATURE WALK.

Listen to the PEAK ENERGY 4 PERFORMANCE podcast, The Power of Nature and Horticultural Therapy for Health.


Research to support the relationship between well-being and connecting with plants and nature includes:

It’s official — spending time outside is good for you

It’s true: The sound of nature helps us relax

Can Simulated Green Exercise Improve Recovery From Acute Mental Stress?

Connectedness to Nature: Its Impact on Sustainable Behaviors and Happiness in Children

View through a window may influence recovery from surgery

The physiological effects of Shinrin-yoku

Immerse Yourself in a Forest for Better Health

Reflect & Restore – Urban Green Space for Mental Wellness

Reduced symptoms of burnout noted in nurses who spent one break a day in a hospital garden

What is Kaplan’s Attention Restoration Theory (ART)?

Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation