Our team had a fantastic day 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, restorative, and helps to strengthen resilience . 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.

What is 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 sessions are administered by professionally trained horticultural therapists.

  • 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, community, educational, and rehabilitative settings.

What is Therapeutic Horticulture?

Therapeutic Horticulture (TH) is the purposeful use of plants and plant-related activities to promote health and wellness for an individual or group. Goals and defined outcomes for individual participants are not necessarily considered nor clinically documented.

Source: Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association

Who can benefit from HT/TH

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 Remote First Aid, and a member of the West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, and Stanley Park Ecology Society.


I also offer GUIDED WALKS in Lighthouse Park, Stanley Park, and in your area too upon request.

A Guided Walk with me includes opportunities to:

  • exercise outdoors
  • learn/practice relaxtion techniques
  • nourish your senses
  • connect socially with others
  • develop awareness and curiosity for the environment around us

Email or call me at (604) 684 – 0584 to register for one of my courses or to schedule a GUIDED WALK. 


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