IMG_2183Our 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.

KEEPING NATURE IN MIND is a horticultural and nature-based wellness session. Each session is customized to meet individual or group goals and include opportunities to

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  • exercise outdoors
  • practice relaxed breathing techniques
  • socialize with others
  • express natural creativity
  • develop awareness and curiosity for the environment around us


About Horticultural Therapy?

20190517_124620Horticultural Therapy (HT) is a formal practice that uses plants, horticultural activities, and the garden landscape to promote well-being for its participants.

  • HT recognizes the positive benefits of the interaction between people, plants, and gardens.
  • 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 programming? 

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

Each session is facilitated in a structured and safe manner by a trained Hoticultural Therapy professional.

Cliff 20181012 Opa 1My professional connection with horticulture began when I completed the Horticulture and Landscape Design Certificate program at Capilano University in North Vancouver BC.  In 2019, I completed the Horticultural Therapy Certificate program followed by a Horticultural Therapy Internship under the supervision of Ann Kent HTM, a registered horticultural therapist. I’m certified in Red Cross Wilderness First Aid and a member of the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association, West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, and Stanley Park Ecology Society.


Email or call me at (604) 684 – 0584 to schedule a KEEPING NATURE IN MIND session.

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