Gardens are and have been a healing place for so many people, for hundreds of years. Horticultural therapy or gardening therapy as I like to call it, has been around for just as long, but usually only accessible via GP referral and for those struggling with severe periods of mental or physical ill health. Following my own journey of falling in love with gardening and it helping me in so many ways alongside psychiatric support, I wanted to make gardening therapy accessible to everyone. Helping you connect with yourself, gain some ‘me-time’ and grow something beautiful.
So here we are in Brackley, in our beautiful walled garden at The Well Retreat!
What is gardening therapy?
Gardening therapy is an opportunity for you to become mindful in nature, connect with all your senses and learn new skills alongside a listening ear. Through the power of nature and plants we use the garden to create a safe place to move our bodies and explore our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Sharing words through conversation as we garden, whether it’s sowing seeds whilst setting goals or weeding to de-stress or gain clarity. The sessions are bespoke to you, your needs and what you would like to achieve.
Regardless of which session you come to the garden for, be it a 1-2-1 appointment or group class, it will slow you down, encourage mindfulness and nourish growth. Helping build confidence, focus, resilience and much more.
For many who attend, gardening therapy provides a more relaxed option to other talking therapies, with no walls, permanent eye contact and note taking.
Who’s it for?
We run sessions are for all ages, but here is who each session is for:
Adult 1-2-1 sessions – Anyone struggling with low confidence and self-esteem, isolation, anxiety, low mood, a lack of focus and/or a feeling of loss in themselves.
Children’s 1-2-1 sessions – Any child age 5 and upwards, struggling with low confidence and self-esteem, isolation, anxiety, low mood, a lack of focus and/or a feeling of loss in themselves. They could be demonstrating these feelings and struggles either through more introverted or challenging behaviours.
We recommend weekly sessions, but can also offer fortnightly or monthly sessions.
Play & Grow; Parent and Toddler Group – Our structured classes are for any parent or child who would like to relax, get creative, build confidence and explore all their senses and emotions. Sessions include child led play and parent mind observation.
After-School Club – The club is for primary school aged children struggling with low confidence and self-esteem, isolation, anxiety, low mood, a lack of focus and/or a feeling of loss in themselves. They could be demonstrating these feelings and struggles either through more introverted or challenging behaviours.
Find out more about all our classes and book an appointment with Annabelle via the Life at No.27 website; www.lifeatno27.com.