Category: Horticulture therapy and therapeutic horticulture

Herb of the month: Borage

Botanical name: Borago officinalis An easy, fast-growing annual herb distinguished by its fuzzy, prickly leaves and bright blue flowers; also known as starflower. Fun fact that I just learned from the NW Horticultural Society: the nectaries in borage flowers are replenished every two minutes,… Continue Reading “Herb of the month: Borage”

Eating with intention

New calender years are like agricultural seasons, filled with opportunities to apply life lessons and to reassess what we hope to plant, moving forward. Usually at the beginning of each new year, I reassess my current eating habits and ask myself a few of… Continue Reading “Eating with intention”

Herb of the month: Rosemary

In keeping with The SAVOR Project’s mission, I like to feature content that incorporates a hearty helping of mindful eating + therapeutic horticulture education, grounded in everyday strategies to engage positively with our food. So….rosemary! Rosmarinus officinalis is one of my favorite herbs, and… Continue Reading “Herb of the month: Rosemary”

Composting the Messy Stuff

This month’s Mindful Writing session focused upon the organic process of composting, which turns discarded materials from our meals, gardens, and lives into a rich medium that enhances growth. Learn more below, and register for the remaining 2021 Mindful Writing events: Extending Thanks to… Continue Reading “Composting the Messy Stuff”

Home is in the garden – CHTA

Below you’ll find select slides from my presentation today with the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association’s annual conference. I encourage you to take some time, in particular, with the “mindful inquiry” invitations – and consider returning to them regularly, if they prove useful.

Coming home to food

I wrote the following article for the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association’s summer newsletter, in anticipation of my presention on Day 1 of their upcoming annual conference – Branching Out: Nurturing Connections and Community, on September 16-18, 2021. This year’s online conference features topics ranging… Continue Reading “Coming home to food”

Greening our mental “meal”

Throughout my career as a clinical psychologist, I’ve attended trainings led by neuroscientist Dr. Dan Siegel, MD, who is well known in the popular media for his books on parenting and mindfulness. I encourage you to check out his current work in collaboration with… Continue Reading “Greening our mental “meal””

Savoring water for wellness

In this newest Mindfulness in Nature guided video, we’ll explore our experiences with water and observe opportunities to savor this resource, as a way to soothe and enhance mind/body health.

Mindful writing with nature

How are you like a tree? A mountain? An ocean? What nourishes your soil? How do you know when you are depleted or in need of replenishment? Which seeds have you intentionally sowed in your lifetime – and which do you still long to… Continue Reading “Mindful writing with nature”

Worms make the world go ’round

I’ve written previously about vermicomposting and the value of cultivating a healthy worm system in your garden, but here are a few more resources I’ve come across in the past week. Plus, exploring the world of worms is a fun, family-friendly activity. And a… Continue Reading “Worms make the world go ’round”