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"The use of plants and the natural world to improve the social, spiritual, physical and emotional wellbeing of individuals who participate in it"
“...a tool to develop a relationship with the client to improve their behavioural, physical and spiritual well being”.
Please note that Horticultural Therapy is a qualified and registered therapy and should be practiced by trained professionals only. Although its principles can be followed by anyone, if you are suffering from illness, please seek a trained individual for advice.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
2018 Distance Course in Horticultural Therapy
More students are enrolling in Mitchell's electronic distance course in Horticulture As Therapy! This course is ideal for international studies and those who cannot attend a traditional class setting.
This groundbreaking course is the only online psychiatric course in Canada,
providing in-depth study with Mitchell Hewson; the first horticultural therapist and formal program developer in horticultural therapy in Canada.
Students are raving about the distance course with Mitchell.
Mitchell Hewson offers fantastic Workshops for many audiences.
"Distance learning is a useful option, in that I do not have to travel from Asia to Canada in order to complete the coursework. Coupled with the fact that the course is one of the few listed in the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association Education page, it was an easy decision for me to sign on. The course provided a comprehensive understanding of horticultural therapy, with detailed course materials. Mitchell was prompt in grading the assignments and gave helpful feedback. I enjoyed it totally."
"The online Horticultural Therapy course facilitated by Mitchell Hewson was a great experience from beginning to end. I learned so much about the ‘basics’ of setting up a program with seniors, and found his responses to my assignments informative and encouraging. The course provided me with the framework for moving forward professionally and proactively…highly recommended!"
"The e-distance course “Horticultural as a Therapy” has been a very rewarding and insightful course. This course has changed my perception of what I perceived horticultural therapy to be, to what horticulture therapy actually is. This e-distance course has given me a new purpose and interest in developing my current gardening program here at work into a Horticultural Therapy program that we can offer to the whole mental health facility. I feel energized, renewed, and knowledgeable about how to make this happen thanks to completing this e-distance course. I know there is a lot more learning to be done and I welcome that challenge. Thank you Mitchell for making this course such a positive, enriching, and enlightening experience. The sharing of your knowledge and the feedback you have provided has been invaluable. I hold you in the greatest of esteem. Thank you for what you do each day to make our lives a better one."
"Mitchell's e-distance course, Horticulture as Therapy, provides wonderful base learning of the principles of using plants, horticulture related activity and outdoor green spaces as a means of healing and well-being. The assignments challenge the student to understand and consider all aspects of human nature, disease and disorders, our innate connection to plant life, and approaches to utilize that knowledge through people-plant activities that promote good health of body, mind, and spirit. The e- course helps answer questions of how to go about implementation, why it is beneficial, what is needed, and who may benefit from the programs/ services. I found the course of great benefit and value."
2-page information package on the E-distance course, for domestic and international students