Social Therapeutic Horticulture
The Warrah Biodynamic Farm, plant nursery and beautiful natural surroundings provide opportunities for participants to experience the therapeutic benefits of farming and gardening, through hands-on practical activities. Our bushland environment, sensory gardens and biodynamic farm are a great resources asset for the work we do and to the people we support.
What is Social Therapeutic Horticulture?
Social therapeutic horticulture is the process of working with people using horticultural activities. It is facilitated by a trained educator and aims to achieve specific goals.
Social therapeutic farming and gardening involves the process of using the experience of plants, gardens and animals as a vehicle to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, communication and thinking skills, confidence and inclusion.
It promotes the outdoors as a safe and secure place to develop the ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that will help with independence, empowerment and personal autonomy.
Through participation in our programs, our clients are engaged in meaningful activities, which develop a wide variety of transferable skills and provide social connections. For further information on social therapeutic horticulture see Cultivate NSW and Thrive.
The following skills and capacities are being developed through Warrah’s farm and gardening programs:
Focus – special awareness, attention to detail and sequential processing
Teamwork – awareness, appreciation and collaboration with others
Work ethic – taking responsibility and owning the process
Confidence – self-belief and increased wellbeing
Empowerment – leadership and creativity
Autonomy – initiative and self-direction.