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Horticulture therapy is a real thing! Just another way that therapy is a natural part of life. Only I do it for free. Feel free to join me for 2 hours every 2nd Wed, from 7am to 9am. We have some interesting projects. Growing rare cunjevois. Cultivating more crows nests, staghorn and elkhorns from spore underneath our rainforest canopies. Caring for rescue crows nests and staghorns from participating tree loppers for rehoming. And setting up our irrigation system pumping from our own well. Start small. Make a job your own.

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Gardening therapy for better mental health

You might be surprised to learn that the therapeutic benefits of gardening have been well known since ancient times. Yep, even physicians from the ancient Egyptian era were prescribing a spot of gardening to help patients deal with mental health issues or recovering from surgery.

Horticultural Therapy (HT) has seen increased use in the centuries and decades that followed, particularly in the war years where it was widely used in the rehabilitative treatment of hospitalised veterans. Today, it is widely accepted as a practice that delivers significant and tangible results. Here at Owen Kessels we have seen those results first hand, so we have embraced HT wholeheartedly.

What are the benefits of horticulture therapy?

Horticulture therapy, also known as planting therapy, has been shown to be an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions including trauma, depression, anxiety and stress. It also has physical benefits such as improving balance and coordination as well as helping with cognitive abilities and socialisation. Plus of course there is the simple benefit and pleasure of being actively engaged in outdoor activities while soaking up vitamin D!

Therapeutic gardens have grown in popularity in recent years and have been embraced across a wide range of healthcare practitioners. They come in many shapes and sizes but in essence are designed to provide an interaction between humans and nature. That interaction can be active or passive depending on the garden’s defined purpose. In our garden, we want that interaction to be active. Yep…we want you to get your hands dirty, but of course if you prefer more admin type tasks then that’s fine too.

Other acknowledged benefits of HT include:

  • improves mood state
  • improves memory, endurance and motor skills
  • contributes to better cardiac and general health
  • helps develop new interests and skills
  • strengthens muscles
  • improves language skills
  • gives a sense of purpose and responsibility
  • embraces the healing elements of nature

Gardens created for therapy need not be elaborate and labor intensive, but should accommodate newbie gardeners with different levels of ability. At Owen Kessels we undertake a diverse range of activities, from rescuing staghorns and crow’s nests from tree loppers to planting rare cunjevois.

Join us for some free planting therapy

Want to experience horticulture therapy in action? You’ve got nothing to lose…except maybe a whole bunch of stress. Get involved in some interesting gardening projects underneath the rainforest canopy. Join us and see for yourself how gardening can have a positive impact on your wellbeing. Contact us for more information on how you can get involved.

At Owen Kessels we offer NDIS funded therapy specialising in autism (ASD), intellectual disabilities, wellbeing and building better relationships. Our counselling services are available online, in-person or via telehealth. Contact us today and let’s get you on the path to better mental health.

How we Target Relief

You help us get therapy right. Your feedback guides what conversation is being useful and how professional assistance and advice stays on target. We stay centred on listening to you and tracking progress until we get the outcomes you want. We’ve learnt it is really teamwork that makes for great therapy and counselling that brings much needed relief. We are a mobile NDIS registered provider serving the greater Ipswich, Springfield and nearby Brisbane regions.