Aug 25th – Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture Workshop | Melbourne


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Looking to start your journey in therapeutic horticulture? Our 1-day workshop is the perfect place to begin. Join us as we explore the background and different types of therapeutic horticulture practices, and provide guidance and advice to help you start incorporating this approach into your service offerings.

Our expert instructors will share their knowledge and experience, offering practical advice and insights to help you get started with therapeutic horticulture. You will have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, network with fellow enthusiasts, and gain the skills and knowledge you need to make a meaningful impact in your community.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore the many benefits of therapeutic horticulture and learn how you can use this powerful approach to improve the lives of those around you. Join us for this transformative workshop and take the first step in your therapeutic horticulture journey.

Location:  Watermans, Caribbean Gardens, Scoresby

Time:  9.30 – 3.30pm

Members:  $195 (login)
Non members:  $250

If you have a health card or are a commonwealth concession card holder, please use the Coupon Code WORKSHOP40 for a $40 discount.


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About the Presenters

Tanya Bearup – Social Worker/Horticultural Therapist (BSW, Assoc Dip Human Services, Cert III Hort)

Tanya Bearup is the founder of “My Garden Space,” a social and therapeutic gardening service based in Melbourne, Australia. Tanya is a social worker, with 25 years of experience across aged care, disability, youth, and family services and is also a qualified horticulturist. Tanya has combined her professions to provide engaging and purposeful, evidence-based therapeutic services for individuals and groups using gardening and outdoor nature-based activities. Tanya’s motto is gardening and creating nurturing green spaces “with” others. She is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and has been an active member of the national committee of Therapeutic Horticulture Australia (THA) since 2021.

As a passionate advocate for the benefits of therapeutic horticulture, Tanya has extensive experience facilitating programs for a broad range of participants, including those with dementia, mental health conditions, autism, and intellectual disabilities. She is a regular guest presenter at the CERES Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture course and has spoken at numerous conferences both locally and internationally. Tanya is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and skills with others who are interested in incorporating therapeutic horticulture into their own practice.


Event Details

This workshop combines theory and hands-on-activities in an introduction to the practice of therapeutic horticulture.  Key topics will include:

  • The evidence base for TH
  • Types of TH practice: therapeutic, social, vocational
  • TH in Australia – where the jobs are, qualifications required
  • Setting up a TH business
  • The future/opportunities in TH: new Work Health & Safety legislation; Nature Prescribing
  • Activities – 3-4 activities relevant for different client groups

Who’s this workshop for?

  • Anyone interested in starting their own TH business
  • Organisations [businesses, charities, community, local councils] interested to include TH in their service offerings
  • Health and Allied health professionals interested to use the services of a TH practitioner
  • Leisure Co-Ordinators in aged care; recreational therapists


  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Printed workbook

What to bring

  • Support recycling initiatives by bringing your own cup for morning and afternoon tea,  and water bottle
  • Lunch  ( Noting Cafe's and eateries are within a 5 min walk)
  • Hat, sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes.  Some activities will take place outside in the garden areas

About the Venue

  • Located at Caribbean Business Park
  • Direct access to Eastlink
  • Cafés and eateries within a 5 minute walk
  • 30km from Melbourne CBD

Getting there

  • 200m From EastLink
  • Free parking & paid parking at Waterman Caribbean Park
  • View parking map
  • 693, 753 or 901
  • Nearby train lines include Ferntree Gully & Glen Waverley

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Date: August 25, 2023

Start time: 09:30 a.m. AEST

End time: 03:30 p.m. AEST

Venue: Waterman Caribbean Gardens, 44 Lakeview Dr, Scoresby

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