May 26th – Introduction to Therapeutic Horiculture Workshop | Sydney


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.

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About the Presenters   

Leigh McGaghey runs a consultancy business which combines her skills as a landscape architect and environmental educator with those of psychologists and other allied health professionals to create social and therapeutic horticulture programs and education, for individuals, community groups and organisations. 

Leigh has qualifications in landscape architecture, adult education and health & leisure programming. She is a full member of Therapeutic Horticulture Australia and a member of the Australian Recreational Therapy Association. 

The workshop will also include segments with other TH professionals and product/ service supporters.  More details closer to the date.  

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 at the Coal Loader Sustainability Centre by bringing your own cup for morning and afternoon tea,  and water bottle 
  • Lunch  [note that the Coal Loader Café is presently closed.  Details of nearby food outlets will be shared prior to the day.] 
  • Hat, sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes.  Some activities will take place outside in the garden areas  

About the Venue 

Comprised of heritage-listed sandstone buildings, gardens and historic tunnels, the Coal Loader  is “Set on a hectare of spectacular harbourside ex-industrial and now heritage listed site, The Coal Loader is an intricate mesh of history, culture, industry, nature and community.”  Read more at 

Getting there 

The Coal Loader Sustainability Centre is 900m [about 10 minute] walk from Waverton Railway Station.  Parking is available in the surrounding residential streets but may be time restricted in some places.  There is disability parking close to the Centre. 


Date: May 26, 2023

Start time: 09:30 a.m. AEST

End time: 03:30 p.m. AEST

Venue: Genia McCaffery Centre at the Coal Loader Sustainability Centre

Directions: 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton

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