Plant Therapy Workshops
Plant a Plant, Heal Your Heart
We as humans have an innate desire to connect with nature. Scientists refer to this phenomenon as 'biophilia', which is a fancy way of saying there is a deeply rooted psychological attraction to surrounding ourselves with all things living and vital.
Working alongside plant materials as a therapeutic medium improves a person's mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Channelling our negative or creative energy into horticulture relieves anxiety and fosters growth and imagination.
Here at Plant, we understand the stresses of day to day life, especially given these times of change and uncertainty. We believe that we must reconnect to our origins in nature if we are to live healthy and effective lives going forward. Take a moment to re-ground yourself and tune in to your own inner landscape while participating in one of our workshops.
Join Horticulture Therapist Rebecca Hipple either in-store or virtually on our PLANT workshop journey! Our specialty workshops are open to everyone, new and old plant lovers alike. Skip to our FAQ section to see how this works, and see the workshop details listed below.
We look forward to planting with you!
Dates: Monday, September 14th
Monday, September 28th
Time: 4 pm - 5 pm
6 pm - 7 pm
Price: $50 - $75 (depending on plant choice)
Let's take a moment to admire this heavenly bundle of green, called 'Kokedama.' This ornamental horticulture style is rooted in Japanese feng shui and combines various bonsai styles to create an elegant and easy to care for living art.
But get ready to get messy! This workshop requires you to get up close and personal with your plant and materials. We provide all the necessary materials to create your own hanging or stationary moss ball. Three varieties of plants will be offered for you to choose from based on current availability.
Get zen with us!
Family Plant Party:
Dates: Sunday, September 27th
TIme: 1 pm - 2 pm
3 pm - 4 p
If you are looking for a unique educational activity to entertain your children, then look no further. This workshop is the perfect opportunity to cultivate a love of nature and reconnect as a family unit.
This succulent garden is easy to build and maintain, and we will go through all the steps to create a uniquely beautiful design that suits your family. You will walk away confident in the care and maintenance of your garden.
In-Store Workshop FAQ's
Q. Do I need to bring any materials to the workshop?
A. No. Unless stated otherwise in the workshop details, we will take care of all the materials. Simply arrive ready to grow.
Q. How many people are going to be at the workshop?
A. Following Public Health guidelines and social distancing regulations, there will only be a total of 5 in the storefront at all times, this includes the instructor. If you feel safer participating at home, we also offer our workshops virtually. See below for information on virtual workshops.
Q. Can I just show up at the store and participate?
A. No, we will need you to pre-book and pay before the workshop date.
Virtual Workshop FAQ's
Q. How does it work?
A. Rebecca will conduct the workshop in person at Plant, with a small class. Virtual participants will partake in the same workshop but will observe over a Zoom call instead.
Q. Is there a limit on virtual class sizes?
A. No, we would like to offer this opportunity to as many people as possible. Only in-person class sizes are restricted.
Q. How do I get the materials?
A. We will arrange a pickup time with you 2-3 days prior to the workshop to collect a package of materials from Plant. Our location can be found here.
Thanks for stopping by. For those of you who may be new, I’m Rebecca. Like many folks out there today, I am a self-proclaimed ‘plantaholic.’ Indoor or outdoor plants it does NOT matter, bring on the plants. Cue my stellar dance moves and ‘I just can't get enough’ by Depeche Mode.
After some serious thought in my late 20’s, I made the tough decision to quit my full-time job as a social worker and pursue my passion for plants (in whatever capacity that meant). During this transitional time, I came across ‘Horticultural Therapy’ while volunteering at Homewood Health Centre here in Guelph. My brain immediately thought, “working to heal people with plant materials... I must be dreaming”. After further research and more volunteering with various organizations in the Guelph community, I was fully committed to becoming a horticultural therapist. Today I am a member of the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association and running workshops across the GTA and found a home at PLANT. I am passionate about plants' curative power and super stoked to have you along this journey with me.
Peace, love & plants!