By Simon Holloway MAIH, Images/ Simon Holloway, Vegepod
After years of boots-on-the-ground installs and community projects, it became very obvious to Vegepod that many people do not have easy access to nature-based therapy in its traditional large-scale format (ie: think immersion in forests, walking along beaches or resting oneself on large and safe riverbanks); and yet Vegepods and their ‘mini eco-systems’ were enabling nature-based therapy.
Enter program co-designer, Kit Kline, who helped bring the nature-based therapy and Vegepod worlds together. Kit is an expert in mental health via nature-based therapy, an emerging field in both complementary therapies and holistic health treatment which has been incorporated into the practice of many medical and mental health professions.
According to Beyond Blue, almost half of Australians will have a condition relating to mental wellbeing in their lifetime, with 3 million adults having anxiety and/or depression in any year. Gardening is not only beneficial for working with presenting mental wellbeing issues but beneficial in preventing poor mental wellbeing. This program takes a holistic approach to working with presenting mental wellbeing problems.
The many physical, social and therapeutic benefits of being outside, getting your hands dirty and growing food is becoming increasingly recognised throughout Australia’s community groups who face complex challenges, including aged-care, housing, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, disability hubs and more.
From Luxembourg Gardens [oil on canvas], by H. Matisse, 1901. Image/ www.arthermitage.org/Henri -Matisse/Luembourg-Gardens.html
Vegepod GrowHealth is not only designed to guide healthcare workers in various clinical or group settings, but can also be utilised by anyone by themselves directly. Many carers and frontline workers are also finding these activities as key tools for respite and meeting the growing needs for ‘Caring for Carers’.
Vegepod GrowHealth can be freely facilitated by anyone, including:
You can contact Vegepod at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free copy of the Vegepod GrowHealth program.