Nature-based Wellness Programming for Healthcare Professionals & their Peeps*


Welcome to Thrive With Nature!

As a horticultural therapist and online educator, I inspire healthcare and social service providers:

  • to notice nearby nature in daily life for restorative self-care, and
  • to offer simple garden and nature programming for health promotion and therapeutic intervention.

*peeps: patients, clients, residents, program participants... whatever your name is for the people you serve


Which of the following offers will be helpful for you?


Practice Self-Care by Noticing Nearby Nature

Nature Self-Care Poster

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My way of caring for healthcare providers and for caregivers of people and planet

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Experiential Online Program

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Garden Activity Signs

Invite your garden visitors to stop and smell a rose, or help care for the garden.

12 illustrations available in 3 types of all-weather signs.

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Free Online Workshop

Let Nearby Nature Restore You: Free Online Workshop for Healthcare Professionals

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Meet Shelagh Smith, HTR, MAEEC

Shelagh Smith, HTR, MAEEC

For 20+ years, I:

  • designed and delivered therapeutic garden and nature programming for long-term care residents and for people with mental health issues,
  • collaborated on the design of restorative and enabling gardens, and
  • educated healthcare and social service professionals on providing therapeutic nature programming to their peeps.

During a few tough years in my personal and professional life, I developed daily self-care practices of engaging with nearby nature that have brought a level of joy and exuberance I didn’t know was possible in daily life (despite being a horticultural therapist!).

Now I inspire other healthcare professionals to grow their own personalized nature practice.

'A Daily Nature Practice', my experiential online program for healthcare professionals wanting restorative self-care, has been on offer since January 2019. The evidence-based practices I share are simple, enjoyable and easily personalized to fit your busy schedule, location and nature preferences.

I invite you to join me in a playful and profound experience of nature, full of creativity, wonder and joy.

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