Engaging With Nature

My Professional Bio

Shelagh Smith, HTR, MAEEC

Shelagh inspires healthcare professionals and caregivers to engage with nearby nature for joyfully restorative self-care, and to share this evidence-based practice with their peeps for health promotion and therapeutic intervention.

She's a professionally registered Horticultural Therapist with the CHTA in Canada and the AHTA in the United States, and holds a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication.

For 23 years, Shelagh developed and led therapeutic garden programs for care home residents, while supervising and mentoring many students and volunteers. She taught people with mental health challenges how to grow their own food, collaborated on the design of restorative and enabling gardens, and gave 100+ live multi-media presentations and workshops to healthcare, community, and professional organizations.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is her local nature playground, and she loves to paddle remote lakes with her husband, Callum, and cozy up in their tiny Trillium trailer with big window views.

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