2018 CHTA Conference

Willow Springs Creative Centre Kaministiquia, ON

Save the Date! Our 31th Annual Conference and AGM is being held September 21, 2018 at Willow Springs Creative Centre in Kaministiquia, ON. The Conference theme will be announced this Spring. Below are the CHTA Conference details and Bio of our 2018 Conference Coordinator, Judi Vinni. We welcome any comments or suggestions to Judi Vinni, Conference Coordinator.

The CHTA is pleased to announce the 2018 Conference and AGM will be held September 21st, 2018 at Willow Springs Creative Centre in Kaministiquia, ON. http://www.willowsprings.ca/ The 2018 Conference Coordinator is CHTA Board Member at Large, Judi Vinni (since 2016/17). Judi's other role in the CHTA is the Regional Branches Committee Coordinator. Please see Judi’s Bio below.

The theme will focus on Horticultural Therapy in the Boreal Forest, embracing our northern plants and landscape for health and healing. 


About Judi Vinni


I am the cofounder and Coordinator or Willow Springs Creative Centre in northwestern Ontario. Willow Springs is a progressive, inclusive social purpose enterprise that provides programming and training in art, therapeutic gardening and food services.


My background is varied. I began my career as an Athletic Therapist and love sports of all kinds. From there I became a project worker and then the Coordinator of the Northwestern Ontario Women's Health Information Network, a grass roots organization that developed health workshops and resources for isolated northern women. I became a Certified Life Skills Coach which allowed me to hone my facilitation and group dynamic skills. My love of mechanical things and working outdoors lead me to train as a Heavy Equipment operator. I went on to coordinate and teach in the Women into Trades and Technology program at Confederation College for ten years. I have been a professional willow furniture and sculpture maker for the past 19 years and have taught hundreds of people in the art of bent willow construction.


I have my Artist in Education Certificate from York University and have developed and offered nature based art classes for the past 20 years. Throughout my life I have always gardened and embraced being in nature. My passion for Horticultural Therapy grew as we established Willow Springs Creative Centre's gardens, nature paths and creative spaces.


I took the Horticultural Therapy Certification Program with Mitchell Hewson from 2008 to 2011. I have provided therapeutic gardening programming for seniors in long term care, children in treatment, with autism and in schools, youth in correctional facilities, people with mental health issues and more.


In 2015 in partnership with the Social Work department at Lakehead University I developed a Horticultural Therapy Certification Program and instructed the first course of the program in 2016.