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2017 CHTA Conference

Save the Date! - the conference will be held on September 22, 2017. Location is Homewood Health Centre, Guelph, ON.

The CHTA Conference Committee is delighted to announce our 30th Anniversary Conference is being held September 22, 2017. We are pleased to announce the theme for the conference: The Effects of Climate Change - Preserving Canadian Wildflowers. Location and details will be covered in our Spring Newsletter. Please share any comments or suggestions with Julie Krahule, Conference Coordinator -

The CHTA Annual Conference is open to anyone interested in horticultural theory and the use of plant and nature-based activities to foster health and wellness. Please pass the date on to colleagues and friends.

If you are interested in lending a volunteer hand, please contact Conference Coordinator Julie Krahule at

Download the Registration form in PDF format by clicking here.






Morning Agenda – Various Locations

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.      Registration
Location: Homewood’s Horticultural Therapy Department

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.    Mitchell Hewson, HTM LT RAHP - Explore Homewood’s Horticultural Therapy program through
                              a walking tour of the grounds and sanctuary gardens:
History & program highlights; hospital milieu; raised beds, sanctuary gardens,
                              labyrinth, gazebo & walking trails; design factors of Healing & therapeutic gardens; healing
                              plants – herbaceous perennials for mind, body & soul; PTSD gardens – psychological burials
                              Tour Destination: to be announced at the Conference for all participants, upon registration

10:15– 11:10 a.m.   CHTA Annual General Meeting
Location: Homewood’s Horticultural Therapy Department

11:15 – 12:00 noon  Homewood Health Centre’s Horticultural Therapy Department -Tamaura Proctor, HTR; Trina
                              Alix, HTR; D’Arcy Meloche, HTT -
The Homewood Horticultural Therapy Department will present a discussion on the value of
                              continuous quality improvement initiatives with a review of the patient evaluation tool used.
                              The outcome results from this data will be presented and how it influences patient program
Location: Homewood’s Lecture Theatre

12:00 – 12:40 p.m.  Luncheon and networking
Location: Homewood’s Lecture Theatre

Afternoon Agenda – Location: Homewood’s Lecture Theatre

12:45  – 1:45 p.m.   Mitchell Hewson, HTM LT RAHP – Keynote Presentation
The dynamics of a successful Horticultural Therapy treatment program for specialized
                              populations, i.e. Dementia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders,
                              Addictions and Schizophrenia

                              Vision -
Horticultural Therapy promotes a natural sense of wellness.  A clinically validated and
                              experiential-based therapy, it encourages patients to engage and actively participate in the
                              natural world.  The use of living material, requiring nurturing and cultivation helps patients
                              develop new ways of thinking about life and self-care.  Individuals also develop positive
                              leisure skills, and experience increased self-esteem through the acquisition of new skills,
                              hope and quality of life

1:45 – 2:00p.m.       Presentation by Lesley Fleming, MA, HTR

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.     Jane New, MA, B.Ed, Enabling Garden Coordinator, The Riverwood Conservancy -
Horticultural Therapy through an Indigenous Lens, working with the Aboriginal Community,
Nature as a catalyst for change:
Empirical evidence gathered over thousands of years by Indigenous peoples world-wide,
                              supports the notion that contact with natural environments enhances positive effect, reduces
                              stress, promotes more health-orientated behaviours, and enhances self-esteem

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.    Nutrition break   

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.    Miriam Goldberger, Wildflower Farm -
Working with Wildflowers - the practical application of wildflowers as an expressive
                            Therapeutic Modality:
Long before the terms “green” or “sustainable” were in use, Miriam initiated seeding, planting,
                            nurturing and harvesting thousands upon thousands of wildflowers, in an organic, magical
                            setting of 100 acres – a pollinator’s paradise

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.    Lesley Fleming, MA HTR -
Horticulture and Health According to Three Wise Men -
Beginning with three famous people (Hippocrates, E.O Wilson & Stephan Kaplan) and their
                            theories, the impact of horticulture on health will be explored:
Physiological benefits of nature and gardening, emergence of gardens in health care settings,
                            social movements and Treatment Modalities

2017 CHTA Conference Committee:

Julie Krahule, Conference Coordinator, CHTA

Tamaura Proctor, Homewood Health Centre

Tara Batho, Administrator, CHTA

Liane Marie Ross, Treasurer, CHTA

Christina Klein, Chair, CHTA

Conference sessions and Annual General Meeting
Friday, September 22, 2017 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Homewood Health Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

2017 Registration Form sample

Fees are payable to : Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association (No abbreviation, please)
Send completed registration form and payment to:
P.O. Box 74628, 2768 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 4P4.
E-transfers can be made to CHTA Treasurer, Liane Ross at
For further information, please contact
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