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Gardening for Health: A community garden as a community support to strengthen the recovery of people experiencing a mental health crisis
Submitted by Marta Korolczuk / 31 May 2022, 06:58
It seems that today everything can be therapy. There is laughter therapy, apitherapy, cavioterapia, ornithological therapy... If, in a nutshell, we consider therapy to be a way to change, it seems that man needs change so much that he has invented various ways of doing it. Everyone can choose their own path. I believe in the power of the garden. And this is what I want to share. I believe, as Geoff Lawton, the permaculture specialist, says, that all the world's problems can be solved in the garden. Incidentally, I have this feeling that permaculture is something like a holistic approach to health. And returning to the subject of gardens and therapy, hortitherapy, or therapy through the garden, can also be added to the list. Horticulture was recognised as an official method of therapy in 1936 in England, and the first diploma in hortitherapy was handed out in the United States in the 1950s. For about a decade now, hortitherapy can also be studied at Polish universities. My life path has led me to a place where, as a gardener, hortiterapist and recovery assistant, I would like to support the recovery of people experiencing mental health crises and promote gardening as a way of healthy living. Hence the idea of a garden for health.