Emma Rooney, Creativity Facilitator
Inspiration comes from many places. For some, they experience inspiration in a song or a scent, while others are moved by a piece of artwork or the feeling of the earth beneath their fingers.
I have always been inspired by art and nature.
Throughout my childhood, I was given the freedom and encouragement to spend lots of time playing outside, working on art projects, and writing stories. I learned quickly that a connection to nature is an essential ingredient in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, and that to feel alive we must constantly feed our creativity.
We all have a creative side, a side that needs to be nurtured in order for us to live healthy, fulfilled lives.
I’m a creativity facilitator who specializes in therapeutic gardening, community food programming, and storytelling for health. My experience as a horticultural therapy intern at Providence Farm, a model therapeutic community on Vancouver Island, was instrumental in shaping my philosophy of care, which weaves together caring for the land and caring for people.
Since then, I’ve been fortunate to work with many innovative local organizations, from the High Park Children’s Garden to Greenest City in Parkdale and Ecosource in Mississauga. As a community programmer, I’ve enjoyed using my skills to support diverse populations and age groups to get involved in important environmental and social justice issues. I’m also a committed rare disease patient advocate, a Toronto Master Gardener, and a volunteer at the High Park Nature Centre.
I believe elders represent the generation with the deepest wisdom, yet too often their voices go unheard. Blooming Caravan seeks to capture these one-of-a-kind stories for families and communities while nurturing the creative self of elders. Be it through cooking, gardening, or storytelling, the Blooming Caravan experience is artful, inspired by nature, and nourishing to your overall well-being.
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~Website photos by Melanie Gordon, featuring Moira, Tim, and Emma Rooney