Blooming Caravan loves to partner with community groups and organizations that are enriching the lives of seniors. You might want us to deliver one of our seasonal workshops, propose your own idea, or have Blooming Caravan custom design a program for you. Interested? Get in touch here.
Nature as a Healing Partner: A Hands-on Workshop for Caregivers of older adults
Are you looking for ways to share your love of nature with the older adults in your life?
We invite caregivers of older adults to spend a rejuvenating half-day at the High Park Nature Centre. We’ll explore simple techniques for helping older adults connect with nature to promote their health and well-being. After learning about some of the barriers older adults face to getting outdoors (e.g., limited mobility, cognitive impairment, dementia, depression), you’ll get practical tips on making nature more accessible to everyone. Best of all, you’ll try out a variety of hands-on activities that will orient you to the seasons and your place in the local environment. Whether you’re a family caregiver or someone who works (or volunteers) with older adults, you’ll leave this workshop with a solid collection of strategies for adding nature to your caregiving routine and daily life. We’ll break together at lunch to enjoy homemade soup and salad made with seasonal ingredients.
This hands-on workshop includes:
A sensory walk
Bird watching for all levels
Gardening for wildlife
Soundscape mapping, and
Discover how to get a healthy dose of nature close to home.
Creative Companionship Book Club For Care Partners
Join the Creative Companionship Book Club, an online community for care partners to share resources and project ideas for adding a dose of nature and creativity to their caregiving routines.
Who should consider taking part?
Spouses, family members, friends, and people who work and volunteer with seniors are invited to explore creative resources for help with tackling feelings of boredom, frustration, or overwhelm in older adults.
June Book Club: Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales by Oliver Sacks
Join the private Facebook group to participate!
All-Ages Garden Tea Party
City OF Toronto
A delightful nature-inspired tea party with Garden Jane and Blooming Caravan at the High Park Children’s Garden. This special program featured tea play, mud pies, compost tea making, and make-and-take mini flower bouquets. Participants of all ages enjoyed our book nook with garden stories for everyone, sipping a cup of afternoon tea, and taking part in intergenerational activities designed for kids, grandparents, and everyone in between. This program was a special offering from Emma Rooney and Jane Hayes, two of the garden’s pioneer programmers, as well as their special guests.
Blooming Caravan loves hosting all-ages events! Contact me to arrange an event of your own or to receive training on how to deliver all-ages programming.
Restored by Landscapes Close to Home
Mosaic Community Resource Centre
Blooming Caravan joined the Alzheimer Society of York Region and Mosaic Home Care to offer a special edition of the First Link Memory Café. Through nature poetry, green space mapping, and a scenic photo tour, we explored the soothing effects of various Ontario landscapes through the four seasons. Participants also created their own take-home miniature window views and discussed everyday tips for connecting to the healing benefits of nature.
Spring Flowers & The Sweetness of Honey
Alzheimer Society of Toronto
The Boomers Club—a weekly wellness group for people living with young onset dementia and their care partners—enjoyed an interactive evening learning all about Toronto’s native bees and honey bees. We all got our hands in the dirt by rolling seed balls that grow into flowers the bees love and then making our own honey and sugar hand scrub.
Check out the spring 2019 workshop offerings from Blooming Caravan. Contact me to book a seasonal workshop at your location. Blooming Caravan Specialty Programs start at $250 for a 90-minute, on-site offering including all supplies (up to a maximum of 12 participants).
1. Spring Flowers & The Sweetness of Honey
Learn about pollinators in the spring garden. This mini-lecture will introduce you to native bees and honey bees in Ontario. We'll also have fun with bee-friendly plant identification, enjoy a spring wildflower poetry reading, sample local honey, and make a nourishing honey and sugar hand scrub. This workshop includes take-home treats (visual guide to plant identification and the honey and sugar scrub).
2. Be Restored by Landscapes Close to Home
Learn about how different landscapes affect human health. This mini-lecture will take you on a world tour of outdoor settings that promote well-being. We'll discuss our favourite places in nature and why they are important to us, then create a map of where you can go locally to get some fresh air and recharge in nature. Finally, you'll get to create a poster of a rejuvenating window view with your preferred nature scene for enjoyment year-round.
3. Spring Bulbs
Learn about spring bulbs and how to care for them in containers. Plus, take a virtual tour of the Dutch tulip fields in full bloom, and watch a slideshow of tulips portrayed by various artists. Then arrange your own spring flowering bulb basket to take home while enjoying a light snack of Dutch cookies and tea.
4. Birds in Spring
Learn about springtime bird behaviours and how to notice and appreciate the bird life all around us. This mini-lecture includes fun with local bird identification, a short reading from BirdNote radio stories, a tactile display of bird nests, and a group discussion about bird nest architecture. You'll try your hand at building a bird nest using a variety of natural materials and make your own wreath of seeds (or bird donut) to feed the birds (take-home project).
5. Seeds & Shoots
Learn about the wonders of seeds along with tips for simple seed starting and saving. We will discuss how fruit and vegetable seeds have traveled to Canada and share our own seed memories, then have fun with seed identification and seed-ball making - the ancient technique of lazy gardening. We'll conclude with an edible pea shoot container planting to take home (care and recipe tips included).