creative journeys from home

Events

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Group Workshops

Blooming Caravan loves to partner with community groups and organizations that are enriching the lives of seniors. Ask us about delivering one of our seasonal workshops, propose your own idea, or have Blooming Caravan custom design a program for you. Blooming Caravan Specialty Programs start at $250 for a 90-minute, on-site offering including all supplies (up to a maximum of 12 participants). Additional charges for larger groups apply. Contact me to book a workshop at your location.


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Signature Workshop:
Restored by Landscapes Close to Home

Learn about how different landscapes affect human health. Through photography, poetry, and soundscapes, this hands-on workshop will take you on a sensory 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 design your own meditation card of a rejuvenating window view with your preferred nature scene to enjoy at home.

Upcoming Events

Creative Companionship Book Club For Care Partners

Join me on  Facebook  on the first Thursday of every month for our book reveal!

Book Club Update:
We’re taking a break for the months of July and August, but we’ll be back online in the fall with Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane for September, followed by The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St. Clair in October.

The Creative Companionship Book Club is 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 helping older adults tackle feelings of boredom, frustration, or overwhelm.

Join the private Facebook group to participate!

Past Events

Workshop participants find out about a slew of creative resources they can turn to for inspiration and project ideas.

Workshop participants find out about a slew of creative resources they can turn to for inspiration and project ideas.

Nature as Healing Partner: A Hands-on Workshop for Caregivers of Older Adults
High Park Nature Centre

A passionate group came together at the High Park Nature Centre to explore how to help older adults connect with nature to promote their health and well-being. We began by looking at some of the barriers older adults face to getting outdoors and shared our experiences on making nature more accessible. Afterwards, we headed outside for a campfire, and participants had a chance to try a variety of sensory activities for adding nature to their caregiving routines. Lively discussions continued over a homemade seasonal lunch featuring local produce, freshly baked bread, and a peony flower jelly.

Check back at the end of summer for details on a new fall workshop offering from Blooming Caravan at the High Park Nature Centre! I can also come to your site to offer a customized staff training or workshop for caregivers. Contact me to discuss your training needs and book a session.

Lovely day. Participants were respectfully offered lots of choices and lots of creative ideas for using the therapeutic properties of nature (and community) to enrich the lives of seniors. Learned some new tricks. Emma was a generous and knowledgeable facilitator who was well prepared. Well done!
— caregiver workshop participant

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 hearing stories garden stories in our book nook, 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.

 
All set for our tea party under the canopy of High Park.

All set for our tea party under the canopy of High Park.

A young maker carefully arranges a mini flower bouquet.

A young maker carefully arranges a mini flower bouquet.

 
 
In keeping with the intergenerational theme of the tea party, Emma and Jane both brought their moms and, in Jane’s case, her daughter—that’s three generations!

In keeping with the intergenerational theme of the tea party, Emma and Jane both brought their moms and, in Jane’s case, her daughter—that’s three generations!

 

Blooming Caravan loves hosting all-ages events! Contact us 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.

Memory Café patrons display their favourite views of nature.

Memory Café patrons display their favourite views of nature.

Dementia-Friendly Workshops
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. As part of the Spring Flowers & The Sweetness of Honey workshop, we all got our hands in the dirt by rolling seed balls that will sprout into flowers bees love. We then made our own nourishing honey and sugar hand scrub.

A month later, Blooming Caravan was back with the Boomers to celebrate the start of summer with a very special Strawberry Social. Everyone had a great time shaking up their own homemade ice cream served with fresh-off-the iron waffles topped with local Ontario strawberries.

 
A chance to sample different local honey flavours while learning about what plants attract bees.

A chance to sample different local honey flavours while learning about what plants attract bees.

 
 
The ice cream-making station in full swing.

The ice cream-making station in full swing.

Satisfying results of our travelling kitchen.

Satisfying results of our travelling kitchen.