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 the seasonal workshops described below, propose your own idea, or have Blooming Caravan custom design a program for you. Interested? Get in touch here.
April Memory Café: Restored by Landscapes Close to Home
Tuesday, April 30th
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Mosaic Home Care & Community Resource Centre (2900 Steeles Ave E #218, Thornhill)
RSVP by Tuesday, April 23rd by calling 905-597-7000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us to explore how nature can heal and restore. We’ll begin with a virtual tour of beautiful landscapes from around the world and discuss which settings you find most inviting. You’ll put together your own window view of a natural setting to remind you of the places that soothe you. We’ll show you how to create a simple hand-drawn map of the green spaces around you and share easy tips for connecting to nature without having to leave home.
Learn more about Mosaic’s Memory Cafés.
Nature as a Healing Partner: A Hands-on Workshop for Caregivers
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
Creative Companionship Book Club
The Creative Companionship Book Club is the place for care partners to share books, resources, and seasonal project ideas for adding a dose of creativity and nature 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 to tackle feelings of boredom, frustration, or overwhelm in older adults.
April Book of the Month: The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
Join the private Facebook group to participate!
All-Ages Garden Tea Party
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.
Check out the upcoming 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. Rejuvenating 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).