Blooming Caravan allows older adults to create beauty in their homes, contribute to their own well-being and the well-being of those around them, and share their gifts and stories. This is creative expression at its finest: it is the opportunity to be heard and feel purposeful.
You were meant to do more with your elder years. Creative Facilitation can bring back your sense of joy and fun, tune you into nature and gardening, and rejuvenate your desire to explore new and unique creative experiences.
From therapeutic gardening and nature-inspired art to cooking and storytelling, Blooming Caravan is your guide to cultivating joyful experiences, reliving fond memories, and tapping back into your youthful inspiration.
Creative Companionship Visits
Creative Companionship visits feel like coming home to yourself. Imagine: Every week I show up at your door with a bouquet of fresh flowers in one hand and a basket in the other. Inside the basket are all the supplies we’ll need for that day’s visit. We’ve planned the visit in advance, so you already know whether that day will be a cooking day, a gardening day, or even the continuation of a bigger project you’ve been working on.
Creative Companionship visits are weekly or biweekly opportunities for you to play, be creative, tell stories, and laugh with me for 3 hours at a time. These are mornings or afternoons that you’ve set aside as “you” time. While we’re having fun together, your care partner can relax, knowing that you’re in good hands.
Storytelling, therapeutic gardening, and cooking projects may include but are not limited to:
Digitizing your life stories
Edible and container gardening
Visiting an outdoor market
Seasonal wreath making
Baking a cake
Starting a blog
Recording your memoir
Going for a nature walk
Experimenting with adapted gardening tools
... and so much more!
A Creative Companionship Series is thoughtfully co-created based on your passions, ideas, and curiosities. Each activity is confirmed the week before to allow for seasonal spontaneity.
Visits always include:
3 hours with you in your home
All supplies and materials thoughtfully selected and brought to you
Any advance preparation required for each activity
Fresh flowers each week
Teatime treats for us to share
The visits are delivered to you as a Creative Companionship Series, a package of visits booked for an 8- to 12-week period (i.e., for 2 to 3 months at time), with your first month serving as a no-obligation trial. Ask about special offers for longer commitments.
Weekly or biweekly Creative Companionship visits are $225 (or $75/hour), which includes 3 hours of creative facilitation and all the supplies we'll need.
Gift certificates are available on request.
Group workshops and excursions can be custom designed with your interests and needs in mind. Contact me directly to discuss your ideas.
Visit the FAQ page to find answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Book a 45-minute complimentary meet and greet to find out whether Creative Companionship is right for you.
Care Partner Training
Want to encourage your loved one to have a little more creativity in their life? Maybe you’re concerned about their growing feelings of boredom, frustration, or overwhelm in recent years. Supporting a loved one can be difficult. Care Partner Training supports you in nurturing their creative well-being from the comfort of your home.
Imagine boosting their morale, engaging their spiritual well-being, and nurturing their creative self as an enjoyable part of your everyday interactions. Care Partner Training is the perfect complement for spouses, family members, and even friends.
The Care Partner Training Introductory Package includes:
A 30-minute call to appropriately plan for your session
A customized 2-hour in-person consultation with you and your loved one
All creative supplies for a hands-on training experience
A curated list of ideas for you to keep
Transportation to and from your Toronto location. Phone or Skype calls can also be arranged.
A 30-minute follow-up call to check in on how it’s going and troubleshoot any concerns
The Care Partner Training Introductory Package is $270. An hourly rate is available for add-on sessions.
Trainings can be customized for large families, anyone working with seniors, or even groups of friends collectively caring for an elder. Contact me directly to arrange a custom quote.
Book a free conversation to find out if it’s the right choice for you.
Learn more about the upcoming Caregivers in Nature Hands-on Workshop taking place at the High Park Nature Centre.
Events & Family Days
Want to include some Creative Facilitation in a birthday celebration, anniversary, or special occasion? Blooming Caravan can coordinate fun-filled programs for you to enjoy getting together with friends and family.
All-Ages Afternoons are a creative, stress-free afternoon for you and the kids in your life. Each afternoon is designed to be an enjoyable visit for you while inspiring and engaging the younger ones.
All-Ages Afternoons include:
An age-appropriate creative activity
Any art supplies or materials required for our time together
Set-up and take-down support
Hands-on facilitation throughout the event
Building a fairy garden, creating a memory box, or cooking a special meal together are just a few of the memorable projects to choose from. Learn more about attending one of our special events, some of which are delivered in partnership with Garden Jane.
Special engagements are custom designed for you and your guests and can accommodate all age ranges. Please allow at least 2 weeks’ advance notice.
Special engagements start at $300 per event.
Take the stress out of your get-togethers.
Tap Into Your Natural
Creative Self... Again
The Blooming Caravan process is simple: we always begin our work together with a call. That way you have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss ideas, and create a plan that suits your schedule.