Nature-Based Therapeutics
Classes, Programs & Events

A

It's nature's way of healing. Nature Based Therapeutics are professionally facilitated interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes to bring about measurable outcomes in human health and well-being. It is nature's way of healing all people in physical, social, emotional and cognitive ways.


Massage

Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools. 

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing.  
ANIMAL-ASSISTED INTERACTIONS PRACTITIONER TRAINING
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Massage Techniques for Therapy Animals

Wednesday, August 9, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-08-09-17)
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Cindy Hickey, Canine/Equine Sports Massage Therapist and Instructor, Founder of Supreme Motion (suprememotion.com)

Sarah Palm, Canine Sports Massage Therapist, Pet Partners Evaluator and Program Assistant, Nature-Based Therapeutics Services

Learn gentle massage techniques to help support and relax your animal partners! Through a combination of lecture and hands-on instruction, you will learn to feel for areas of tightness in a therapy animal's body, recognize ways to position and support an animal for best visiting practices, and ways to help an animal partner relax after a therapy visit by using massage. The class will focus on small four-legged registered therapy animals (dogs and cats) but rabbits, rats and guinea pigs may attend, too. An added bonus: massage can help strengthen the bond we share with our animal partners! Massage practice for most dogs will take place on the floor, while smaller animals may be placed on provided tables. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal + handler). The remaining 20 non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. Please be aware that there may be varied species present for this class, so if this poses a distraction for your animal partner s/he may be more comfortable at home.
A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
EQUIPMENT: If you are bringing an animal partner, please bring a mat or blanket and a crate for them to rest in during lecture.
Limit 40

Certificates of completion will be awarded after each class.

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

register REGISTER Wednesday, August 9, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$75, includes Arboretum admission
 
Bundles are no longer available BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Leatherdale St. Paul location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Mar 8, May 10, Jul 12, Sep 13 $275 (850-AAIBUNDLESTP-17)  
 
Bundles are no longer available BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Arboretum Bee Center location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Apr 12, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 11: $275 (850-AAIBUNDLEARB-17)


Tricks

Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools. 

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing.  
ANIMAL-ASSISTED INTERACTIONS PRACTITIONER TRAINING 
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Tricky Business: An Introduction to Skills and Techniques to Enhance Animal-Assisted Interventions

Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-09-13-17)
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

OR
Wednesday, October 11, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-10-11-17)
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sarah Palm, Pet Partners Evaluator, Therapy Dog Program Lead at Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs, Canine Sports, Massage Therapist and Program Assistant, Nature-Based Therapeutic Services

Connie Priesz, Certified Trick Dog Instructor and Pet Partners Evaluator

Come with your canine partner and build your foundation of trick training skills that can be used on a visit, and ways to consider which tricks work best for different visiting scenarios. You and your dog will learn basic tricks and behaviors to enhance the three components of an Animal Assisted Interventions visit: Approach, Interaction, and Closure. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on instruction, this class will help deepen the bond between the you as the handler and your canine partner, and allow for a more enriched visiting experience for all involved. Please attend this class "as if you are on a visit" by using acceptable equipment for your dog. Flexileads, pinch, prong, choke and e-collars are not allowed. A 4- to 6-foot leash is preferred. Reward-based training methods will be used in this class. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal + handler). The remaining 20 non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
EQUIPMENT: If you are bringing a dog, bring lots of small, "high value" treats for your dog and bring a crate for your dog to relax in during lecture.
Limit 40

Certificates of completion will be awarded after each class.

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

register REGISTER Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75, parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map
 
register REGISTER Wednesday, October 11, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$75, includes Arboretum admission

Bundles are no longer available BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Leatherdale St. Paul location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Mar 8, May 10, Jul 12, Sep 13 $275 (850-AAIBUNDLESTP-17)

Bundles are no longer available BUNDLE Bundle and save! All four Arboretum Bee Center location Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner classes: Apr 12, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 11: $275 (850-AAIBUNDLEARB-17)  
 

NBT

Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools. 

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. 
ANIMAL-ASSISTED INTERACTIONS PRACTITIONER TRAINING 
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Improve Animal-Assisted Interventions Handling Skills Through a Deeper Understanding of Your Client Population

Wednesday, March 7, 2018; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-03-07-18)
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
OR
Wednesday, April 11, 2018; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-04-11-18)
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Dr. Jean Larson, Manager/Assistant Professor/Lead Faculty: Nature-Based Therapeutic services, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and UofM Center for Spirituality and Healing; Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Registered Horticultural Therapist, certificate in Disability Services and Administration

Join us as we? learn to? enhance our Animal-Assisted Interventions visits? for? individuals with different abilities. A combination of lecture, dynamic exercise and live demonstration will help you learn skills towards a deeper understanding of non-verbal human body language, heighten your sensitivity to your clients' needs, and enhance your handling skills to better support your clients during visits. Y?ou will learn strategies for managing ?positive interactions and building st?r?ong therapeutic alliances? with a variety of user groups?? such as people with vision, mobility, cognitive and psychiatric disabilities. This training is intended for currently-registered Animal-Assisted Interventions handlers, or handlers actively working toward registration with a nationally recognized therapy animal registry. Questions about this requirement? Please contact Sarah Palm: sarahpalm@mac.com. Note: this class is for the "human end" of the leash only, please leave your animal partners at home.
Limit 40

Certificates of completion will be awarded after each class.

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

register REGISTER Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$75, includes Arboretum admission
 
register REGISTER Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75, parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map

Other Nature-Based Therapeutics Related Programs
Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum
Various Dates

Tom Bezek, trained Nature Therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

Age 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites the forest to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-Yoku (or 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. Forest bathing is expected to become as popular as yoga was 30 year ago, says Garden Media Group, one of the top trend-spotting agencies.
Limit 12 people, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

view date/time options & register at Guided Walks, Nature & Animal Appreciation


Medical Exchanges: Mapping the Human Body in Japan and China

On view for the first time, the texts in this fascinating exhibition from the collections of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine provide a unique and richly illustrated history of early modern medical knowledge and healing in Japan and China.

Connections between Western and Eastern medicine and the interchange of medical technologies are explored through works on acupuncture, anatomical knowledge, disease treatment, medicinals, and surgery. Culturally specific perceptions of health and diseases are showcased in a series of rare 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints featuring popular culture references and anthropomorphic figures attacking contagious diseases.

What: Medical Exchanges: Mapping the Human body in Japan and China
When: December 12, 2016 - July 14, 2017
Where: Wangensteen Historical Library, 568 Diehl Hall (directions and parking)
Hours: Open during regular library hours (Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and by appointment.

Free and open to the public.
LEARN MORE


Horticulture Therapy Symposium
Wednesday, August 9, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The educational Horticultural Therapy Symposium is designed for home gardeners, occupational therapists, activities professionals, special educators, social workers, other clinicians, and Masters Gardeners. You will learn to develop and maintain a vast array of successful programs as well as address personal gardening goals.

LOCATION
Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545 United States

view flier

LEARN MORE & REGISTER
http://www.rotarybotanicalgardens.org/event/horticulture-therapy-symposium/

View past Nature-Based Therapeutics Events

 



View & print a flier of the Spring/Summer 2017 Nature-Based Therapeutics/Animal-Assisted Intervientions workshops


To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. 

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

 

Share your feedback

Your opinions are important! 
The Arboretum strives to create classes that are relevant, useful and provide value.
Use this form to share anonymous feedback about educational programming with the Arboretum Education Team.