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.


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 nature 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. 
Limit 12 people, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

view date/time options & register


 

Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics (University of Minnesota Course)
CSPH 5642     3 Credits | Fall 2017     Online Course

Instructor: Jean Larson

This graduate-level course will cover the basic theories and approaches of NatureBased Therapeutics including restorative environments, therapeutic horticulture, animal assisted interactions, therapeutic landscapes, forest bathing, green care farming, facilitated green exercise, wilderness therapy and ecopsychology. The course includes:
1) historic and theoretical perspectives
2) research into specific techniques
3) application of techniques to specific population and setting

view course flier

WANT TO ENROLL/LEARN MORE?
Students
     click here
Non Students
     contact Erin Fider at (612) 624-5166, Director of Student Services at Earl K Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing


 

Animals in Healthcare (University of Minnesota Course)
Course# CSPH 5641     3 Credits | Fall 2017     Blended course

Tues 9/12, 9/26 & 10/3, 6:00 PM -8:30 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Jean Larson

This course is designed to introduce students to the core principles of Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI) in the context of multiple healthcare and social
service related settings. Students will learn the history, rationale, theoretical and
evidence-based approach to practicing AAI. Students will learn to identify and
describe the safety guidelines and national standards of care for inclusion of
animals in therapeutic settings. Students will evaluate peer-reviewed literature in
AAI research identifying the strengths/weaknesses of published material and
synthesizing findings from multiple studies. The course will highlight a variety
of community-based AAI Interactions along with in-class demonstrations.

view course flier

WANT TO ENROLL/LEARN MORE?
Students
     click here
Non Students
     contact Erin Fider at (612) 624-5166, Director of Student Services at Earl K Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing


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

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

 


Browse Quick Links

Browse eVersion
Adult Classes Catalog Fall-Winter 2017-2018

Request a hard copy in the mail
Email your request to leen0014@umn.edu

FREE & LOW COST
           PlantMaker Studio
          Garden Fun Stops
          Nature Play for Wee Ones
          Tram Tours & Docent-Guided Walks
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth+Adult Programs
          Ages 3-5 with adult
          Ages 7-12 with adult
Summer Youth Programs
          Registration Opens Jan 2018!        

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
          Gardening - General
          Edible Garden Year
          Landscaping & Design
          Science of Plant Propagation
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting         
          Pruning Essentials
          Floral Design
Pollinators
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting
          Beekeeping
          Pollinator Summit 2017
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
          Drawing
          Painting
          Sculpting & Sculpture
          Crafts
          Jewelry & Wearable Art
          Mixed Media
          Fiber Arts & Embroidery
          Floral Design
          Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
          Photography
          Digital Editing & Organization
Food & Wine Classes
          Dine with a Chef
          Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
          Wine: Making, Tasting & Appreciation
Healthy Living through Nature
          Healthy Living
Nature Appreciation
          Naturalist-Guided Walks
          Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
          NBT Classes, Programs, Events
Book Club
          Book Club

 



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. 

Member Perk!
Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

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.

Education Staff Bios
Click here to see brief profiles of Arboretum Education staff members.