GIY – Introduction to Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Practice

NOTS, in conjunction with Grow It Yourself (GIY), are holding a 1 day Introduction to Social and Therapeutic Practical Course which is accredited by Thrive, a UK Charity.

This course provides an introduction to Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) Practice. The role of the practitioner will be considered, along with approaches and processes central to STH practice within different settings.

You will explore how the garden can be a source of activity and occupation appropriate to individual development and recovery. The day will enable you to begin to explore how to harness and maximise the potential therapeutic benefits of gardens and gardening.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An insight into the role of an STH practitioner.
  • Discover the key theories supporting gardens as therapeutic settings
  • Gain an understanding of the generalised benefits of gardening as evidenced by research
  • Engage with examples of practice within an STH setting which aim to engage, enable and empower

Trainer: Caitriona Kelly – Therapeutic Horticulturist

Caitriona Kelly is a GIY therapeutic horticulturist with 20 years of experience in delivering training programmes to adults, and 5 years’ experience delivering STH programmes for partners such as The Irish Prison Service, Gaisce President’s Awards and Aiséirí Addiction Recovery Centre.

Who are these courses suitable for?

  • This course is suitable for Beginners, Career Changers, and Volunteers at all levels.
  • All courses are learner-centred and interactive, with a practical element to promote experiential learning.

Cost: €90 (includes lunch in The Organic Centre)

NOTS provide 25% funding for this course for employees or self-employed participants residing in the Republic of Ireland. Full cost of the course is €115, less Skillnet funding (if eligible) which leaves the cost at €90pp payable directly to NOTS.


  • Registration at 09.30 am
  • Starting at 10am – 4.00pm approximate finish.


  • The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim.
  • Lunch is included in the ticket price
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