Spend time in nature at CERES, caring for plants, boosting confidence and reducing stress.

Join us at ceres

CERES is a community environment park and urban farm, located on the banks of the Merri Creek wildlife corridor on Wurundjeri country. We provide a unique location for people wanting to spend time in nature while nurturing themselves and their green surroundings.

The group will meet weekly 10.00am to 2.00pm for 11-weeks on Tuesdays commencing 23rd July, 2024. Participants can join for just one or more program.

July Program:
23, 30 July
06, 13, 20, 27 Aug
03, 10, 17, 24 Sept
01, 08 Oct

There are also programs commencing in October 2024.

What will you find in the Therapeutic Horticulture program?

Spend time in nature, caring for plants, boosting confidence, and reducing stress.

Supportive Facilitator

 Led by a facilitator experienced in delivering therapeutic horticulture activities designed to support mental health and wellbeing in a community setting.

welcoming & safe environment

Our Therapeutic Horticulture Groups are small and intimate, with only 8 participants, ensuring personalised attention.

Structured & immersive

A dedicated and structured space to fully immerse yourself in the healing aspects of nature.

connect with nature

Experience the therapeutic benefits of engaging with nature in an inner-city oasis with bushland, wetlands, and an urban farm.

Meet your facilitator

Shani Shafrir is a therapeutic horticulture practitioner who holds qualifications in Community Services, Horticulture and Permaculture. She is passionate about the benefits of therapeutic horticulture and has worked with diverse clients both individually and in groups with a strong focus on supporting wellbeing and mental health through gardening and connection with nature.

How It'll work

Join us for 11 weeks of growth and development in a nurturing and supportive environment.

  • Plant Care: Growing, nurturing, and harvesting plants and crops.
  • Guided Nature Walks: Walks along the Merri Creek, immersing in the local flora and fauna.
  • Nature-Based Art and Craft: Creative activities using natural materials.
  • Community Connections: Opportunities to connect with other individuals, programs, and social enterprises across the CERES site.

The group will meet weekly 10.00am to 2.00pm for 11-weeks on Tuesdays commencing 16th July, 2024. Participants can join for just one or more program.

Who is the Therapeutic Horticulture program for?

Our award-winning programs support people to connect with the earth, their communities, and themselves. Participants will leave with an increased sense of wellbeing, connection and confidence.

program outcomes

Stress Reduction

Experience a reduction in stress and anxiety levels.

Self & Plant Care

Increase your skills in both plant care and self-care.

Build confidence

Improve your confidence through engaging activities.


Foster connections with others and with nature, enhancing your sense of community and belonging.

course pricing

Full fare

Will apply to most
$ 749
  • Payment plans available

If you are a NDIS participant you may be eligible for funding, please contact your NDIS provider for more information.

Frequently asked questions

What should I bring?
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes or boots. Gardening gloves.

  • Appropriate weather gear (e.g., sunhat for sunny days, raincoat for wet weather).

  • Lunch (onsite options available) and a water bottle.

What should I wear?

Casual clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Is the program covered by NDIS?

The Therapeutic Horticulture Program may be covered by your NDIS provider, please contact your NDIS provider for more information.

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