Nature Gifts : Mini-Gardens
Mini gardens are created with specific intentions at heart by those making them
Nature gives us many gifts and the advantages from interactions with nature have been researched to enhance lives in many ways.
Natures gifts include providing us with nutrition and medicines. Sensory stimulation (as many as 54 noted natural senses may be stimulated with natural interactions,) Increased oxygen levels, lowered blood pressure. Nature is beneficial for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), reducing anger and depression, increasing confidence and self-esteem as communication with others develops with group interaction, skill levels and activity processes. Creativity is enhanced with the sight of the green colour. General increased feelings of wellness and relaxation are noted. Improved attendance at work and school, with reduced stress and increased productivity, increased staff satisfaction, less illness, staff sick days and turn-over. Cognitive enhancement and attentiveness. Improved air quality and reduced toxins with indoor plants. Lower levels of anxiety and pain during recovery from surgery. Thermal insulation and acoustic benefits. Increased Immune function and Serotonin levels to assist with depressive issues. And the outdoors is necessary for eye health and assists to prevent Myopia.. more...
MINI GARDEN WORKSHOP
Create your own Mini-Garden from inspiration gained through Nature-connecting and Eco-Art exercises. This is a great fun activity to do with friends!
Day/Time: Dates on request. Please complete BOOKING & FEE form by registering below
Time: 9:30-12:30 -3 hrs
Suitability: Adults and adolescents
Location: Backyard - Glen Eira district, Melbourne, Australia.
Fee: $50 per class payable on the day (Cash or cheque)
Class size: 4 -6 people
Inclusions: Materials and refreshments are provided
Considerations: Wear clothing appropriate for the weather to be outdoors on the day and that you dont mind getting dirty
Facilitator: Deborah Punton
Methods include: Applied Ecopsychology, horticultural activities, Eco-art techniques, play, mindfulness and visualization.
HAVE YOU BEEN GIFTED A MINI-GARDEN?
Please complete form below if you recieved a MIni-Garden as a gift.
Quote code on the back of your card for personalized email providing you with:
Instructions on care specific to your Mini-Garden
-A FREE ecopsychology exercise to connect with your Mini-Garden
-Guidance from Nature especially for you to assist with feeling balanced. (You may ask a specific question)
Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through. your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.
None can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed.
But if you toil without rest, fatigue and wearness will overtake you, and you will denied the joy that comes from labour's end.
Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice.
If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.
Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered.
Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten.
Instead, nurture love within you and and strive to be a friend to all.
Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside, to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.
Despite all appearances, no one is really evil. They are led astray by ignorance.
If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light, rather then blame and condemnation.
You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. Your essential Mind is pure.
Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remose nor dark foreboding cast you down.
Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.
Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light.