When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else."~Georgia O'Keefe
At MAHTN, We're Growing the Field of HT!
The Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network is a group of practicing and aspiring horticultural therapy practitioners who are avidly and actively dedicated to expanding acceptance of horticultural therapy as a recognized therapeutic and rehabilitative discipline.
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To Our MAHTN Community,
In this time of social distancing, community is more vital than ever before. We are thinking of you and working hard to develop innovative ways to bring our community together during these difficult times when in-person meetings are not possible.
Later this week you’ll receive the April newsletter, MAHTNMatters, which will be packed with information. You’ll find out what the Board of Directors is doing to redesign (for online access) or reschedule the spring/summer member events. Our usual newsletter content, including program themes and ideas, continuing education information and “Meet the Board of Directors” interviews will be included.
We would love to hear how you are doing; send us your thoughts on projects, ways to stay productive and innovative ways you are running programs online or at your HT site. You can reach us at email@example.com.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to turn the kindness and care that you offer your clients toward self-care. In these days of uncertainty, we – horticultural therapists – know at least one thing for sure: spending time in nature yields a wealth of benefits. Whether we are in the garden, walking in the woods, caring for our houseplants, or even looking at a green view from a window, contact with nature reduces stress, anxiety and mental fatigue, lowers blood pressure and stress hormones, decreases nervous system arousal and enhances immune function.
There’s compelling evidence that engaging in nature-based activities enhances feelings of competence, elevates mood, eases feelings of isolation, speeds the rate of healing and helps build resilience. While the emphasis from health officials is necessarily focused on what we can’t do, our HT community advocates what we CAN do to help ourselves and others through this unprecedented period. And we can do it while complying with safety guidelines!
With so much out of our control these days, we encourage you to shift focus from “what can I control” to “what can I choose.” In the coming weeks, we will offer choices for coming together as a community to share our experiences and to learn from one another; we welcome your suggestions for virtual classes and online gatherings that would best serve you until we can reconvene in person.
We also urge you to bring the wise and compassionate perspective we have come to expect in our community to things which are beyond our control. This requires surrender - “I can do my best, but I can’t do it all. This is bigger than me”. The current pandemic is bigger than each of us. But it is not bigger than all of us together.
With our warm regards for your health and well being,
The MAHTN Board of Directors