Carolinas Horticultural Therapy Network August Workshop

— Written By
Horticulture Therapists John Murphy and Heather Kelejian

Horticulture Therapists John Murphy and Heather Kelejian

Semi Annual Gathering of the Carolinas Horticultural Therapy Network

Chapel Hill, NC

August 19th-20

Agenda, Registration & Detailed information Linked below
Everyone Welcome!

Friday, August 19th, 2016
1:50 p.m. – Arrival at Farm at Penny Lane, Pittsboro NC, http://farmatpennylane.org
2:00 p.m. – Tour of Farm
3:30 p.m. – Drive to Herb Haven, Graham, NC http://www.herbhaven.com
4:00 p.m. – Arrive Herb Haven, settle in*
4:15 p.m. – Tour of Herb Haven
4:45 p.m. – Weeding exercise
5:15 p.m. – Medicinal plant meditation
6:00 p.m. – Tour of apothecary; items available for purchase
6:30 p.m. – Dinner at Suki’s
8:00 p.m. – Departure to hotel

Saturday, August 20th, 2016
8:30 a.m. – Welcome to Transplanting Traditions, Chapel Hill NC
9:00 a.m. – Tour of Transplanting Traditions
10:45 a.m. – Welcome RambleRill Farm, Hillsborough NC
10:55 a.m. – Tour of RambleRill Farm
11:45 a.m. – Farm as setting for horticultural therapy/wellness programming
12:15 p.m. – Lunch and self-introductions
1:00 p.m. – HT marketing and communications, Annie Baggett, guest speaker
3:00 p.m. – Background
3:20 p.m. – Breakout: Garden/plant metaphors in HT/wellness programming
3:55 p.m. – Reconvene for debrief on metaphor activity
4:10 p.m. – Wrap-up of weekend and evaluations
4:30 p.m. – Departures

Transplanting Traditions This gathering will take place at four farms, each of which offers wellness-related programming and/or horticultural therapy. We will provide written driving directions to each venue before the conference.

We are excited that guest speaker Annie Baggett will join us on Saturday afternoon to lead a session on marketing and communications in horticultural therapy. With more than 30 years of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, Annie is expert in marketing, communications, and advertising. Since June 2014, she has been the Agritourism Marketing Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Annie has also served as Executive Director of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, where she did a masterful job at raising awareness of the benefits of equine-assisted therapy—a field with communications needs and challenges similar to those of horticultural therapy. With her family, Annie also runs Sunshine Lavender Farm in Orange County, North Carolina.

Transplanting-Traditions-Ha-Na-Son-KaleFOOD:
The Friday group dinner will be at Suki Roth’s house, our second/last farm that day (Graham NC). We will be bringing in food ordered from a local vendor. You are welcome to bring a friend/spouse/partner on Friday for the tours/dinner. We will also have food catered on Saturday for lunch.

REGISTRATION AND COST:
JoAnn Yates is handling registration (336) 757-2509 jyates2@triad.rr.com

The costs for the conference are $15 for Friday dinner and $25 for Saturday (snacks/lunch)
($40 total). Costs will cover food, snacks, paper supplies for Suki’s and Jane’s, and gifts for our guest speaker and hosts. [The first 25 people to register will be given an herbal facial toner upon check-in.] Please complete the registration form and send to JoAnn with your check (made out to her).

HOTEL:
Quality Inn Chapel Hill (919) 968-3000
1740 North Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill NC 27514
(located off I-40 on 15-501 (also known as Fordham Blvd), it is near the Eastgate Shopping Center (Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, 2 restaurants, Rite Aid).

We have a block of 20 rooms with various configurations (listed below). Make your reservations ASAP; Aug. 19-21 is the weekend UNC-CH students move into the dorms so the area will be quite busy. All reservations with our block (listed under CTHN) need to be made by July 19. If you book after that, you aren’t guaranteed the rates below. [I didn’t request any rooms for Aug. 20 but you can book an additional night if needed.] They also have pet-friendly rooms; an extra $25/night.

Single rooms $67 + tax (king size beds), also have accessible room on first floor.
Double rooms $72 + tax (two double beds)

Breakfast on Saturday morning is included in the cost (6a – 9:30a, includes hard boiled eggs).

PROGRAMMING NOTES:
The conference starts at 2p on Friday and finishes that evening at Suki’s around 8p (dinner starts at 6:30). That likely means you won’t be able to check into your hotel until after dinner. The hotel manager said that you can call on Friday (8/19) morning to ask for an early check in, often this request is honored.

Our venues for this conference will be a combination of outside (mostly, weather permitting) or inside. Keep that in mind when packing for an August Carolina weekend.

If you haven’t yet been to one of our prior gatherings, welcome! We are an informal group of committed people who like working with plants and people. You may want to bring a note pad/book – pen. At the conference we will provide a contact list of all attendees.

We are very excited about this CHTN conference and hope you can make it!

CTHN Conference Agenda

CHTN Conference Details

CHTN Registration Form