EcoArt Therapy Pilot Program: Bringing outdoor adventure therapy indoors!

Tara Bendeich

Session type: Regular forum session
Session duration: 30 minutes

Key words: Aged Care, Group EcoArt Therapy, Creating Miniture Eco-Systems, Ecopsychotherapy, Transitions, Seasons, Creating Space & Nature Connection.

Abstract

An ‘EcoArt Therapy’ pilot program is currently underway at a recently renovated aged care facility in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Three core activities include: Making Individual Terrariums; Creating an Edible Garden together; and engaging in animal assisted Therapy. The therapeutic processes and essence of the program are inspired by Bush Adventure Therapy, Ecopsychotherapy & Arts Psychotherapy and being seeded into the ongoing development of the concept design. The aim is to create a sense of space and connection to nature and adventure indoors, and to facilitate activities that support and celebrate seasons & transitions.

Come and join the conversation and emergence of ‘EcoArt Therapy’ in nursing homes & beyond! The presentation will be interactive and welcome conversation, ideas & shared learning.

About the presenter/s

Tara Bendeich is an 34 year old Australian who grew up in Borneo, Indonesia. As a child she engaged in jungle adventures & tropical reef scuba diving with her family & community. In her early 20’s she followed in her father’s footsteps to specialise in heights rescue training & development for remote mine site emergency response teams across Indonesia & Africa. Both inspired by the benefits of adventurous team building activities & having a desire to contribute to social change, she recently completed a Diploma in Arts Psychotherapy in Brisbane, QLD.
With a special interest in conceptual design of community programs that cultivate therapeutic outcomes, Tara has begun to facilitate a pilot program for EcoArt Therapy in nursing homes & beyond.