Art, Music and Horticultural Therapy
Led by caring professionals who are experts in their fields, these group sessions help clients find new ways to express their thoughts and emotions, learn new skills, build confidence, and interact with their peers and the community.
Skyland Trail campuses are built around gardens. Clients have opportunities to work with our horticultural therapist in our greenhouse and in our many healing gardens. In addition to caring for plants, clients use natural materials to build zen gardens, fairy homes, balancing stones, and other projects that provide opportunities to practice mindfulness while expressing their creativity.
Horticultural & Nature Therapy
“Nature is your best friend and a genuine mirror,” says Libba Shortridge, MLA, HTR, horticultural therapist at Skyland Trail.
Our art therapists engage clients in both process art and product art therapy sessions. In process art sessions, our clients are encouraged to express their inner feelings, thoughts, memories, and beliefs through art. In product art sessions, clients can exercise their creativity while working with ceramics, wood, paper, textiles and other media.
"The art room is a place where clients can come and express themselves free of judgment, a place that is beyond words,” says Helen Goldberg, art department coordinator.
Music therapy uses breathing, rhythm and movement exercises to encourage expression of emotions through activities such as drumming and guided imagery. Singing, playing instruments, song writing and performance preparation are vehicles for creative activity and socialization. Performance opportunities occur at Arts in the Garden, holiday parties, talent shows and events with volunteer leaders and donors.
"Music might not necessarily provide a cure to someone's mental illness, but at least it gives someone a glimpse of light through darkness or a moment of joy."
- A Skyland Trail client