Nature-Based Therapeutics
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It's nature's way of healing. Nature Based Therapeutics are professionally facilitated interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes to bring about measurable outcomes in human health and well-being. It is nature's way of healing all people in physical, social, emotional and cognitive ways.


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ANIMAL-ASSISTED INTERACTIONS PRACTITIONER TRAINING 
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Improve Animal-Assisted Interventions Handling Skills Through a Deeper Understanding of Your Client Population

Wednesday, March 7, 2018; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-03-07-18)
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
OR
Wednesday, April 11, 2018; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (850-04-11-18)
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Sorry, these sessions have been cancelled.

Please register for a different AAI workshop, below
Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$75, includes Arboretum admission

 
Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75, parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map


Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 
Various Dates

Tom Bezek, trained Nature Therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

Age 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-Yoku (or 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. 
Limit 12 people, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

view date/time options & register



Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools
.

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing.

Massage Techniques for Therapy Animals*
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 (850-05-09-18)

Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska
OR
Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (850-06-13-18)
Leatherdale Equine Center in St. Paul

Cindy Hickey, Canine/Equine Sports Massage Therapist and Instructor, Founder of Supreme Motion

Learn gentle massage techniques to help support and relax your animal partners! Through a combination of lecture and hands-on instruction, you will learn to feel for areas of tightness in a therapy animal's body, recognize ways to position and support an animal for best visiting practices, and ways to help an animal partner relax after a therapy visit by using massage. The class will focus on small four-legged registered therapy animals (dogs and cats) but rabbits, rats and guinea pigs may attend, too. Massage practice for most dogs will take place on the floor, while smaller animals may be placed on provided tables. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal + handler). The remaining non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. Please be aware that there may be varied species present for this class, so if this poses a distraction for your animal partner s/he may be more comfortable at home. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
Limit 40 

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

COUPON
$6 off each class
when registering for 4 or more different AAI Practitioner Training classes in 2018
Use coupon code 6OFF at online checkout or call 612-301-1210.
To receive discount, 4 or more different Animal-Assisted Interactions Practitioner Training classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
$75, 
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, includes Arboretum admission 
register  Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$75,
Leatherdale Equine Center in St. Paul, includes Arboretum admission see map

Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools. 

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. 

Tricky Business: An Introduction to Skills and Techniques to Enhance Animal-Assisted Interventions*
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Wednesday, July 11, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
(850-07-11-18) 
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska 
OR
Wednesday, August 8, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (850-08-08-18) 
Leatherdale Equine Center in St. Paul 

Sarah Palm, Pet Partners Evaluator, Therapy Dog Program Lead at Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs, Program Assistant, Nature-Based Therapeutic Services
Connie Priesz, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Pet Partners Evaluator


Come with your canine partner and build your foundation of trick training skills that can be used on a visit, and ways to consider which tricks work best for different visiting scenarios. You and your dog will learn basic tricks and behaviors to enhance the three components of an Animal Assisted Interventions visit: Approach, Interaction, and Closure. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction, this class will help deepen the bond between you as the handler and your canine partner, and allow for a more enriched visiting experience for all involved. Please attend this class "as if you are on a visit" by using acceptable equipment for your dog. Flexileads, pinch, prong, choke and e-collars are not allowed. A 4 to 6 foot leash is preferred. Reward-based training methods will be used in this class. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal+handler). The remaining 20 non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class. EQUIPMENT: If you are bringing a dog, please bring lots of small, "high value" treats for your dog and bring a crate for your dog to relax in during lecture.
Limit 40

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

COUPON
$6 off each class
when registering for 4 or more different AAI Practitioner Training classes in 2018
Use coupon code 6OFF at online checkout or call 612-301-1210.
To receive discount, 4 or more different Animal-Assisted Interactions Practitioner Training classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register  Wednesday, July 11, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska
$75, includes Arboretum admission 
register Wednesday, August 8, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75includes Arboretum admission. Parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map

 

Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools. 

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. 

Wellness for Therapy Animals*
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
(850-09-05-18) 
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska 
OR
Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (850-10-03-18) 
Leatherdale Equine Center in St. Paul 

Julia Tomlinson, BVSc MS PhD DACVS, DACVSMR, Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Learn how to keep your therapy dogs fit, healthy and comfortable throughout their careers. Learn basics on how the canine body works and expand handling skills to read subtle pain and stress cues in your therapy partner. Topics include conditioning, strengthening and nutrition for therapy dogs. This class will be a combination of lecture, dynamic demonstration, and Q & A. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class. This class is for the "human-end" of the leash, but your registered therapy dog is welcome to attend if s/he can be comfortable and quiet in a crate during the class.
Limit 40

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

COUPON
$6 off each class
when registering for 4 or more different AAI Practitioner Training classes in 2018
Use coupon code 6OFF at online checkout or call 612-301-1210.
To receive discount, 4 or more different Animal-Assisted Interactions Practitioner Training classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska
$75, includes Arboretum admission 
register Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75, includes Arboretum admission. Parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map

Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools.

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing.


INTERMEDIATE Tricky Business: Continuing Skills and Techniques to Enhance AAI*
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (850-09-26-18)


Sarah Palm, Pet Partners Evaluator, Therapy Dog Program Lead at Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs, Program Assistant, Nature-Based Therapeutic Services
Prerequisite: Tricky Business Introduction Class (see above)

Come with your canine partner and expand your foundation of trick training skills for therapy dogs! Review and troubleshoot basic tricks and behaviors. Explore the technique of shaping in your trick training. Learn more skills and behaviors that will deepen your relationship with your therapy dog and work well on visits. Please attend this class "as if you are on a visit" by using acceptable equipment for your dog. Flexileads, pinch, prong, choke and e-collars are not allowed. A 4 to 6 foot leash is preferred. Reward-based training methods will be used in this class. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal+handler). The remaining 20 non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class. EQUIPMENT: If you are bringing a dog, please bring lots of small, "high value" treats for your dog and bring a crate for your dog to relax in during lecture. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
Limit 40, Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

COUPON
$6 off each class
when registering for 4 or more different AAI Practitioner Training classes in 2018
Use coupon code 6OFF at online checkout or call 612-301-1210.
To receive discount, 4 or more different Animal-Assisted Interactions Practitioner Training classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register  Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska
$75
, includes Arboretum admission 

 

Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools.

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. 

INTERMEDIATE Massage Techniques for Therapy Animals*
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*
Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (850-10-17-18)

Cindy Hickey, Canine/Equine Sports Massage Therapist and Instructor, Founder of Supreme Motion

Prerequisite: Massage Techniques for Therapy Animals Class (See listing above)

Expand your knowledge of massage for therapy animals! We will explore muscle physiology and anatomy, how to identify stress and trigger points in your therapy animal's body and how to treat them, and incorporate a full body massage routine utilizing basic and advanced massage techniques. Massage practice for most dogs will take place on the floor, while smaller animals may be placed on provided tables. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal + handler). The remaining non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. Please be aware that there may be varied species present for this class, so if this poses a distraction for your animal partner s/he may be more comfortable at home. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
Limit 40, Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

COUPON
$6 off each class
when registering for 4 or more different AAI Practitioner Training classes in 2018
Use coupon code 6OFF at online checkout or call 612-301-1210.
To receive discount, 4 or more different Animal-Assisted Interactions Practitioner Training classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register  Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska
$75, includes Arboretum admission 


 

 

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Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.


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Prior to registering, please review the cancellation policy


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The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the green "waitlist" button and complete the steps, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added. 


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