The core aim of the project is to establish an innovative model of gardening and horticulture training for adults living with mental illness. The training approach uses an experiential method designed specifically for this target group. Lifelong learning opportunities are difficult to come by for many people, but even more so for people with mental health issues.
In order to design and put into practice the gardening course, four teaching material will be needed:
- A manual for the teachers, including complete information about each of the gardening and horticulture didactic sessions, as well as detailed information about the experiential methodology and exercises supporting the new knowledge acquired.
- A textbook for the learners, including all the gardening sessions in order to fix knowledge and better follow the teaching lessons.
- A teaching DVD including examples of the training that will help other organizations to repeat this experience in their centres. HORGANIC aims to be a seed that will grow in a lot of different places, creating a European green community.
- This website aims also to be a supporting tool for trainers, learners and organizations involved in adult training.
How can we be sure that all this teaching material is suitable and effective?
By testing it during a one year pilot experience held at the same time in Spain, Germany and Slovenia. A total amount of 30 people suffering from any kind of mental illness will be the first in trying the HORGANIC experience, demonstrating its effectiveness to develop the cognitive, social and practical skills to finally facilitate their integration in the society.