Dr. Garuth Chalfont

Therapeutic Nature Design and Consulting

Mail: garuth@chalfontdesign.com

Therapeutic Nature Designs

To create a sense of place. To work with mental health practitioners to create spaces that afford both independent and facilitated engagement by their clients. To design environments which support relationships - with our self, other people and the natural world.

Three Types of Therapeutic Nature Designs

1. Gardens for Psychotherapy
- Creating spaces within the garden where the client and the psychotherapist can do their work.
- Using plants and the season cycles of nature as metaphors for personal transformation.
- Creating garden spaces conducive to creative arts therapies such as painting and drawing.

2. Nature Environments for Dementia Care
- Creating enabling environments in which the location and uses of spaces are overlapped.
- Creating Edge Spaces that integrate indoors and outdoors.
- Creating landscapes that support participation by residents in routine domestic activities.

3. Sites for Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (or Horticultural Therapy)
- Integrating structure and landscape for planting, growing and harvesting.
- Designing spaces for personal reflection, contemplation and solitude (secret garden).
- Designing spaces for social interaction and community involvement (cafe or garden centre).

About Dr. Chalfont

Dr Garuth Chalfont, is a leading practitioner in the art and science of healing gardens, therapeutic spaces, and dementia gardens that incorporate the natural world into the healing process. He designs and builds engaging outdoor spaces in dementia care environments. Hands-on training workshops facilitate their active and enjoyable use by residents, staff and families. At Lancaster University, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Centre for Ageing Research his focus is multimodal non-pharmacological contributions to secondary dementia prevention. He explores the benefits of the natural world for holistic health (mind-body-soul). This includes researching the nature gardens he has designed in the UK. Dementia Beat Camp (Facebook page) and the Dementia Pioneers (local activist group) interpret and promote the evidence gained through his research into culturally relevant lifestyle change.


Flat 1, The Old Rectory
Rectory Gardens
Lancaster LA2 0ED
United Kingdom
garuth @ chalfontdesign.com