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An Integrative Approach to Wellbeing in the Garden and Beyond

FIG Virtual Training

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Upcoming Training
Thursday June 20th 
  • 9am-2pm​
Program Contract

FIG Program Overview

Flourishing in the Garden is an integrative 7 week garden based youth program. FIG has is a holistic approach to mind~body~land that incorporates permaculture principles, yoga principles(including yogic energetics through the chakra system), yoga shapes and breathwork, gardening and nutrition  education and is informed by the flourishing index.

 

We have developed a self-paced training that offers an adaptable program in order to be based on your communities needs. Please see the PARCI calendar for Synchronous training sessions where you can join in community to dive deep into the program components of FIG.

 

Below are all the training videos and materials needed to deliver FIG.

If you have questions please contact PARCI Lab Project Manager Megan Pullin at mjpullin@vt.edu.

Featured above, see participants from our pilot program digging in the dirt and moving through a yoga practice.

A special thanks to Megan Tierney and Meghan Garrity for piloting Flourishing in the Garden!

Weekly Materials

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Program Manual
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Supplemental Materials
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Yoga Cards
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Newsletters
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Session Guide

Evidence to Support this Program

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Yoga Kernals
Garden-Based Education for Increase Vegetable Consumption
Mindfulness on QOL for Elementary School Students
Flourishing in Children

Books to Support Program Delivery

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Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast
Reclaiming our Food
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Grow Great Vegetables Virginia
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Introduction to Permaculture

Synchronous // Asynchronous Training

Thank you for your interest in Flourishing in the Garden! After you have completed the synchronous component of the training, please complete the competency check.

 

Below are all the training videos and materials needed to complete the asynchronous components of FIG.

If you have questions please contact PARCI Lab Project Manager Megan Pullin at mjpullin@vt.edu.

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Competency Checks

Session 1
Root Chakra ~ Earth Element

Facilitator
Permaculture Principles
Facilitator
Yoga Shape Cues
Root Chakra
Earth Practice
Supplemental Materials
Dream Garden Journal

We challenge facilitators to use the weekly journal to get comfortable with this practice! Then you can share what you have learned with participants.

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Basic Body
Scan

This body scan can be integrated into your weekly offering. We recommend providing movement or a physical practice before offering the Body Scan.

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Food Forest
Layers

Permaculture observes the different layers of growing we can use to create a full ecosystem composed of a variety of parts.

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Help a Plant
Flourish Lesson

Explore what a plant needs to flourish and stages of seed growth.

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Session 2
Sacral Chakra ~ Water Element

Facilitator
Permaculture Principles
Facilitator
Yoga Shape Cues
Sacral Chakra Water Practice
Supplemental Materials
Dream Life Journal

We challenge facilitators to use the weekly journal to get comfortable with this practice! Then you can share what you have learned with participants.

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Water Meditation

This meditation was created to embrace the element of water. We recommend providing movement or a physical practice before offering the practice.

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Planting Methods

This lesson goes over a variety of planting methods which can be incorporated into your space.

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Session 3
Solar Plexus Chakra ~ Fire Element

Facilitator
Permaculture Principles
Facilitator
Values Assessment
Facilitator
Yoga Shape Cues
Solar Plexus Chakra
Fire Practice
Supplemental Materials
Values Journal

We challenge facilitators to use the weekly journal to get comfortable with this practice! Then you can share what you have learned with participants.

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Values Assessment

Explore the values assessment, definitions for examples on the worksheet included. 

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Progressive Relaxation

This progressive relaxation can be integrated into your weekly offering. We recommend providing movement or a physical practice before offering the practice.

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Progressive Relaxation
Garden Management

This lesson offers some tools and tips for how to manage your garden space throughout the seasons.

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Interoception Kids Article

Interoception is a concept that can help support self regulation and awareness. Feel free to print the article and share with the group.

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Session 4
Heart Chakra ~ Air Element

Facilitator
Permaculture Principles
Facilitator
Yoga Shape Cues
Loving Kindness
Meditation
Supplemental Materials
Values Journal

We challenge facilitators to use the weekly journal to get comfortable with this practice! Then you can share what you have learned with participants.

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Loving Kindness Meditation

This meditation can be integrated into this weeks offering. We recommend providing movement or a physical practice before offering the Body Scan.

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Soil Management

This lesson offers some tools and tips for how to nourish your soil for continual health and sustainability.

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Session 5
Throat Chakra ~ Ether/Space Element

Facilitator
Permaculture Principles
Facilitator
Breath Practices
Facilitator
Youth Teaching Youth Activity
Supplemental Materials
Youth Teaching Youth Activity

We challenge facilitators to use the weekly journal to get comfortable with this practice! Then you can share what you have learned with participants.

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Garden Resource Management

This lesson offers some strategies for increasing sustainability in your garden practices.

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Session 6
Third Eye Chakra ~ Light Element

Facilitator
Permaculture Principles
Facilitator
Visualization Practice
Supplemental Materials
Goal Setting Journal

We challenge facilitators to use the weekly journal to get comfortable with this practice! Then you can share what you have learned with participants.

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Goal Setting

Explore goal setting through SMART goals, short vs long term, and goal types.

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Food Forest

This infographic provides the different stories of a food forest. Feel free to allow participants to cut out the words and images on the first page to design their own food forest.

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Integrating your Growing Space

This lesson incorporates integrating the growing space through a variety of techniques.

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Session 7
Crown Chakra ~ Thought Element

Facilitator Permaculture Principles
Facilitator Yoga Practice Cues
Supplemental Materials
Reflection Journal

We challenge facilitators to use the weekly journal to get comfortable with this practice! Then you can share what you have learned with participants.

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Harvest Abudance

We can literally and figuratively harvest the fruits of our labor. Explore sustainable techniques  for harvesting and longevity.

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Asynchronous Training

After you have completed the Asynchronous component of the training, please complete the competency check.

 

Below are all the training videos and materials needed to complete the asynchronous components of FIG.

If you have questions please contact PARCI Lab Project Manager Megan Pullin at mjpullin@vt.edu.

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Competency Checks

Before FIG Delivery

Post Training Survey // Intent to Deliver FIG

Please complete the post training survey. This will indicate that you have completed both the synchronous and asynchronous components of FIG. You will also be able to register you FIG program here.

Planning Considerations

Before FIG delivery, consider programatic planning by answering the prompts in the facilitator planning document. Once you have the foundation and logistics clear for offering FIG, start to plan out your weekly schedule with the sample schedule below.

Facilitator Planning
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Need Support for your Programming?
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Weekly Schedule
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Program Flyer
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During FIG Delivery

Orientation Session

In your initial session with participants introduce Flourishing in the Garden as a program and concept, provide participants with all of the materials to be filled out(application/waiver and pre-evaluations) as well as materials for their keeping(weekly journal/log).

Program Components
Chakras
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8 Limbs of Yoga
Permaculture Principles
Flourishing
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Process Evaluation
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The process evaluation should be filled out each week. This evaluation method offers an idea of the general make up of the program offering, any adaptations, participation, and environmental factors.

Coming Soon!

Remember to take time during the first and last session to offer and collect these evaluations!

EFNEP Eval K-2
EFNEP Eval 3-5
Youth Gardener Self Assessment
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Weekly Journal
Facilitator
Challenge

We challenge facilitators to use the weekly journal to get comfortable with this practice! Then you can share what you have learned and the importance of tracking with participants.

Yoga Practice Cards
Share with your Participants

The Yoga Practice Cards provide pictures and instructions to dive into shapes and practices that relate to each week.

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After FIG Delivery

Closing Session

In your closing session with participants facilitate reflection through the week 7 materials. Allow participants space to fill out the post program evaluations. If you have kept the weekly materials in a folder for participants be sure to return them. After collecting the evaluations, please be sure to input both pre and post data information into Qualtrics.

Post Program Evaluations
EFNEP Eval K-2
EFNEP Eval 3-5
Youth Gardener Self Assessment
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Post Program Facilitator Evaluations
Facilitator Eval

If a facilitator doesn't have access to Qualtrics, share the PDF version and then input data into Qualtrics.

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