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City of Southfield Parks & Recreation

26000 Evergreen Road

Southfield, MI 48076

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Join us for fun in the sun with a dose of Dirt Therapy in Southfield MI.

MIWVE’s Founder/CEO Sgt Stephanie J. Shannon designed this program for your overall health, well-being and to improve your quality of life. This community-based program is where, veterans, military members, youth, seniors and anyone interested to come together to learn and experience the great results of “Dirt Therapy”.

Our professional garden, bee-keeping, integrative, health and wellness expert, Shalyn Fuller – Founder/CEO of Fullerjoi Integrative Health and Wellness will provide the classroom instruction and training for our Dirt Therapy program.

This is a joint partnership with the Southfield Vets Org. Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment, Veteran’s Lives Matter, Fullerjoi Integrative Health and Wellness and Artistic Visions Enterprise.

Our 2 power-packed classroom sessions in Southfield, MI at the Southfield Parks & Rec. Dept on:

Sunday May 5, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Sunday May 19, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

1. Dirt Therapy: Integrative health and wellness principles of living including the basics of gardening and cultivation.

2. Bee keeping & Dirt Therapy summer program execution plan.

Our hands-on in the garden Dirt Therapy experience sessions in Detroit, MI will start on Saturday June 1, 2019 10 noon to 4:00 pm (weather permitting) and will continue throughout the Summer and early Fall seasons in 2019, dates and times to be announced at classroom sessions.

(Class instruction, topics, gardening times and days are subject to change)

Our Flint MI, “Dirt Therapy” program launch will involve the New Flint – youth, veterans, seniors and the “Flint Stone” community at-large which will include how to garden instructions, hands-on experience, Bee-Keeping and more. Dates and times will be announced in the future so stay tuned.

Gardening has long been considered therapeutic for people experiencing mental health difficulties, with horticultural activities featuring in the early psychiatric institutions in Europe and the USA in the 1800s. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in gardening as a mental health intervention.

Most avid gardeners will tell you that their landscape is their “happy place” and the actual physical act of gardening is a stress reducer and mood lifter.

Did you know that Dirt can make you happy?

Research has found that Microbes found in Soil can be an antidepressant and may not be the only way to get rid of your blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier.

Gardening not only reduces stress, it may help lower your blood pressure and fight against depression. A study done in the Netherlands found that gardening put subjects in a positive mood and kept them in that mood. Also, research done by Dr. Christopher Lowry found that contact with the micro-organisms in the dirt can help lift the spirits, as well.

Combat es (SAD), Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and goes away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD.

Improve your health by growing your own fruits and vegetables it’s a great way to eat healthier. The food taste better when they’re home grown, and they are better for you than store bought. They haven’t been frozen for them to be shipped across the country, and there are no pesticides sprayed on them.

Plus, you’re outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and not only is having your own garden healthier for your insides, it can help your outsides, too. A study by Dr. Lori Turner at Arkansas University showed that, “women over 50 who garden at least once a week, have a higher bone density reading than women who take part in almost any other form of exercise.”

The youth benefit from gardening to because it encourages them to eat healthier, it provides engaging, moderate exercise, it builds a sense confidence, it develops STEM & analytical abilities, it relieves stress, it improves focus & memory and it positively impacts mood & psychological wellbeing.

When you plant your garden, you will have to know what to plant and when, which means you’ll be more in touch with the seasons. What vegetable works well with another and at what temperatures do they grow best? Are they getting too much sun? Not enough? These are questions you will learn the answers to, through experiencing the Dirt Therapy program.

The best part is watching your seeds grow into full-sized plants. Nature working at it’s best. Your garden will keep you in touch with what’s going on around you.

Save money with fruit and vegetable prices rocketing sky high, growing your own vegetable garden is the smart way to save money. According to estimates by Burpee Seed Co, for every 50 dollars a family puts towards gardening supplies and seeds, they will produce an estimated 1,250 dollars of food.

Are you ready to reduce stress, lift your mood and improve your quality of life?

Well join us for a season of Dirt Therapy! Register Now!!

Communications about the Dirt Therapy Program will be within the Eventbrite registration platform so register online if you’re interested. See you soon!

What empowers you? Lets pass it on!


Phone: 810.373.5744

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