Who are we?
The Julien Project is a registered charitable organization based in Guelph, Ontario that seeks to enrich lives and build stronger community through therapeutic gardening programs. Participants develop a sense of community as they work together to learn new skills, engage in independent thought, problem-solve and reflect on their experience.
Within an environment of dignity and respect, we provide tailored horticultural therapy programs for individuals as part of a healthy community-building program to address issues of education, leadership, employment, poverty and isolation. Through horticultural skill development, participants develop their cognitive abilities, creativity and social skills, while also developing increased self-sufficiency and confidence.
"I would highly recommend The Julien Project programming for others to increase their horticultural knowledge as well as for therapeutic use."
— Teacher, Holy Trinity Elementary School
The Julien Project is a community-based, charitable organization that provides social and therapeutic gardening opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds and abilities enabling personal growth, community membership, and environmental well-being.
Lives and communities enriched through therapeutic gardening.
- Connect with nature.
- Improve physical health and wellbeing.
- Provide horticultural skill development opportunities.
- Reduce social isolation and anxiety.
- Improve memory, concentration and problem solving ability.
- Build self-esteem and confidence.
- Engaging a diverse array of individuals who might not otherwise seek or have access to participate in supported gardening initiatives.
- Developing and promoting current social and therapeutic horticulture best practices
- Maintaining a sustainable environmental approach.
- Demonstrating social and therapeutic gardening as an effective strategy to promote health, enhance personal skills, and facilitate community integration.
There are many opportunities for volunteering with The Julien Project — as a garden volunteer, board or committee member. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us. Currently there are a group of over 20 loyal volunteers, and more are always welcome. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, soil, tools, and outreach.