When the problem of working a non-profit housing group and caring for her two younger kids turned an excessive amount of for pandemic-stressed Alexis Ashworth, she turned to rejuvenating pursuits similar to gardening and spending time exterior.
That respite, and conversations with an government coach, gave root to an thought.
“I think there’s a growing need for people to reconnect with nature,” says Ashworth, the previous CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa and a Carleton MBA graduate, who not too long ago launched Root in Nature, a social enterprise targeted on horticultural remedy, nature-based packages for youth and seniors, and worker experiences and well-being.
“An abundance of research shows that people are emotionally, mentally and physically healthier when they interact with plants and the outdoors. And there’s a huge need for healing right now.”
Years in the past, whereas volunteering at an natural farm within the U.Ok., Ashworth was uncovered to horticultural remedy, which entails an authorized therapist working with folks and vegetation to deal with particular points. Sessions with an government coach and a gathering with an area horticultural therapist helped her join the dots.
In September, Ashworth left Habitat for Humanity after seven years as CEO, and this for-profit social enterprise is now her sole skilled focus.
“I need to put all my time and effort into it for it to be successful,” she says.
“With a limited number of years on this planet, I want to do something I’m passionate about—something that can help people.”