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Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97)

Botanic Shed aims to help children and young adults flourish both socially and cognitively by teaching them to observe and understand nature’s processes and by bringing nature into their physical environment.

The way they do that is by putting a lot of love and care and scientific research into everything they do.

They create and provide nature-based artwork, educational content and experiences that inform and inspire children and young adults to connect with nature in order to build their own strength and resilience.

It is run by Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97) a trained Horticulturalist, Horticultural Therapist and regular broadcaster on BBC Radio, who set up her first business, Grenadine Escape while at University. Along the way she has also helped develop a mindfulness coaching business with former Monk and Inter-Faith Chaplain at Imperial College, Karuna Priya, featured in the Financial Times and The Telegraph and volunteered for the gardening and mental health charities such as the National Garden Scheme.

“This all started when I realized that a connection to nature had been serving me as an antidepressant, helping me through major life traumas and I could see how it also supported my late father and my brother through their mental illnesses.”

Get involved:

  • Curious? Learn by subscribing to the YouTube series ‘Relate to Nature‘ 
  • Listen to Lara’s Nature Preacher programme on BBC Radio Oxford
  • Improve the design of your home, school or hospital better with our support
  • Connect with others at our nature-based retreats and online workshops
  • Be kind, share your nature-based health hacks with others

Save the Date: Online Workshop for Young Adults ‘Mindfulness Meditation & Relate to Nature Life Hacks (register for more info and Zoom link)
Sunday 21st March 4.30-5.30pm
Botanic Shed x Wider Horizons 🌷 Spring Equinox Transformational Gathering 🐿️

Register for information on our workshops, courses and environment design support here.

To join the movement visit @botanicshed.

Contact and social links:

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/YouTube: @botanicshed