Saratoga/Capital District Integrative Practitioners Network

Complementary health and healing arts professionals in the Saratoga Springs, NY, area.
True Nature

Carrie Whitelaw, HTR

Horticultural Therapist

Energy Medicine Practitioner

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

True Nature Garden Works
Garden Consultation and Design
Trainings, Workshops, and Programs
Sacred Garden Journeys

"A garden is the best alternative therapy"
~ Germaine Greer

Carrie Whitelaw is a registered horticultural therapist who uses gardening to reconnect people with their truest natures. Whether facilitating individuals or groups in the recreational, therapeutic or spiritual aspects of gardening, Carrie’s goal is to keep nature true to you. She creatively designs, installs, and manages gardens as well as conducts personalized, professional trainings and workshops. Through the sacred act of gardening, Carrie helps you to find your own true nature and achieve your fullest potential.

"New seed roots
most deeply in
the places that are
most empty"
~ Clarissa Pinkola-Estes

Carrie draws on her 13 years of experience in horticultural therapy, occupational therapy, and energy healing to provide meaningful connections and transformative experiences inside and outside of the garden. She uses conventional methods combined with complimentary techniques to bring you back into balance. From a gardening fitness program that incorporates stretching, body mechanics, joint protection, and energy conservation to a five minute energy wellness routine that protects, supports, and balances your energies, Carrie provides simple and effective tools that enhance health and well-being.

"To forget how to dig the earth
and to tend the soil
is to forget ourselves"

~ Mahandas K. Gandhi

Carrie Whitelaw

Consultation and Design Services
Carrie will help you plot, plant, and take pleasure in creating a garden that suits your needs. Whether a feng shui flower container, a raised bed for vegetables, a low-maintenance perennial garden, or a corporate garden that encourages wellness, Carrie will collaborate with you to construct your garden from start to finish while exploring and focusing on your needs, choices, and unique creative expression.

"I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch
A hundred flowers
And pick not one"
     ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Trainings, Workshops and Programs
Carrie can train you in basic gardening techniques, elements of garden design, installation and maintenance as well as plant and weed identification, fertilizing, soil amending, plant division and the benefits of mulching. She also shares savvy therapeutic tips on adaptive gardening and ergonomic tools. She promotes team building concepts and sustainable wellness strategies to meet your specific needs and produce positive outcomes. Carrie will assist you in getting a gardening program started in your healthcare facility, corporate green space, or your own backyard.

Those who dwell among
the beauties and mysteries of the earth
are never alone or weary of life.
~ Rachel Carson

Sacred Garden Journeys
Plants and gardens have the power to heal us and bring positive energy into our stressful lives. Carrie teaches about the medicinal and spiritual properties of plants through myth, metaphor, ritual, and ceremony. She explores in depth the inner and outer journey of gardening, and encourages you to develop a deeper connection with yourself and the earth during retreats in unique, peaceful settings.

"Help us to be the always hopeful
Gardeners of the spirit,
Who know that without darkness
Nothing comes to birth,
As without light
Nothing flowers"
~ May Sarton

Your Own True Nature
Like flowers, each one of us has our own unique energetic vibration. Carrie takes her years of therapeutic practice from the raised garden bed to the massage table. Informed by Eden Energy Medicine, Reiki and Flower Essence Therapy, Carrie uses these gentle healing techniques to help reconnect you with your own true nature. She believes the outer garden is a reflection of the inner garden. Carrie helps you to cultivate the garden of your dreams while tending the garden of your heart.

"All are nothing but flowers
In a flowering universe"
~ Nakagawa Soen-Roshi

To schedule a consultation, workshop or appointment please call Carrie at 518-222-9036 or email her


Carrie Whitelaw, HTR is a member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association