Garden therapy includes the targeted use of nature to increase the psychological and physical well-being of human beings. Besides medical therapy reasons (e.g. disabilities, dementia, Alzheimer's disease), the increasing number of societal and social disorders (e.g. depression, traumatization) call for new therapeutic strategies in addition to the classical treatment options. Garden therapy has been very successful in the care of children and adolescents, the psychosomatically and psychiatrically ill, geriatric or dementia patients, as well as in the rehabilitation of addicts, and represents a holistic supplement or alternative to conventional therapeutic strategies.

Target group

People with basic professions in pedagogy, social sciences, psychology, medicine, biology and horticulture.

  • Physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, geriatric nurses
  • biologists, persons qualified in horticulture, landscape planners, graduates of a horticultural course at universities
  • and technical colleges, educators, social workers, social pedagogues, child minders and daycare teachers, psychologist.
Course option
Academic Expert Program
Admission requirements
Study or work experience according to regulations
Learning format
4 semesters, part time
Course fee
EUR 7.500,--
Presence phases
Winter semester 2023/24, 11 November 2023
Regulation (Curriculum)
Study location
University for Continuing Education Krems
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems
External partners

If not otherwise stated, classes are held at the University of Agricultural and Environmental Education Vienna, Angermayergasse 1, 1130 Vienna. The course start and the graduation ceremony take place in Krems.

Scientific and Course direction

Hon.Prof. Dr. Andrea Zauner-Dungl

Contact Cooperation Partner

Birigt Steininger

Course Direction


Questions about studying?

Please feel free to contact us.

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