Campus Well-Being’s fairy garden workshop encouraged students to unleash their creativity

By: Danna Bianca Carreon

With assignments, tests, and presentations piling up at the end of the winter term, some Red River College Polytechnic students are looking for new ways to take a break from their studies.

RRC Polytech’s Campus Well-Being team held a fairy garden-making workshop on April 4 at the Exchange District Campus. Participants picked pots, plants, and accessories to craft their own miniature gardens to take home after the activity.

Jazel del Socorro, a Human Resource Management student, said the workshop helped her to relax after being sick for two weeks.

“I feel so burned out. This is our last term, and there are a lot of assignments,” del Socorro said while adding pink flowers, blue beads, and white seashells to her garden set on a sky-blue plant pot. 

Apart from gardening, del Socorro said she enjoys meeting friends and other students to reduce stress.

“It’s a big help because I’m spending my free time loosening up and doing self-care,” del Socorro said.

Sherryll Stenberg (centre) guides Hospitality and Tourism Management students as they create their fairy gardens at RRC Polytech’s Exchange District Campus on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. (Danna Bianca Carreon)

Business Administration student Dinna Niza Diana Bongay said she attended the workshop because she needed time away from her laptop.

“I love plants, and I also want to take time to breathe from academics,” Bongay said.

She said she takes breaks by listening to music, watching movies, and cleaning her room.

It is the second time the Campus Well-Being team has offered the fairy garden-making workshop to students. Kristi Dorian, recreation and wellness coordinator of RRC Polytech’s Campus Well-Being team, said the team plans to continue providing opportunities for students to gather and decompress together.

“All of our activities at Campus Well-Being focus on opportunities for students to connect, take a break, and explore their creativity,” Dorian said while looking at the participants’ colourful fairy gardens.

She said the team also hosts virtual activities to allow for more students to join in on the fun.

“We have regional campuses, and we want students from other campuses to participate,” Dorian said. “We want them to feel included too.”

Dorian said a list of programs happening in April are available on the Campus Well-Being blog, where students can register for any of the upcoming activities.