Horticultural therapist Trey Wilson finds Copper House a sublime oasis for forest therapy. Even crossing the bridge to the property, he says, “becomes a metaphor for the transformational opportunities that await every guest.” As you walk the grounds and woods at Copper House, Trey will help you get “out of your head “and into your senses where experiences are transformed into relationships. Trey believes the forest is the therapist. As your guide, he will open the door of discovering, uncovering, and recovering these relationships.
At this point in his life, Trey finds his life “Full circle—I’m back home again.” In desperation as a ten-year-old, he couldn’t bear another weekend helping his father with his lifelong gardening hobby, so he ran away from home. Fifteen years later Trey, a dentist by now, moved to Manhattan, hoping never again to get his hands dirty in the garden. Eventually the unnatural ways of city life took a toll, and he found a weekend refuge in Carversville, PA where he ironically discovered anew the garden spade of his childhood, which set into motion a twenty five year passion for working and living with the natural world.
Over time his weekday life in the city led to situational depression, and he discovered that one of the only things that helped him feel better was taking very slow walks in the backyard woods at his Carversville retreat. He knew there was something at the core of his “therapy”, but until years later didn’t know precisely that it had a name. It turns out that his capacity to feel better in the woods is foundational to the practice of horticultural therapy. He decided he wanted to share the gift of healing through nature by helping others too, so he made the decision to thoughtfully transition out of dentistry and become certified as a horticultural therapist, landscape designer, and forest therapy guide. These days, Trey splits his practice between Bucks County and Ponte Vedre, FL.