Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs
Can I say something to feel complete?
During our graduation call, Nadine asked our group to envision our experience of becoming a guide like many droplets of water on a silver spider web, lit up by the sun. We were asked to choose one droplet to talk about but we all had So. Many. Droplets. One droplet that came to mind for me is a moment during the training in Victoria, British Columbia (May of 2019) where, after a few days of walking in the forest, our guide Ken began the walk in an open, sunny meadow. It was early May and the sun was very welcomed. During Pleasures of Presence we were invited to put our hands on the Earth. I am pretty sure a few more invitations followed, but on that particular day, I took the word invitation to heart and did not move my hands from that soft, green clover. It was so soft and inviting and it felt so grounding to my whole body to have my hands resting and still on the ground.
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Enhance your employee wellness program with Guided Forest Therapy.
Guided Forest Therapy is a fast-growing wellness activity that is convenient and highly recommended.
Our guide, Lance, was great! The hike was very relaxing, and I recommend everyone try it. Lance led us on a short hike while inviting us to reflect with nature. A great way to relax on a Saturday morning.
What is Guided Forest Therapy?
The application of Japanese Shinrin Yoku aspects combined with traditional practices to create a unique experience in nature.
Our certified Forest Therapy Guides use the approach that the forest is the therapist. As guides they seek to open the door to invite you into the process.
Guided Forest Therapy sessions are available in monthly 2-hour blocks. Your team members can take these sessions and you can also choose to schedule groups for team building workshops and retreats.
Awesome experience to slow down and take a break from life. The guide was very accommodating and welcoming to the whole experience. You will not regret taking a couple hours off with Lance because you will be immersed in nature with serenity and newfound strength.
Available venues include the Walnut Creek Community Regional Park, The Los Angeles Arboretum, and Monrovia Canyon Park. For additional locations or if you have a location you would like to schedule a walk in please contact 626 263-1983.
2-hour sessions can be scheduled monthly by appointment for up to 12 people. To inquire about scheduling team building workshops or retreats, email email@example.com
Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D., ANFT Medical Advisor and Certified Forest Therapy Guide, talks about her new book, “The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing” and other forest bathing projects on Talk of Iowa.
CONNECTING TO NATURE Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing), Therapeutic Onsens and Yummy Shojin Ryori Vegan Temple Food
Japan’s deep reverence for nature also acts as preventative healthcare. For example, forest bathing began in 1982 with a Japanese national health program. Coordinated by the Forest Therapy Society, there are now 62 ofcial healing forests and 1,200 certified guides, with over 2.5 million people walking the healing forest trails in 2018.14 Studies support the breadth of health benefits of connecting all five senses to nature, from reduced blood pressure, lower stress and improved cardiovascular and metabolic health to lower blood-sugar levels and improved concentration, memory and energy.15, 16, 17 The phytoncide in cedar and cypress has been shown to have calming effects on people, as well as providing a boost to the immune system, with one study having shown a 53 percent increase in the count of the body’s natural killer cells after two days in these forests.
PETER EADON-CLARKE Advisor, Conceptasia Inc.
Dr. Qing Li of the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo and president of the Forest Therapy Society, who also spoke at the 2019 GWS, notes that we spend 93 percent of our time indoors, leading to a nature-deficit disorder. As the inbound tourism boom is discovering, Japan has an incredible wealth of natural assets to facilitate recovery: in addition to the 62 healing forests, there are 20,972 onsens (hot springs), two-thirds of the global total, providing a rustic, authentic, and hyper-specific wellness experience. In addition to the medicinal benefits of the various minerals in the water, deep-soaking bathing has thermotherapeutic effects (a higher body temperature stretches capillaries improving circulation, increasing metabolism and reducing fatigue), water pressure effects (improving the flow of your blood and lymph fluid) and buoyancy effects. The latter, by reducing the body’s weight to one-tenth of what it normally is,
PETER EADON-CLARKE Advisor, Conceptasia Inc.
The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs ANFT, has certified 800 guides in 44 countries to date.