Hello. I discovered Forest Therapy by chance one weekend shortly after taking a break from my Project Management career in IT. I was intrigued by the possibilities: it was an opportunity to reconnect with nature and help alleviate modern life stresses and the impacts on our health and wellbeing. Join me on the journey.
The International Handbook of Forest Therapy defines Forest Therapy as:
Forest Therapy is an evidence-based Public health practice. Guided Forest Therapy walks combine a specific blend of complementary physical and mental exercises in suitable forest surroundings leading to a lower heart beat, blood pressure and stress levels while, at the same time, the immune system, breathing and the overall physical and mental fitness and wellbeing are strengthened.
An INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide, like myself, offers an opportunity to reconnect with nature through a variety of sensory, physical, and creative activities that help to tune us into nature using all our senses. At the same time, we are invited to slow down, take a break from technology and the modern world, and just be one with our natural surroundings.
"I will be your guide today and nature will be your therapist".
A guide is the facilitator of that journey, taking responsibility for planning, offering, and guiding participants through the activities. You don't need to think about any of that and can just relax and enjoy the sensory pleasures of nature. Nature is able to relax us; nature is able to heal us - all it takes is the desire to let go of our stresses and concerns - to just be one with nature.
Biophilia Theory (E.O. Wilson)
Humankind has spent 99.99% of our evolutionary history living amongst the trees in and next to the forest. Our genes are programmed for us to live in or next to forests. It is our natural state of being and modern man has almost forgotten this. Yet when we venture back into the forest, breathe in the healing compounds the trees offer us, we find a level of comfort and safety that our bodies and minds immediately recognise. Let nature teach us this connection again.
The International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (INFTA) is committed to establishing Forest Therapy as a scientifically proven natural medicine by building networks and establishing partnerships with research, education, and Public Health bodies across the globe. Through these networks, INFTA will access studies, contribute to research on and create awareness about Forest Therapy and Forest Medicine. INFTA’s mission is to make Forest Therapy accessible to all for the health and well-being of people worldwide. It conducts training workshops, corporate events, and community information sessions regularly. It also certifies Forest Therapy Guides as well as suitable Forest Therapy trails. Learn more about how you can reconnect with nature and improve your mental and physical wellbeing through Forest Therapy at infta.net.