We love to share stories about our Guides and how they came into this work. Humans are story-telling creatures, and we find great inspiration through sharing the stories of how people find and dive into the work of guiding others into greater connection with the nature and the forest. In this post, Guide Julie Hall interviews Brenda Spitzer, Forest Therapy Guide and Staff Writer here at the Association. Here Spitzer tells the inspiring story of her work with Forest Therapy at Morton Arboretum in Chicago, the art of Botanical Drawing, and a sweet story of how she came to discover her 'Spirit Animal'.
I'm sure for many of us in the Nature and Forest Therapy comunity, we have received the question "Why do I need a guide?". How do you go about answering such a powerful inquiry? Forest Therapy Guide Ben "Crow" Page gives us his reasons why a guide is a potent and powerful vehicle to deepen one's connection with nature and make a strong case for the use of a Forest Therapy Guide. May this piece inspire you to consider how a guide may influence your own connection with nature and the forest.
Here at ANFT we love to hear how our Guides, Guides-in-Training, and applicants came to Forest Therapy. Was it a solo walk in the woods, an experience as a child at summer camp, or a romantic getaway to a far-off land that drew them into this practice and love of nature? Forest Therapy Guide Fran Mills shares with us her passage to Forest Therapy and how the forest called her to this work. We hope this story inspires you to reflect on your own relationship with nature and the journey which lead you to this practice.
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