The ANFT website gets traffic from all over the world. We have people looking into our work from almost every continent, and we consistently receive feedback and inquiries regarding trainings and guides, as well as anecdotal stories of how our work touched them. Nupur Sandhu of India is one of these people. She reached out to us here at ANFT relaying her experience of finding our website, reading up on the practice, and then guiding herself through a series of invitiations- all of which inspired immense healing within her. Here she shares her experience of discovering Forest Bathing and two poems which emerged through this experience. It is always humbling to learn how even through the internet, the healing powers of nature and the forest call to people, and bring them into healing that otherwise would not have been available.
There are moments and experiences in our lives which impact us in ways that do not become clear until days, months or even years later. Whether that be something our parent's said to us as a child, an assignment given by a teacher in school, or the slow step-by-step expansion of our own internal awareness, these moments shape us into who we are today, and guide us to where we end up. In this poetic piece, Forest Therapy Guide and Trainer Ben 'Crow' Page shares with us the moments in his life which brought him to the work of Forest Therapy. Written in the language of remembrance, Page offers us insight into the small moments which lead him to be on the path he currently finds himself on. We hope this piece inspires reflection of your own interest in forests and to remember those small moment which brought you here, reading this.
Blog pieces are written by ANFT Writers, guest contributors, and introduced by Blog Editor Denell Nawrocki. Submissions may be emailed to Denell at ANFTsubmissions@gmail.com for consideration.