Have you been curious as to what exactly a forest therapy experience is all about? In this week's blog, ANFT Guide In Training Annabel O'Neill takes us on a stunning visual and sound journey with videos she has beautifully shot and edited along her 6-month practicum towards completing her Forest Therapy Guide Certification.
The term "tree hugger" has been used widely in Western culture, and often times with not the most positive connotation attached to it. Through the lens of her own deep connection to trees and nature, guest writer Liza Pullman shares how trees are intelligent and conscious beings that can bring wisdom and healing to the humans that choose to connect with them. This week's blog offers a wonderful summary of some of the most recent literature about the complex capabilities of trees. So the next time someone calls you a tree hugger, you'll be able to assuredly and confidently say thank you.
As we move into the winter months, rainy and snowy weather does not need to limit our ability to connect with nature and the More-Than-Human-World. Many days, we can put on extra gear to protect us from the cold and wet as we enjoy a forest therapy walk. However, there are certain days where the weather is so extreme that the indoors becomes a safe alternative to braving the elements. In this week blog, guest writer and ANFT Forest Therapy Guide Brenda Spitzer shares seven activities that can take place inside and still facilitate a deep connection to the healing power of nature.
Sometimes one of the most challenging experiences in life is to just let go. In this week's blog, guest writer Jessica Collins shares a childhood memory of learning how to navigate a ropes course, which ultimately unfolded into becoming her first experience with really listening to the forest and learning how to trust. By tuning into the quiet and subtle wisdom the forest provides, Jessica was able to release her fear and jump into the unknown.
We often get asked the question: Does the practice of nature and forest therapy only take place in the forest? Vicky Kyan, Mentor and Trainer with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, shares her deep connection with the healing power of water in this week's featured blog. Vicky beautifully offers us a window into her practice of nature therapy at the "beach forest" near her home along the outer edges of New Zealand. We hope this piece inspires you to discover your own "forest", in an ecosystem close to your home and close to your heart.
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