The Forest is the Therapist.
The Guide Opens the Doors.
A synthesis of ancient traditions
and modern research
reimagined for our times
The worlds leading standards-based
training and certification program
for forest therapy guides.
A growing global community
of forests and friendships

The Global Leaders for Forest Therapy
Transforming Relationships of Humans and Nature

Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to "forest bathing." Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. We build on those benefits and look beyond, to what happens when people remember that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways.

The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs is the most experienced global leader promoting the development and practice of Forest Therapy. Our Forest Therapy Guide Training draws on the latest medical research, new developments in the field of nature connection, and ancient traditions of mindfulness and wellness promotion. Every guided walk is an act of power and beauty, cultivating deep connections with transformational impacts on people and nature.

Forest Therapy is a practice. It is open-ended; there is no prescription for what a person "should" experience, or what benefits they "should" receive. Instead, it is a practice of developing a deepening relationship of reciprocity, in which the forest and the practitioner find a way to work together that supports the wholeness and wellness of each. In Forest Therapy, there is a clearly defined sequence of guided events that provides structure to the experience, while embracing the many opportunities for creativity and serendipity offered by the forest and the individual inspiration of each guide. This practice, developed under the leadership of M. Amos Clifford, our founder, and with contributions from many other guides, has become the most-widely used framework for Forest Therapy in the world; as of the end of 2018 we have trained over 700 guides who are guiding this practice in 46 countries.

"The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the doors."
ANFT Founder M. Amos Clifford
Upcoming Events

Forest Therapy Guide Training

A Forest Therapy Immersion
A a week-long training intensive in a forest, followed by a six-month practicum at home
Space is limited to 18 persons per training. Apply early to hold a place.
Forest Therapy Guide Info

Trainings and Immersions in Past Year

Way of the Circle Northern California
UCCR Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center
April 13 - April 17, 2019
California - Cohort 35
Dancing Deer
Weeklong Intensive: March 28 - April 4, 2019 | Practicum Ends: 04 October 2019
Council of Waters & Trees at Farmhouse Inn Georgia
Farmhouse Inn Georgia
17 - 21 Mar 2019
Spring Gathering of Guides in Georgia
Farmhouse Inn Georgia
22 March 2019
Maryland - Cohort 34
Zigbone Farm Retreat
Weeklong Intensive: 13-20 March 2019 | Practicum Ends: 20 September 2019
Introduction to Forest Bathing at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
22 January 2019
Costa Rica - Cohort 33
Vida Mountain Resort & Spa
Week-long Intensive: 13 - 20 Jan 2019 | Practicum ends: 13 Jul 2019
Council of Waters and Trees and Way of the Guide
Jouvence, Quebec
14 - 18 Jan 2019
Way of the Guide and Houses of the Heart: A day-long exploration
Althea Spiritual Center
17 November 2018, 9 am-4:30 pm
New Zealand - Cohort 32
Bella Rakha Retreat Center
Weeklong Intensive 6-13 Nov 2018 | Practicum Ends May 13, 2019
Gathering of Guides in Massachusetts
11 November 2018
California - Cohort 31
San Damiano Retreat, California
Week-long Intensive: 5 - 12 Oct 2018 | Practicum ends: 12 Apr 2019
Council of Waters & Trees
YMCA of the Rockies Colorado
Immersion 8-11 Oct 2018
Spain - Cohort 30
Sanilles Eco Park Pyrenees
Weeklong Intensive 20 - 27 Sept 2018 | Practicum Ends March 27, 2019
Ohio - Cohort 29
Oak Openings Ohio
Weeklong Intensive 8 - 15 Sept 2018 | Practicum Ends15 Mar 2019
Council of Waters & Trees
Hollyhock Retreat Cortes Island BC
Immersion 20-24 August 2018
California - Cohort 28
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Weeklong Intensive 11-18 Aug 2018 | Practicum Ends 18 Feb 2019
California - Cohort 27
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Weeklong Intensive 7 - 14 Jul 2018 | Practicum Ends 14 Jan 2019
North Carolina - Cohort 26
Kana'ti Lodge, Blue Ridge Mountains North Carolina
Weeklong Intensive 16 - 24 Jun 2018 | Practicum Ends 24 Dec 2018
Slovenia - Cohort 25
Cerkno Resort Slovenia
Weeklong Intensive 2 - 9 Jun 2018 | Practicum Ends 10 Dec 2018
United Kingdom - Cohort 24
Dartington Hall UK
Weeklong Intensive: 19-27 May 2018 | Practicum Ends: 27 Nov 2018
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 23
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
Weeklong Intensive: 9 - 16 May 2018 | Practicum Ends: 16 Nov 2018
California - Cohort 22
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Weeklong Intensive May 6-13 | Practicum Ends 13 Nov 2018