Welcome to The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy blog - our storytelling space for ANFT staff, guides and community members. In this collection, you will find stories of how people and nature connect. This will include perspectives from science, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, and many more. As we say in Forest Therapy, it's all welcome here. We hope you will explore this space and let your attention draw you towards what will serve you in your own journey to remember your place in this world.
How do we reconcile the fact that in the United States, most of the wilderness we enjoy for recreation once belonged to communities of Indigenous people? This week, author Felix Blackwell considers the duality of natural landscapes as both a site of pleasure and of pain. He describes his attachment for a particular forest, and reveals what he discovered about its past. (originally published August 13, 2018)
Making art has the power to clear our minds and make room for a creative and healing process. The beautiful thing about connecting to nature this way is that there are no lines to stay inside and your expression can flow freely in harmony with the world around us. Read more as Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and artist, Brenda Spitzer, teaches us an invitation she uses on forest therapy walks.
We hold the story that the world is sentient, and that it wants to be in right relationship with humans. The poet Mary Oliver speaks of this in her deeply inspiring poem "Wild Geese:" "the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the Wild Geese, harsh and exciting, over and over announcing your place in the family of things."