Annual Conference

Cohort Name:

1st Annual International Forest Therapy Conference & Congress

Six Month Training Program Begins
July 11, 2019
Jouvence Lodge in Winter
07-11 July 2019

Enrollment Open

Sonoma State University

About the Venue:

A beautiful campus with comfortable conference rooms, expansive grounds featuring forests and a year-round stream.

Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park California


Who should attend



Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

Brenda Spitzer is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Mentor, and Immersion Workshop Facilitator.  She trained and was certified with Cohort 3 in 2015.  She has assisted at Forest Therapy Guide Training Workshops in Illinois in 2017 and in Minnesota in 2019.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Northern Illinois University and Certificates in Natural History and Botanical Art and Illustration from The Morton Arboretum.  She also holds a Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes from College of DuPage.  Brenda introduced the “Nature Rx: Forest Therapy Walk” program at The Morton Arboretum in 2016, and has been guiding forest therapy walks at that location, during all seasons,  for the past 3 years.  She also guides walks for The Western DuPage Special Recreation Association.