Daylong Workshop


Introduction to Forest Bathing at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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An experiential introduction to a beautiful practice connecting people and nature for the benefit of both.

Event Full Registration Closed

22 January 2019
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
Santa Barbara, California

ANFT Founder Amos Clifford returns to one of his childhood playgrounds, the trails of the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens along Mission Creek. Join Amos and ANFT Mentor Guide Christy Thomson for a guided forest therapy walk in the morning, followed by a discussion and further exploration of forest therapy in the afternoon.

Who should attend
Persons who are interested in forest bathing or forest therapy and are curious about what an experience is like when guided by a certified forest therapy guide. People who are considering training as a forest therapy guide. Anyone who wants a relaxing and beautiful experience. Forest therapy is highly accessible; we will typically cover no more than a half mile of gentle trail in a three-hour period.
Schedule Overview

9:00 AM: Gather at the meadow for a guided forest bathing walk that will last until noon.
Noon-1:30: take a leisurely lunch break
2:00-4:30: discussion of forest bathing and how to develop your own practice

Bring clothing appropriate for the weather. This is a rain or shine event. If the weather is cold wear extra layers; if it is wet wear waterproof outer layer and/or bring an umbrella. Forest bathing is a slow-moving practice so we won't be generating body heat from exercise. In cool weather guides often wear an extra pair of socks because having warm feet makes a big difference. We will end the walk with tea, and often people will bring a snack to share. If you want to stay at the garden for lunch (recommended), bring bag lunch.

Amos will have copies of his book, Your Guide to Forest Bathing, on hand for sale for $15.

About the Venue:

Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s mission is to conserve California native plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and the planet. Since the 1930s, staff members of the Garden have developed and maintained an intimate knowledge of the California flora, with an emphasis on the plants and vegetation communities of California’s Central Coast and the offshore islands. Today, we take a comprehensive approach to its conservation from genes to ecosystems, with comprehensive plant systematics, rare plant conservation, community ecology, and habitat restoration functions. This allows us to more thoroughly tackle the conservation challenges of our day, such as habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, and pollinator decline.



About the Venue:

Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens

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.

Christy is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Mentor. Her forest therapy practice works primarily through local organizations: counseling services, local and state parks, and ACRES landtrust. Indiana's beautiful deciduous forests are wonderful, all four seasons. She also guides walks for the Western Dupage Special Recreation Association. She is currently in school studying Environmental Science, with a minor in Religious Studies. Besides her interest in indigenous people's use of plant medicine and the translation of that in to modern herbal medicine, Christy is deeply involved in a personal inquiry around the intersection of faith traditions and forest therapy, and she leads quarterly discussions with guides on this topic. She is the music program director for the local YMCA, a violinist and vocalist. She finds her quiet time in the outdoors to take the star role in her self-care.