Gathering of Guides

Cohort Name:

Gathering of Guides in New York City

Six Month Core Training Program Begins
November 14, 2019
Jouvence Lodge in Winter
November 14, 2019

A Community gathering to connect, celebrate, exchange ideas, and encourage each other
Gatherings are open to trained forest therapy and forest bathing guides. They are led by ANFT-trained and certified guides, usually members of our training team.

Obican Flatiron

About the Venue:

Obicà Mozzarella Bar is an Italian restaurant and pizzeria in the heart of Flatiron District in New York City.

Obicà offers the freshest Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP, pizza and traditional Italian dishes in a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

Obican Flatiron
928 Broadway between 21st & 22nd St.
New York, NY 10010
United States
New York

Gatherings of guides are an important part of the work of ANFT. Often they are organized when a training or immersion team is in the area, and we invited all guides who are in the region at the time to attend. The agenda usually includes: an update on developments in ANFT and forest therapy in general; some council sharing time together; a casual walk in a forest or botanic garden; and a shared meal. On a longer gathering (1 to 3 days) there may be specific workshops offered, including "invitation clinics" given by guides in attendance. These gatherings are nurturing, connective, and informative.


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.