The Member Guide Gateway

The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) member Guide Gateway has a wealth of information related to Forest Therapy including:

  • Scientific research
  • ANFT slideshows that can be edited and adapted
  • Essays on cultural perspectives and working with specific populations and popular press
  • ANFT practicum information and assignment templates, waiver templates
  • Songs shared at trainings by ANFT guides
  • Lectures by ANFT trainers
  • Invitation and photo libraries
  • Business and marketing resources – including pro deals
  • Pages for your “Find a Guide” profile, and to earn badges, and receive recommendations
  • And there is always more being added.

Professional Development Call Series

Another amazing resource is our professional development call series for guides in practicum and ANFT member-guides. On these calls, guides can tap into the knowledge and wisdom of ANFT mentors, trainers, and guides who have specialized knowledge and experience in specific aspects of guiding, business development, and marketing.  

Recommended Reading

Here are some books that touch on a wide range of interests that connect to the philosophy, pedagogy, and practice of Forest Therapy (some by ANFT-affiliated authors):

  • Your Guide to Forest Bathing, by M. Amos Clifford
  • Forest Bathing with Your Dog, by Nadine Mazzola
  • The Wild Garden, by Ben Page
  • How to Meet a Forest, by Cayla Samano
  • Creating Ephemeral Woodland Art for a Deeper Nature Connection, by Brenda Spitzer
  • The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing, by Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller
  • The Joy of Forest Bathing, by Melanie Choukas Bradley
  • Ways of the Heart: Essays Towards an Imaginal Psychology by Robert Romanyshyn
  • The Secret Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben
  • Plants as Persons, by Matthew Hall
  • The Healing Code of Nature, by Clemens Arvay
  • The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams
  • The Great Work, by Thomas Berry
  • If Women Rose Rooted, by Sharon Blackie
  • The Global Forest, by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
  • With Nature in Mind, by Andy McGeeney
  • The Nature Principle, by Richard Louv
  • Sit Spot and the Art of Inner Tracking, by R. Michael Trotta
  • A Natural History of the Senses, by Diane Ackerman
  • Listening to Scent, by Jennifer Peace Rhind
  • The Spell of the Sensuous, by David Abram
  • Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, by Stephen Harrod Buhner
  • Law’s Guide to Nature Journaling, by John Muir Laws
  • The Earth has a Soul, by Carl Jung
  • The Tao of Leadership, by John Heider
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chogyam Trungpa
  • To Know as We are Known: A Spirituality of Education, by Parker Palmer
  • Education and the Significance of Life, by Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed, by Paulo Freire
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell
  • Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown
  • The Leader who is Hardly Known, by Steven Simpson
  • The Way of Council, by Jack Zimmerman and Gigi Coyle
  • The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, by Tristan Gooley
  • The Wisdom of Listening, edited by Mark Brady  
  • Animate Earth, by Stephan Harding
  • Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer  
  • What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, by Daniel Chamovitz
  • Intelligence in Nature, by Jeremy Narby
  • Forest Unseen, by David George Haskell
  • The Nature Principle, by Richard Louv
  • Ways of the Heart, by Robert Romanyshyn
  • Bodyfulness, by Christine Caldwell
  • Lost Knowledge of Imagination, by Gary Lachman
  • The Smell of Rain on Dust, by Martin Preschtel
  • Your Brain on Nature, by E. Selhub
  • The Overstory, by Richard Powers
  • The Brain That Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge
  • Wild Mind, by Bill Plotkin
  • Building a Home for the Heart: Using Metaphors in Value-Centered Circles, by Patricia Thalhuber and Susan Thompson
  • The Biophilia Effect, by Clemens G. Arvay
  • Reclaiming the Wild Soul, by Mary Reynolds Thompson
  • Thus Spoke the Plant, by Monica Gagliano
  • Speaking with Nature: Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth, by Sandra Ingerman and Llynn Roberts
  • The Songs of Trees, by David George Haskell
  • The Secret Wisdom of Nature, by Peter Wohlleben
  • Finding Sanctuary in Nature, by Jim Pathfinder Ewing
  • Partnering with Nature, by Catriona MacGregor
  • The Art of Gathering, by Priya Parker

Private Facebook Groups

The Association has two private Facebook groups - Forest Therapy Group and Grupo de terapia de bosque en español. These Facebook groups are only available to those guides who have completed guide training. They are great places to connect with fellow guides across the world, ask questions, share, or search posts for invitations and tips.

To be added to either group, please “Like” the Association Facebook page 'Shinrin,’ then send a Facebook message to the administrator with your cohort #, the email you use for Facebook and which group(s) you would like to join.