Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

ANFT Staff

Ken Ouendag

Mentor

Ken Ouendag completed training with the ANFT in 2017 to become Vancouver's first Certified Forest Therapy Guide. He founded Nature Connected Forest Therapy Walks in 2017, offering public and private walks and retreats that are inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin-yoku (also known as “forest bathing”). He also assists with ANFT guide trainings and serves as a mentor, supporting forest therapy guides-in-training. His guided walks invite people to explore new ways of connecting with nature, while opening the door to the healing properties of forests and other natural environments. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ken was drawn to the West Coast of Canada by its lush forests and calming scenery. Since moving to British Columbia in 2009, he has undergone numerous outdoor educator and guiding courses. In addition to his work in forest therapy, he offers recreation therapy programming to older adults living in long-term care.

Upcoming Events with this Guide
Dawn Redwood
Condor
Ontario - Summer 2020
Northern Midwest Guide Gathering
New Year Call with Amos
Meadow Pipit
Blue Magpie
Rowan
Partners in Community Forestry
Los Angeles - Winter 2020
Alpine Ibex
Kinnikinnick
Gathering of Guides in New York City
SHIFT Festival
The Transformative Properties of Horticulture
Forest Bathing Workshop with M. Amos Clifford
Red Dogwood
Kansas - Summer 2020
Pine Marten
Tennessee - Autumn 2020
Maine - Autumn 2020
Red Maple
Silver Birch
Bee Balm
Flying Squirrel
Red Fox
River Otter
Gingko
Forest Therapy & Peace Making
Book Signing with Amos Clifford & Rosita Arvigo
Way of the Guide in California
Summer Gathering of Guides in Chicago
Australia - Spring US/Fall AU 2020
Costa Rica - Spring 2020
Georgia - Cohort 48
Houses of the Heart - Rocky Mountains 2019
Herbal Medicine & Tea in Forest Therapy & Beyond
Ephemeral Art in Forest Therapy
Council of Waters & Trees Hollyhock 2019
New Hampshire - Cohort 45
British Columbia - Cohort 43
Spring Gathering of Guides in Georgia
Summer Gathering of Guides in Germany
Council of Waters & Trees at River Dart, England
Mountain Forest Therapy Immersion and Way of the Guide
Introduction to Forest Bathing at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
California - Cohort 47
Maryland - Cohort 34
Way of the Circle Northern California
California - Cohort 35
Norway - Cohort 39
Gathering of Guides in Massachusetts
Way of the Guide & Houses of the Heart: A day-long exploration
1st Annual International Forest Therapy Conference & Congress
Way of the Circle in New Hampshire
Way of the Circle in France
Way of the Circle in Southern California
Liminality & the Active Imagination in Forest Therapy
Maryland - Cohort 43
Slovenia - Cohort 40
United Kingdom - Cohort 42
Council of Waters & Trees at Farmhouse Inn Georgia
Council of Waters & Trees and Way of the Guide
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 23
Costa Rica - Cohort 33
Minnesota - Cohort 38
Colorado - Cohort 46
California - Cohort 31
British Columbia - Cohort 37
France - Cohort 44
New Hampshire - Cohort 41 (Full)
Council of Waters & Trees
Council of Waters & Trees
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 36 (Full)
Ohio - Cohort 29
Spain - Cohort 30
California - Cohort 28
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 21
California - Cohort 27
North Carolina - Cohort 26
Slovenia - Cohort 25
United Kingdom - Cohort 24
Florida - Cohort 20
Costa Rica - Cohort 19
California - Cohort 22
New Zealand - Cohort 32
Past Events with this Guide
Dawn Redwood
Condor
Ontario - Summer 2020
Northern Midwest Guide Gathering
New Year Call with Amos
Meadow Pipit
Blue Magpie
Rowan
Partners in Community Forestry
Los Angeles - Winter 2020
Alpine Ibex
Kinnikinnick
Gathering of Guides in New York City
SHIFT Festival
The Transformative Properties of Horticulture
Forest Bathing Workshop with M. Amos Clifford
Red Dogwood
Kansas - Summer 2020
Pine Marten
Tennessee - Autumn 2020
Maine - Autumn 2020
Red Maple
Silver Birch
Bee Balm
Flying Squirrel
Red Fox
River Otter
Gingko
Forest Therapy & Peace Making
Book Signing with Amos Clifford & Rosita Arvigo
Way of the Guide in California
Summer Gathering of Guides in Chicago
Australia - Spring US/Fall AU 2020
Costa Rica - Spring 2020
Georgia - Cohort 48
Houses of the Heart - Rocky Mountains 2019
Herbal Medicine & Tea in Forest Therapy & Beyond
Ephemeral Art in Forest Therapy
Council of Waters & Trees Hollyhock 2019
New Hampshire - Cohort 45
British Columbia - Cohort 43
Spring Gathering of Guides in Georgia
Summer Gathering of Guides in Germany
Council of Waters & Trees at River Dart, England
Mountain Forest Therapy Immersion and Way of the Guide
Introduction to Forest Bathing at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
California - Cohort 47
Maryland - Cohort 34
Way of the Circle Northern California
California - Cohort 35
Norway - Cohort 39
Gathering of Guides in Massachusetts
Way of the Guide & Houses of the Heart: A day-long exploration
1st Annual International Forest Therapy Conference & Congress
Way of the Circle in New Hampshire
Way of the Circle in France
Way of the Circle in Southern California
Liminality & the Active Imagination in Forest Therapy
Maryland - Cohort 43
Slovenia - Cohort 40
United Kingdom - Cohort 42
Council of Waters & Trees at Farmhouse Inn Georgia
Council of Waters & Trees and Way of the Guide
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 23
Costa Rica - Cohort 33
Minnesota - Cohort 38
Colorado - Cohort 46
California - Cohort 31
British Columbia - Cohort 37
France - Cohort 44
New Hampshire - Cohort 41 (Full)
Council of Waters & Trees
Council of Waters & Trees
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 36 (Full)
Ohio - Cohort 29
Spain - Cohort 30
California - Cohort 28
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 21
California - Cohort 27
North Carolina - Cohort 26
Slovenia - Cohort 25
United Kingdom - Cohort 24
Florida - Cohort 20
Costa Rica - Cohort 19
California - Cohort 22
New Zealand - Cohort 32