Certified Forest Bathing Trails, Spas and Retreats

Certified Forest Bathing Trails, Spas and Retreats
The concept of Forest Therapy is gaining global recognition as an evidence-based approach to wellness and health. Forest Therapy sessions consist of gentle walks in which a guide uses a range of techniques aimed primarily at slowing people down from what has become a “normal” frenetic pace, and calling attention to sensory experiences of the forest and its environment.

Just as we have established (and continue to build) a global network of skillful guides, we envision a global network of recognized, certified forest bathing destinations where visitors will be able to experience an intimate connection to the land. We are in search of places where the land is managed with an ethic of love and tenderness, where humans and the more than human world can fall in love with one another, and where the practice of Forest Therapy is a natural fit.

Some of these destinations are spas and retreats where we have conducted site-specific trainings for staff. Other destinations are trails where our certified Forest Therapy guides have partnered with land managers to host the practice. And some are trails where we have assisted land managers in designing a self-guided Forest Therapy experience. Whatever the format, we are confident that these are all destinations where you will find your own deep connection to the land, waters, sky, and beings of that place. If you find yourself traveling, we hope you may have the pleasure of experiencing the magic of these forests for yourself.

If you are interested in nominating your spa, retreat, or trail for our certification process, please email Ben@natureandforesttherapy.org.