Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

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The ANFT European Council

Our Mission

  • To create a supportive network and a community for all European ANFT guides, certified and in-training;
  • To raise awareness of, and participation in, the practice of Forest Therapy in all European countries;
  • To build allies and working partnerships across Europe with like-minded people working in the fields of:
    • Medicine
    • Environmental Protection
    • Social Services
    • Health and Wellness
    • Education
    • Parks and Land Management
    • Tourism

Who is the European Council?
Members of the Council are ANFT-certified guides and trainers from various parts of Europe with backgrounds in a variety of fields including educational programs, cross-cultural communications, health and wellbeing, law and IT. Contact the Council at europeancouncil@natureandforesttherapy.org

European Network & Community of Guides
The European Council facilitates and nurtures the community of ANFT-certified guides across all European countries through:

  • Webinars
  • Community gatherings (via Zoom)
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Provision of a professional PR toolkit for guides to use when communicating the benefits of Forest Therapy to various groups from mental health professionals to corporations, the forestry sector and landowners
  • And more….To find out more about the current projects and possibilities, to receive the PR Toolkit, or to join the mailing list, contact europeancouncil@natureandforesttherapy.org

Kat Novotna, Netherlands

Maren Pressinger - Buchsbaum, Austria

Liz Dawes, United Kingdom

Experience Forest Therapy in Europe
There is an ever-growing number of certified Forest Therapy Guides across our European countries. To find one near you, search the map by province or town at https://www.natureandforesttherapy.earth/membership/guide-directory#!directory/map Or, contact europeancouncil@natureandforesttherapy.org to get in touch with guides near you.

Guide Trainings in Europe
Forest Therapy Guide training is facilitated online and is organized by time zones, rather than as place-based training courses. Europeans looking to explore becoming an ANFT-certified guide can find the schedule of trainings here: https://www.natureandforesttherapy.earth/guide-training/training

Allies and working partnerships in Europe
The European Council is looking to connect with groups, institutions and professionals who:

Professionals working in the fields of medicine, environmental protection, social services, health & wellness, education, parks and land management, and tourism across Europe are invited to contact us at europeancouncil@natureandforesttherapy.org

The ANFT Canadian Council

The Canadian Council of the ANFT is a volunteer body mandated to raise awareness of, and participation in, the practice of guided Forest Therapy walks and nature connection in Canada. We also work to foster a sense of community amongst ANFT-accredited guides practicing in Canada and to build allies and working partnerships with like-minded people working in the fields of medicine, social services, wellness, education, parks and land management, and tourism across the country.
Members of the Canadian Council are AFNT-certified guides from across the country working in a variety of fields including tourism, medicine, communications, nature education and academia. Contact the Council at canadiancouncil@natureandforesttherapy.org.

Experience Forest Therapy in Canada
There is an ever-growing numberof certified Forest Therapy Guides across Canada. To find one near you, search the map by province or town at https://www.natureandforesttherapy.earth/membership/guide-directory#!directory/map. Or, contact canadiancouncil@natureandforesttherapy.org for the name of guides near you.

Guide Training in Canada
Forest Therapy Guide training now takes place online and is organized by time zones, rather than as place-based training courses. Canadians looking to explore becoming an ANFT-certified guide can find the schedule of trainings here:https://www.natureandforesttherapy.earth/guide-training/training.

A Canadian Community of Guides
The Canadian Council facilitates and nurtures the community of ANFT-certified guides in Canada through community calls, webinars, newsletters and more. There are volunteer opportunities to get involved with the work of the Council in a number of areas. To find out more, or to join the mailing list, contact canadiancouncil@natureandforesttherapy.org.

Allies and working partnerships in Canada
The Canadian Council is looking to connect with groups and individuals who share our desire and work to promote the health, well-being and relational benefits of connecting Canadians to nature with the goals of sharing research and expertise, building awareness, co-sponsoring programs and activities, and advocating at local, provincial and national levels.
Professionals working in the fields of medicine, social services, wellness, education, parks and land management, and tourism across the country are invited to contact us at canadiancouncil@natureandforesttherapy.org. A key aspect of our work with allies lies in sharing and disseminating the growing body of research on the benefits of time spent in nature and, more specifically, on the guided experience of Forest Therapy.