Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

ANFT Staff

Amos Clifford

Founder | CEO

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). After studying Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, in 2004 Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. By 2008 he no longer identified as Buddhist, instead preferring the nameless and sometimes unnamable experiences he had in natural settings, and had been having since early childhood. This led to a deepening inquiry regarding relationships between humans and the more-than-human world. Between 2010 and 2012 Amos took his inquiry into wild places, and with the help of School of Lost Borders and Men of Spirit he had a year of intense wilderness practice, which led to the vision for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, Amos founded ANFT in 2012 and over the next two years developed what is now known as the "Standard Sequence" of the ANFT school of Forest Therapy. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He teaches about Forest Therapy and leads retreats internationally.

Upcoming Events with this Guide
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center
Snowshoe Hare
Costa Rica, Playa Los Vivos - Forest and Beach, the Perfect Combination
Costa Rica, Monteverde - El corazón del bosque nuboso EN ESPAÑOL
Horsetail
Welcome Swallow
Yarrow - For Healthcare Professionals Only
Great Horned Owl
Swallow Tailed Kite
Chile, Pucón - Gaia Sur II
USA, Massachusetts - Land of Thoreau
Horse Chestnut
Chickadee
Salamander
Puma
Bluebird
Sweet Fern
Wild Strawberries
Fireflies
Hedgehog
Dandelion
Blue Spruce
Bluebells
USA, California - Mandala Springs
Exploring the Imaginal Realm
Chile, Pucón - Gaia Sur
Ireland Cohort 5
North Carolina Cohort 4
Chicago Cohort 3
California Cohort 2
California Cohort 1
Massachusetts Cohort 6
Ontario Cohort 8
Massachusetts Cohort 13
Massachusetts Cohort 15
Banyan
Dragonfly
Red Maple- Specific Immersion at Aaron's Place
Canada, Golden BC - Quantum Leaps
USA, California - Manzanita Village
USA, Arizona - Camp Willow Springs
Canada, Ontario - Cedar Ridge Camp
United Kingdom, Yorkshire - Broughton Hall Estate
Wolf Pack
Coyote
Wild Tulip
Hummingbird
Toucan (Spanish/Español)
Giant Pacific Octopus
Red Tailed Hawk
Eagle Owl
Dusky Dolphin
Wind Poppy
Piping Plover
Grizzly Bear
Golden Eagle
Silver Birch
Dawn Redwood
Condor (Spanish / Español)
Ontario - Summer 2020
Northern Midwest Guide Gathering
New Year Call with Amos
Meadow Pipit
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 Obsolete
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 - Cohort 51, 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
Past Events with this Guide
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center
Snowshoe Hare
Costa Rica, Playa Los Vivos - Forest and Beach, the Perfect Combination
Costa Rica, Monteverde - El corazón del bosque nuboso EN ESPAÑOL
Horsetail
Welcome Swallow
Yarrow - For Healthcare Professionals Only
Great Horned Owl
Swallow Tailed Kite
Chile, Pucón - Gaia Sur II
USA, Massachusetts - Land of Thoreau
Horse Chestnut
Chickadee
Salamander
Puma
Bluebird
Sweet Fern
Wild Strawberries
Fireflies
Hedgehog
Dandelion
Blue Spruce
Bluebells
USA, California - Mandala Springs
Exploring the Imaginal Realm
Chile, Pucón - Gaia Sur
Ireland Cohort 5
North Carolina Cohort 4
Chicago Cohort 3
California Cohort 2
California Cohort 1
Massachusetts Cohort 6
Ontario Cohort 8
Massachusetts Cohort 13
Massachusetts Cohort 15
Banyan
Dragonfly
Red Maple- Specific Immersion at Aaron's Place
Canada, Golden BC - Quantum Leaps
USA, California - Manzanita Village
USA, Arizona - Camp Willow Springs
Canada, Ontario - Cedar Ridge Camp
United Kingdom, Yorkshire - Broughton Hall Estate
Wolf Pack
Coyote
Wild Tulip
Hummingbird
Toucan (Spanish/Español)
Giant Pacific Octopus
Red Tailed Hawk
Eagle Owl
Dusky Dolphin
Wind Poppy
Piping Plover
Grizzly Bear
Golden Eagle
Silver Birch
Dawn Redwood
Condor (Spanish / Español)
Ontario - Summer 2020
Northern Midwest Guide Gathering
New Year Call with Amos
Meadow Pipit
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 Obsolete
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 - Cohort 51, 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