Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT)

Local Councils

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 [email protected]

Who is the European Council?

  • 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 [email protected]

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 guide directory by province or town HERE. Or, contact [email protected] 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.

Allies and working partnerships in Europe

The European Council is looking to connect with groups, institutions and professionals who:

  • share our vision to promote the health, well-being and relational benefits of connecting to nature;
  • are interested in receiving, 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;
  • are open to sharing their own research and expertise in the field of nature connection;
  • are keen to co-sponsor and build awareness of ANFT programs and activities;
  • will advocate on the European Council’s behalf at local, provincial and national levels by connecting groups or institutions with local guides, as well as providing information materials about Forest Therapy and the ANFT approach to it.

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 [email protected]

Kat Novotna

Netherlands

Maren Pressinger

Buchsbaum, Austria

Liz Dawes

United Kingdom

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 [email protected].

Experience Forest Therapy in Canada

There is an ever-growing numberof certified Forest Therapy Guides across Canada. TTo find one near you, search the guide directory by province or town HERE. Or, contact [email protected] 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.

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]. 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.

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