Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT)

Our Trainers

Our experienced and international Training Team is at the core of what we do. Each trainer underwent a rigorous and extensive training process, to prepare themselves to deliver the highest quality of training to our students.

We take training guides very seriously. Our trainees deserve the best. We hold very high standards of excellence. Our trainers are not only very experienced forest therapy guides that have guided hundreds of walks in many different settings and for many different populations but they also embody the values of ANFT and the Way of the Guide.

Each year, the Trainers gather to connect, honor, recalibrate and strengthen their bonds even further.

What energizes our work is our love of nature; but also our sense of impending environmental catastrophe caused by global warming and Western Culture’s emphasis on unsustainable patterns of consumption. Our contribution to finding solutions to these problems is to help as many people as possible to develop meaningful relationships with nature.

The reality is that most people don’t spend much time in nature; and when we do, we are often distracted and don’t interact meaningfully with the other inhabitants of the forest. We agree with Jacques Cousteau that “people protect what they love.” Love of nature arises naturally when we come into a heartfelt, embodied relationship with it, a kind of relationship that is not characterized as much by “knowing the facts” as it is of our fundamental and innate kinship with all beings.

Training Team

Training

Amos Clifford

Trainer

Amos' current focus is on building scalable systems to support ANFT's training, membership, and trai...

Arizona, USA
Jackie Kuang

Trainer

Jackie was trained in cohort 16 and has mentored and/or trained guides from the following cohorts: 2...

Arizona, USA
Manuela Siegfried

Trainer

Manuela is responsible for the direction of all training activities for ANFT.

Costa Rica
Ben Page

Trainer

Ben was trained in cohort 2 and has trained guides from the following cohorts: 5, 11, 16, 18, 19, 22...

California, USA
Tam Willey

Trainer

Tam has mentored and trained guides from cohorts 23, 29, 34, 41, 45, 50, Red Maple, Flying Squirrel,...

Massachusetts, USA
Nadine Mazzola

Trainer

In 2015 Nadine trained with Cohort 4 (before the cohorts had names) in North Carolina at Kanati Lodg...

Massachusetts, USA
Stana Luxford Oddie

Trainer

Stana (she/her) trained with ANFT in cohort 6 in 2016. In 2017 she took on a mentor role and in 2018...

Ontario, Canada
Geeta Stilwell

Trainer

Trained in Cohort 7 in Ireland, Assisted in Cohort 12 in France, Assisted in Cohort 19 in Costa Rica...

Portugal
Vicky Kyan

Trainer

Cohort 2 - CA/USA 2015, Cohort 9 - NZ 2016, Cohort 17 - Australia 2017, Cohort 22 - CA/USA 2018, Coh...

New Zealand
Ronna Schneberger

Trainer

I trained in cohort 5 and I have been on the training team for cohorts 11, 14, 20, 21, 37, 43, 47, R...

Alberta, Canada
Caitlin C. Williams

Trainer

Trained in Cohort 1. ANFT Mentor and Trainer since 2014. Upcoming Cohorts: Coyote, Yarrow, Swallow-t...

North Carolina, USA
Youmin Yap

Trainer

Youmin was trained in cohort 18. She has mentored and/or trained the following cohorts: cohort 52 (A...

Singapore
Darlene Rooney-Keller

Trainer

Darlene was trained in Cohort 22. She has mentored/ trained in Cohorts 35,43,46,50, River Otter, Win...

Colorado, USA
Amanda Yik

Trainer

Amanda’s deep connection with nature has supported her through life’s many challenges, including mul...

Hong Kong
Marcela Morales

Trainer

Participant in ANFT - ICT Immersion "Principles of Forest Bathing", Costa Rica, 2018. Trained in Coh...

Costa Rica
Ken Ouendag

Trainer

Ken Ouendag became the first certified Forest Therapy Guide in Vancouver, BC after training with ANF...

Carla Zorzanelli

Trainer

Trained in cohort 40 in Slovenia in 2018. Assisted in the trainings in Costa Rica in 2019 and in the...

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