Successful INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training (December 2018)
Another successful international training workshop was conducted 28 November to 2 December 2018 at Pallotti College, Victoria/Australia. The five-day INFTA Forest Therapy Introduction which forms the beginning of the six-months comprehensive, mentored and supervised INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training was booked out with an international and diverse group of participants joining us from as far away as New South Wales, Queensland, Malaysia and Belgium.
Hangzhou International Workshop on Forest Therapy in China (September 2019)
INFTA’s Secretary, Dr. Dieter Kotte, was privileged to be invited to the Hangzhou International Workshop on Forest Therapy as international expert and keynote speaker. On recommendation of Prof. Dr. Qing Li, the leading expert in Forest Medicine in Japan, Dr. Kotte was invited by the President of the Chinese Committee of Forest Therapy to attend the landmark event in Hangzhou, the provincial capital of Tonglu. In his opening remarks, Mr. Zhao Shucong, Chairman of the Chinese Society of Forestry, the oldest scientific association in the Peoples Republic of China, underlined the importance which Forest Therapy will play in the years to come. In his keynote address, Dr Kotte called for the implementation of international standards with regards to research, training and raising Public awareness about Forest Therapy. Both INFTA and the Chinese Society of Forestry, represented by the Chinese Committee of Forest Therapy, are working on a Memorandum of Understanding to fuse their efforts nationally and internationally.
INFTA President endorses Forest Therapy in Victoria (August 2018)
Susan V. Joachim, INFTA’s President, stressed the importance of Forest Therapy during the “Nature is Good Medicine” symposium organized by Parks Victoria in Melbourne, 31 August 2018. In his opening speech, Jeff Floyd, Chairman of Parks Victoria, underlined the possibilities of Forest Therapy as evidence-based, efficient and low-cost Public health practice. In his concluding remarks, Parks Victoria CEO, Matthew Jackson, suggested that Victoria needs to embrace activities like Forest Therapy to counter contemporary health issues across the state. The symposium offered an ideal start-up platform to raise more awareness about the manifolds benefits of Forest Therapy as a Public health approach.
World Conference on “Forests for Public Health”
Please take note of this interesting event in Athens, Greece, scheduled 8-11 May 2019. As the President of the Organizing Committee of the conference, Dr Christos Gallos, points out, human health and wellbeing are vital socio-political and Public health issues for today and for the future. They vitally define our lives. Forests, urban forests, and green spaces can have a significant influence on the health and wellbeing of many people. We might look at them as a kind of health insurance! Further information and registration info can be found here.
INFTA President visits Korea Forest Service (March 2018)
Susan V. Joachim, INFTA’s President, has visited the Republic of South Korea for talks with Prof. Dr. Won Sop Shin, former Minister of the Korea Forest Service. Here, Professor Shin welcomes Mrs Joachim at the National Center for Forest Therapy at Yeongju. Intense meetings coupled with outstanding hospitality and generosity by the Korean hosts were complemented with refreshing and revitalizing Forest Therapy and Nature Therapy applications. INFTA and the Korea Forest Service are expected to collaborate in future on a wide range of important aspects in the area of Forest Therapy, Forest Medicine and Public Health.
INFTA’s President participates at INFOM Symposium (March 2018)
During her speech at the INFOM Symposium 2018 in Tokyo, Susan V. Joachim, INFTA’s President, advocated for international standards and intensified networking in the area of Forest Medicine and Forest Therapy, particularly with regards to research, training and PR. Here, Prof. Dr. Qing Li, the President of INFOM and leading researcher in Forest Medicine welcomes Mrs Joachim cordially to the symposium. Professor Li and INFTA deliberated a number of concrete steps how to collaborate closely in future.
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