The International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (INFTA) promotes Forest Therapy as an evidence-based Public health practice through international partnerships with research & training institutes, government bodies and relevant industry stakeholders.
Forest Therapy is a research-based Public health practice of guided immersion in forested surroundings with the aim of promoting mental and physical health whilst relaxing and enjoying nature.
Recognized widely as a Public health practice, it has gained global acceptance as evidence-based, effective and affordable natural medicine.
Forest Therapy is also referred to as Shinrin-yoku (Japanese for ‘forest bathing’ or ‘immersion in the forest’) due to its origins in Japan.
According to the World Health Organization, stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century and is responsible for many forms of non-communicable diseases. In the 1980s, Japan recognized the physiological and psychological impact of stress and depression and sought out a new, affordable and effective way to alleviate it.
This was the origin of “Shinrin-yoku”, roughly translated as ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’, ‘forest immersion’ or ‘forest bathing’. During the last three decades, this trend led to the development of the Public health practice of Forest Therapy. The term was coined by Prof. Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, Grand Fellow, Chiba University in Japan and a member on the INFTA Advisory Board.
A Forest Therapy Guide is a professional who is certified and qualified with specialist skills, knowledge and competencies in the application of Forest Therapy as a Public health practice in suitable forests and nature settings.
A Forest Therapy Guide conducts Forest Therapy sessions which are customized for different target audiences.
The first International Handbook of Forest Therapy defines the scientific domain of this innovative, evidence-based and timely Public health approach. More than 50 authors from around the world were brought together to offer their expertise and insights about Forest Therapy from a variety of research perspectives.
The theoretical discussion of the effects related to the biophilia hypothesis presented here is complemented by research results compiled across the last three decades in the fields of psychology, medicine and biochemistry, primarily from Asia. The book also highlights the latest developments with regards to Forest Therapy in a number of different countries, ranging from China and Australia to Germany and Norway.
The handbook constitutes a major milestone in research in this field. It set the baseline for Forest Therapy to be implemented worldwide as a powerful and financially prudent Public health practice.
Forest Therapy offers exactly what people need right now!
Many people suffer from stress and lifestyle-related illnesses. Most of us have a poor work-life balance. Our lifestyles have also led to environmental issues.
As an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide you reconnect people to nature and make a real difference.
Combine your passion with your purpose.
Join a community of mature, committed professionals.
Work together with the world’s most trusted training partner.
Make steady progress towards clear goals.
Become a leader in your community. Qualified, professional and respected.