FREE Forest Therapy Sessions – Ocean Grove Nature Reserve

Ocean Grove

INFTA collaborates with Parks Victoria as part of the ParkConnect program to offer free Forest Therapy sessions. The next sessions for the community will be conducted at the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve. Please register here for your free Forest Therapy session.

Hear from our recent graduate in Japan

happy Japanese Forest Therapy participants

There are quite a few Forest Therapy certification programs across the world, and I did quite a lot of research before settling on INFTA for my training. There are a few in the US that I looked into, but INFTA seemed to offer the most comprehensive and well-balanced training for Forest Therapy Guides, considering not only […]

INFTA Forest Therapy Guide elected as President, Forest Therapy Association, Lithuania

Linas Daubaras, President, Lithanian Forest Therapy Association

Congratulations, Linas Daubaras! INFTA’s Forest Therapy Guide, Linas Daubaras, has just been elected President of the Lithuanian Forest Therapy Association. Linas, a lecturer at the Department of Landscape Design, Faculty of Forestry and Landscape Architecture, Kaunas Forestry and Environmental Engineering University of Applied Sciences (KMAIK), was instrumental in founding this new organisation. This follows the […]

Fresh start to practical INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training

INFTA Training September 2021

Now that travel restrictions allow international travel again, take the opportunity to enroll in one of the upcoming courses. This also allows those who took part in 2021 online training to gain valuable and necessary practical skills and competencies. Choose from several international training locations: Victoria, Australia New South Wales, Australia Western Australia Germany, EU […]

INFTA’s President discusses Forest Therapy with Parks Victoria

contemplating nature

Forest Therapy, which emerged from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, has nearly thirty years of medical research supporting its efficacy as a preventative Public health practice. Participating in guided Forest Therapy walks has been shown to regulate blood pressure, lower stress, support mental health and even boost the immune system. President of the International Nature […]

Book in Focus: International Handbook of Forest Therapy

book in focus

Cambridge Scholars Publishing has released a special feature, the “Book in Focus: International Handbook of Forest Therapy” showcasing the international relevance of the topic – and importance of this handbook for researchers, Forest Therapy Guides and stakeholders interested in Forest Therapy as a Public health practice. In this blog, INFTA’s Secretary and Editor-in-Chief of the […]

Forest Therapy and Nature-Deficit Disorder – Interview with INFTA’s President

Child playing outdoors

Journalist and entrepreneur Liz Cook interviewed INFTA’s President, Susan V. Joachim, for the podcast series, OnConscious. The focus of the interview was to describe the potential and possibilities how Forest Therapy addresses today’s widespread Nature-Deficit Disorder, a term coined by the American author, Richard Louv. You can listen to the whole podcast here.

Meeting the Founder of Narana – Uncle Vincent Ross


It has been a real privilege for INFTA’s President, Susan V. Joachim, to have been welcomed and greeted by Uncle Vincent Ross, a Mutti Mutti elder and the founder of the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The Institute of Forest Therapy, INFTA’s Accredited Training Provider in Australia and Asia, has recently moved some office space to […]

INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training in New South Wales

Forest Therapy Training NSW March 2020

Another successful training workshop was held at Uniting Venues Elanora, Elanora Heights, New South Wales/Australia, 17-21 March 2021. This five-day intensive workshop marked the start of the six-months training of the next batch of INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guides. INFTA projects a demand of several dozen Forest Therapy Guides over the coming three years in New South Wales alone. […]

Forest Therapy featured on Channel 9

tea ceremony

INFTA’s President, Susan V. Joachim, explained the arrival of Forest Therapy at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to Stephen, the reporter of the Morning Show, Channel 9, a popular TV program in Australia (click on the start button to see the video).