WHAT FOREST THERAPY IS NOT
Forest Therapy is defined as an effective, innovative and affordable Public health practice. Forest Therapy as designed, publicly offered and monitored by INFTA and its international network of experts is recognized by government and research institutions around the world. Still, more research is needed to underline and support the benefits of Forest Therapy found so far.
Forest Therapy is not a wellness trend. Forest Therapy is also not “forest bathing”, a tabloid term coined in the United States to suggest cheap thrills.
Forest Therapy based on research, science and professional structures is different, though. INFTA and its network of researchers and government institutions has built its Public health practice on well-established, evaluated and validated facts and evidence. Thus, INFTA is the only recognized international peak body.
This is reflected, for example, by the release of the International Core Curriculum of Forest Therapy (ICCFT) in 2017, the International Handbook of Forest Therapy (IHFT) in 2019 and the professional training offered in Asia, Australia and Europe. For INFTA, each guided Forest Therapy walk is carefully documented, monitored and evaluated. The ICCFT constitutes the comprehensive framework for the six-months training to become an INFTA-Certified and Accredited Forest Therapy Guide. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) forms the backbone of quality control of clinical and professional Forest Therapy. This, coupled with ongoing research in different countries is the focus and work of INFTA.