1st Forest Therapy Guide Training in Japan

Forest Therapy Guide Training Cohort Kyoto June 2024

Finally, Forest Therapy has come to Japan – courtesy of INFTA and the Kyoto Botanical Gardens. As a special incentive for the Public celebrating its 100th anniversary, INFTA offered the world’s first Forest Therapy Guide training at the Kyoto Botanical Gardens. This exclusive international workshop was held 12-16 June 2024 with participants from Australia, China, […]

Forest Therapy Meets Shinrin-yoku

Kyoto Botanical Garden - Forest Therapy Session

The concept of Shinrin-yoku (“immersion in the forest”) was revived in modern times in the 1980s in Japan. Holiday and tourist locations in the mountains embraced Shinrin-yoku and dozens of “Forest Therapy Bases” sprung up across all prefectures in Japan. Despite several research efforts, especially led by Prof. Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki and his team at […]

Forest Therapy for students

Introducing Forest Therapy to students

INFTA’s President, Susan Joachim, introduces Forest Therapy and the world’s first, campus-based Forest Therapy trail at Deakin University. [© 2024 Deakin University] The new Forest Therapy trail at the eco-friendly and nicely landscaped Waurn Ponds campus near Geelong, Victoria, offers the possibility for Forest Therapy sessions right on campus for students and staff.  

World’s first campus-based Forest Therapy trail open

world's first campus-based Forest Therapy trail

The successful collaboration between INFTA’s experts and staff from Deakin University – the No. 1 university when it comes to educational experience in Victoria – bore fruit: the world’s first campus-based Forest Therapy trail, certified and accredited by INFTA, opened with a set of standardized Forest Therapy sessions led by INFTA’s President, Susan Joachim, on […]

Forest Therapy for international students in Victoria

Study Melbourne logo

It is with great pleasure to learn that INFTA has been awarded a Study Melbourne Inclusion Program grant by the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions in Victoria to conduct Forest Therapy sessions for hundreds of international students. INFTA appreciates the support of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne where these sessions will be conducted […]

Another Forest Therapy Guide Training

Forest Therapy Guide Training

Another introductory Forest Therapy Guide training workshop has been conducted successfully at the pristine location of the Pallotti College in the Yarra Valley outside Melbourne. Participants from Queensland, South Australia and Victoria enjoyed their first learning steps as part of the six-months supervised and mentored practicum utilizing our state-of-art INFTA Learning Management System. The brilliant […]

Forest Therapy at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine

Prof. Dr. Dieter Kotte, INFTA’s Secretary & International Strategic Advisor, conducted a guest lecture for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). His presentation “Implementing Forest Therapy at the ACLM” was addressed to members of the Nature as Medicine Subcommittee and outlined the importance and steps to integrate Forest Therapy as an evidence-based Public Health […]

Top 5 forest bathing spots in Australia

Forest Bathing Wellness Traveller

Leave the daily routine and stress behind and consider taking time out with “forest bathing”. The current top 5 destinations for recreational “forest bathing” and wellbeing surrounded by forest air and immersing in the solitude of nature have been summarized in a recent “Well Traveller” article. Most sought after are destinations where individual Forest Therapy […]

Podcast – The real healing happens outside

Forest Therapy and Coaching Outdoors

Invited by Coaching Outdoors, INFTA’s President, Susan Joachim, and INFTA’s Accredited Forest Therapy Guide, disucssed the opportunities of coaching and counselling in outdoor spaces during a recent podcast. Titled “The real healing happens outside” Susan explained and stressed the many health benefits when extending coaching clients from indoor settings to outdoors. Enjoy this podcast by […]

Geelong Nature Festival 2023

Geelong Botanic Gardens - Open Day 2023

INFTA participated actively in the Geelong Nature Festival 2023, held at the Geelong Botanic Gardens on 8 October 2023. Hundreds of interested people from Geelong and surroundings strolled by to experience the many flowers and blossoming trees. INFTA’s President, Susan Joachim, and INFTA’s Accredited Forest Therapy Guide, Karyn Folwell, offered a free Forest Therapy taster […]