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Global Institute of Forest Therapy

Guided By Nature,
We Heal” 

With caring hearts and Expertise,
we serve Your Forest Therapy Needs

* Forest Therapy Guide training *

* Nature Connection, Medical Health Research *

* Guide Community support *

* Trail Designation
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The Global Institute of Forest Therapy is officially launched and this is the welcome video by co-founders Sky Buitenhuis and Ben Porchuk.

GIFT In a nutshell

GIFT is a Not-for-Profit that is committed to furthering the global movement of natural healthcare through training skilled forest therapy guides, promoting forest medicine, and collaborating in the evolving fields of green prescriptions and holistic health.

Are You Called to Join…
…the global community of forest therapy guides? GIFT’s certification program stands for professional standards, holistic ethics, professional community and reciprocal therapeutic relationships with nature.

a unique gift:
Medicine of Being in the Forest...

Also known as Forest Bathing or Shinrin Yoku in Japanese, Forest Therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic practice that connects people to forest environments through gentle sensory based invitations. Forest therapy guides are not therapists; they are guides who help people to deepen their connection with the forest; the connection between the person and the forest that provides the therapeutic benefits of the practice.

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INDIGENOUS CULTURE SUPPORT PLEDGE
 We pledge 1% of all training income
to organizations who work for indigenous peoples rights and ecological restoration.
Find out more here.

why become a guide?

Nature's gift and that of a person are bold and strong when connected intimately together.

Find Out How

I really couldn’t believe the experience I had on a guided forest therapy walk. It was subtle. It was quiet. I was so powerful. I decided I needed more!
— C. Bradstreet, Toronto, ON

Train In England, this July 2019 at Forest Holidays with Founder, Trainer, Sky Maria Buitenhuis (see photo below - her bio here). Sky has co-founded two global forest therapy organizations as well as been a highly effective trainer and mentor to hundreds of students.

Sky Maria Buitenhuis   of Ireland is set to lead the Forest Therapy Training in England, at Forest Holidays near Gloucestershire in July 2019.

Sky Maria Buitenhuis of Ireland is set to lead the Forest Therapy Training in England, at Forest Holidays near Gloucestershire in July 2019.

Marlise Eguchi of the City of Markham with Ben Porchuk of GIFT at the Launch of Canada’s first Designated Forest Therapy Trail. Help us help you  Designate a Trail in your community .

Marlise Eguchi of the City of Markham with Ben Porchuk of GIFT at the Launch of Canada’s first Designated Forest Therapy Trail. Help us help you Designate a Trail in your community.

why g.i.f.t.?

GIFT is a non-profit organization that cares deeply about people, nature and applying our strengths to rebuild strong, interdependent relationships between people and the natural world.

Find Out More →

Nature is disappearing. People are are greatly disconnected to what is left. Help us reverse these trends. Donation ‘GIFT Jar’ Designed and Created by Jessica Middleton…Help us Fill it Up!  Donate Here

Nature is disappearing. People are are greatly disconnected to what is left. Help us reverse these trends. Donation ‘GIFT Jar’ Designed and Created by Jessica Middleton…Help us Fill it Up! Donate Here

GIFT Giving ! …Ben on behalf of GIFT donating $250 to Kyle of Aamjiwnaang First Nation. See more  here .

GIFT Giving! …Ben on behalf of GIFT donating $250 to Kyle of Aamjiwnaang First Nation. See more here.

In the News....

Several new books coming out on Forest Therapy/Bathing. Click Here.

Article in Ground Magazine on Canada’s first Designated Forest Therapy Trail: Click Here.


All photography, unless otherwise identified, provided by Ben Porchuk (BP) and Sky Buitenhuis (SB)