Global Institute of Forest Therapy
'Guided By Nature, We Heal'
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.
We invite you to join the global community of forest therapy guides. At GIFT we offer a certification program that stands for professional standards, holistic ethics, professional community and reciprocal therapeutic relationships with nature.
a unique gift:
Experience the 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. It is this connection between the person and the forest that provides the therapeutic benefits of the practice.
Forest Therapy is both a new and ancient practice, supporting people to deepen their intimacy with the natural world, returning to a state of being known to all our aboriginal ancestors. This state of being is sometimes referred to as 'deep nature connection' where we recognize we are not only a human being moving through a natural environment but we are a human being in our natural environment, living our lives in reciprocal regenerative relationship with the rest of nature. We have deep gratitude to all the aboriginal teachers who have with great courage kept their traditions alive and shared them with us. While we recognize that we are all indigenous to Earth, there are many aboriginal communities (colonized and un-contacted) who continue to suffer huge losses due to the industrial growth model upon which globalization is founded. In gratitude and recognition of these peoples and the wisdom sanctuaries they protect, we pledge 1% of all training income to organizations who work for aboriginal peoples rights and ecological restoration.
We are a New Organization
with A Big Vision &
A Solid Plan to Get There
Training. Research. Community Building.
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Save On Guide Training
Training Grants from Canadian Provinces
for Forest Therapy Training
Canada Job Grant Program
We are the Global Institute of Forest Therapy, 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.
In the News....
Several new books coming out on Forest Therapy/Bathing
All photography, unless identified, provided by Ben Porchuk (BP) and Sky Buitenhuis (SB)