Forest Therapy Days

IFTD2018 6th-12th of August 2018, Karjalohja – Finland

We are pleased to invite you to the first International Forest Therapy Days held in southern Finland on 6th-12th of August 2018. This event brings together international forest therapy practitioners, scientists and anyone who wishes to apply the healing effects of nature in their work, to share knowledge, learn from each other and experience different forest therapy practices.

WHY?

Nature´s established health effects are starting to become broadly recognized. Applying the healing effects of nature, and specifically those of the forests outside of a specific practice, e.g. in primary health care, is only starting. Simultaneously, the Forest Therapy community is growing and with it, a diversity of approaches, terms, and practices are surfacing. The International Forest Therapy Days aim to raise awareness of Forest Therapy as a growing field and help the field a substantial step forward by building bridges between practice and science.

FOR WHOM

  • Forest therapy practitioners

  • Researchers working on the natural environment and human health

  • Public health officials

  • Natural resource managers

  • Those interested in applying forests´ healing effects to their private lives or work

FOREST THERAPY SEMINAR

The week will start with a seminar day open to a wider audience. International researchers focusing on forests‘ therapeutic effects, both physical and mental, will share their research results and future research foci.  How forests‘ healing effects are applied in preventive and curative work, will be shared by practitioners who will talk about applications of forest therapy from around the world. You can find the program HERE.

FOREST THERAPY RETREAT

The seminar day will be followed by a retreat introducing different approaches to forest therapy. International practitioners and certified guides will lead sessions that will initiate you to the different application of forest therapy used for different target audiences.

The retreat is meant for practitioners who wish to deepen their knowledge and diversify their practice; but also to anyone interested in becoming initiated into forest therapy and learning new ways to experience the forest. You can find the program HERE.

SHARE

International practitioners come together to share knowledge and exchange their best practices.

LEARN

Learn from each other as practitioners and as new members of the Forest Therapy community.

EXPERIENCE

Experience the different practices, expand your tools or get initiated into Forest Therapy.

NURTURE

Indulge in a beautiful and pure natural environment where tending to the health of your mind and body happens by itself.

SPEAKERS AND GUIDES

International Forest Therapy Days

International Forest Therapy Days

IFTD 2018

www.foresttherapydays.com

International Forest Therapy Days, held in southern Finland in the summer of 2018, aims to raise awareness of Forest Therapy to the broader public across disciplines, and offer a capacity building and knowledge sharing opportunity for the Forest Therapy practitioners and aficionados from across the globe.

Katriina Kilpi

Katriina Kilpi

IFTD 2018 Organizer, Forest Mind guide

www.natureminded.be

Katriina (FI/BE) is a student at SLU and a practice oriented researcher who advises various stakeholders on nature´s health impacts. As a forest mind guide and an environmental educator, she accompanies the young and old into nature, to enjoy unhurried and mindful time in her beloved forests.

Heidi Korhonen

Heidi Korhonen

IFTD 2018 Organizer, Nature Connection Coach

www.foresttherapytoday.com

Heidi (FI) is a certified nature connection coach. Her practice is based on studies in ecotherapy, psychology, suggestion and relaxation therapy. Currently, Heidi works in a multinational project, which builds a professional training program for nature-based businesses.

Dr Iwao Uehara

Dr Iwao Uehara

Silviculture laboratory of Department of Forest Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture

www.forest-and-human-health.jp/english/

Iwao Uehara (JP) is a professor at the Silviculture laboratory at the Forest Science Department of Tokyo University of Agriculture. Iwao, who´s full name literally means “A Big Rock on the Upper Field”, is a licensed Forest Therapy counselor and the president of The Society of Forest Amenity and Human Health Promotion in Japan.

Petra Ellora Cau Wetterholm

Petra Ellora Cau Wetterholm

Licenced Clinical Psychologist, a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide (ANFT)

http://shinrin-yokusweden.se/english-2/

Petra (SE) from Shinrin-Yoku Sweden is a Licenced Clinical Psychologist, a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and a Mindfulness Facilitator. Petra is currently working to integrate Forest Therapy in Primary Health Care in Sweden, for those diagnosed with Stress Related Disorders.

Nitin Das

Nitin Das

Forest Film Maker and Founder of Project Healing Forest

www.healingforest.org

Nitin Das (IN) is a forest filmmaker. He tells amazing stories of uncommon people and extraordinary forests. He is currently working on a series of films that explain how forests heal people. Nitin is behind the beautiful IFTD 2018 Event video.

Riitta Wahlström

Riitta Wahlström

Licenciate on Education, Psychologist and Science Writer

http://www.elisanet.fi/taiga/courses.html

Riitta (FI) is a commendable educator, science writer, and researcher in the field of forest therapy. She is coaching EE and forest therapy courses in Italy, Spain and Finland. She Is CEO of Taiga-Institute. Riitta has also written several books, latest Wellbeing By Loving Nature includes  many ecotherapy practices.

Ian Banyard

Ian Banyard

Ian Banyard (UK) from Cotswold Natural Mindfulness

https://www.ianbanyard.com/home/

Ian (UK) provides guided walks and experiences to introduce the healing power of change through encouraging others to engage with both inner and outer nature. He is recruiting and training an international community of Natural Mindfulness guides.

Dr Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri

Dr Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri

A pharmacist specialized in use of medicinal and edible plants

Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri (LIT/BE) is a pharmacist specialized in safe and sustainable use of medicinal and edible plants. She analyses how green spaces and biodiversity, therapeutic landscapes and traditional knowledge contribute to human connectedness with nature, disease prevention and health promotion.

Kirsi Salonen

Kirsi Salonen

Psychology, psychotherapist, project researcher and doctoral student

www.psykologihyvanmielentila.fi/

Kirsi (FI) is a Finnish psychologist who has developed and used nature-based methods for 20 years as part of her work and research. Kirsi is an active member of the Green Care Finland association and the Chairman of the Ecopsychology and Environmental Psychology of the the Finnish Psychological Association.

Marko Leppänen

Marko Leppänen

MSc, geographer and journalist

http://www.luonnontie.fi/

Marko (FI) is a geographer and journalist specialized in the healing effects of nature. He designs nature trails and organizes nature interventions as a part of public health services. He is an author of Terveysmetsä (2017) (Health Forest) connecting places and wellbeing.

Dr Adela Pajunen

Dr Adela Pajunen

Biologist and enterpriser

http://www.luonnontie.fi/

Adela (FI) is a biologist and enterpriser working in many-sided ways to bring nature’s health benefits to more central role in the society. She coordinates Health Forest-program and research. She also guides forest therapy groups and is a co-author of the book Terveysmetsä.

Dr Ann Dolling

Dr Ann Dolling

Forest and Health program at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Ann (SE) is senior lecturer with a PhD in forest ecology. Her research focuses on the interactions between forest environments and human health and how planning for different interests in the forest can be done. Ann’s research is interdisciplinary in the areas of forest ecology, environmental psychology and medicine.

Dr Heli Jutila

Dr Heli Jutila

The Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation, Environmental Expert, MBA

www.luonnonperintosaatio.fi/en

Heli (FI) works as an Environmental Expert at the city of Hämeenlinna. She is specialized in nature consevation and water ways protection. As part of the board of The Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation , she represents the natural scientific but also economic knowledge. Heli enjoys all kinds of nature, which she finds always provides her with an adventure.

Hanna-Kaisa Heilimo

Hanna-Kaisa Heilimo

Registered (OR) nurse and CEO of Atofios

https://atofios.fi/

Hanna-Kaisa (FI) is a registered (OR) nurse but she has been extensively studying health promotion and adult education. In addition, she is a trained Forest Mind- guide and also forest therapy guide with ANFT. Hanna-Kaisa works in her own company named Atofios, producing and providing nature wellbeing services for different target groups. She has a strong passion in what she does.

Dr Liisa Tyrväinen

Dr Liisa Tyrväinen

Liisa Tyrväinen

Liisa Tyrväinen (FI)

Anders Mickos

Anders Mickos

Chief of Staff (Sipoo)

Anders Mickos (FI)

Malin Heikkinen

Malin Heikkinen

Head Nurse (Sipoo)

Malin Heikkinen (FI)

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