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European ANFT Council Newsletter #7

Dear Guides and Friends,

We wish you all a sparkling 2020, may your hearts be filled with joyful experiences in nature which we can share with each other. The holiday season has passed by for the most of us now and here we are – at the dawn of a new decade- with the first ANFT European newsletter of 2020! We also like to share the link to Amos 2020 New Year call and quote him “May we find our voice through the voice of the forest and may we be a community of love.” 

We’ve done our best to collect useful tips, invitations, information and inspiration that feels relevant for this time of the year. And so, in this newsletter, you can read about:

  • The planned European ANFT Trainings for 2020
  • An overview of upcoming European Conferences
  • Pro-Tip of the month reflecting about WIM
  • European Member Series (aka Professional Development) calls and Regional calls for the first quarter of 2020,
  • Relevant events from the field,
  • An interview with our guide Wendy Wuyts from Belgium,
  • Kat's arrows to the heart,
  • and our Book tip of the month.

We hope you’ll have fun reading, get inspired and get in touch! Please feel free to send us an email to if you have any questions, ideas or comments.

With connection In our hearts,

Ales, Amanda, Geeta, Heidi and Kat


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December 2019
ANFT European FT Guide Trainings

The schedule for Guide Trainings for 2020 is live on the ANFT website HERE. As you might have heard in Amos' New Years Call, the ANFT will be organizing 20 trainings in 2020, magical, and easy to remember too! Highlighting the trainings confirmed for Europe so far:

Czech Republic - 10-17 May 2020

Finland - 6-13 June 2020

England, UK - 05-12 June 2020

Norway - 28 Jul - 4 August 2020

Germany - 11 - 18 October 2020

If you have friends or participants from your walks that are interested in training as Forest Therapy Guides you know where to direct them to... HERE

New Early Bird Tuition for 2020

Early Bird Special for 2020 trainings s available up to 6 months before the start of the training. Payment must be received in full by the early bird deadline, or the regular tuition rate will apply. 

NEW Scholarship Program 2020

The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs offers twelve scholarships for forest therapy guide trainings to applicants who experience financial barriers to training programs like ours, and who demonstrate a strong potential for bringing forest therapy to communities and settings that open the doors for others to participate. Click HERE for more information.

Upcoming for 2020
European Conferences

The Mindful Living Show 

6-7th March - London, UK

More information HERE

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

19- 23rd May 2020 - London - UK

More Information HERE

International Forest Therapy Days 

2-8th July 2020 - Parkano - Finland 

More Information HERE

Inner Peace Conference 

19th – 20th September 2020 Amsterdam - Netherlands More Information HERE

VII Convegno Nazionale di Montagnaterapia

14 - 17 October 2020 - Parma - Italy 

More Information HERE
Workplace, Wellbeing and Stress Forum 

19 November 2020 - Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London

More Information HERE

9th International Adventure Therapy Conference 

21-26 June 2021 - Kristiansand - Norway

More Information HERE

More dates and events will follow.

If you know about any interesting event where ANFT should be present, please let us know.

Pro-Tip of the Month

WIM: What's In Motion

“And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” John Muir 

"Slowing down" is one of the major edges which people are facing these days. Stoping the „Monkey mind“ and „Monkey body“ is never easy. It is very important to bear in mind that people are not used to move slowly and are not able to relax their minds at the touch of a finger. For somebody who is not accustomed with it, walking slowly might be a stressful activity. And this is important part of our work as FT guides. What could help us as guides to open the doors for our participants?

  • Be open to participants about that this is not easy, and that it is quite normal that it is not easy to stop the „Monkey mind“ & „Monkey body“
  • Give a clear WIM invitation with the notice that you will be in the lead of the group, that it is best not to talk during this invitation and of course that if their mind will drift and other thoughts appear just simply notice again what is in motion.
  • If you notice that participants' minds are drifting again, simply remind them to focus on what is in motion again.
  • Trust the forest even when the weather is still - there is always something in motion around us.
  • You may offer participants to notice not only the external movements but also their inner movements.
  • We can also mirror the movements of nature and watch how the nature is mirroring our own movements:
    • We can notice how nature - both animals and plants - are reacting to our slow movement.
    • We can notice how the birds' songs are changing during our walk.
    • How the wind is changing its flow during our walk.
  • Keep walking at least for 15 minutes.
  • Every time you walk your trail, WIM brings a different experience and noticing
  • Keep the sharing after this invitation simple - „What are you noticing?“ 

We'll be happy to hear about your experience! Yu can send it to us per email to

European ANFT Calls

Every month we plan professional development calls to support your training as a Forest Therapy Guide. And starting from 2020 we will organize regional calls every quarter for community building purposes within your region. 

Get your calendars out and schedule the calls that call to your attention. Better safe than sorry.

January/February/March 2020
Member Series Calls

2 February 2020

18:00 CET* - Embodiment

w/ Amos Clifford/Geeta Stilwell

1 March 2020

18:00 CET* - Setting up your business

w/ Nadine Mazzola

CET* - Central European Time

January / March 2020
Regional Calls

Central & East EU Region 

22nd January 2020 - 19:00 CET

Theme: Insurance & Legal Requirements w/ Ales

25th March 2020 - 19:00 CET

Theme: Guiding different populations/Groups w/ Ales 

Uk, Ireland & France Region

29th January 2020  - 20:00 CET

Theme: Insurance & Legal Requirements w/ Amanda

4th March 2020 - 20:00 CET

Theme: Guiding different populations/Groups w/ Amanda 

Germanic Region 

9 March 2020 - 19:00 CET

Theme: Guiding different populations/Groups w/ Kat 

South Europe Region 

8 March 2020 - 19:00 CET

Theme: Guiding different populations/Groups w/ Geeta

Scandinavian Region 

 15 March 2020 - 19:00 CET

Theme: Guiding different populations/Groups w/ Heidi 

NOTE: Recordings for these calls will be sent out via email by the facilitator of the call.

Call Schedule
Recordings of Past Calls
Trainers Facilitating Calls this Month

This month we'll have the pleasure of having calls with different trainers from the ANFT team.

Amos Clifford


Nadine Mazzola

Director of Practicum and Certification, Trainer & Mentor

Geeta Stilwell

Trainer & Mentor

ANFT Presence in Events & Gatherings
Jersey Biodiversity Conference 2019

Read below Amanda's report from the Jersey Biodiversity Conference in December 2019. 
If you know about, or would like to organize an event or gathering, please let us know at

Jersey Biodiversity Conference 2019
Scientific Research
Related Research Studies
Scientific Research

This month, we would like to share two interesting research studies from the WHO about mental health: 

Special Initiative for Mental Health (2019-2023)

In 2018 the WHO Director-General identified mental health for accelerated implementation within WHO’s work. This WHO Special Initiative seeks to ensure universal health coverage involving access to quality and affordable care for mental health conditions in 12 countries to 100 million more people. The initiative will advance policies, advocacy and human rights, and scale-up quality interventions and services for people with mental health conditions, including substance use and neurological disorders. Read the study here.

Mental Health and Well-being at the Workplace – Protection and Inclusion in Challenging Times

Mental health problems have become one of the leading causes of work absenteeism and early retirement all over the European Region. The current economic recession and its effects on the job market are likely to add to the problems in employment and quality of life experienced by people with mental health problems and their families.

This publication reflects the presentations given at a WHO meeting on mental health and well-being at the workplace in 2009. It suggests ways to respond to the challenges that modern working life presents to mental health and well-being and to overcome barriers to employment for people with mental health problems. It also discusses opportunities for integration and empowerment given the global economic downturn from the viewpoint of service-user and family-caregiver associations, enterprises, trade unions, politicians and researchers. It is essential reading for employers and policy-makers in the European Region and beyond. Find this study here.

Wendy Wuyts
Meet a Guide

This month, our guide Wendy Wuyts from Belgium shared her reflections with us! Wendy is mostly living in Japan, working on her PhD in environmental Engineering. What does she enjoy about guiding in her context, what are the highlights of her nature connection journey? Click below to read an interview with Wendy.

Full Interview HERE
For a Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Here's some inspiration for this month...

Nature Connection
Arrows to the Heart

This month we share with you some Arrows to the Heart from Kat:

I kind of cultivated trust in pleasure.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

The way we do forest walks is the way we do life.

Julia Plevin: The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing
Book of the Month

"All of sudden, you can breathe again. The thoughts racing through your head slow down and begin to magically reprioritize themselves — the stuff that doesn’t matter starts to fade away." - Julia Plevin in The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing

Listen to a sample of the book or find it here

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