Forest Bathing Pocket book – Zakboek voor het bosbaden

Stapschoenen aan en het bos in trekken. Even tot rust komen in de natuur. Het is een efficiënte manier om te ontspannen in deze stressvolle tijden. Hoe langer, hoe meer ontdekken wetenschappers wat bosfans al langer intuïtief aanvoelden: het bos is goed voor je! De natuurlijke stoffen die je binnenkrijgt tijdens een boswandeling maken je [...]

How the wild child can save nature

Some weeks ago the biggest nature organisation in Flanders, Natuurpunt, shared an article that was titled "How the wild child can save nature" (Hoe het wilde kind de natuur kan redden). It got me thinking about how there´s still a knowledge gap between what we well-meaning adults think our children need and what they actually [...]

30/30 campaign: promoting physical and mental health through daily exercise in nature

30/30 campaign: promoting physical and mental health through daily exercise in nature

The  naturalness of the residential environment has been associated with a lower prevalence of depression, anxiety and stress (Cox et al., 2017).  Furthermore, people who have access to green spaces in their neighborhood, use these areas more and tend to be physically more active (Pietilä et al., 2015). Finally, people with a strong connection with [...]

How to add more nature to your workday?

A friend of mine poked me to write a sugesstion to a post on LinkedIn, where someone was thinking of how to add more nature into the workday. That became this post. How to add more nature into your workday? There´s plenty you can do, even at the center of city! Though there´s enough proof [...]

Relationship lessons from nature

This text I wrote originally appeared on March 29th, 2018 on Healing Forest,  an amazing initiative that aims to connect people and forests for both of their health. This text is edited by my dear friend and colleague Nitin Das, the man behind the well-loved film, India´s Healing Forests.  What can nature teach us about [...]

Conclusions from Workshop on Connectedness with Nature

On 4th of October 2018, the University of Antwerp, the Province of Antwerp and the Belgian Community of Practice Biodiversity and Health, together with many other organizations, including NatureMinded  organized the Natuur op verwijziging (Nature on prescription) - event. As the closing event of the Light on Green project and as part of the Healthcare [...]

IFTDays Seminar 2018 Conclusions

The first international Forest Therapy Days was held in Karjalohja, at Elontuli course center in the beginning of August this year. The seminar was a full day of sharing knowledge, life and work experiences, good practices and forest therapy methodologies. The presentations gave to us a possibility to travel the world and to discover how [...]

How IFTDays 2018 came to be

We have been asked time and time again, what brought on IFTDays.  Here is our story, written a while back already but got buried under all the other work. The idea for this event started brewing in the hearts and minds of two Finnish forest therapy practitioners. Heidi Korhonen, a project manager from the southwestern [...]