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Forest Therapy workshop 17-18 November, 2018, Munte/Merelbeke.

An introductory workshop about the healing powers of the forest, forest therapy approaches & applications. This two-day-workshop run by myself and Hanna-Kaisa Heilimo (Atofios, OY) from Finland, mixes theory and practice.  We introduce you to the effects of the forest on the physical and mental level; discuss the different approaches of forest therapy; applications for different needs, target groups and circumstances, and walk you through the practices of two forest therapy methods: the American Association of Nature and Forest Therapy´s Shinrin yoku, as well as the Finnish Metsämieli/Forest Mind method. You will have the chance tofreshfinds 2020-8 experience both methods and try out creating your own invitations.

A bit more about my co-trainer: Hanna-Kaisa Heilimo (FI) is a registered (OR) nurse experienced in health promotion and adult education. She is a trained Forest Mind guide (FI) and a certified shinrin yoku/forest therapy guide (ANFT). Hanna-Kaisa produces and provides nature based and nature assisted wellbeing services for different target groups within her company Atofios OY based in Finland.

The workshop will be held indoors (Zoete Zonde cafe) and outdoors (surroundings forest). We start at 9.00 on both mornings and end at roughly 17.00 in the afternoon. The price of this 2-day workshop is 260 euro for early birds (limited availability) and 300 euro for normal birds, which includes lectures and guidance, two forest therapy walks, lunch on both days and refreshments (coffee, tea, soft drinks) throughout the training. This is a non-certifying, introductory training aimed at anyone interested in applying the healing effects of the forest environment in their work (e.g. counselors, coaches, nature guides, therapists, teachers) or private life; anyone interested in learning about this upcoming field and wanting to try out the different approaches before starting their own practice or pursuing certification.

More information and registrations here!    

Please get in contact with if you have any questions!





30 dagen lang 30 minuten bewegen in het groen.   (the 2018 edition!)

Daag jezelf uit om 30 dagen lang 30 minuten per dag te bewegen in het groen. Met bewegen bedoelen we niet enkel lopen, wandelen of fietsen, maar bijvoorbeeld ook yoga, geocache of touwspringen. Zolang je maar bezig bent in het groen…

30-30 is een project van BOS+CM en Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos.


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Past projects, talks & presentations:

Natuur op verwijzing, 4th of October 2018, Antwerp.

Co-coordinating a workshop titled Verbondenheid met natuur (Connectedness with Nature) at the networking event, Natuur op Verwijzing on the 4th of October 2018. The conclusions of this workshop can be found here.




China Forest Therapy Hangzhou  International Seminar 13-14.9.2018


Presenting the Potential of Forest Therapy in the most and least forested countries in the EU: Finland and Belgian Flanders in the spotlight.







Forest Therapy Days 6.8.-12.8.2018, Karjalohja, Finland


First International Forest Therapy Days will be held in southern Finland, in August 2018. This event will bring together practitioners and scientists of forest therapy to learn, share and experience the healing effects of forests. NatureMinded is organizing this event together with Forest Therapy Today and the international community of  forest therapy practitioners.

The IFTDays 2019 edition organization is under way. If you´like to stay informed about where and when the next even will be held, please send us an email at: requesting us to add you to the mailing list.




Presentation. Quiet connecting in loud forests: Forest therapy as a medium to nature connection in Belgian Flanders. Nature Connections conference, University of Derby.  20 June 2018.




Outdoor Educator Training 2 and 9 June, 2018

In cooperation with Brussels Outdoor School, NatureMinded participates in the Outdoor Educator Training.  21st century skills through forest school method. An introduction to forest school and outdoor learning. Scandinavian approach:

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Presentation. Nature´s health effects and importance to Wandelcoaching. Wandelcoach training organized by Het Coach Bureau. 6 April 2018.




Project. Opdracht: productie film over natuur en gezondheid voor de provincie Antwerpen, September 2017 – March 2018

De provincie Antwerpen zet de volgende jaren in op het thema ‘natuur en gezondheid’. Er is groeiend aantoonbaar bewijs dat natuur positieve effecten heeft op onze gezondheid en welzijn. Opzet van de film is brede communicatie over de link natuur-gezondheid (onderbouwd met wetenschappelijke cijfers) als een soort eye-opener, en het inspireren en prikkelen om te investeren in natuur, dit zowel naar het brede publiek toe als naar specifieke doelgroepen (zorgsector, scholen, gemeenten, bedrijven, …).





Impact assessment of campaign. 30 dagen lang 30.. minuten bewegen in het groen (2017), August to December 2017

Daag jezelf uit om 30 dagen lang 30 minuten per dag te bewegen in het groen. Met bewegen bedoelen we niet enkel lopen, wandelen of fietsen, maar LOGO-30-30-FINAALbijvoorbeeld ook yoga, geocache of touwspringen. Zolang je maar bezig bent in het groen…

30-30 is een project van BOS+ en CM.

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Poster session. 27-29 June 2017. Biodiversity and Health in the face of Climate Change. Challenges, opportunities and evidence gaps. European Conference, Bonn, Germany. Poster session: Doctor Woods (BOS+) and Green Learning Environments (BOS+) in cooperation with BOS+.




Presentation. 2-4 May 2017. ALTER-Net Conference. Nature and society: synergies, conflicts, trade-offs. Ghent, Belgium. Presentation titled: Green Learning Environments. Identifying best practices for non-formal learning in natural environments for children with special educational needs (BOS+) in cooperation with BOS+.




Lecture. 13 June, 2017. De Rondetafels. Bosforum. Brussels, Belgium. Lecture: Weg van Bos (Dr. Yannick Joye on behalf of NatureMinded)




Lecture. 21 March 2017. Studiedag. Groen en gezondheid. Hasselt, Belgium. Lecture titled: Groeien door groen: de welzijns- en gezondheidsbaten van groene omgevingen
(Dr. Yannick Joye on behalf of NatureMinded)

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