Expand the range of accessibility and cultural participation in forest therapy, including the cultures of wild beings, waters, and places of the forests.
Develop partnerships which mutually benefit human communities and the more-than-human world of nature.
To provide professional opportunities for forest therapy guides, practitioners, researchers, and the communities they serve.
Our core values are friendship, curiosity, inclusion, and professionalism.
We'll know we are succeeding when beneficial and uplifting nature connection experiences are available for everyone, in the real-world conditions in which they live.
We'll know we are succeeding when forest bathing and related practices become mainstream parts of how people live and care for themselves and for the land.
We'll know we are succeeding when people everywhere remember how we are part of, and belong to, the natural world; and when we have aligned how we live so we are in harmony with nature.
Aim to create access for all to experience the benefits of nature and forest therapy. We accomplish this by:
Providing Youth Scholarships for forest therapy guide certification training.
Collaborating with other non - profit organizations to create programs for the communities they serve.
Partnership development: bringing together forest therapy practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders in learning communities to expand the practice of forest therapy.
We invite conversation, collaboration, and friendship from all who care about forest therapy and who are committed to continuing the work of bringing it into the world in all the good ways we can imagine.
There are many organizations with missions and programs that align with ours. Partnerships are an essential part of how we operate. We seek partnerships with those who are working to restore nature, human relationships with nature, and relationships of wild things and places with humans. The piece we bring is access to a very powerful method of nature connection, known as forest therapy, that can have transformative effects on those who experience it. Organizations that steward or advocate for natural places know that their work depends upon building constituencies of people who deeply care for the land. The methods of forest therapy go beyond educating peoples' minds; hearts are educated as people directly experience and remember their kinship and place of belonging in nature.
Forest Bathing International (FOBI) was founded in 2019 by the leadership team of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). In January 2020, we are becoming a non profit organization (501(c)(3) status pending). Our first big project was organizing and convening the First Annual Forest Therapy Conference, Congress and Celebration in North America, which was attended by 250 people from 24 nations. We are listening to the field and watching as many organizations join the effort. We invite other leaders with similar ideas to join us in conversation. Let's find common ground and agree to direct our energies toward each organization's greatest strengths, and grow together like a forest, rich in diversity, providing habitat for many forms of forest activism and healing practices. We invite feedback, conversation, and friendship from all who care about forest therapy and who are committed to continuing the work of bringing it into the world in all the good ways we can imagine.