Welcome to Forest Bathing International

Forest Bathing International (FOBI) was founded by the leadership team of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). Its purpose is to
serve as a "big tent" organization of friendship and collaboration for forest therapy and shinrin-yoku practitioners from all backgrounds, regardless of training
and certification.

Our mission is to support ongoing international dialogue and friendship in forest therapy, and to contribute to initiatives to further develop and improve forest therapy
and provide opportunities for forest therapy practitioners and researchers. Our core values are friendship, curiosity, inclusion, and professionalism.

    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 dialogue. Hopefully we can find common ground and perhaps share resources, 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.

    The Future: Over time, Forest Bathing International will become entirely independent of ANFT. However, initial funding is through gifts from ANFT, and ANFT leaders are serving as the initial board of directors while FOBI's application for non-profit status is in the process of approval. We anticipate that FOBI will be officially approved as a non-profit organization in the United States by Spring of 2020.

    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 a good way.

    2019 Conference Lineup

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    Exploring the effects of nature and forest therapy on nature connection, mood states, place meanings, and satisfaction with life.
    Namyun Kil, PhD, ICGIS, CTRS

    The session presenter will address the effects of nature and forest therapy (NFT) on nature connection, mood states, place meanings and satisfaction with life for participants on NFT walks, as conceptualized within specific psychological theories (e.g., stress reduction theory, process-oriented models). Few previous studies have explored the influences of NFT on these constructs, employing a NFT walk with its standard sequences established by Clifford (2018). The presenter implemented a NFT walk with 15 university students for about 2.6 hours on a weekday in September 2018, following the standard sequences of NFT walks (Clifford, 2018). The constructs were measured before and after the walk and a total of 11 complete responses were utilized for paired samples t-tests. Results provide empirical evidence on the positive health and well-being outcomes of NFT walks including an increase in level of nature connections, decreases in levels of negative mood states (e.g., anxiety, fatigue, confusion), increases in levels of place meanings (e.g., place dependence, community identity, place affection), and increases in levels of life satisfaction. NFT-based activities and settings (e.g., therapeutic mindful immersion or sensory stimulation activities in natural environments) should be provided to enhance favorable outcomes. Future research could verify such beneficial NFT outcomes across various populations including individuals with special needs.

    Friday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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    A Salutogenic Approach: The Potential of Green Programs for the Rehabilitation of Young Employees with Burnout
    Roald Pijpker, PhD Researcher
    The Netherlands

    Burnout is a complex occupational syndrome affected by factors on multiple levels (i.e. individual, social, ecological, economic, and environmental factors). In the Netherlands, research shows that employees aged between 20–35 years old are particularly prone to developing a burnout and that burnout complaints are the leading cause of absenteeism among employees below the age of 25. Standard guidelines for rehabilitation are based on the principles of cognitive-based therapies, which are important, but suboptimal as they neglect environmental conditions in which burnout develops. At the same time, evidence of (being active in) nature for the rehabilitation of employees with burnout is accumulating. However, many questions are still unanswered. Typical examples of the so-called green programmes are healing gardens, care farms, and green exercise. The emphasis of green programmes lies on the interaction between employees and their specific (work) context, and on employees ability to mobilise and reuse resources within themselves or from their immediate environment. Therefore, rehabilitation from a salutogenic perspective goes beyond the treatment of disease, towards developing one’s ability to participate and be productive in a sustainable and meaningful way. I will present my PhD research project plan about the potential of green programmes for the rehabilitation of young employees with burnout from a salutogenic approach and hope to foster a discussion where we explore together how forest therapies can promote the rehabilitation of young employees with burnout.

    Friday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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