Sensing and knowing one’s self as part of the ecological functioning of an ecosystem is the foundation of a strong ecological self. A well-developed ecological self is a hallmark of connection to nature. An ecological self and connection to nature improves health outcomes and promotes civic and environmentally responsible behaviors across all demographics. In short, developing an ecological self is good for our world, our communities and us. This session will explore how forest therapy promotes the development of an ecological self, grounding the felt sense in ecological knowledge with wild tending, and simple techniques for building mutualism between human and non-human on your forest therapy walks.
Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science and naturalist skills.
She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration.
Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education. She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.