Community Event

Weaving many Voices into an inspirational Vision for Forest Therapy

David Motzenbecker
Founder, Director
Motz Studios
M. Amos Clifford
Founder and CEO
Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs

We work with the land and each other to bring forward the story of forest therapy as each of us have received it.

David helps leaders across all sectors recognize the value and positive metrics that embracing immersive forest therapy can bring to their enterprise.  His specialties are Shinrin Yoku; regenerative, salutogenic, and biophilic design; unique public engagement methodologies; and green infrastructure.  For a unique perspective, David brings 18 years of landscape architectural design and public policy expertise to the practice of Forest Therapy.  He has led an extensive number of visioning and mission creation sessions for organizations and groups across myriad sectors.  David can bring this talent to bear on helping shape and focus the vision for the Forest Therapy Congress.

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. His career as a guide began in 1973, when he worked as a mountaineering instructor in the Sierra Nevada, guiding groups of at-risk youth on ascents of major peaks. He began is inquiry into "The Way of the Guide" in the 1970s and began teaching other guides in the early 1980s. A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. He worked for a decade as a psychotherapist, with special interest in the intersection of nature connection, systems theory, and Jungian Depth Psychology. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos is author of "Your Guide to Forest Bathing" and of the upcoming book "Way of the Guide."