Venue:  Lyndhurst Community Centre

This presentation will explore Forest Therapy as a multifaceted health and wellness approach that benefits humans and the more-than-human-world. In order to understand the full potential of Forest Therapy, we will unpack its evolution from the fields of health science, neuroscience, eco-psychology, depth ecology, and ancient wisdom practices. In accordance with the Association’s core motto, ‘The forest is the therapist, the guide opens the doors,’ we will also explore the role of the Forest Therapy guide as a facilitator working in partnership with the forest to support an experience that is trauma informed, self-directed, holistic and devoid of any dangerous side effects.

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, specializing in curricular and pedagogical design. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016, working in partnership with local arboreta and botanical gardens as well as state parks. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

What is Forest Therapy? YouTube video from Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

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