Alchemy of Forest Therapy: Week-Long Immersion
With Amos Clifford and Christy Thomson
October 18 - 25, 2020
The ancient alchemists combined substances and used the influence of their own minds to study the transmutation of matter and of spirit. As experienced forest therapy guides, we have been observing something similar: when the discursive mind becomes quieter and the intelligence of the heart comes to the foreground, a new consciousness emerges.
Forest Alchemy is our ongoing exploration of what happens when we connect head, heart, and body in the crucible of the forest. For beginners as well as seasoned guides.
Amos and Christy will also be presenting The Way of the Guide: Forest Therapy on May 15-20.
National Geographic feature on Forest Bathing (ie. Shinrin Yoku) with an appearance by Amos:
Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. A serial social entrepreneur, Amos is a leading voice for Shinrin-Yoku inspired Forest Therapy in the United States. The Association’s work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, NPR Morning Edition, USA Today, the Washington Post, Yahoo Health, Yoga Journal, and many other publications. He was featured on the January 2016 episode of National Geographic Explorer, “Call of the Wild.” Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He has authored many publications including “Your Guide to Forest Bathing:…
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Christy Thomson is a Forest Therapy Guide Mentor and Immersions Coordinator for the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides. She is also the music program director for her local YMCA, a violinist, vocalist, and teacher. Christy’s work in forest therapy gives energy to all other facets of her life and aids in the raising of her children, three of which are teenagers. Her forest therapy practice in Indiana works primarily with non-profit organizations, from state parks to health services, botanic gardens, landtrusts and schools. She is currently wrapping up her studies in Environmental Science and Religious Studies and will be starting…
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