Imaginal Alchemy: The Evolution of Forest Therapy
With Amos Clifford
August 19 - 24, 2022
Forest Alchemy is our ongoing exploration of what happens when we connect head, heart, and body in the crucible of the forest. 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.
Work in partnership with the more-than-human world and make incredible discoveries. Forest Therapy, also known as Shinrin-Yoku, refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. It is a practice of connection with the natural world and with each other. A series of guided invitations bring us into the present moment, opening the doors of communication with the forest, waters, and landscapes we explore. We encounter not just the forest, but through the many ways nature mirrors us, we also encounter ourselves.
For beginners as well as seasoned guides.
A detailed schedule will be available 1-2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
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Watch this National Geographic feature on Forest Bathing (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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