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Welcome to GIFT

Global Institute
of Forest Therapy
& Nature Connection

Guided by Nature, We Heal

Many of us feel a sense of the disconnections and separations within ourselves, with each other, and with the more than human world.

Many of us know that Nature Connection has much wisdom and healing to offer and we have much to offer in return.

As we meet the edge of our disconnections, as we reconnect, the work of Ecosystem Repair™ helps us rewrite this story of disconnection and explore the healing path to reconnection.

We explore the simplicity and complexity as we recognize ourselves as nature, and how that understanding is generatively entangled with others and the more than human world, whether through a personal immersion and learning how to self-guide, training to become a certified forest therapy guide, or ecotherapy certification for clinical therapists, or our corporate and professional leadership development programs.

Ecosystem Repair:
A Lens for Nature Connection

The Art and Practice within Forest Therapy and Ecopsychology

Forest Therapy helps us restore in nature. It is a slow walk, engaging the senses, engaging connection. It’s different from a hike.  It helps restore our relationship to ourselves as nature.  We begin to reconnect with our parasympathetic nervous systems…

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We begin to restore and heal.  We know that there is a scientific correlation between time in nature and repair of physical and emotional health.  We co-evolved with nature.  We are nature.  When we reconnect to nature’s patterns, we heal.

We began as a forest therapy guides training organization because we understood the profound benefits of forest therapy. When we began training guides, we saw the deep need to teach guides the foundation of the lens of understanding themselves as nature and an integral part of the ecosystem.  To understand how we interconnect and interact.  Moreover, we wanted to support guides to use this lens to create ethical and reciprocal relationships with others – both in their own lives, and as guides.  There are so many ways to support us interacting differently with relationship, conflict, connection and repair when we understand the integration of psychology and nature connection.  We began to see how forest therapy guiding is only one of the ways people want to explore and repair the connection with self, other and the more than human world.  We developed a lens and process called Ecosystem Repair™ ; to bring the elements of Forest Therapy, the mirrors of nature connection and created the Ecosystem Relationship Model™ ; to help support restoration and reconnection with self and interrelationship to use this work as leaders in workplaces, in communities and in our own lives.  This model explores deep ethics, boundaries, conflict, and communication through an ecosystem lens.

In summary, the work of ecosystem repair is the invitation to repair through the exploration and practice of reconnection and interconnection with self, each other, and the more than human world. It is the work of creating integration, links, and flows between the human and the more than human worlds to create a more accurate model of health. It begins with including ourselves as Nature, and as an integral part of our ecosystem. It uses the foundations of deep nature connection and humanistic psychology to reconnect to self, restore relationships with others and the more than human world in ways that are both simple and profound, exploring nuance, using invitational and practical yet magical processes. These are wonderful conversations of our times to help create healthy reciprocity within ourselves, with each other, and with the more than human world.

There are many ways to journey with this work.  There are immersions and restorative programs, there are programs to use this work for personal growth and leadership, and there are professional certifications in Forest Therapy Guiding, Ecotherapy and further professional development programs.  We also have and co-create programs for communities and organizations.

Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Certification
Costa Rica

February 25, 2024 – March 3, 2024
Costa Rica

Forest Therapy Guides Training Certification 8-day Program plus 8-Month Practicum

Forest Therapy is an ‘ancient, new practice,’ gently inviting us to reconnect with nature and restoration.  In a flow that engages the parasympathetic nervous system, we engage the senses in a new, slow way to invite the full benefits of introspection, phytoncides (tree scents that support our immune systems), fractal patterns, bird sounds that all work together to lower blood pressure, increase immunity and helps with mental health and well being.  We teach guiding from a foundation of  engaging pleasure.  Yet, as we are restored in community, as we are deeply listened to, and as we return to our connection to ourselves and connection to nature, feelings and healing also can occur. The work of the guide is to create a container for this work, while allowing nature connection its magic.  We have created an 8-day intensive to immerse into the work of ecosystem repair to explore first, the foundations of ourselves as Nature. Then, to explore ecosystem repair within community and within relationship, to explore our disconnections and reconnecting, and, of course, our deep connection to the more than human world.  Building on this, we explore ethics, and a flow to guide this work skillfully. Our work at GIFT is not simply to teach the methodology of guiding, but rather to explore ourselves as guides within the context of repairing our relationship to self, other and the more than human world.  In that respect, we deeply value the opportunity to be a guiding organization that does this work in person and in community to allow for the depth and action of this work.  As with a Forest Therapy walk, this training provides a container for self directed introspection and how that emerges in your life at your own pace.  There is no expectation, and the work can be experienced at any depth that is meaningful to the participant including how one engages with what this work invites us to explore in ourselves and the world.

Costa Rica

Three-Day Ecosystem Repair and Self Guiding Immersion for Restoration and Exploration

Our three day Ecosystem Repair and Self Guiding program is for anyone wanting to experience nature connection as a support for self.  We reconnect in nature and learn about our own natures.  We work with nature as a lens to reconnect relationships and leadership and restore and deepen our connection with the more than human world.  Using the principles of Forest Therapy,  Nature connection and the Ecosystem Relationship Model™, we spend 3 days in person experiencing forest therapy, community, and the work of understanding how you can apply the work of ecosystem repair and nature connection to your own healing. You will also learn how to guide yourself on a walk. While being guided is ideal, you will learn how to slow down and create your own flow in nature.  This three-day immersion is for ANYONE without any prior background and does not come with a designation. It is for self care, restoration, and exploration. In addition to self care, this work explores deep ethics, boundaries, conflict, and communication, leadership and relationship through an ecosystem lens. These are fascinating discussions of our times. This program includes a 3-month practicum to continue to deepen, your nature connection, and this work in your life and community. As with a Forest Therapy walk, this training provides a container for self directed introspection and how that emerges in your life at your own pace.  There is no expectation, and the work can be experienced at any depth that is meaningful to the participant including how one engages with what this work invites us to explore in ourselves and the world.
 
Note: If you want to use this as an introduction for yourself, and are considering the Guide’s Certification Training, you can jump directly into the last 5 days of the Guides Certification Training to complete your Guides Certification if the you have completed the 3-day Ecosystem Repair Immersion (within one year). 
Kind words from some exceptional people about their experience with GIFT

I am so happy to be completing my training with GIFT this month. It has been the best experience I could have imagined. The Program is world-class and has changed my life forever.

S. Rogers

Toronto, Canada

I just wanted to thank you for organising such an amazing, life-changing experience. It was one of the best trainings of my life, and it is something that I will remember forever….the way you taught (the course) was wonderful. I am so excited to share this with other people in my community.

C. Walker

Oakville, ON, Canada