✿ A equipa do FTI tem uma vasta experiência nas áreas da saúde mental, saúde física, bem-estar social, bem-estar no local de trabalho, recursos humanos, desenvolvimento de negócio, agronomia e gestão florestal.
✿ Os formadores do FTI trabalharam na promoção da saúde, prevenção de doenças, tratamento e reabilitação, em vários contextos em comunidades, clínicas e hospitais.
✿ O FTI identificou uma necessidade crescente de oferecer uma variedade de serviços de Banho de Floresta e Terapia da Floresta de alta qualidade em todo o mundo; de desenvolver Banhos de Floresta e Terapia da Floresta com consciência dos diferentes contextos culturais e por oferecer apoio local.
✿ Os programas específicos baseados na natureza, projetados pelos formadores, incluem o “KIDS & Forest”, Terapia da Floresta para Populações de Saúde Mental e Terapia da Floresta para Stress Laboral.
✿ Os formadores do FTI já treinaram e orientaram mais de 300 pessoas em todo o mundo, incluindo na Argentina, Austrália, Canadá, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croácia, Dinamarca, Inglaterra, Finlândia, França, Hungria, Itália, Irlanda, Lituânia, Portugal, Holanda, Noruega, Polónia, Sérvia, Escócia, Espanha, Eslováquia, Eslovénia, Suécia, Suíça, Uruguai, EUA e Turquia.
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Coordenadora de Programas e Investigação
Orientadora & Formadora Sénior
Coordenadorado Instittuo Irlandes e Inglês
Shirley Gleeson é Consultora em Natureza e Bem-Estar e fundadora da EcoWellness Consulting Limited, anteriormente conhecida como Nature, Health & Wellbeing Ireland. Possui mestrados em promoção da saúde e trabalho social e acumula mais de 20 anos de experiência profissional nas áreas da saúde e serviços sociais, para os setores público e privado. A Shirley desenha intervenções baseadas na natureza para a melhoria da saúde e o bem-estar e promove formações baseadas na natureza para profissionais da saúde mental.
Foi a primeira Guia Certificada de Terapia Florestal na Europa, depois de completar a sua formação nos EUA com a Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) em 2014. Foi orientadora e formadora junto da ANFT e tem orientado guias de todo o mundo.
A Shirley tem uma extensa formação de pós-graduação em ecoterapia, terapia das artes expressivas, aconselhamento (counselling), gestão do stress, técnicas de terapia comportamental dialética (DBT), terapia comportamental familiar e uso terapêutico do mindfulness.
Tem apresentado as suas investigações e prática em Terapia Florestal em conferências internacionais na Irlanda, Grécia, Suíça, Reino Unido e Áustria; e discursou recentemente nas Nações Unidas em Genebra sobre o tema das florestas e saúde humana. A Shirley formou-se como guia da natureza no Eco Training na África do Sul e concluiu um estágio nos Parques Nacionais da África do Sul. Tem um profundo amor e respeito pela natureza, especialmente pelas árvores.
Coordenador de Programas e Formação.
Orientador & Formador Sénior
Coordenador do Instittuo Espanhol e Português.
Co-coodenador do Instittuo Iberoamericano
Alex Gesse é fundador do Instituto de Baños de Bosque (Espanha) e do Instituto de Banhos de Floresta de Portugal e colaborou como consultor especialista no Grupo de Peritos em Saúde e Bem-Estar Humanos (Expert Group on Human Health and Well-Being) da Forest Europe - Conferência Ministerial sobre a Proteção das Florestas na Europa.
É autor do livro “Sentir el bosque: La experiencia del Shinrin-Yoku (Baño de Bosque)”, Grijalbo (Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial).
Por oposição ao stress diário da vida urbana, o Alex promove e desenvolve técnicas de conexão com a natureza, para que as pessoas possam experimentar os benefícios dos ambientes naturais.
Desenvolve programas para empresas e organizações de prática contínua de apoio à redução do stress, prevenção da síndrome de burnout, melhora do bem-estar dos colaboradores e estímulo da criatividade e trabalho em equipa. O Alex está empenhado em promover esta prática para ajudar a superar os limites estabelecidos e melhorar o bem-estar.
Desenvolveu o Programa KIDS & Forest para adolescentes em risco de exclusão social, onde trabalhou com diferentes instituições para a participação de jovens.
Baseado entre Barcelona e Lisboa, participou em eventos e formações em Espanha, Portugal, Irlanda, França, Reino Unido, Eslovénia, Croácia, Eslováquia, Costa Rica, EUA e Austrália, entre outros países.
Alex possui formação em gestão de negócios, sociologia, comunicação não verbal e liderança, incluindo um E-MBA pela EAE Business School de Barcelona. Além disso, assistiu à formação de Guia de Terapia da Floresta junto da Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT, EUA). Foi o primeiro Formador Europeu da ANFT, formando e orientando guias de todo o mundo.
Já apareceu ou foi entrevistado nos seguintes meios de comunicação, de diferentes países: TVE1, RNE, TV5, Antena 3, Condé Nast Traveler, Euronews, El Periodico, La Vanguardia, Huffpost, On Barcelona, Betevé, Diari Ara, El Mundo, El Diario Vasco, Burgos Conecta, Revista Cuerpo y Mente, TimeOut, Lecturas, RTP, SIC Mulher, TVI, Público, Visão, Pais, Sábado, A nossa Prima, Revista Calm, Revista Saber Viver e Revista Q, Diário de Burgos e Norwegian Airlines Magazine, entre outros meios.
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Orientador & Formador Apprentice
Coordenador Instituto Francês
Jacques has been involved in the field of nature protection and social work for the last twenty years. Nature has always played an important part on his life, tracing memories back on his childhood, when he used to go walking and foraging in the woods, with one of his grand fathers.
he has been offering walks and nature connected services to the general public, as well as to some institutions and associations.
He, often, works with partners such as yoga teachers, Qi Qong & Mindfullness practionners, for instance, to have thematic days based on forest bathing with a broader scope in terms of content.
His engagement has seen different stages. The most important part has been as the founder and director of an organic marketgarden in link with a network, known in France, as « Jardin de Cocagne ». For almost 15 years, he managed and developed this activity, which aimed to help people with social & health difficulties to re/integrate the world of work.
During that time, he set up two marketgardens on two different locations. The initial one, was dedicated to the production of organic vegetables and herbs, while the other was solely flower-growing. As such, it was one of the two first sites in France, known as « Fleurs de Cocagne », to produce organic cut-flowers, used to create and sell original bunches of flowers, directly to customers.
Prior to that, he worked as a marketing executive, in England, for an innovative start-up company, involved in the design, production and selling of mobile earth satellite.
Jacques holds a Master of Arts in marketing, as well as Master of Management in Social & Solidarity Entities (DESS). He also possesses a CELTA qualification through the Cambridge English Teaching Framework.
In completion of his main diplomas, he trained in permaculture and as a sound therapist. He practices yoga and meditation on a regular basis, and occasionnaly some Qi Qong.
Jacques is a Certified Forest Bathing Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute (FTI). In 2016, following his training, in Ireland with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, he became the first certified forest therapy guide, in France.
Orientadora & Formadora Apprentice
Coordenadora Instituto Escócia
Caitlin Keddie is the founder of Forest Therapy Scotland, and became Scotland’s first certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide in 2017. Caitlin lives in Glasgow and offers Forest Bathing through public and private events around Scotland.
Having had a close relationship with the natural world throughout her childhood, Caitlin has been interested in natural health and wellbeing all her life. For the last 8 years, Caitlin has been working with Scotland’s oldest herbal establishment Napiers the Herbalists. She was director and manager of their busy multi-disciplinary health clinic and herbal apothecary in Glasgow, and now runs Napiers Bathgate, a community interest company (CIC) set up to make natural medicine and health education more accessible for local communities. Caitlin is passionate about holistic health and wellbeing, and is a strong advocate for spending time in nature for mental health, as well as physiological health.
Caitlin’s focus is on creating a safe, supportive and accessible space where people can enhance their wellbeing through mindful connection with nature, giving participants all the tools necessary to create a deep and long lasting relationship with the natural world and their local community. Caitlin also loves to share her wide knowledge of plants and their many health benefits on her guided walks.
Caitlin’s work has featured on BBC Landward, BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Out of Doors’ and ‘Kaye Adams’ programmes, the Herald Scotland, the Scottish Sun, the Holistic Scotland Magazine, as well as various radio discussions on nature for mental health.
Caitlin is Certified Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute. Also a Certified Forest Therapy Guide by the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs.
Claudio M. Vasquez
Orientador & Formador Apprentice
Coordenador Instituto Chile
Iberoamerica Institute co-Coordinator
Claudio is responsible of the Instituto de Baños de Bosque in Chile. Founder of Bosque para Ti, pioneer of Forest Bathing practice in South America
He is a Forest Bathing Advisor for the Department of Protected Areas of CONAF in Chile, Ministry of Agriculture.
He facilitates and develops techniques of connection with nature to improve in employees health benefits through natural environments.
Claudio develops programmes for companies and organizations in stress management, employee well-being and stimulate creativity and teamwork.
With its operations center in Valdivia, where his projects are developed under the eaves of the Valdivian rainforest..
Certified Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute. Also he is a Forestry Consultant, Technician in Risk Prevention and Environment, Engineer in Risk Prevention, Master Student in Occupational Hygiene,(E) Diploma in Ecotourism.He has been mentioned and / or interviewed, Radio El Conquistador where he actively participates in the Gen Viajero program, interviews; Diario La Tercera, Diario La Segunda, and Publimetro.
Pessoa de Contato Polônia
Katarzyna Simonienko is a psychiatrist- a medical practitioner and a scientific researcher, PhD in psychiatry. She works in the Mental Helath Hospital in Choroszcz, in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of Bialystok and in outpatient services in Bialystok, Poland . She is a Certified Forest Therapy Practitioner by FTI.
She works in field of different mental health diseases and stress prophylaxis as well. She is a founder of first medical forest bathing centre in Poland: Centrum Terapii Lasem/ Forest Therapy Centre PL . From 2018 she is a licensed guide of the Białowieża National Park. She is a member of the Japanese shinrin-yoku organisation INFOM (International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine). Currently she runs forest therapy workshops, leads shinrin-yoku walks in Poland, she also promotes medical knowledge in the field of forest therapy on scientific conferences, in medical journals and in media in Poland and abroad.
In private life she paints, photographs wildlife and run a Facebook fanpages ‘Zapuszczeni / Beforested’ about nature and ‘Galeria Silva’ about her art. She is interested in herbal medicine, old stories, different worlds, archetypes, fairy tales, legends, old European cultures (Celts, Slavs, Vikings), tribal cultures and related ethnopsychiatry.
‘The forest is a huge, wise book, from which we can learn many useful things. It is a work of original and unmanageable art. A living organism, a pharmacy, a palpable arrangement of bubble worlds and a friend. A bag of fairy tales, a source of archetypes, fears and comforts. The Context. That’s why I am here.’
Coordenador da América do Norte
As an experienced early childhood educator, Swedish-born Oskar Elmgart leads Treebath’s children’s programs. Oskar created Treebath’s sustainability curriculum, loosely based on a successful 60-year old Swedish after-school program he attended as a child. Oskar applied his aptitude for a student-directed teaching style to develop a program that encourages hands-on learning and a life-long respect for our natural environment. Oskar is committed to instilling both empathy and structure in the lives of his own children as well as those he teaches.
With a Master’s of Science and time in the Swedish Royal Marines, Oskar is accustomed to spending time outside regardless of the weather. He strives to instill in both children and adults the joy of nature that humans so naturally crave.
Oskar works with schools, school districts, and local government to provide customized outdoor programming that combats the growing number of health concerns in children attributed to a lack of green time, such as poor concentration, lack of focus, childhood obesity, ADHD, and decreased vision development. Oskar aims to ensure all of today’s children are afforded the proven health and wellness -benefits of “green time”.
Oskar has been interviewed and featured in a variety of publications including National Wildlife Magazine, CNBC, and Swedish NPR. Oskar is a co-author of the forthcoming children’s book “A Bath Without bubbles: Rowan & Jake’s First Treebath.”
Nicole Joy Elmgart
Coordenador da América do Norte
With her dedication to a life-long appreciation for Nature, Nicole formed Treebath after becoming certified as a Forest Therapy Guide in 2017. Partner and head of the cyber security practice at a New York-based Law Firm, Nicole turned her fifteen years of experience as an attorney towards building this nature-based start-up.
Deeply woven into her work and every-day life is a strong affinity for helping people. Nicole finds gratitude in providing the Japanese practice of “shinrin-yoku” to those who need it most. Whether it be helping stressed teens release and re-connect with nature, aiding those who suffer from substance abuse, rejuvenating overstressed employees, or instilling wellness in elderly or veterans, Nicole aims to heal and improve overall wellness for all walks of life.
Nicole develops programs for corporate clients, individual schools, school districts, universities, and government organizations to address a variety of needs including reducing employees stress, combatting the lack of recess and outdoor time in city schools, and improving focus and attention disorders.
Nicole has been interviewed and featured in a variety of publications including Elle Magazine, CNBC, and Big Apple Parent. Nicole is also co-author of the forthcoming children’s book “A Bath Without bubbles: Rowan & Jake’s First Treebath”
Orientador & Formador Apprentice
Coordenador Instituto Itália
Marco Nieri is a bio-researcher and an expert on habitat health. He began working as an expert in bio-ecological design of living and working environments, using the most vital knowledge of East and West, aware of the circular relationship between Man and Environment.
Driven by the desire to deepen the knowledge of our habitat, for over fifteen years he has closely collaborated with Dr. Walter Kunnen of Antwerp (Belgium), who in 1960 founded "Archibo Biologica", an independent scientific research center on the Biosphere and the energetic influences exerted on living organisms by natural and artificial electromagnetism, a reference point for hundreds of doctors and naturopaths from all over Europe. This experience led him to special research to study plant bio-electromagnetism and its influence on the human organism. Thus he elaborated the "Bioenergetic Landscapes", an innovative technique with which he creates bioenergetic parks and gardens to benefit human beings.
He collaborates with Marco Mencagli to deepen the themes of Forest Medicine with multidisciplinary studies, and to apply this new research in the creation of scientifically based Forest Bathing paths in Italy and abroad.Together they wrote the book "The Secret Therapy of Trees", ed. Penguin Random House, 2019, also published in Italy and France. Marco also published the book: "Bioenergetic Landscape", ed. Sistemi Editoriali, Italy, 2009. Articles, interviews and reviews on his work and research are constantly published in the Italian and foreign press.
Marco is a Certified Forest Bathing Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute (FTI).
Orientadora & Formadora Apprentice
Coordenador Instituto Belgica
Ann Tilman intergrates health, nature connection, art, stress handling, divergent thinking, performance coaching and team dynamics. As the founder of Foresterra, she offers nature-based experiences in Belgium and Italy. By connecting people, nature and culture, she stimulates ecotourism and transformative learning as an ultimate inspiration for meaningful changes in our life and the world.
Ann has over 20 years of HR experience in life sciences and arts. As an HR director, she ispecialises in organizational development, value creation and culture building as well as aligning people practices with growth objectives. To deal with psychosocial well-being, work-life balance, stress and burnout she advocates mindfulness in nature, self-leadership, appreciative inquiry, feedback culture and yoga breaks. Her professional development can be characterized by a belief in pragmatism leading to intelligent practice. She is convinced that people are capable of more than they think. Her main challenge in life is to stimulate people to explore and use their full potential.
Ann holds a Master in Roman Philology and International Affairs. She is a keen yogi and qi gong practitioner and trained in mindfulness. To her, nature is a place for healing and personal growth. Ann is a Certified Forest Bathing Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute (FTI).
In 2018 she completed her training with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and became the first Certified Forest Therapy Guide in Belgium. She designs introduction workshops, self-care and corporate wellness programs for individuals, teams and organisations.
Orientador & Formador Apprentice
Coordenador Instituto Itália
Marco Mencagli, in his professional curriculum there are many projects of parks and gardens for private and public subjects, but also projects in protected areas, such as those for the paths and the use of the Natural Reserves system of the Provinces of Grosseto and Siena, Tuscany. His profession includes urban planning, environmental surveys and agronomic consulting.. He worked for 12 years as an agronomist consultant with the Maremma Regional Park Authority. He also works as consultant for parks and gardens in prestigious accommodations in Tuscany and Lazio. He is a founding member of TUSCOM, a professional association of agronomists based in Grosseto, Tuscany, and is an ordinary member of ASS.IEA, the Italian Association of Environmental Experts (Piacenza, Italy).
Together with Marco Nieri he is the author of the essay "THE SECRET THERAPY OF THE TREES", for the Publisher Sperling & Kupfer, released in Italian bookstores in May 2017, then also published in France (2018) for the City Editions - Ideo, in the USA and in all Anglo-Saxon countries in July 2019 for the publisher Rodale - Penguin Random House.
On april 2013 the two professionals organized and held the conference "The Therapeutic Function of Green Spaces: a still unknown Value", held in Rome at the Aranciera di San Sisto, under the patronage of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Rome Capital, Federparchi and the Italian Society of Arboriculture (SIA). It was the beginning of a strict collaboration to deepen the themes of Forest Medicine with multidisciplinary studies, and to apply this new research in the scientifically based creation of paths and environments for the Forest Bathing practice in Italy and abroad.
Marco has graduated in agricultural sciences in 1986 at the University of Florence, is an agronomist and has been a freelance practitioner for over 25 years. Marco is a Certified Forest Bathing Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute (FTI).
Pessoa de Contato Lituânia
She is a Certified Forest Bathing Guide by FTI.
Mila is also an experienced translator; she collaborates with the independent publishing house “Dvi Tylos/Two Silences” and this year together with a colleague she translated a book “Shinrin-Yoku: the Art and Science of Forest Bathing” by dr. Qing Li into Lithuanian language."
She guides walks in urban forests of Vilnius and other Lithuanian forests. Mila is one of the organizers of the annual Forest Festival which takes place in Anyksciai town; in 2019 during the festival she coordinated Forest Therapy day – whole day dedicated to forest bathing and therapy.
Story Telling & Creative Coordinator
Apprentice Trainer & Mentor
Paco is an amateur percussionist with musical training and passionate about writing, both disciplines are fundamental in his life. The practice of forest bathing is the basis on which he develops his projects for the creation of experiences in nature.
Galician by birth and heart, he has spent more than half of his life in Madrid, developing activities in the field of IT consulting, specialized in the field of Human Resources, and the development and implementation of agile methodologies (Lean, Scrum) , as a means for the optimization and humanization of business processes.
He studied Technical Engineering of IT Systems in Madrid. In addition, he has a master's degree in creative writing (Hotel Kafka), and has completed different courses and retreats of Vipassana meditation. He is a Certified Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute (FTI). He is also a Guide certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT).
Orientador & Formador Apprentice
Kerry Walker is a passionate Forest School Practitioner and an Eco-Art Therapist.
She currently lives on the West Coast of Ireland, where she experiences the daily language and connection of natures landscape. She feels strongly that this connection with nature and each other is vital at this moment in time.
Her appreciation for nature and art has brought her on creative journey's around the world. She has facilitated creative arts programmes in Spain, India, Guatemala and Chile, with a focus using art and nature as a tool for integration, connection and awareness.
She is the co-founder of Down to Earth Forest School, a nature based educational programme where children are supported to learn and create through nature. She is also part of the facilitator team for the Forest School Leadership programme that takes place in Galway.
She feels fortunate to work in Brigit’s Garden, a Celtic Garden in Galway set within 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows. It is here where she is a part of the Environmental Education team. She facilitates workshops on environmental and sustainability issues, and nature connection workshops for Primary and Secondary School children.
Kerry holds a Masters in Art Therapy and she is currently training in Eco-Psychology and Therapeutic Play Skills for Children. She is a Certified Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute (FTI). Since completing the Certified Forest Therapy guide training with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, she has lead monthly forest therapy walks in Brigit’s Garden and various woodlands around Galway.
Pedro M. Trinidade
Coordenador de Comucações
Certified Forest Therapy Practitioner
Pedro M. Trindade has worked as an intern and collaborated in research in the Schau- und Sichtungsgarten Hermmanshof, in Weinheim, Germany.
Back in Portugal, he decided to dedicate himself to one of his other passions – dance – teaching and leading several artistic and choreographic projects.
Passionate for personal growth and the development of health and wellness habits, he decided to create in 2018 his blog Peace of Plant, sharing content on how contact with nature, plants and the art of gardening can be a source of wellbeing in our lives.
Discovering Forest Bathing was something that allowed Pedro to reconcile his several interests, from the contact with public and personal development, to health and wellness habits promotion and environmental protection.
Pedro holds a MSc in Landscape Architecture by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Oporto. He is a Certified Forest Bathing Guide.
Coordinadora de Operações
Orientador & Formador Apprentice
Céline is a specialist in developing Corporate Wellbeing programmes for companies and organizations. These programmes are developed to prevent burnout syndrome, to improve well-being, communication and teamwork. The practice of Forest Bathing is the basis of her programmes for workplace wellbeing.
French by birth, she decided to settle down in Galicia more than 15 years ago. With extensive experience in project management in the automotive industry, she noted the need to improve communication and team management to improve results, both economically and at the level of employee wellbeing.
Céline is a Certified Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute (FTI). She is also a Certified Guide by the Deutsche Akademie für Waldbaden and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT).
She studied Mechanical Engineering in France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. She is certified in NLP and Coaching with a Practitioner Coach in NLP and a Postgraduate in Coaching, NLP and Team Leadership.