About ‘Ms Woods’

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Wendy (“Ms Woods”) can offer the following services:

Forest Therapy Guiding and Storytelling

  1. My vision
  2. My path as a forest therapy guide
  3. My path as a storyteller

1. My vision

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3. My Path as a Forest Therapy Guide

Please let me introduce myself shortly:

My training in USA 

In September 2019 I started my training in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado (USA) to become a forest and nature therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT), who explain who is actually the therapist and who is the guide:

The forest itself is the therapist. We don’t train therapists; we train guides. By slowing people down and facilitating sensory experiencing, guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work.

I wrote a blog about the changes and reflections I made during the first and on-site part of this training: The Forest Awakens – or starting my journey to become a forest therapy guide. As a trainee I learn how  “to facilitate safe gentle walks, provide instructions for sensory opening activities along the way”. Since March 31st 2020, I  have a certificate. From then I would be able to identify good trails, with eye for safety and high sensory experience, and guide people from over the wood wide world to connect deeper or again with the wild around and in us. If you are also interested in this training, I recommend to visit their website: https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/guide-training/training

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Forest therapy in Belgium

  1. Walk #1: Ardennes, with 13 participants, 13/10/2019,: Guiding my first Forest Bath – and reconnecting with Belgium in October
  2. Walk #2, Schilde, with 8 participants,  17/11/2019: Fear and Floating in a Flemish Forest
  3. Walk #8; Michottepark, Leuven, with 3 participants, 27/02/2020, Let Us Believe in the ‘End’ of the Cold Season – a snow flurry forest bath
  4. Walk #9: Schilde, with 2 participants, 07/03/2020, Becoming the Frog – retelling my woodwide story of the past 6 months

Forest bathing in Japan

  1. In Japan, I co-organised group expeditions to the official certified forest therapy bases, where a professional will measure also your blood pressure and other stress indicators before and after a forest bath. Here is a blog about the first expedition: Motosu, Gifu, June 16, 2019
  2. I gave also a forest therapy session during the forest weekend retreat in Tsunago, Nagano, August 17-18; 2019. This was not according to the ANFT methods. You can read a blog about this here
  3. Walk #3: Moriyama Park, Nagoya, with 6 participants, 01/12/2020
  4. Walk #4: Moriyama Park, Nagoya, with 1 participant, 05/01/2020
  5. Walk #5: Moriyama Park, Nagoya, with 6 participants, 11/01/2020
  6. Walk #6: Moriyama Park, Nagoya, with 3 participants, 01/02/2020
  7. Walk #7: Moriyama Park, Nagoya, with 8 participants, 02/02/2020

Wanna find out where I am guiding my next forest baths in the coming 2-3 months? 

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3. My path as a storyteller

Since summer 2016 I write regularly blogs for the Belgian magazine Mo*, mostly about sustainability, forests and life in Japan (and previously: Thailand). In 2019, my first book got published, as part of a funded project by Vlaanderen Circulair: ‘Als Meubels Konden Spreken’. Currently I am working at my second fiction novel and the outline of a book ‘forest therapy for travelers, expats and geographers’.