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Forest Therapy Coalition - Health and Nature Partner Connections - Forest Bathing/Therapy: Lunch and Learn: Collaboration Session

  • Brookside Gardens 1800 Glenallan Avenue Silver Spring, MD, 20902 United States (map)

(Webinar - 11:30 AM-4:00 PM ET)

Use the form below to reserve your space no later than April 23.

Webinar agenda.

Webinar link


US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 740 3766

Webinar ID: 440 472 737

International numbers available:

We know that being in nature is good for humans and good for the environment. How do we harness the collective efforts of our nature-promoting organizations to make nature therapy accessible? Join us in person or via webinar for an exciting day of collaboration. 


Our vision is to convene our respective organizations to collaborate in creating a viable network of guides, trails, physicians, and forest/parks managers to create a public health system that delivers evidence-based healing benefits of nature to communities, particularly those who are underrepresented in the healthcare system, using our lands as important access points for nature-based healing. We aim to offer this health intervention while also fostering stewardship for the natural spaces that offer healing benefits, creating a reciprocal relationship.

We'll begin the day with a forest therapy walk led by certified forest therapy guides from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides. From there, we will hear presentations featuring various aspects of forest therapy, nature-based prescriptions, research highlighting health benefits of nature connections, diversity and inclusion and community-based involvement. Participants have two options to join: in person at Brookside Gardens, or via webinar. 

For those attending in person: 

RSVP no later than April 23rd if you will be attending the meeting in person at Brookside Gardens. The in-person meeting will go from 9-5:30 PM ET, including a morning forest therapy walk.

For those attending the Webinar

RSVP no later than April 23rd if you will be attending the webinar. The webinar portion of the meeting will go from 11:30 AM-4 PM ET. 

When: April 26th, 2018

Where: Brookside Gardens 

1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton, MD

Time: 9:00am-5:30pm, (Webinar) 11:30pm - 4:00pm ET


9 AM: Arrival/orientation

9:30- 11 AM: Forest Therapy Walk led by Certified Forest Therapy Guides

11:30 AM: Webinar Begins, with presentations by: 

  • Amos Clifford, Founder and Director, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs
  • Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, ANFT Certified Guide and Medical Director
  •  Dr. Robert Zarr, Pediatrician at Unity Health Care and Park Rx Founder
  • Felipe Benítez, Executive Director, Corazon Latino
  • Juan Lazo, USFS Resource Assistant, Partnerships, Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator 
  • Farjana Islam, USFS Resource Assistant, Health and Nature Program Coordinator
  • Anne O'Neill, US National Park Service
  • USDA Forest Service

11:30-12:45: working lunch

1-2:30 PM: Grand Rounds with Dr. Robert Zarr

2:45-4 PM: Presentations from Corazon Latino, USFS, NPS, and more 


When you step into your forests, parks, and other green spaces, how do you feel? Research shows that nature can help alleviate physical, mental and emotional health issues. Join our conversation around “forest bathing,” a global phenomenon where practitioners instill mindfulness and encourage communities to connect deeply with nature and themselves. Join the conversation to discuss how we can integrate forest and nature therapy into public health and public lands practices. 


USDA Forest Service

Park RX America

Unity Health Care

Corazon Latino

Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs

National Park Service

Therapeutic Landscapes Network

Biophilic Cities Network

...and more  


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