trail certification

become a certified forest therapy trail

Founder and guide, Janene Ritchie, is a Forest Therapy Trail Certification consultant with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Forest Bathing Trail networks are being developed in several parts of the world, notably in Japan, South Korea, Costa Rica, the United States and Spain. ANFT has developed a process and criteria for certifying Forest Therapy Trails in conjunction with the standards used to train guides by The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.

ANFT’s trail certification process draws from the belief that the simple act of going outside is healthy for our minds, bodies, and spirit no matter what physiological effects can be documented. Trails are considered for certification based initially on criteria such as accessibility, safety, biodiversity, natural features, and management. Additionally, we consider how infrastructure and signage can promote both guided and self-guided Forest Therapy experiences on the trail. 

If you are a land manager in Washington or Oregon and are interested in certifying your trail, email Janene and visit the ANFT website for more information.

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