For thousands of years our ancestors hunted, gathered, and survived in the wilderness. Endless grasslands, dense forests and vast stretches of green were an integral part of a place we called home.

But in today’s world, the green spaces are replaced by urban structures, crowded places and polluted environments. This rapid change puts an unwanted pressure on our body and mind. As a result we have seen that chronic illnesses, stress, depression and other ailments are on the rise.

The aim of this project is to help people heal by reconnecting with nature. And also to help forests heal through volunteer projects.

“Our health is linked to the health of the environment we live in.”

Extract from Korea Forest Service (link)Forest Therapy: Society is aging, being industrialized and modernized at a rapid pace. There is a resulting tendency that environmental diseases, chronic illness and senile diseases are increasing. It is said that fundamental treatments for those diseases are limited, so it draws more attention to nature treatment. Forests are believed to have a variety of natural elements good for health, such as phytoncide, anions, comforting scenery and natural soils.To promote people’s health, using nature’s healing power, the KFS has created therapy forests. They are now on operation equipped with convenience facilities, simple sports facilities, etc. There is also a visitor center, meditation spaces, rest areas and healing forest trails.Here’s another helpful article from National Geographic magazine on the impact of spending time in nature on our brain.

HEALING FOREST is an idea to discover and promote the healing powers of nature. Through films, nature walks, articles and activities we hope to create greater awareness about the link between us and nature. We hope to create a small community of people who can connect with nature and lead calmer, healthier lives.


You: If you believe in the healing powers of nature, please consider joining us. Subscribe to our blog at this link to stay updated on new films, stories, nature walks, action projects and volunteer opportunities.

Us: We are a small group of people who love nature. You can join us on Facebook at this group: ART of NATURE

For specific inquiries please write to us at: healingforest(dot)org(at)gmail(dot)com




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  1. In December, I was able to realize my dream of diving in the Galapagos. Unfortunately, I was sexually assaulted the second day I was there. Though it was amazingly traumatizing (I am still dealing with it), I told myself that I was there to dive and not to allow the actions of a depraved man to rob me of my bliss. Thought I cried at night, every day, I joined my dive master on the dive boat and went out into the waters surrounding the islands. And it was here, surrounded by sharks, rays, myriad fish, sea lions, fur seals, turtles, iguanas, and birds, that I was able to connect back to my true self – to forget what had happened, and to be supported by the beauty of the water and the sea life. I felt loved and at ease. I felt strong. I felt part of the whole that is life. I am forever thankful for how nature held the space that I needed to heal. More than that, she is who we are. And when we can tap into our true selves, we are free, at peace, and can live in joy.


    1. Hello, tbonach. How are you doing now? As you will have realized, recovery and healing from trauma is a challenging, prolonged journey. The good news is you don’t have to go it alone, and you shouldn’t. Please seek counseling if you haven’t already, and let people you trust love you and support you in your journey, which is a kind of difficut rebirth. May you find all the love, solace, and healing you need.


    1. Hi Camilla,
      that sounds like great work you are doing too. I wonder if your work could help our depraved, deeply corrupt Australian government change the laws which have opened up our native forests to clearing and burning for electricity. It is very scary, and happening around the world. I hope your work can reach the people who are pushing this irresponsible and criminal scheme, “biomass”
      Please get in touch with us if you think there could be some links: North East Forest Alliance


  2. I came to the forest in Ireland from the States after the death of my husband of 33 years, in 2013. My soul’s home and my solace were found in this forest. I bought a home on the edge of the forest park, got involved with the LEAF program, and the rest is history. I have become very aware of the environment of my own property here in the forest and of the many acres of forest adjacent to my property here. I think there may actually be more than “40 shades of green”!


  3. Just found out about your very needed initiative!
    In Belgium (and I guess in other western countries) we have an epidemical increase of burnouts. In my opinion burnout is caused by a loss of self-connection, and we lost self-connection because we lost connection to Nature. We don’t have a lot of Nature left, but still enough to heal. Being reconnected with Nature naturally reconnects with ourselves.
    That’s why I started the non-profit organisation Robur at The Oak – which is still being constructed (www.roburopdeneik.org, not yet in English, but working on that! :-))
    I will ask my webmaster to add a new page for “Links”, and make sure your great little movie gets its place there!
    Let’s keep up the good work!


  4. I totally agree with you. Nature is such a beautiful healer. Whenever I feel sad, depressed or just stressed I head out into nature. After just as little as 30 minutes I feel totally different. It is fascinating what nature can do for us.


  5. hallo ich bin Monika, seit 5 Jahren schneide ich mein Ofenholz selbst im Wald. Ich weis von was Ihr sprecht.Nach 2Std. Arbeit ist mein System wieder komplett neu ausgerichtet und geordnet. Das ist der einzige Ort, wo es mir wirklich gut geht.


    1. Hallo liebe Monika, danke für deinen persönlichen kurzen Beitrag. Mir selber liegt das Thema der Waldtherapie etc. sehr am Herzen. Deshalb bin ich am Aufbauen eines professionellen Podcasts mit verschiedensten Interviewpartnern. Sehr gerne würde ich auch mit Dir ins Gespräch kommen. Du findest meine Koordinaten unter http://www.reiseichsicht.ch. Ich freue mich von Dir zu hören.
      Mit Herzensgrüssen


  6. I believe my healing has been an ongoing one since I was a child. Nature is the greatest healer especially for emotional trauma. My passion is photographing Nature and combining it with writings of what she speaks to me. In doing this I hope to connect the disconnect with so many who have seperated themselves from her. Sophia’s Perspective is my facebook blog where I share my photos and perspectives. I am delighted to see that others are gathering to bring awareness to our greatest resource for healing at all levels of our being. With Gratitude, Sophia


  7. Why say you want to create a SMALL society of people who believe in this?
    Start saying we want to create an IMMENSE society of peolpe who have these values in their daily life, systems,and family and naturally spreadit out in their daily lifes ???
    Make it STRONGER this voice !! The earth needs this connection, support!
    With love,


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  8. Thank you for inspiring to help others help them self dig deep with in to start to heal from the inside out is what necessary to truly heal may God Bless you in mulptiple ways for making a difference and being the change that makes the change in people’s lives!


  9. I love your video. I have long thought that being in and with nature is the only way to heal and comfort the soul. I live a short distance from woods and love to walk through them with my dogs any season of the year. It brings joy to my inner child and cheers me along all day. The smells, the colors, the natural sounds, the peace, tranquility and being at one with nature is beyond price and so very special. I never forget how fortunate I am.


  10. The Japanese have a word for this btw. Forest Bathing. Also forests are dense in negative ions (check the book Ion Effect – the reverse is pollutions/season winds like Mistral etc)


    1. Yoku Shinri is the Japanese word for “Forest Bathing”. Their research put to paper what we already have ‘known’ in our cells. Now that science has ‘proven’ the physiological benefits of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Wood will it assist in preventing humanities’ ongoing deforestation addiction?
      Will HumanKind ever be so?

      “There are voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world.” ralph waldo emerson


    1. Rebecca, I’d love to watch your video but a password is required.I tried “forest” which didn’t work. Please, what is the password? Thank you.


  11. So impressing and feeling awesome after seeing the clips … I would like to be a part of the walk if it happens anywhere in India…


  12. I live in Pune & nature lover.I liked the work taken up by your organisation. I like to know if you have any activity in Pune.


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