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Roles and impacts of the forest therapy guide: recommendations from practice

Nachin, Laurence; Rasson, Sophie; Coriat, Emmett Phil; Kotera, Yasuhiro


Laurence Nachin

Sophie Rasson

Emmett Phil Coriat


Over the last decade many studies have reported on the health benefits of practices derived from Japanese shinrin-yoku grouped under the term “forest therapy”. However, very few mentioned the roles and potential impacts of the guide on participants experience during a forest therapy session. Based on professional experience, this opinion piece aims to clarify the practice of guided forest therapy and highlight the guide’s contribution. By creating a space of trust and safety to facilitate sensory connection to nature and sharing of experience, guides play an essential role in the participants’ experience. They promote embodiment, nature connectedness, and social connectedness that we believe are key factors enhancing the health benefits of the experience.


Nachin, L., Rasson, S., Coriat, E. P., & Kotera, Y. (2022). Roles and impacts of the forest therapy guide: recommendations from practice. International Journal of Spa and Wellness, 5(3), 298-307.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 27, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 14, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Nov 23, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 15, 2024
Journal International Journal of Spa and Wellness
Print ISSN 2472-1735
Electronic ISSN 2472-1743
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 3
Pages 298-307
Keywords General Medicine
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