Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

ANFT Staff

Amos Clifford

Founder | CEO

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). After studying Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, in 2004 Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. By 2008 he no longer identified as Buddhist, instead preferring the nameless and sometimes unnamable experiences he had in natural settings, and had been having since early childhood. This led to a deepening inquiry regarding relationships between humans and the more-than-human world. Between 2010 and 2012 Amos took his inquiry into wild places, and with the help of School of Lost Borders and Men of Spirit he had a year of intense wilderness practice, which led to the vision for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, Amos founded ANFT in 2012 and over the next two years developed what is now known as the "Standard Sequence" of the ANFT school of Forest Therapy. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He teaches about Forest Therapy and leads retreats internationally.

Upcoming Events with this Guide
USA, Illinois - La Salle Manor Retreat Center
Australia, Canberra - Birrigai Outdoor School 2024
Japan, Yakushima -Shikino Yado 2024
USA, California - Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
Canada, BC - Zajac Ranch 2024
Thailand, Ko Phra Thong - Baba Ecolodge 2024
Monarch - By Invitation Only
USA, Arizona - Camp-Willow Springs 2024
Canada, Ontario - Dharma Centre of Canada - September 2024
USA, Vermont - Basecamp at Beaver Falls - August 2024
Costa Rica, Puriscal - Rancho Mastatal January 2024
Portugal, Sintra - Floresta Encantada - August 2024
USA, New Hampshire - Woodbound Inn June 2024
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center April 2024
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center September 2024
Sloth
Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
Blue Macaw
Humpback Whale
Wild Turkey
Wild Horses
EN ESPAÑOL - Amazonia
Magnolia
Snow Leopard
Scarlet Tanager
Kingfisher
Rainbows
Wild Geese
Wild Rose
Sweetgrass
Peregrine Falcon
Honey Badger
Red Robin
Arnica - Healthcare Professionals Cohort
White Pine
EN ESPAÑOL - Costa Rica, Sarapiquí - Tirimbina Rainforest Lodge
Thailand, Ko Phra Thong - Baba Ecolodge
New Zealand, Aotea Great Barrier Island - WaiOra Beach Retreat
FOR LUNA MOTH STUDENTS ONLY - USA, Colorado - Aspen Camp
Japan, Yakushima -Shikino Yado
Canada, Ontario - Canadian Ecology Center
USA, Massachusetts - Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center
Canada, BC - Zajac Ranch
USA, Vermont - Basecamp at Beaver Falls
USA, New Hampshire - Woodbound Inn
Portugal, Sintra - Floresta Encantada
UK, Yorkshire - Broughton Sanctuary
USA, Minnesota - Shire in the Woods
USA, Colorado - YMCA of the Rockies
USA, Colorado - YMCA of the Rockies II
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center 2023
Costa Rica, Playa Los Vivos - Forest and Beach, the Perfect Combination 2023
USA, Oregon - Buckhorn Springs - June 2024
Bamboo Forest
Bison
Koala
Winter Wren
Bobcat
Porcupine
Bullfrog
Great Blue Heron
Daffodil Star - Luna Moth | Combined Cohort
Morpho Azul EN ESPAÑOL
Painted Turtle
Praying Mantis
White-tailed Deer
Leaf Sheep
Giant Kauri
Sunflower
Seahorse
Bumblebee
Canada, Ontario - Wintergreen Studios
Orchid Blooms
Canada, Alberta - Canmore Clubhouse
Canada, BC - Loon Lake Lodge
USA, Colorado - Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center - July 2024
USA, Illinois - Morton Arboretum
Czech Republic, Kouty
Switzerland - Bergün
USA, California - LA Arboretum
USA, Massachusetts - Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center
Sassafras - For Conservation Leaders
USA, California - Manzanita Village II
Dolphin Super Pod
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center
Snowshoe Hare
Costa Rica, Playa Los Vivos - Forest and Beach, the Perfect Combination
Costa Rica, Monteverde - El corazón del bosque nuboso EN ESPAÑOL
Horsetail
Welcome Swallow
Yarrow - For Healthcare Professionals Only
Great Horned Owl
Swallow-Tailed Kite
USA, Massachusetts - Land of Thoreau
Chickadee
Salamander
Puma - EN ESPAÑOL
Bluebird
Sweet Fern
Wild Strawberries
Past Events with this Guide
USA, Illinois - La Salle Manor Retreat Center
Australia, Canberra - Birrigai Outdoor School 2024
Japan, Yakushima -Shikino Yado 2024
USA, California - Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
Canada, BC - Zajac Ranch 2024
Thailand, Ko Phra Thong - Baba Ecolodge 2024
Monarch - By Invitation Only
USA, Arizona - Camp-Willow Springs 2024
Canada, Ontario - Dharma Centre of Canada - September 2024
USA, Vermont - Basecamp at Beaver Falls - August 2024
Costa Rica, Puriscal - Rancho Mastatal January 2024
Portugal, Sintra - Floresta Encantada - August 2024
USA, New Hampshire - Woodbound Inn June 2024
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center April 2024
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center September 2024
Sloth
Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
Blue Macaw
Humpback Whale
Wild Turkey
Wild Horses
EN ESPAÑOL - Amazonia
Magnolia
Snow Leopard
Scarlet Tanager
Kingfisher
Rainbows
Wild Geese
Wild Rose
Sweetgrass
Peregrine Falcon
Honey Badger
Red Robin
Arnica - Healthcare Professionals Cohort
White Pine
EN ESPAÑOL - Costa Rica, Sarapiquí - Tirimbina Rainforest Lodge
Thailand, Ko Phra Thong - Baba Ecolodge
New Zealand, Aotea Great Barrier Island - WaiOra Beach Retreat
FOR LUNA MOTH STUDENTS ONLY - USA, Colorado - Aspen Camp
Japan, Yakushima -Shikino Yado
Canada, Ontario - Canadian Ecology Center
USA, Massachusetts - Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center
Canada, BC - Zajac Ranch
USA, Vermont - Basecamp at Beaver Falls
USA, New Hampshire - Woodbound Inn
Portugal, Sintra - Floresta Encantada
UK, Yorkshire - Broughton Sanctuary
USA, Minnesota - Shire in the Woods
USA, Colorado - YMCA of the Rockies
USA, Colorado - YMCA of the Rockies II
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center 2023
Costa Rica, Playa Los Vivos - Forest and Beach, the Perfect Combination 2023
USA, Oregon - Buckhorn Springs - June 2024
Bamboo Forest
Bison
Koala
Winter Wren
Bobcat
Porcupine
Bullfrog
Great Blue Heron
Daffodil Star - Luna Moth | Combined Cohort
Morpho Azul EN ESPAÑOL
Painted Turtle
Praying Mantis
White-tailed Deer
Leaf Sheep
Giant Kauri
Sunflower
Seahorse
Bumblebee
Canada, Ontario - Wintergreen Studios
Orchid Blooms
Canada, Alberta - Canmore Clubhouse
Canada, BC - Loon Lake Lodge
USA, Colorado - Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center - July 2024
USA, Illinois - Morton Arboretum
Czech Republic, Kouty
Switzerland - Bergün
USA, California - LA Arboretum
USA, Massachusetts - Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center
Sassafras - For Conservation Leaders
USA, California - Manzanita Village II
Dolphin Super Pod
USA, Tennessee - Well Being Retreat Center
Snowshoe Hare
Costa Rica, Playa Los Vivos - Forest and Beach, the Perfect Combination
Costa Rica, Monteverde - El corazón del bosque nuboso EN ESPAÑOL
Horsetail
Welcome Swallow
Yarrow - For Healthcare Professionals Only
Great Horned Owl
Swallow-Tailed Kite
USA, Massachusetts - Land of Thoreau
Chickadee
Salamander
Puma - EN ESPAÑOL
Bluebird
Sweet Fern
Wild Strawberries