Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

ANFT Staff

Bansi Shah

Bansi’s journey began exploring the wilds of Kenya, and later the Australian outback. Over the years, she has intuitively gone to the Wilderness to heal, to re-calibrate, to rest.
She has witnessed the transformative power of nature on people, which lead her to become a certified Forest Therapy Guide. Bansi co-founded Shades of Nature to help people bring nature & nature-based practices into their everyday lives. She offers Forest Therapy experiences, movement in nature, and nature-based retreats & safaris in Australia, Africa and Asia.
Bansi holds a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Sydney. She is also a trained and qualified Pilates instructor, Yoga teacher, and a PADI Scuba Divemaster. Her deep interest in grief, sorrow, and loss, and the role of the more-than-human world in these experiences led her to complete the Grief Ritual Leadership training with Francis Weller, psychotherapist and author of 'The Wild Edge of Sorrow.'
Bansi’s happy place is in the Wilderness, and she has a particular passion for reptiles, scuba diving, slow hiking and stand-up paddle boarding.


Upcoming Events with this Guide
White Willow - Healthcare Professionals
Wood Duck
Laughing Thrush
Lotus
Sky of Clouds
Cardinal
Mossy Forest
Wolverine
Green Birdflower
Red Oak
Camphor Tree
Howler Monkey
Jaguar
Dragon's Blood Tree
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Snowy Owl
Turtle
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
Past Events with this Guide
White Willow - Healthcare Professionals
Wood Duck
Laughing Thrush
Lotus
Sky of Clouds
Cardinal
Mossy Forest
Wolverine
Green Birdflower
Red Oak
Camphor Tree
Howler Monkey
Jaguar
Dragon's Blood Tree
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Snowy Owl
Turtle
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