International Forest Therapy Days Ambassadors

The IFTDays Ambassadors are the persons or organization on the ground who spread the message of forest therapy and grow the network of IFTDays by sharing information about IFTDays and events this network will be organizing. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at

Sini Malminiemi
Sini Malminiemi, MSc, environmental educator, nature and wilderness guide and Forest Mind instructor​.

I’m the jack of all trades when it comes to nature based pedagogy, tourism or therapy. My background is in ecology and evolutionary biology studies. My studies have added to my deep relationship with nature which started developing already in the early childhood and which has given me the passion to protect our living environment. I see connecting with nature as the ultimate source of vitality, the source for person’s identity and a fundamental part of growing into a sustainable society. To achieve this globally we must connect with each other. For this reason I see the IFTDays as invaluable tradition. To be able to protect, you have to love. To be able to love, you have to connect.

llse Simoens
llse Simoens, MSc, researcher, herbalist, yoga-teacher and Shinrin-yoku guide.

In my work at the Research Institute for Nature and Forest in Brussels, I focus on the relation between Nature, health and society. As a yoga-teacher I focus on body-awareness via movement, breathing and meditation. During the time I lived in Sweden, I discovered nature in a new way.  Many, long, slow, lonely walks through the Swedish forests deepened my connection with both, myself and the forest. During the last IFTDays, I discovered a third dimension, the one of building a new sense of community when sharing your experiences with others during forest bathing sessions. These inspiring encounters with other practitioners, my previous readings and experiences, motivated me to co-found the Academy of Healing Nature, offering shinrin-yoku trainings and workshops in Belgium. To me, the forest is foremost a place of connection and so were the IFTDays.


BOS+ is a Flemish non-profit organisation dedicated to forest conservation, sustainable forest management, reforestation, afforestation and forest restoration, both in Flanders, Belgium, and worldwide. BOS+ brings and keeps forest issues high on the (political and public) agenda in Flanders. Cooperation with other organisations is part of our DNA: only by working together can awareness grow about forests and trees as vital elements for a liveable planet for all. BOS+ works on raising awareness and knowledge about the importance of forests and trees for a number of target groups and on implementing innovative approaches in the field. Forests play a crucial role in the preservation of biodiversity, as a sustainable source of material used in the circular economy, in our efforts against climate change, ánd for public health: the positive correlations between nature (experience) and our health and well-being are strong and manifold. It is with this in mind that we happily support the IFT days.

Markus Pesonen
Markus Pesonen is a composer, musician, multimedia artist and creative entrepreneur.
Markus is creating sonic experiences in various contexts, investigating the impact of sound in people and the environment as well as teaching from his discoveries. He composes and creates with several music groups and works together with dance, theatre, performance art and film. Collaboration with health and social care professionals has led Markus to develop Sound Journeys that use his field recordings from nature together with original music to create immersive soundscapes with educational and therapeutical potential. 
Markus holds a masters degree in music and a composer diploma from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, but his insatiable curiosity has taken him to explore and research far across disciplines. He’s the co-founder of the creative collective For the Sake of Being(s) and Olo Centre for art, education and healing.
Catarina Brazão​
Catarina Brazãois a somatic educator, workshop and retreat facilitator and an avid nature lover.
Catarina holds a degree in social work in the field of mental health and draws upon years of study and practice in transpersonal psychology, gender studies and somatic work. Catarina’s path is guided by her profound commitment to change and growth, a quality she uses also when working with others. Her work offers a space for true lasting transformation where everyone feels safe, respected and seen. 
With over ten years of experience working on one-on-one sessions and groups, and inspired by the practice of a variety of somatic and spiritual disciplines, she teaches an exclusive approach tailored to each person or group she works with. Today she offers fully immersive workshops, courses and programmes that support people in discovering their uniqueness and authenticity. Catarina is also the co-founder of the creative collective For the Sake of Being(s) and Olo Centre for art, education and healing.
Martina Holcová
Martina Holcová – a writer, an ilustrator, Forest mind guide, coach, mother of 3 children.

Martina studied Environmental humanities in Masaryk University, Brno, Czech republic, working in the field of education (multicultural, global development education, experiential education), since meeting Forest mind (Metsämieli), working on introducing it in Czech republic (asks a lot of patient but is making sense to me:-). Since participating in IFTD 2018 and finding relief of meeting people centered around the same topic, I wish to contribute in spreading the idea of this comunity here in Czech.