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Episode 15: Intro to Forest Bathing – Part 2

Published July 31st, 2021 in Education-AmeriCorps

This episode features an interview with Sari Telpner, certified forest therapy guide and health educator. You’ll learn more about what forest therapy, also called forest bathing, is, as well as other nature-connected practices that offer a multitude of benefits. Additionally, you’ll hear a song by Marnie Albritten, and a presentation by Rachael Brock, which took place during our Eco Innovations Challenge on April 25th.

Links/Websites & Books Mentioned in Episode 15

  • Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs – ANFT Website
  • Wild Wellness Guide – Click here to learn more about Sari’s offerings
  • Book Recommendations:
    • Your Guide to Forest Bathing, by Amos Clifford
    • Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing, by Ben Page
    • Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health & Happiness, by Dr. Qing Li
    • The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing, by Julia Pleven
    • Sit Spot & the Art of Inner Trackingby R. Michael Trotta
    • The Nature Principle, by Richard Louv
    • The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv
    • The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams
    • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Rachael’s email (reach out if you’d like to learn more about/volunteer for her bee survey project) –

“Song for the Umpqua”, by Marnie Albritten 

(First aired during Episode 15)


God made the Indians, gave them a home.

Mountains to wander, forests to roam.

And the streams were clear as diamonds.

And the grass was green as rain, and the trees grew tall forever.

Turtle Island was its name.

Then came the white man from over the sea

Many a brave man yearned to be free.

And they saw the land before them

But they saw it with their eyes, and they killed their red brothers and sisters

With their wicked loving lies.

Time passes quickly.  Those days are gone.

Only the memory of terror lives on.

But the streams that flow are filthy

And the air’s a killing fog, and they’re cutting down the ancient trees

Just to bring in bigger logs.

My children’s children must live on this land.

If we won’t save it, nobody can.

And the children want to know

Why the earth is filled with pain.

Like that red man long ago, can we love her once again?


(This episode originally aired May 1st-2nd, 2021.)


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