Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guiding & Facilitation
Certified Nature &
Forest Therapy Guide
Sage. Juniper. Piñon. A full breath. The ancientness of quartz. The misty forests. Early morning tide pools. The pull of a mountain stream. The quiet wolf. The owl at dusk. Peeling birchbark.
As an ANFT-certified nature and forest therapy guide, I explore how we relate to our whole selves and to the more-than-human world around us. I design and guide bespoke outdoor & online sessions for nonprofits, community groups and organizations that serve young people and adults. I am also a Natural Mindfulness Guide, accredited by the IMMA.
For much of my life I have worked & volunteered in environmental justice, Indigenous or LGBTQ+ charities and this has profoundly influenced my guiding practice. Other influences range from Gary Snyder's bridges between East and West to Amy Ray's kindness and activism to Robin Wall Kimmerer's precision and poetry and the passion and commitment of Park Ranger Shelton Johnson. Every session is informed by evidence which shows that personal wellbeing is influenced by three factors: belonging, perspective & agency. Developing connections with nature to deepen these factors is at the heart of Tender Pine.
See you outside.
Tender Pine's work includes
Guided Forest & Nature Therapy
Guided Natural Mindfulness
Bespoke nature connection groups for adults & youth
Guided LGBTQ+ group sessions
Collaborations & partnerships
A few nice testimonials...
“Luke delivered a session for my LGBTQ+ youth group over zoom during the pandemic. So many of the young people had been feeling stressed, isolated, and disconnected from nature. Whilst Portsmouth is a seaside city, the day-to-day life of these young people involves very little opportunity for nature and greenery. Luke's choice of poetry, writings and images was absolutely beautiful. Despite being sat at their screens, young people were transported to someplace more wild, more serene. All of them said they'd love to do this again.”
Jake Kelly, he/him
“The forest bathing walk was just what I needed! Luke's gentle invitations and guidance to really notice the world around us helped me feel deeply grounded in both the present moment, and the long history of the woods we were in. I went home feeling refreshed and exhilarated, and much more in tune with my real self.”