Specialized Forest Healing Program, Forestory: AFoCO and FOWI collaborate to promote sustainable forest management

July 27-28, 2023 — Jointly organized with the Korea Forest Welfare Institute (FOWI), AFoCO Secretariat extended a warm invitation to Ambassadors and foreign staff members of AFoCO Member Countries to the specialized forest healing program, Forestory. The event took place on July 27-28, 2023 at the National Center for Forest Therapy in Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

The event aimed to foster cooperation on sustainable forest management among AFoCO Member Countries, promote forest-based welfare services, and enhance public awareness on the importance of forests for public health and quality of life. The gathering sought to highlight the value of the forest ecosystem while introducing AFoCO Member Countries to exceptional and outstanding forest healing programs.

Located in Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, the National Center for Forest Therapy offered participants an ideal environment to connect with nature. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in various forest healing programs designed to promote relaxation, rejuvenation, and a deep connection with the natural environment.

The forest walks offered participants a chance to unwind in hammocks and embrace the tranquility of nature, fostering a deeper sense of harmony with the surroundings. The Aqua Massage Therapy allowed guests to experience the therapeutic power of water flow and pressure, promoting physical and mental restoration. The Singing Bowl Meditation awakened participants’ senses as they focused on their breath and embraced themselves in the calming sounds and vibrations of singing bowls. The Tea Therapy provided a truly immersive experience in the Korean traditional tea ceremony, encouraging a profound appreciation for cultural heritage.

Beyond the immediate therapeutic benefits, the event served as a powerful platform to emphasize the importance of sustainable forest management. Participants left with a profound appreciation for the therapeutic benefits of forest therapy and a renewed commitment to advocate for sustainable forest management. The memories of this experience undoubtedly sparked a greater sense of responsibility towards preserving our forests and building a brighter, greener future for everyone.

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