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International Society

of Forest Therapy

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The ISFT aims to open up suitable forest areas worldwide for use as healing forests. At the same time, it is committed to evidence-based research into the medical effectiveness of the natural health resource forest and the creation of a curriculum for medically valid therapeutic forest therapy.

The Society was founded on 7 November 2018 in Krems, Lower Austria and is committed to establishing an international fund for the conservation and enhancement of the importance of forest ecosystem services.

The ISFT created a consensus on quality standards for healing forests and thus laid the foundations for a structured certification and training system for the international establishment of healing forests and therapeutic forest therapy - taking into account regional and cultural peculiarities and traditions.

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Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. (mult.) Horst Klinkmann, F.R.C.P.



Deputy Chairman

Manfred Baum, Germany


Dr. h.c. Mag. Heinz Boyer, Austria

Deputy Secretary

Darija Cvikl, Slovenia


Sven Rüger, Germany

Deputy Treasurer

Alex Gesse, Portugal


Regional Governors

// Austria

Dr. h.c. Mag. Heinz Boyer

// Bhutan

Kunzang Wangmo

// Brasil

Wolfgang Böhler


// Germany
Dr. Stefan Seiberling

// Iran

Prof. Dr. Sepideh Arbabi Bidgoli


// Japan

Prof. Dr. Hiroko Ochiai

// Lithuania

Stanislovas Čepinskas

// Portugal

Miguel Vasco


// Republic of Korea

Prof. Dr. Won Sop Shin

// Slovenia

Dr. Darija Cvikl

// Spain

Stefan Esser


// USA

Amos Clifford



Registered Office

IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Piaristengasse 1

3500 Krems, Austria

c/o Prof. (FH) Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Tucek

Institut für Therapiewissenschaften und
„Josef Ressel Zentrum“

Campus Krems, Trakt G1, Room 1.09

Tel.: +43 27 32-80 23 67

Secretary's Office

c/o BioCon Valley® GmbH

Friedrich-Barnewitz-Straße 8

18119 Rostock, Germany

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