"The quality of
our connections determine the quality of our life."
Martin studied work and organisational psychology at the University of Innsbruck. During his time in Australia he co-founded the international consulting company, Frontier Wellbeing.
He has been a certified Forest Therapy Guide by ANFT since 2017 and completed his Permaculture training with David Holmgren. Since then he has been working and researching mainly in the field of ecopsychology. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and, together with Karin Greiner, developed the “Alpine Forest Bathing” certification course. They also wrote the book, “Wald tut gut - Stress abbauen, Wohlbefinden und Gesundheit stärken” (AT Verlag 2019) together.
Wald Tut Gut (available only in German)
Forest does good!
The forest as a source of strength.
Let go, slow down, recharge your batteries and sharpen your senses.
With lots of photos and practical exercises.
The forest is good for you - we feel that intuitively. Why is that? Why is there hardly anything as sustainable as a walk in the forest to switch off and recharge your batteries? This book tells a lot of interesting facts about forests and trees and explains the peculiarities of the forest atmosphere. Forest bathing - that means immersing yourself in a green sea, swimming in soothing silence, letting yourself be bathed in the resinous scent, sinking into the depths of the inside, letting spirit and emotions drift, purifying the psyche. The forest, our ancient home, is a wonderful place, stimulating for the senses, as if made for relaxation. Even a short walk through the forest has been proven to reduce stress, strengthen the body's defenses, and create more inner resistance. With fascinating photos, many suggestions and numerous exercises that guide you to sharpen all your senses in the forest, to slow down and to become mindful. So that the stay in the forest develops a holistic effect.
ISBN: 978-3-03800-073-0 | AT Verlag 2019
Bound | 264 pages | 19.5 cm x 26.5 cm | 25.00 EUR
Mountain Hiking vs. Forest Therapy. A Study Protocol of Novel Types of Nature-Based Intervention
Christina Pichler, Johanna Freidl, Michael Bischof, Martin Kiem, Renate Erdheim-Weißböck, Daniela Huber, Gabriella Squarra, Paul Clemens Murschetz and Arnulf Hartl.
Abstract: Introduction: The global rise of urbanization has much triggered scientific interest in how nature impacts on human health. Natural environments, such as alpine landscapes, forests, or urban green spaces, are potential high-impact health resources. While there is a growing body of evidence to reveal a positive influence of these natural environments on human health and well-being, further investigations guided by rigorous evidence-based medical research are very much needed. Objective: The present study protocol aims at testing research methodologies in the context of a prospective clinical trial on nature-based interventions. This shall improve the standards of medical research in human–nature interactions.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(7):3888. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073888