About Ben Page
Ben Page is a Forest Therapy Guide, global advocate for the practice and the author of Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing, The Wild Garden and The World In My Pocket. He is the founder of Integral Forest Bathing and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2015. From 2017-2020, Ben served as the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, specializing in curriculum and pedagogical design. He has since designed two new courses, The Art and Practice of Story Weaving and Find Yourself In Nature: Find Nature In Yourself.
Ben traces his lineage of nature connection practices and circle work facilitation through the tutelage of Jack Zimmerman and M. Amos Clifford. His masters thesis, ‘An Exploration in Living Council’ unpacks the ways in which openhearted listening can act as a gateway towards the phenomenon of interbeing and can serve as a cornerstone for anti-bias education and peace-building within community.
Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in publications such as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. His work within the field of alternative education centers on the conviction that children deserve fundamental human rights of dignity and personal autonomy. Ben holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.