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Collaboration for the Inclusion of Forest Bathing in Native Territories: An Ancestral Legacy and a Transformative Partnership

In an exciting partnership between the Forest Therapy Hub (FTHub) and the Raíces Indigenous Tourism Incubation Program and the Bröràn indigenous community of Térraba, a significant step has been taken towards the inclusion of Forest Bathing in native territories.

Don Paulino, a respected figure in the Bröràn community, has emerged as a visionary leader by combining ancestral wisdom with the training provided by FTHub. His role as a certified Forest Bathing Guide not only highlights his commitment to the health and well-being of his community, but also his determination to preserve traditions while being open to new knowledge.

This collaboration is not only about forest bathing, but a reaffirmation of the interconnection between nature and culture. Térraba, with its rich history of intimate relationship with the land, becomes a space conducive to the convergence between modern and ancestral practices. Don Paulino not only trains as a Forest Bathing Guide, but also leads the “Bröràn Ancestral Forest Therapy” initiative, an ecological and tourism business model in native villages.

“Forest Therapy is not only for the individual, but also for the community and the land. It is a bridge between the teachings of our grandparents and the need for healing in modern times,” shares Don Paulino in an interview with FTHub. This collaboration brings with it a powerful message of conservation, connection and empowerment, while weaving a deep bond between nature and ancestral wisdom.

This agreement is a tangible manifestation of how training and collaboration can transcend generations, cultures and borders. Together, FTHub and the Bröràn community of Térraba are writing a new and hopeful chapter in the history of health and well-being, demonstrating that the combination of traditional and contemporary knowledge can create a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

Ph: Courtesy Paulino Najera Rivera
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