Alex Gesse

Executive Director

Alex Gesse was born in Barcelona. He holds a postgraduate degree in Business Administration and an E-MBA from EAE Business School in Barcelona. He is completing degrees in Sociology and Psychology. Fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and Italian.

He serves as a Public Health and Forest adviser to the Union of South European Foresters (USSE), and other public institutions. Alex has collaborated as a consultant specialist in the Expert Group on Human Health and Wellbeing for Forest Europe. He also collaborates with the Management of Natural Spaces Services of the Barcelona Provincial Council.

Currently, Alex is a board member of the International Society of Forest Therapy, having trained over 2000 guides and practitioners. He has led forest bathing walks and forest therapy interventions in more than 20 countries across 6 continents.

In his current role, Alex co-leads FTHub, NATURELAB, a research project funded by the European Union with 6 million euros for the design, implementation, and validation of nature-based therapies. As part of his work with the Forest Therapy Hub, with an interdisciplinary team, he has developed The FTHub Method and the Liquid Interactions Model (LIM) for Forest Therapy. This integrative approach combines the latest scientific evidence in nature and health with traditional nature-connectedness approaches.

FTHub has manualised programmes for health prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation for various populations, based on over 30 Forest Therapy pilot projects and research in collaboration with universities and other institutions. FTHub projects have been cited as case examples in international publications and congresses.

Alex has delivered lectures at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, Albert Einstein Education and Research Center and UNESP in Brazil, National Innovation Alliance for Forest Therapy and Health Promotion of the State Forestry and Grassland Administration, and the Beijing Forestry Society in China, Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, and Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico, for the Clinicians for Planetary Health (PAH), among other institutions, as well as the University of Riga in Latvia, and participated in several international congresses.

He is the author of “Feel the Forest: The Experience of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing),” published by Penguin Random House Editorial Group, in 2019. Alex is also the co-author of “Baños de Bosque: 50 Rutas Para Sentir La Naturaleza” (Forest Bathing: 50 Routes to Feel Nature – by Petit Futé, 2020), “Feasibility and Experience of a Forest Therapy Intervention for Adults Enduring Stress” (Forests for Public Health, Chapter 6, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2020), and “The Present and Future of Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy” (Natureza, Clima e Saúde Pública, Editora dos Editores 2024).

Furthermore, he co-authors key scientific publications, including “a multi-country study assessing the mechanisms of natural elements and sociodemographics behind the impact of forest bathing on well-being”. This study is published in Forests 2023, 14(5), 904.

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