Alex Gesse

Executive Director

Spain

Alex has studied business management, a postgraduate degree in Business Administration at IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra and an E-MBA at EAE Business School of Barcelona, he is finishing the 4th year of a degree in Sociology at UNED and studying a degree in Psychology. He has non-formal training in Non-Verbal Communication and Leadership, in Council with The Ojai Foundation and experience in rites of passage with The School of Lost Borders. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and a basic level of Italian.

He is an adviser for Public and Forest Health with CONAF – Ministry of Agriculture of Chile and with the Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE), a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG). He has collaborated as a consultant specialist in the Expert Group on Human Health and Wellbeing to Forest Europe – Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe.

Alex has developed Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy programmes for corporate wellbeing, specific mental health populations and children at risk of social exclusion, collaborating in more than 20 Forest Therapy pilot projects. As a trainer, he has trained more than 800 guides and practitioners from six continents.

Alex is the author of “Sentir el bosque: La experiencia del Shinrin-Yoku (Baño de Bosque)” (Feel the Forest: The experience of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)), Grijalbo (Penguin Random House Editorial Group) and “Baños de Bosque: 50 Rutas Para Sentir La Naturaleza” (Forest Bathing: 50 Routes to Feel Nature) (Petit Futé) and co-author of “Feasibility and experience of a Forest Therapy intervention for adults enduring stress” (Forests for Public Health, Chapter 6, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2020).

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