About us

Scandinavian Nature and Forest Therapy Institute

The Scandinavian Nature and Forest Therapy Institute (SNFTI) is a cohesive resource for nature based services and knowledge, for individuals, groups, organizations and authorities at several levels in society. It is also a platform for collaboration and integration of nature connection, for health and well-being, for people and the environment alike.

The Institute operates from Sweden and with a Scandinavian and Nordic foundation. This includes Finland, a forerunner in nature based, Nordic research and intervention. The Institute is independent of other, similar organizations but collegially collaborative.

The Institute’s founder and operations manager is Petra Ellora Cau Wetterholm. The business is conducted in a collaborative model with the people, organizations and other stakeholders who wish to cooperate with the Institute, as a platform or in other ways that agrees with the Institute’s values and goals.

The Institute offers regular trainings, workshops, immersions, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and lectures. It contributes to method development, research-based assessment and participates in nature based projects. It provides health services for individuals, organizations, authorities and the Health Care sector. The purpose is to share knowledge and skills in nature based activities that promote internal and external sustainability; an improved physical and mental health, and a sustainable life and natural balance.

Petra Ellora Cau Wetterholm

Petra Ellora Cau Wetterholm is based in Stockholm, Sweden as a Licenced Clinical Psychologist, a Mindfulness Facilitator and a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, trainer and mentor.

She is the founder, operations manager and facilitator of Scandinavian Nature and Forest Therapy Institute and Shinrin-Yoku Sweden, and a co-founder of the European Forest Therapy Institute. She offers Eco System services as public and private Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy walks and retreats and Nature and Forest based trainings and workshops around Sweden and abroad.

Petra has specialized in the fields of neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disability, in mindfulness based interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Stress Related Disorders.

She is a strong advocate for methodological development of Forest Therapy and integrating Nature Supported Treatments in society; science, education and the public Health Care.

She is the author of the Institute´s training manuals in Forest Bathing, Forest Therapy, NBSR and a Forest Therapy program for stress related disorders in Primary Mental Health Care.

What has influenced her the most besides her work as a Clinical Psychologist, is a lifelong Nature Connection, a background in the Performing and Visual Arts, the many years spent in recidency retreat at a Zen Buddhist Temple and the global urgency of a re-connection to nature to support an ecological restoration and sustainable lifestyle.

Since 2007, she is a trained facilitator of MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), by Prof. Mark Williams, Oxford, England, and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), created by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness, Massachusetts, USA.

She received her certification as a Forest Therapy Guide in 2016, by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.

She has been invited to teach nationally and internationally and to present her work at several conferences and gatherings, most recently at the world conference “Forests for Public Health” . Her work has appeared in daily newspapers like Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Göteborgsposten and monthly magazines such as Vi, Modern Psykologi, Må Bra, Amelia, Yoga för dig, in Radio Shows and in Tv-shows at TV 4 News Morning and Science of the World (Vetenskapens Värld).