Yasei Sanctuary Forest
At the Wildcraft Forest we deliver Yasei Shinrin Yoku treatment and retreat programs within Yasei Sanctuary Forests. A Yasei Sanctuary Forest is part of the Wildcraft Forest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the Community Supported Wildcrafting (CSW) Networks. The Yasei Sanctuary Forest is a protected forest that is used as a base to protect and restore wild ecosystems while propagating wild and domesticated food and medicine crops in small wild dynamic gardens. The Wildcraft Forest CSW membership helps with the planting, growing, care and harvesting of the crops, at the same time members learn various aspects of plant spirit medicines which includes Yaseiki Programs. Members might help for the day or for a few days at a time; so informal camping is available on the site while such activity is happening.
The Yasei Sanctuary Forest is twinned with certain remote backcountry areas and ecosystems, which require restoration. The Yasei Sanctuary Forest serves as a staging ground for CSW members to help with such activities. The Wildcraft Forest also utilizes the Sanctuary Forest as a wild plant nursery and for the drying and bulk storage of wild botanicals that have been wildcrafted in the area.
The Wildcraft Forest practices regenerative forest stewardship, which includes propagating “whole forest systems”; this includes the forest over-story and the under-story. Within this effort the Wildcraft Forest pools together different Yasei Sanctuary Forests along with its various regenerative stewardship projects and promotes all of this within a “Wild Offset” which is a form of biodiversity offsetting which garners conservation credits. From time to time the Yasei Sanctuary Forest hosts special forest events that promotes the Wildcrafters Promise.
Yasei Shinrin-Yoku Teachers Training provides participants with certification to perform our unique version of Forest Bathing, which combines the healing abilities presented by the natural world with spiritual and environmental stewardship, which encourages meaning and purpose within the context of agape relationships and the Wildcrafters Promise.