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Julianne Skai Arbor, aka TreeGirl, is an arborist, photographer, educator, naturalist, speaker and author of the 2017 Nautilus Book Award Winner for Art and Photography, TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature—an anthology of photographs and natural history 50 species of trees she encountered and researched.
TreeGirl travels around the world to learn from the trees first hand, and with a remote control and a tripod, photographs herself intertwined in intimate connection with the forest. To date, she has intertwined with over 80 species of trees in 16 countries: some of them are the oldest, largest and most sacred tree beings in the world. With her passion for trees she creates an experiential bridge for people to connect with wild nature through presentations, guiding, workshops and trainings, to help us remember that we are nature.
Julianne is certified as an arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture, trained an an veteran tree educator with the Ancient Tree Forum, and a member of the International Oak Society. She is also certified as a California Naturalist through the University of California, and trained as a facilitator in Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects, a shamanic healer through the Michael Harner lineage, and a rites of passage guide with Rites of Passage, Inc. Julianne is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.
Academically, Julianne has taught college-level interdisciplinary environmental education for over 10 years, including pioneering the very first academic program in Environmental Arts at New College of California. She holds graduate degrees in experiential Environmental Education and Arts and Consciousness Studies.
Julianne is a pioneer in the field of Forest Ecotherapy. Based in the Japanese art and science of Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku), Forest Ecotherapy aims to be more than a refreshing walk in the woods with physical and mental health benefits; it means to be deeply impactful and transformative in creating experiential pathways for people to form deep interrelationships with the more-than-human world as a resource and ally of mutual reciprocity and healing. Julianne was the former Co-Director of the very first Forest Therapy Guide training program outside of Japan, and has been certified by the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine in Japan (INFOM). Julianne is the Co-Representative of the US Chapter of the International Ecopsychology Society (on Leave for the duration of 2021), where she is Program Director of Forest Ecotherapy, an Ecopsychology Certificate program where she leads trainings in the art of bridging humans with nature, and specifically, trees.
When not on her quest to meet new trees for her next books, she is at home amidst the oak and redwood trees in Sonoma County, California.
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