During my lifetime I had many roles and professions - I was a child, partner, father, got technical and human education, traveled, self-developed, led myself and teams of people. All the time - from my childhood - however, I always drew inspiration and strength in nature, most often alone. There I ran with my boyish worries and joys (and spent at least as much time in the woods as at school) and “adult” problems.
Over time, I have developed my own methods to improve my mental and physical health through intensive perception of nature. Yet I haven't been able to share this experience with anyone for many years - I haven't noticed anything like this in people around me and I was a little ashamed to talk about having a tree or stone as a friend and how cleanse it can be if you have wind and the sun in face for hours.
As a mature adult I was successful, but the more I lived in a “modern” and fast life, the more I felt that this way of experiencing was not very convenient for me and I needed to return to natural roots. For the past few years, I have known that my life vision, my purpose, is more than just a circle of family-work duties.
Thanks to my self-development journey with men's circles, education in natural therapies and a mountain expedition with the “ice man” Wim Hof (whose method, combining breathing exercises, ice baths and meditation concentration I have been using every day for several years) I understand that my goal is actually bring gifts and knowledge that I have long benefited from through forest and nature back to people who need them as much as I do. Around that time, I accidentally met the principles of Japanese forest therapy Shinrin-yoku and everything started to fit together.
I left my job in a prestigious company and went on to train forest therapy at the American Association for Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT), whose founder Amos Clifford has adapted and streamlined the Shinrin-yoku methods for the Western world. After six months of training and education, I am now one of the few certified forest therapy guides in the Czech republic. It is always a great encouragement and inspiration for me during each forest walk with the participants to see that my vision was right - to see how easily people of many experiences and origins can connect with this way of ``remembering`` happiness, joy and health that belong to us and makes up our true inner home.
Because that's what nature always wanted.
Lesní terapii s Alešem jsem si užil. Pomohl mi zpomalit a víc vnímat přírodu kolem sebe všemi smysly. Odcházel jsem s velmi příjemným pocitem.
Z Aleše vyzařuje klid, pokora a upřímná láska k přírodě, což dokáže přenést i na účastníky vycházky.
Aleš je příjemný průvodce a má vášeň pro les.
Ales is a experienced guide and has a passion for the forest.
"Jedním z nejsilnějších dojmů dnešní lesní terapie pro mne byla vyrovnanost průvodce, který působil pocitem, že je v každou chvíli "tady a teď.""
One of the strongest impressions of today's forest therapy for me was the calm of the guide, which made him feel at all times "here and now".