TreeGirl, aka Julianne Skai Arbor, is a Forest Ecotherapist, educator and author of the 2017 Nautilus Book Award Winner for Photography, TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature, an interdisciplinary book weaving ecopsychology, natural history, eco-spirituality with fine art nude photography. As TreeGirl she travels around the world with a tripod and remote control, photographing herself intertwined in intimate connection with trees to inspire others to rebond with nature.
Julianne is certified as an arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture, as a California naturalist through the University of California, as well as a trained permaculture teacher, a facilitator of Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects, and rites of passage guide. She has taught college-level interdisciplinary conservation education for over 10 years, including pioneering the very first academic program in Environmental Arts, and holds graduate degrees in experiential Environmental Education and Arts and Consciousness Studies.
As the former Co-Director of the first Forest Therapy Guide training program in the US, she has pioneered the field of Forest Ecotherapy, which combines the practice of Japanese forest bathing/shinrin yoku with ritual, ecololiteracy, leadership and ecotherapy. She is currently creating a training program for leaders in Forest Ecotherapy, which will be an IES accredited certificate in Applied Ecotherapy —"Ecotuner".
International Ecopsychology Society - IES is a non-profit association that brings together professionals from different fields, committed to personal, relational and environmental awareness. The association aims to support, disseminate and promote Ecopsychology, its applications and the professional figure of the Ecotuner.