About me

Alex is a Certified Forest therapy Guide. Trainer and Mentor of guides by the European Forest Therapy Institute (EFTI), being one of its founder members. Alex is the founder of the Instituto de Baños de Bosque and the Instituto de Banhos de Floresta de Portugal and collaborated as a consultant specialist in the expert group on Human Health and Well-being to the Forest Europe, Ministerial Conference on the Protection of forests in Europe.

Alex is the author of "Sentir el bosque: La experiencia del Shinrin-Yoku (baño de bosque)", Grijalbo, edited by Penguin Random House Editorial Group.

As opposed to the daily stress of urban life, he facilitates and develops nature connection techniques so that all people can experience the health benefits of natural environments.

He develops programs for companies and organizations in the continuous practice of supporting companies to reduce stress, to prevent Burnout syndrome, to improve the well-being of its collaborators and to stimulate creativity and teamwork. Alex is committed to promoting this practice to support everyone to surpass their established limits and improve their well-being.

Alex developed the KIDS & Forest Program for adolescents at risk of social exclusion, where he worked with different institutions for the young people engagement.

Based between Barcelona and Lisbon, he has participated in events and trainings in Spain, Portugal, Ireland, France, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Costa Rica, USA and Australia, among other locations.

He is trained in business management, sociology, leadership, non-verbal communication and leadership. He holds an E-MBA by EAE Business School of Barcelona. Also, he attend a Forest Therapy Guide training with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). He was the first ANFT European Trainer, training and mentoring guides from all over the world, and the European Coordinator. 

He has been featured and/or interviewed in diferent countries by: TVE 1, RNE, TV 5, Antena 3, Condé Nast Traveler, Euronews, El Periodico, LaVanguardia, Huffpost, On Barcelona, Betevé, Diari Ara, El Mundo, El Diario Vasco, Burgos Conecta, Revista Cuerpo y Mente, TimeOut, Lecturas, RTP, SIC Mulher, TVI, Publico, Visão, Pais, Sábado, A nossa Prima, Revista Calm, Revista Saber Viver y Revista Q, Diario de Burgos, Norwegian Airlines Magazine among other media.

Alex Gesse

Alex Gesse
Certified Forest Therapy Guide.
Guides Trainer.
alex@institutodebanhosdefloresta.pt
(+351) 966 050 168