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Alpine landscape with lush meadow and diverse wildflowers in the foreground, surrounded by rugged mountains and pine forests under a partly cloudy sky in southern Bavaria.

Founder's Message

Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan, a distinguished expert in clinical mental health counseling, is the pioneering founder of the Center for Nature Informed Therapy (CNIT). Her profound passion for the restorative powers of nature, combined with her extensive academic expertise, has led her to develop the innovative Nature Informed Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Wellbeing model. Under her visionary leadership, CNIT has become a guiding light for professionals seeking to weave the therapeutic benefits of nature into their practice. This extends not only to enhancing individual lives but also to assisting organizations in deepening the connection between nature and their stakeholders. This note from Dr. Schreiber-Pan shares her personal journey and the foundational insights that have shaped CNIT's mission.

Open Letter

Dear Friends,

A Journey Begins

As I write this, I find myself reflecting on the winding paths that have brought me here, to a place where I proudly stand as the founder of the Center for Nature Informed Therapy (CNIT). My journey began surrounded by the majestic peaks and tranquil valleys of southern Bavaria's Alpine region. Here, nature was not merely a backdrop but an essential part of my daily life—a silent companion in my childhood adventures and a steadfast source of comfort during uncertain times.


Discovering Nature’s Impact

It was in these very mountains that I first discovered the profound impact nature could have on well-being. Yet, as I ventured into the field of counseling, I encountered a curious paradox: while many colleagues found rejuvenation in nature, few incorporated its therapeutic potential into their professional practice. This realization ignited a spark within me, a desire to delve deeper into the intersection of nature and mental health.


A Scholar’s Quest

Driven by this passion, I pursued scholarly research, which culminated in my dissertation on the role of nature in psychological well-being, resilience, and spirituality. Armed with these insights and a strong desire to bridge the gap between theory and practice, I searched for a training program that aligned with my vision—only to find limited options that combined scholarly rigor with practical accessibility.


Founding CNIT

Undeterred, I decided to fill this gap myself. With a steadfast commitment and a vision to empower professionals from diverse backgrounds, CNIT was born. Our mission is simple yet profound: to offer education and experiences at the nexus of nature and mental health. We aim to provide a platform for professionals to deepen their understanding, hone their skills, and enrich their practice.


An Invitation

Whether you are a seasoned therapist eager to integrate the therapeutic benefits of nature into your work, or a curious individual drawn to the healing power of the natural world, our doors are open to you.


Warm regards,



Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan

Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan smiling and relaxing on an orange mat in a Yellowstone forest, surrounded by autumn foliage and pine trees, during a NOLS training session.

Quick Facts About CNIT


Promoting mental health through fostering a healing reconnection with the natural world.


Envisioning a future where a reciprocal relationship with nature restores mental health for all, deepening connections to self, others, and spirituality.

Core Beliefs

  • Nature Heals

  • Nature is Everywhere

  • Nature is for Everyone


Established: 2020


Impact Since

  • Trained 156 clinicians and other professionals in Nature Informed therapy.

  • Awarded over $9,500 in training scholarships.

  • Provided $6,400 in program scholarships to participants.



Partnered with over a dozen organizations to enhance connections between nature, individuals, and communities.

"Nature was not merely a backdrop but an essential part of my daily life—a silent companion in my childhood adventures and a steadfast source of comfort during uncertain times."

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