WILD WORDS

Harvesting sacred resources in and around us through words is the closest thing we have to real magic. Join the ride !

WILD WORDS

Harvesting sacred resources in and around us through words is the closest thing we have to real magic. Join the ride !

WRITING

Discover a writing practice that will transform your life and creative expression in our workshops and retreats.

WRITING

Discover a writing practice that will transform your life and creative expression in our workshops and retreats.

HOMESTEAD

Gardening, slow living, rewilding and transforming acres of Portuguese abandoned forest with ruins into a creative retreat

HOMESTEAD

Gardening, slow living, rewilding and transforming acres of Portuguese abandoned forest with ruins into a creative retreat

LIKE A FOREST, YOUR STORY IS A LIVING BRIDGE BETWEEN DREAM AND REALITY. TAKE A DEEP BREATH, GRAB A PEN AND LET'S EXCAVATE ITS SENSUAL FOUNDATIONS.

TRANSFORM THROUGH ESSENSE WRITING

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NATURE BASED

writing experiments in nature

CREATIVE

the art of writing 

DYNAMIC

Movement and breath medicine 

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Underground Forest developed a refreshing approach to creativity that combines the art of writing with somatic and nature-based healing practices. Join an online course or retreat, or enjoy one of my freebies to get a taster.

How to predict creativity with womb wisdom (FREE)

Masterclass: forest therapy and Zen for creative aliveness 

Writing weekend: free the shaman within

RECENT FOREST ADVENTURES

TRAVEL+ PHOTOGRAPHY

The last forest guardians of Ethiopia

HOMESTEAD+RUINS

How I bought my own forest

INNER FOREST

What working with refugees taught me about my own story

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I'm Tess

WELCOME TO MY ONLINE JUNGLE.

I'M SO EXCITED YOU'RE HERE !

I'm a somatic expression coach, nature explorer and award-winning storyteller from Belgium on a mission to prove to you that raising trees instead of children is the best thing you can do for yourself and the world.

 

Some funky details about me: I speak Chinese, am afraid of heights, can't drive and am obsessed with the shape of stones, human bodies and stories. I also recently ditched my not so successful career as a nomad freelance journalist, after a big trauma, for a simple life in an abandoned forest in Portugal while getting lost in the ancient arts of shamanism and wood carving.

hello you ! 

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Traveling bone-deep across inner and outer landscapes, word in hand, Underground Forest explores the endlessly fascinating bond between human kind and the forest. It's a soul-stirring, taunting and dangerously contagious journey, where words and stories become living creatures moving beyond the screen into our bodies, lives and art and vice-versa.

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We are all born storytellers. The best writing is not a matter of talent but a consequence of pouring heart, body and soul into the act. It transforms both the writer and the reader.

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