Since September 2017 Cathrien is engaged in PhD research at WUR/FNP into the relation between spiritual values and forest management. Cathrien has an MSc in tropical forestry (Wageningen) and an MA (with honours) in Interreligious Spirituality Studies (Nijmegen). For 30 years she worked as a forestry adviser with the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of the Netherlands in the development of community and social forestry, international cooperation, biodiversity and communication. She worked extensively in Azië (Nepal, the Philippines, Pakistan among others) and Latin America (mainly Nicaragua), and later in the Netherlands and Europe. In the last 15 years she specialized in the upcoming academic field of Nature and Religion, with a focus on forests. Activities in this field include academic articles as well as lectures, workshops and courses (see www.aranyani.nl).