Forest Therapy Guide Training and Certification Program
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma County, California
July 7-14 OPEN, Aug 11-18 OPEN, May 6-13 FULL
Join us on 3900 acres of oak woodlands, Coastal Redwood groves, and more at one of the most special parks in Northern California. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is our home site for researching and leading shinrin-yoku and forest therapy walks. We are intimately familiar with the landscape, the trails, and the bioregion.
Participants will also experience Quarry Hill Botanical Gardens. Quarry Hill is one of the pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens globally, featuring one of the largest collections of documented, wild-collected Asian plants in the world. It is place of delightful discovery, with each bend in the trail bringing new surprises.
Accommodations: We’ll be tent camping within a campground with modern bathrooms and coin-operated showers. Participants are responsible to bring their own camping gear; we can provide information for nearby rental resources. If you have your own car it is possible to stay off-site in hotels or bed and breakfast lodging in the towns of Kenwood, Sonoma, or Santa Rosa. You do not need to contact Sugarloaf Ridge to make campground reservations; we have reserved three campsites that our group will share.
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is a camping venue; campground and parking fees are not included in the registration fee. We will collect a fee of $90 from each participant who stays at the campground at the time of the training.
Food: Participants will need to bring their own food. The association will provide a camp kitchen including stoves and tables on which to prepare food. There are stores within driving distance if you'd like to make your purchases after arriving in the area. We will have some coolers/ice chests if you want to bring perishable food. If you have lots of perishables you may want to think about bringing your own. There are also local restaurants within driving distance if eating dinner out is preferred but having food for breakfast and lunch at the campsite will be necessary.
*More information about what to bring to be prepared for the training as well as a camping and gear list will be provided upon enrollment.
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Quarryhill Botanic Garden
Tuition for the six-month Guide Training and Certification Program is $3410 USD. This includes the week-long intensive training and six months of mentored practicum. It does not include travel, lodging, ground transportation, or meals. Please check current exchange rates for conversion to Euro or other currencies.