Forest Bathing at Destination Spas and Retreat Centers
Forest Bathing supports the wellness and health of participants through interacting with forests in ways that mobilize their natural and inherent healing properties. As a health care practice, facilitated Forest Bathing uses techniques that have been shown to reduce stress and consequently help restore the body’s natural balance and healthy functioning.
Forest Bathing Facilitators help participants build their capacity for confidence, ease and mindfulness when they are in forests and other natural settings. Our training gives facilitators a solid grounding in research-based mindfulness practices in natural settings.
A Forest Bathing Trail Facilitator emphasizes experiences of gratitude, mindful movement and attention, and sensory connection. They use short council-format meetings to support dialogue and learning among the participants. Walks typically end with a tea ceremony, often made from foraged plants, and sometimes include a light, healthful lunch.
The Certification Program for Place-Based Forest Bathing Trail Facilitators is place-specific. It pertains to a specific setting, such as a spa, retreat center, hospital grounds, or botanical garden. The training is always held on-site, and is provided for staff of the host organization.
The duration of this training is three days. Certification requires a post-training mentored practicum to be completed within six weeks. Optional days can be added for public programs, trail design consultation, and consulting regarding management and promotion of forest bathing programs.
Note: This is not the same as our six-month Forest Therapy Guide Training and Certification Program.
Contact: M. Amos Clifford, Director, 01-530-228-1994