June Session: Full - Intensive: June 17-24 2017 Practicum Completion December 24, 2017
July Session: Now Taking Applications - Intensive: July 14-21 2017 Practicum Completion January 21, 2018
Tuition for the six-month Guide Training and Certification Program is $3210 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.
News January 5, 2017: We are pleased to report that Onlyinyourstate.com ranked Ramblewild no. 1 among the 18 Massachusetts locations one should visit in 2017!
The Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts are a highly prized destination for people who love gentle mountain topography covered by lush mixed hardwood and conifer forests among farms and small towns and villages. This is a truly special region, home to many cultural attractions, tourist destinations, and wonderful forest environments.
We are partnering with Feronia Forests LLC to bring you our acclaimed Forest Therapy Guide Training and Certification Program at their RambleWild Adventure Park campus and at nearby trails, forests, and arboretums. Feronia Forests is a sustainable forests initiative that is pioneering the use of Forest Therapy as a strategy to preserve and protect forests while managing them in an economically feasible way.
RambleWild boasts what is perhaps the best tree-to-tree adventure course in the United States. We will be exploring the forests in the vicinity of Ramblewild, and as we train as Forest Therapy Guides we will also be envisioning how to create a state-of-the-art, purpose-built forest therapy trail. You will not be required to participate in the Tree-to-Tree adventure; it is not a part of the training curriculum. However, if you wish, you will have an opportunity to experience the unforgettable adventure that awaits at Ramblewild.
Forest Therapy is a highly adaptable practice that works in parks, gardens, on hospital grounds, and many other settings, even in urban environments. One o four seven training days will be at a nearby permaculture organic farm, where we will explore how the techniques of Forest Therapy can be applied in settings other than forests.
Lodging and Camping Options (for the June Training; July details coming soon)
Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation. There are many options for lodging and camping, such as Vacation Village in the Berkshires, just a half mile away from the main training site. Lodging is NOT included in the tuition. Some options are listed below, including one free camping option at the end of this list. There are many other hotels, motels, B&B and other options in the area.
Privacy Campground is nearby and has had great reviews from participants in our prior trainings. It's likely that at least several people from your training cohort will be staying there. Pond, flush toilets, showers, electricity from the campground's own hydroelectric system, and great staff. This option provides a good mix of affordability and amenities.
Lodging at Bentley Brook Resort
Bentley Brook is a Wyndham hotel at Jiminy Peak Ski Resort, 5 minutes drive from RambleWild. Book online at this link which will be active until May 15th, 2017. To book by phone call 1-800-347-9092 call and mention the Guide Training Group at Bentley Brook to receive the discounted group rate. Our office hours are Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 5:00PM EST and Saturday – Sunday 9:00 – 4:00PM EST. Here are a few reminders for guests when booking reservations at Bentley Brook:
Vacation Village Resort
Vacation Village is a five minute drive from RambleWild. It is a time share that makes a certain number of units available quarterly for vacation rentals by non-time share owners. The have booked all the vacancies so far but will open up additional units for booking in early April so if you would like to look into this option you will want to contact them then. You can make reservations at Vacation Village by calling 413-738-2000. Press Option #1 and mention Ramblewild to get the discount.