The Forest is the Therapist.
The Guide Opens the Doors.
A synthesis of ancient traditions
and modern research
reimagined for our times
The worlds leading standards-based
training and certification program
for forest therapy guides.
A growing global community
of forests and friendships
Over 850 Guides trained in 55 Countries

Covid-19: Our Response

Our traditional training model relied upon the ability of people to travel unimpeded, often across international borders, at any time. It also required participants to gather in groups of up to 30 people, often in campground or retreat centers where safe social distancing would be very difficult. We scheduled our locations far in advance, to support the complex logistics of providing trainings. Because we cannot predict when (if ever) we will return to times when it is possible to use this model, we have redesigned our training. The new training model provides substantially greater margins of safety and flexibility. We are also confident it will enhance key elements of the learning experience. This website is being frequently updated to describe our evolving approach.

The Global Leaders in Forest Therapy Guide Training
Transforming Relationships between Humans and Nature

Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to "forest bathing." Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. We build on those benefits and look beyond, to what happens when people remember that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways.

The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs is the most experienced global leader in guide training, and promoting the development and practice of Forest Therapy. Our Forest Therapy Guide Training draws on the latest medical research, new developments in the field of nature connection, and ancient traditions of mindfulness and wellness promotion. Every guided walk is an act of power and beauty, cultivating deep connections with transformational impacts on people and nature.

Forest Therapy is a practice. It is open-ended; there is no prescription for what a person "should" experience, or what benefits they "should" receive. Instead, it is a practice of developing a deepening relationship of reciprocity, in which the forest and the practitioner find a way to work together that supports the wholeness and wellness of each. In Forest Therapy, there is a clearly defined sequence of guided events that provides structure to the experience, while embracing the many opportunities for creativity and serendipity offered by the forest and the individual inspiration of each guide. This practice, developed under the leadership of M. Amos Clifford, the Association's founder, and with contributions from many other guides, has become the most-widely used framework for Forest Therapy in the world; as of the end of 2019 we have trained over 800 guides who are guiding this practice in 48 countries.

Training Application Form
Upcoming Forest Therapy Guide Trainings

To apply for a training complete the application form. Training cohorts are organized by time zone. This makes it convenient to schedule group events such as webinars. Note which Block of Time Zones (see the list below the trainings) you prefer to join. Indicate that block in your application. Because our training is conducted using a combination of remote classes and field inquiry, we are no longer place-specific. Read more about our approach to training.

Time Zone Blocks
For information about UTC time zones look here.
When choosing a cohort, select one that is a Time Zone Block where you live. If you live on the edge of block you may choose the next nearest block.
Training Application Form
If you have already registered for a training under the previous system,
and have not yet transferred to one of the new cohorts, do so here.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

A Forest Therapy Immersion
Space is limited to 18 persons per training. Apply early to hold a place.
Forest Therapy Guide Info

Recent Trainings, Immersions and Events

Australia - Spring US/Fall AU 2020
Govinda Valley Retreat
Weeklong Intensive: 09 – 16 March 2020 | Practicum Ends: 30 September 2020
Costa Rica - Spring 2020
Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat
Weeklong Intensive: 06 – 13 March 2020 | Practicum Ends: 27 September 2020
Los Angeles - Winter 2020
Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Weeklong Intensive: 19-26 January 2020 | Practicum Ends: 9 August 2020
Partners in Community Forestry
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
November 20-21, 2019
Way of the Guide | California
Dancing Deer
03-07 November 2019
SHIFT Festival
Snow King Resort
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Friday, October 18, 2019
Georgia- Cohort 48
Farmhouse Inn Georgia
Weeklong Intensive: 10 – 17 October 2019 | Practicum Ends: 30 April 2020
California - Cohort 47
Community of the Great Commission
Weeklong Intensive: 04-11 October 2019 | Practicum Ends: 25 April 2020
Houses of the Heart: Rocky Mountains 2019
YMCA of the Rockies Colorado
17-21 September 2019
Colorado - Cohort 46
Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge
Week-long Intensive: 08 - 15 Sep 2019 | Practicum ends: 15 Mar 2020
New Hampshire - Cohort 45
Bethel Farm
Week-long Intensive: 3 - 10 September 2019 | Practicum Ends: 24 March 2020
France - Cohort 44
Gardoussel Retreat, France
Week-long intensive: 25 Aug - 1 Sep 2019 | Practicum ends: 15 Mar 2020
Book Signing with Amos Clifford & Rosita Arvigo
Morton Arboretum, Chicago
28 August 2019
Summer Gathering of Guides in Chicago
Private Residence
27 August 2019
Council of Waters and Trees Hollyhock 2019
Hollyhock Retreat Cortes Island BC
July 17-21 2019
1st Annual International Forest Therapy Conference and Congress
Sonoma State University
07-11 July 2019
British Columbia- Cohort 43
Quantum Leaps Lodge
Weeklong Intensive: 27 June- 4 July 2019 | Practicum Ends: 04 January 2020
United Kingdom - Cohort 42
Dartington Hall UK
Weeklong Intensive: 24 June - 1 July 2019 | Practicum Ends: 1 Feb 2020
New Hampshire - Cohort 41 (Full)
Bethel Farm
Week-long Intensive: 15 - 22 Jun 2019 | Practicum Ends: 15 December 2019
Summer Gathering of Guides in Germany
Mountain Retreat Center Germany
15-17 June 2019
Mountain Forest Therapy Immersion and Way of the Guide
Mountain Retreat Center Germany
11-15 June 2019
Slovenia - Cohort 40
Kamp Koren
Weeklong Intensive: 2 - 9 June 2019 | Practicum Ends: 1 Jan 2020
Norway - Cohort 39
Dharma Mountain
Weeklong Intensive: 25 May - 01 June 2019 | Practicum Ends: 01 January 2020
Council of Waters and Trees at River Dart, England
River Dart Country Park UK
26-30 May 2019
Way of the Circle in New Hampshire
Bethel Farm
17-21 May 2019
Minnesota - Cohort 38
Shire in the Woods
Week-long Intensive: 4 - 11 May 2019 | Practicum ends: 11 Nov 2019
British Columbia - Cohort 37
Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
Week-long Intensive: 28 Apr - 5 May 2019 | Practicum ends: 5 Nov 2019
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 36 (Full)
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
Weeklong Intensive: Apr 26 - May 3 2019 | Practicum Ends: 17 November 2019
Way of the Circle Northern California
UCCR Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center
April 13 - April 17, 2019
California - Cohort 35
Dancing Deer
Weeklong Intensive: March 28 - April 4, 2019 | Practicum Ends: 04 October 2019
Council of Waters & Trees at Farmhouse Inn Georgia
Farmhouse Inn Georgia
17 - 21 Mar 2019
Spring Gathering of Guides in Georgia
Farmhouse Inn Georgia
22 March 2019
Maryland - Cohort 34
Zigbone Farm Retreat
Weeklong Intensive: 13-20 March 2019 | Practicum Ends: 20 September 2019
Introduction to Forest Bathing at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
22 January 2019
Costa Rica - Cohort 33
Vida Mountain Resort & Spa
Week-long Intensive: 13 - 20 Jan 2019 | Practicum ends: 13 Jul 2019
Way of the Guide and Houses of the Heart: A day-long exploration
Althea Spiritual Center
17 November 2018, 9 am-4:30 pm
Gathering of Guides in Massachusetts
11 November 2018
California - Cohort 31
San Damiano Retreat, California
Week-long Intensive: 5 - 12 Oct 2018 | Practicum ends: 12 Apr 2019
Council of Waters & Trees
YMCA of the Rockies Colorado
Immersion 8-11 Oct 2018
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 23
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
Weeklong Intensive: 9 - 16 May 2018 | Practicum Ends: 16 Nov 2018
Florida - Cohort 20
The Griffin Ranch Florida
Weeklong Intensive Mar 24-31 | Practicum Ends Sept. 30, 2018
Costa Rica - Cohort 19
Vida Mountain Eco Resort
Weeklong Intensive Jan 16-23 | Practicum Ends July 23, 2018
Liminality and the Active Imagination in Forest Therapy
La Fageda Parc Natural
07 June 2017-11 June 2017
Forest Therapy and Peace Making
University of Peace
8 September 2019
Forest Bathing Workshop with M. Amos Clifford
The Bookworm
Monday - September 16, 2019
The Transformative Properties of Horticulture
Eataly & Madison Square Park Conservancy
Friday, November 15, 2019
Gathering of Guides in New York City
Obican Flatiron
November 14, 2019
New Year Call with Amos
Northern Midwest Guide Gathering