The Forest is the Therapist.
The Guide Opens the Doors.
A synthesis of ancient traditions
and modern research
reimagined for our times
The world’s leading standards-based
training and certification program
for forest therapy guides
Trained Guides Worldwide

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. We are a mission-driven Limited Liability Company founded in 2012 as a response to global warming and other environmental catastrophes. Our mission: nurture heart-centered relationships between all peoples and the more-than-human world of nature. Our strategy: We train guides, teaching the pedagogy and methods of The Way of the Guide, and how to apply these in the context of Forest and Nature Therapy.

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; we have trained over 1100 guides who are guiding this practice in 55 countries.  

Human communities, like forests, thrive on diversity.
The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs is committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment for new guides, participants and contributors from all cultures and backgrounds. We strive to be a place of belonging for all people interested in cultivating healthy relationships within human communities and the natural world.

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
When choosing a cohort, select one that is a Time Zone Block where you live. If you live on the edge of a block you may choose the next nearest block. For information about UTC time zones look here.
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

Meadow Pipit
September 25, 2020
2020 Remote Forest Therapy Guide Training
Red Dogwood
September 4, 2020
2020 Remote Forest Therapy Guide Training
Flying Squirrel
August 14, 2020
2020 Remote Forest Therapy Guide Training
River Otter
July 24, 2020
2020 Remote Forest Therapy Guide Training
Pine Marten
July 10, 2020
2020 Remote Forest Therapy Guide Training
Kinnikinnick
July 3, 2020
2020 Remote Forest Therapy Guide Training
Red Maple
June 14, 2020
2020 Remote Forest Therapy Guide Training
Bee Balm
June 12, 2020
2020 Remote Forest Therapy Guide Training
Australia - Spring US/Fall AU 2020
March 9, 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Govinda Valley Retreat
Costa Rica - Spring 2020
March 6, 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat
Northern Midwest Guide Gathering
February 22, 2020
Gathering of Guides
Los Angeles - Winter 2020
January 19, 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden
New Year Call with Amos
January 5, 2020
Presentation
Partners in Community Forestry
November 20, 2019
Presentation
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
The Transformative Properties of Horticulture
November 15, 2019
Presentation
Eataly & Madison Square Park Conservancy
Gathering of Guides in New York City
November 14, 2019
Gathering of Guides
Obican Flatiron
Way of the Guide in California
November 3, 2019
Immersion
Dancing Deer
SHIFT Festival
October 16, 2019
Presentation
Snow King Resort
Georgia - Cohort 48
October 10, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Farmhouse Inn Georgia
California - Cohort 47
October 4, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Community of the Great Commission
Houses of the Heart - Rocky Mountains 2019
September 17, 2019
Immersion
YMCA of the Rockies Colorado
Forest Bathing Workshop with M. Amos Clifford
September 16, 2019
Book Signing
The Bookworm
Colorado - Cohort 46
September 8, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge
Forest Therapy & Peace Making
September 8, 2019
Daylong Workshop
University of Peace
New Hampshire - Cohort 45
September 3, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Bethel Farm
Book Signing with Amos Clifford & Rosita Arvigo
August 28, 2019
Book Signing
Morton Arboretum, Chicago
Summer Gathering of Guides in Chicago
August 27, 2019
Gathering of Guides
Private Residence
France - Cohort 44
August 25, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Gardoussel Retreat, France
Council of Waters & Trees Hollyhock 2019
July 17, 2019
Immersion
Hollyhock Retreat Cortes Island BC
1st Annual International Forest Therapy Conference & Congress
July 11, 2019
Annual Conference
Sonoma State University
British Columbia - Cohort 43
June 27, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Quantum Leaps Lodge
United Kingdom - Cohort 42
June 24, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Dartington Hall UK
New Hampshire - Cohort 41 (Full)
June 15, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Bethel Farm
Summer Gathering of Guides in Germany
June 15, 2019
Gathering of Guides
Mountain Retreat Center Germany
Mountain Forest Therapy Immersion and Way of the Guide
June 11, 2019
Immersion
Mountain Retreat Center Germany
Slovenia - Cohort 40
June 2, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Kamp Koren
Council of Waters & Trees at River Dart, England
May 26, 2019
Immersion
River Dart Country Park UK
Norway - Cohort 39
May 25, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Dharma Mountain
Way of the Circle in New Hampshire
May 17, 2019
Immersion
Bethel Farm
Minnesota - Cohort 38
May 4, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Shire in the Woods
British Columbia - Cohort 37
April 28, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 36 (Full)
April 26, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
Way of the Circle Northern California
April 13, 2019
Immersion
UCCR Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center
California - Cohort 35
March 28, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Dancing Deer
Spring Gathering of Guides in Georgia
March 22, 2019
Gathering of Guides
Farmhouse Inn Georgia
Council of Waters & Trees at Farmhouse Inn Georgia
March 18, 2019
Immersion
Farmhouse Inn Georgia
Maryland - Cohort 34
March 13, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Zigbone Farm Retreat
Introduction to Forest Bathing at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
January 22, 2019
Daylong Workshop
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
Costa Rica - Cohort 33
January 13, 2019
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Vida Mountain Resort & Spa
Way of the Guide & Houses of the Heart: A day-long exploration
November 17, 2018
Immersion
Althea Spiritual Center
Gathering of Guides in Massachusetts
November 10, 2018
Gathering of Guides Georgia
Council of Waters & Trees
October 7, 2018
Immersion
YMCA of the Rockies Colorado
California - Cohort 31
October 5, 2018
Forest Therapy Guide Training
San Damiano Retreat, California
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 23
May 9, 2018
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
Florida - Cohort 20
March 24, 2018
Forest Therapy Guide Training
The Griffin Ranch Florida
Costa Rica - Cohort 19
January 15, 2018
Forest Therapy Guide Training
Vida Mountain Eco Resort
Liminality & the Active Imagination in Forest Therapy
July 9, 2017
La Fageda Parc Natural