Association of Nature and Forest Therapy
Guides and Programs

The Forest is the Therapist. The Guide Opens the Doors.

The Practice of Forest Therapy

A synthesis of ancient traditions and modern research.

Certified Forest Therapy Guide

The World's Leading Standards-Based Training & Certification Program for Forest Therapy Guides

A Growing Global Community

Guides, Chapters, Members

The Global Leaders for Forest Therapy
Transforming Relationships of 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's of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs is a global leader in 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. We have trained over 600 guides working now in 40 countries on six continents. Every guided walk is an act of power and beauty, cultivating deep connections with transformational impacts on people and nature.

Upcoming Forest Therapy Guide Training Opportunities
We will have 20 trainings and 12 immersions in 2019. More will posted here as we finalize details. Check back often.
New Zealand - Cohort 32
Fall 2018
Bella Rakha Retreat Center
Enrollment Open
Weeklong Intensive Nov 6-13 | Practicum Ends May 13, 2019
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Costa Rica - Cohort 33
Spring 2019
Vida Mountain Resort & Spa
Enrollment Open
Week-long Intensive: 13 - 20 Jan 2019 | Practicum ends: 13 Jul 2019
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Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 34
Spring 2019
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
Enrollment Open
Weeklong Intensive Apr 26 - May 3 2019 | Practicum Ends 26 Oct 2019
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Victoria, British Columbia - Cohort 35
Spring 2019
Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
Enrollment Open
Week-long Intensive: 28 Apr - 5 May 2019 | Practicum ends: 5 Nov 2019
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Minnesota - Cohort 36
Spring 2019
Shire in the Woods
Enrollment Open
Week-long Intensive: 4 - 11 May 2019 | Practicum ends: 11 Nov 2019
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New Hampshire - Cohort 39
Summer 2019
Bethel Farm
Enrollment Open
Week-long Intensive: 15 - 22 Jun 2019 | Practicum Ends 15 December 2019
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Slovenia - Cohort 28
Summer 2019
Enrollment Open
Dates are Pending, our goal is to have this event in June 2019
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France - Cohort 41
Summer 2019
Gardoussel Retreat, France
Enrollment Open
Week-long intensive: 25 Aug - 1 Sep 2019 | Practicum ends: 1 Mar 2020
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Colorado - Cohort 42
Fall 2019
Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge
Enrollment Open
Week-long Intensive: 22 - 29 Sep 2019 | Practicum ends: 29 Mar 2020
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Immersive Experiences for Beginners, Experts, and Guides

These courses each include two guided forest therapy walks that are themed according to the topic of the immersion. After beginning the day with a forest therapy walk, we spend the afternoon in council and exploring teachings on the topic given by the course leaders. Participants learn from the forest, the guides, and each other, and deepen the knowledge of the heart and mind, supported by the more-than-human world of nature.
Not taking registrations for immersions at this time. Please check back soon for Immersion themes Council of Waters and Trees, Way of the Guide, The Language of Invitation, Houses of the Heart, and Men's Immersion.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

A a week-long training intensive in a forest, followed by a six-month practicum at home
Space is limited to 18 persons per training. Apply early to hold a place.
Forest Therapy Guide Info
Trainings and Immersions in Past Year
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
Spain - Cohort 30
Sanilles Eco Park Pyrenees
Weeklong Intensive 20 - 27 Sept 2018 | Practicum Ends March 27, 2019
Ohio - Cohort 29
Oak Openings Ohio
Weeklong Intensive 8 - 15 Sept 2018 | Practicum Ends15 Mar 2019
Council of Waters & Trees
Hollyhock Retreat Cortes Island BC
Immersion 20-24 August 2018
California - Cohort 28
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Weeklong Intensive 11-18 Aug 2018 | Practicum Ends 18 Feb 2019
California - Cohort 27
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Weeklong Intensive 7 - 14 Jul 2018 | Practicum Ends 14 Jan 2019
North Carolina - Cohort 26
Kana'ti Lodge, Blue Ridge Mountains North Carolina
Weeklong Intensive 16 - 24 Jun 2018 | Practicum Ends 24 Dec 2018
Slovenia - Cohort 25
Cerkno Resort Slovenia
Weeklong Intensive 2 - 9 Jun 2018 | Practicum Ends 10 Dec 2018
United Kingdom - Cohort 24
Dartington Hall UK
Weeklong Intensive: 19-27 May 2018 | Practicum Ends: 27 Nov 2018
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 23
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
Weeklong Intensive: 9 - 16 May 2018 | Practicum Ends: 16 Nov 2018
California - Cohort 22
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Weeklong Intensive May 6-13 | Practicum Ends 13 Nov 2018
Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 21
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
Weeklong Intensive 19 - 26 Apr | Practicum Ends 26 Oct 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