Forest Therapy Guide Training

Florida - Cohort 20
Weeklong Intensive Mar 24-31 | Practicum Ends Sept. 30, 2018

What is Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training?

This six-month training begins with a week-long immersion, which is followed by a field practicum consisting of a series of structured assignments completed over a series of six months. During the practicum trainees are supported by mentoring via phone or Skype and by monthly group conference calls with other participants in their cohort. Completion of a detailed curriculum is required for certification as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide (CFTG).

The Association's 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. In this training you will learn skills that are applicable in any forest ecosystem or bioregion. They can be adapted to other natural settings besides forests, and are also effective in human-built environments such as city parks and botanic gardens. They can be readily integrated with health promotion, psychotherapy, social work, recreation, nature education, employee wellness programs, conservation efforts and many other specialties.

About the Training Location
The Griffin Ranch Florida
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Your Trainers for This Event

Ronna Schneberger

Ronna Schneberger is a professional naturalist and hiking guide, speaker, coach and  yoga/ meditation teacher. She is an award-winning guide and Master Interpreter in the Canadian Mountain Parks. She is the first person in Alberta to guide the simple yet powerful Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. As faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre, Ronna has been working with professionals and executives using nature as the teacher to create powerful reflections and transformation. She knows that when people feel connected to nature they become connected to themselves, others and everything else in their life becomes clear.

Lucy Heggenstaller

Lucy Heggenstaller is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Lucy has been guiding her friends and strangers on nature walks for decades but recently formalized her training with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.  She is found wandering the forests of Central Pennsylvania almost daily, usually in the company of her Retrievers, Tupelo Honey and Sirius.  She owns Dancing Bear Lodge, a vacation rental and venue in Clinton County.  (Look it up on Facebook or ) She hosts environmental education, creativity and wellness programs at her lodge.  She promotes outings for inner transformation on a MeetUp called Wild By Nature.