Forest Therapy Guide Training
A rare opportunity to wander the deep Appalachian forests...
The North Carolina training will take place at the Kana'ti Lodge in Hot Springs, deep in the mountains of Southern Appalachia along the Tennessee border. The photo above shows why this area is called the "Blue Ridge." Forest mists permeate the valleys and create a beautiful, soft light that creates a mystical ambiance across the landscape. The photo above was taken from the Appalachian Trail adjacent to the land where Kana'ti Lodge stands. Our guide trainings at this site combine the experiences of guiding in forest environments and on the grounds of a small permaculture farm that typifies the "satoyama" sensibility of place, where mountain and cultivated land overlap.
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.