Forest Therapy Guide Training

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North Carolina - Cohort 26

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive 16 - 24 Jun 2018 | Practicum Ends 24 Dec 2018
Kana'ti Lodge, Blue Ridge Mountains North Carolina
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Hot Springs, North Carolina

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.

About the Venue:

Kana'ti Lodge, Blue Ridge Mountains North Carolina

Kana'ti Lodge is a small, family-run Bed & Breakfast-style Rustic Mountain Retreat, designed in the spirit of the Great Lodges of older times and ancient places. Within the lodge we offer three cozy rustic bedrooms with organic sheets and towels, two with separate entrances and porches. We also have a small campground that is available to AT hikers and those wishing for more modest accommodations.​ Many of the neighbors in the immediate area offer Bed and Breakfast options. The last time we held a training here, about half of the participants stayed with neighbors; all had very positive experiences.

Forest Therapy Guide David Kendall has stewarded this beautiful lodge and the nearby Trout Lily farm for many years. The lodge itself is constructed from mostly local materials, many of which were harvested from our own land or reclaimed from old cabins and barns around the Southern Appalachian region. The windows and doors were recycled from the old school house of our local Spring Creek Community. See the lodge's website here.

Lodging

Lodging:

We offer three cozy, rustic rooms located within the lodge. Each room is uniquely different in it’s interior design and layout, and all of them have their own private bathroom and porch. Two of the rooms, Kana’ti and Selu, also boast a private exterior access,  while the third room Tlanuwa is accessible from the lodge’s main room.

Kana’ti has a queen-sized bed and a private bathroom, entrance, and porch. It also has a small writing desk and two comfy reading chairs.

Selu has a queen-sized bed and a private bathroom, entrance, and porch. It also has a small day-bed, writing desk, and one comfy reading chair.

Tlanuwa has two twin-sized beds, which can be combined to create a king-sized bed, and it is the largest of our three rooms. It also has a private bathroom and porch, with an entry from the main room within the lodge and a writing desk and two comfy reading chairs.

All of our rooms are available for the same base rate of $90/ night ( for single occupancy). Each additional person(s) that stays with us adds $30 per person/ night. Therefore, if a couple stays for two nights, the rate would be $120 per night. Those who are age 9 and under stay free of charge!

Transportation

Transportation:

From Knoxville:

Take I-40 towards Asheville. After crossing the TN/NC state line, take Exit 7/ Harmon Den. At the bottom of the ramp, go Left under the overpass onto Cold Springs Rd. Continue for about 6.5 – 7 miles on this gravel road, following signs towards Max Patch. At the top of the mountain, the road ends in a “Lazy Y” type intersection. Turn back to your left onto Max Patch Rd., and go a couple hundred yards, where you’ll then turn right onto Little Creek Rd.

Follow Little Creek Rd. for about 1 mile, and then turn left onto Poplar Gap Rd., which is a paved road. Go about one mile, over the top of a ridge, past a small cemetery, and then turn left on to Poplar Ridge Lane (which is our driveway). Across from Poplar Ridge Lane will be a large black mailbox with Kana’ti Lodge posted on the side.

From Asheville:

‍Take I-40 towards Knoxville, getting off at Exit 7/ Harmon Den. At the bottom of the ramp, turn Right onto Cold Springs Rd. Continue for about 6.5 – 7 miles on this gravel road, following signs towards Max Patch. At the top of the mountain, the road ends in a “Lazy Y” type intersection. Turn back to your left onto Max Patch Rd., and go a couple hundred yards, where you’ll then turn right onto Little Creek Rd.

Follow Little Creek Rd. for about 1 mile, and then turn left onto Poplar Gap Rd., which is a paved road. Go about one mile, over the top of a ridge, past a small cemetery, and then turn left on to Poplar Ridge Lane (which is our driveway). Across from Poplar Ridge Lane will be a large black mailbox with Kana’ti Lodge posted on the side.

Please note: although our technical address is listed as “Hot Springs”, our actual location is in the mountains, 15 miles South of Hot Springs proper. Please ask us for directions from Hot Springs when planning your trip.

Meals

Food:

*The rates listed above also include a delicious breakfast, provided the morning after each night’s stay.  We proudly strive to serve nutrient-dense foods that are organic, local, and humanely-raised whenever possible. Often times we serve fresh produce from our own Trout Lily Farm, which is located 1 mile down the road, on the way to Max Patch. We can accommodate all types of food preferences, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc. Please let us know ahead of time if you have specific food sensitivities or allergies so we can be well prepared.

Tuition and Continuing Education: 
Continuing Education Hours for Certified Forest Therapy Guides:

Tuition for the six-month Guide Training and Certification Program is $3410 USD. This includes the week-long intensive training and six months of mentored practicum. ​It does not include travel, lodging, transportation, or meals.  

Please note that if you want to book accommodations at Kana'ti Lodge, this cost will be added to your tuition. 


Carolynne lives in Toronto, Canada, where she pursues her lifetime commitment to social and environmental justice. She is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide who brings many years of deep nature connection training to her practice. Her perspective is informed by  her own indigenous heritage.

Nadine is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Her training includes special knowledge in guiding people of all ages in Shinrin-Yoku, "Forest Bathing," Walks and the body of scientific knowledge demonstrating the benefits of spending time in nature as a wellness practice and an effective way to manage stress. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. A Massachusetts native who loves spending time wandering in and exploring nature, she is joyous to be sharing Forest Bathing with the community and creating environments for Forest Therapy.

Michelle is the co-founder of The Resiliency Institute, a nonprofit organization in Naperville, IL that empowers people to live, grow and build resilient lives, landscapes and communities. We offer year long courses, Nature Rx events which include a variety of forest therapy/Shinrin-yoku walks, and we grow food security throughout communities. Michelle recently moved to Asheville, NC and is in the process of establishing a forest therapy program there.