Forest Therapy Guide Training

Cohort Name:

North Carolina - Cohort 26

Six Month Training Program Begins
June 16, 2018
Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive 16 - 24 Jun 2018 | Practicum Ends 24 Dec 2018

Kana'ti Lodge, Blue Ridge Mountains North Carolina

About the Venue:

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!

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.

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.

VENUE
Kana'ti Lodge, Blue Ridge Mountains North Carolina
79 Poplar Ridge Lane, Hot Springs, NC 28743
Hot Springs, NC 28743
USA
https://kanatilodge.wordpress.com/kanati-lodge-vacation-retreat/
kanatilodge1.com@gmail.com

Tuition

Registering for a training begins by completing an application which may take 20-30 minutes. This application is a way for us to get to know you and to determine if we think you will make a good forest therapy guide. Once your application is received, our admissions team will review it and, if you are accepted into the program, send an acceptance letter within three weeks. This letter will contain all the information for next steps, including a registration link to reserve your space in the training. To promote an optimal learning environment, we generally cap enrollment at 21 participants per training. Applications we receive after we have filled the training will be placed on a waitlist. If an accepted applicant drops out, we will contact the next applicant on the waitlist until the training is full again.

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Who should attend

Trainers

Our trainers are among the most experienced guides in the world and each one undergoes a rigorous training process beyond their certification as guides. The trainers listed below are subject to change based on trainer availability. No matter which trainers you work with, you will be taught by the best in the field.

Entrenadores

Carolynne Crawley is a Mi'kmaw woman with mixed ancestry from the EastCoast. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supportingIndigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security.She has worked with one of Canada’s largest food security organizations for thepast decade as the Indigenous Food Access Manager, increasing access to affordableand healthy foods, developing a cross cultural youth program focusing upon theIndigenous way of being in relationship with land, and organizing a provincewide Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering. She has also built school foodgardens, created and facilitated curriculum -linked food literacy programs forboth students and teachers. Carolynne is passionate about connecting peoplewith the land, themselves, and with each other.  She leads workshops inrelationship building to develop and strengthen healthy, reciprocalrelationships based upon Indigenous teachings that decolonize existinginteractions with the land.

Nadine Mazzola is a guide, trainer, mentor with ANFT and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting based in Acton, MA. She also wrote the book “Forest Bathing with Your Dog”, which won a bronze medal in the “Best First Book - Non-Fiction” category from the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The book combines the practice of forest therapy with our practice of walking our dogs and elevates the depth of both. Nadine has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. She has been featured on PBS Windows to the Wild, ABC’sChronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.