Forest Therapy Guide Training

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New Zealand - Cohort 32

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive 6-13 Nov 2018 | Practicum Ends May 13, 2019

Enrollment Open

What is Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training?

This six-month training begins with a week-long immersion, which is followed by an at home field practicum consisting of a series of structured assignments completed over six months. During the practicum trainees are supported by mentoring via phone or Zoom and by monthly group conference calls with other participants in their cohort. Completion of a final project 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.

Tuition

Tuition for the six-month Guide Training and Certification Program is $3,570 USD. This includes the week-long intensive training, six months of mentored practicum, and one year of membership to the Association which includes a public directory profile with access to a member only website of resources to deepen and support a guide's practice. It does not include travel, lodging, ground transportation, or meals. Full tuition must be paid before the start of training.

New Early Bird Tuition for 2020

The Early Bird rate is $3,170 USD and is available up to 6 months before the start of the training. Payment must be received in full by the early bird deadline, or the regular tuition rate will apply.
Early Bird Special for 2020 trainings that begin before June, 2020. Register and pay in full by January 1, 2020 and receive the early bird rate.

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Apply

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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About the Venue:

Bella Rakha Retreat Center

Who should attend

Bella Rakha is set in 32 acres of park-like grounds and native bush. Their secluded property is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, but only a 25-minute commute from Auckland CDB. We hire the facilities to groups wishing to run their own retreat or event. We provide cost effective group accommodation for up to 40 people. Our tranquil setting and relaxed comfortable environment is perfect for groups wanting a change of scenery. We are flexible in the services we provide to suit your event and budget requirements – from low cost self service and catering, to full service catered events.

LODGING

Shared room accommodations are $100 USD a day, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as tea and coffee. One towel per person is supplied, as well as bed linens. Camping is also available for the same price, but you will need to bring your own equipment.​There are a limited number of single rooms available as well for $115 USD a day. ​If staying off site, a day rate for the resort will be charged in addition to meals charges, if meals are required. Book your room through ANFT. Email Coral Fallon-Linzman at coral@natureandforesttherapy.org

Venue-specific questions can be directed to Yvette Feasey at Bella Rakha: +44 (0) 1803 847150

MEALS

Meals will be catered with vegetarian and vegan options available.

There is no place on site or accommodations where people can make their own food.

Supermarkets about 7 mins away

Dining options about 10 mins away

TRANSPORTATION

Bella Rakha is about 40 minutess from Auckland airport outside peak traffic times. They are about a 5 minute drive from local train stations or about a 40 minute walk from venue. Shuttle buses, taxis and Uber are available from the airport or Uber from the train.

VENUE
Bella Rakha Retreat Center
581 West Coast Rd, Oratia, Auckland 0604, New Zealand
Oratia, Auckland 0604
New Zealand
http://www.retreatcentres.co.nz/
Yvette Feasey: +44 (0) 1803 847150

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.

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Jackie guides regular forest therapy walks in the Los Angeles area, though she will soon guide in the northern part of Arizona. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. One of her greatest joys is guiding her autistic son through nature and seeing firsthand how these walks positively impact his well-being.

Vicky Kyan is the first ANFT Certified Guide, Mentor and Trainer in the Southern Hemisphere. She is a strong advocate for the practice of Nature and Forest Therapy, and for the promotion of trainings in the South Pacific. She is largely inspired by her local ocean beach, seashore and estuary ecosystems, where she has pioneered this work since her Guide Training with ANFT in North California in May 2015.

Vicky operates a small Homestay holiday retreat, where she offers ‘Wellbeing Wanders’ Nature and Forest Therapy guided experiences. When she is not travelling she uses her Pacific Island home as a base for mentoring ANFT trainee guides and building network with nature connection contacts both nationally and around the world. She is also an active member of the ANFT International Training Team and travels to trainings around the world.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

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New Zealand - Cohort 32

Jouvence Lodge in Winter

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive 6-13 Nov 2018 | Practicum Ends May 13, 2019
New Zealand - Cohort 32
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Escape to a land of beauty and fantasy...

This November, join us in gorgeous New Zealand for a Forest Therapy Guide Training event. Bella Rakha is a tranquil retreat center spanning 32 acres of park and wild bush, just outside of Auckland, North Island. The facility provides a quiet setting that is idea for silent meditation and spiritual retreats, with lots of open and private spaces to walk through and be surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Bella Rakha Retreat Center

Bella Rakha is set in 32 acres of park-like grounds and native bush. Their secluded property is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, but only a 25-minute commute from Auckland CDB. We hire the facilities to groups wishing to run their own retreat or event. We provide cost effective group accommodation for up to 40 people. Our tranquil setting and relaxed comfortable environment is perfect for groups wanting a change of scenery. We are flexible in the services we provide to suit your event and budget requirements – from low cost self service and catering, to full service catered events.

Lodging

Shared room accommodations are $100 USD a day, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as tea and coffee. One towel per person is supplied, as well as bed linens. Camping is also available for the same price, but you will need to bring your own equipment.​There are a limited number of single rooms available as well for $115 USD a day. ​If staying off site, a day rate for the resort will be charged in addition to meals charges, if meals are required. Book your room through ANFT. Email Coral Fallon-Linzman at coral@natureandforesttherapy.org

Venue-specific questions can be directed to Yvette Feasey at Bella Rakha: +44 (0) 1803 847150

Meals

Meals will be catered with vegetarian and vegan options available.

There is no place on site or accommodations where people can make their own food.

Supermarkets about 7 mins away

Dining options about 10 mins away

Transportation

Bella Rakha is about 40 minutess from Auckland airport outside peak traffic times. They are about a 5 minute drive from local train stations or about a 40 minute walk from venue. Shuttle buses, taxis and Uber are available from the airport or Uber from the train.

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Jackie guides regular forest therapy walks in the Los Angeles area, though she will soon guide in the northern part of Arizona. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. One of her greatest joys is guiding her autistic son through nature and seeing firsthand how these walks positively impact his well-being.

Vicky Kyan is the first ANFT Certified Guide, Mentor and Trainer in the Southern Hemisphere. She is a strong advocate for the practice of Nature and Forest Therapy, and for the promotion of trainings in the South Pacific. She is largely inspired by her local ocean beach, seashore and estuary ecosystems, where she has pioneered this work since her Guide Training with ANFT in North California in May 2015.

Vicky operates a small Homestay holiday retreat, where she offers ‘Wellbeing Wanders’ Nature and Forest Therapy guided experiences. When she is not travelling she uses her Pacific Island home as a base for mentoring ANFT trainee guides and building network with nature connection contacts both nationally and around the world. She is also an active member of the ANFT International Training Team and travels to trainings around the world.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

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New Zealand - Cohort 32

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive 6-13 Nov 2018 | Practicum Ends May 13, 2019
New Zealand - Cohort 32
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Auckland, New Zealand

Escape to a land of beauty and fantasy...

This November, join us in gorgeous New Zealand for a Forest Therapy Guide Training event. Bella Rakha is a tranquil retreat center spanning 32 acres of park and wild bush, just outside of Auckland, North Island. The facility provides a quiet setting that is idea for silent meditation and spiritual retreats, with lots of open and private spaces to walk through and be surrounded by the beauty of nature.

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, ground transportation, or meals. 

Please check current exchange rates for conversion to NZD or other currencies.

About the Venue:

Bella Rakha Retreat Center

Bella Rakha is set in 32 acres of park-like grounds and native bush. Their secluded property is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, but only a 25-minute commute from Auckland CDB. We hire the facilities to groups wishing to run their own retreat or event. We provide cost effective group accommodation for up to 40 people. Our tranquil setting and relaxed comfortable environment is perfect for groups wanting a change of scenery. We are flexible in the services we provide to suit your event and budget requirements – from low cost self service and catering, to full service catered events.

Lodging

Shared room accommodations are $100 USD a day, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as tea and coffee. One towel per person is supplied, as well as bed linens. Camping is also available for the same price, but you will need to bring your own equipment.​There are a limited number of single rooms available as well for $115 USD a day. ​If staying off site, a day rate for the resort will be charged in addition to meals charges, if meals are required. Book your room through ANFT. Email Coral Fallon-Linzman at coral@natureandforesttherapy.org

Venue-specific questions can be directed to Yvette Feasey at Bella Rakha: +44 (0) 1803 847150

Meals

Meals will be catered with vegetarian and vegan options available.

There is no place on site or accommodations where people can make their own food.

Supermarkets about 7 mins away

Dining options about 10 mins away

Transportation

Bella Rakha is about 40 minutess from Auckland airport outside peak traffic times. They are about a 5 minute drive from local train stations or about a 40 minute walk from venue. Shuttle buses, taxis and Uber are available from the airport or Uber from the train.

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Jackie guides regular forest therapy walks in the Los Angeles area, though she will soon guide in the northern part of Arizona. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. One of her greatest joys is guiding her autistic son through nature and seeing firsthand how these walks positively impact his well-being.

Vicky Kyan is the first ANFT Certified Guide, Mentor and Trainer in the Southern Hemisphere. She is a strong advocate for the practice of Nature and Forest Therapy, and for the promotion of trainings in the South Pacific. She is largely inspired by her local ocean beach, seashore and estuary ecosystems, where she has pioneered this work since her Guide Training with ANFT in North California in May 2015.

Vicky operates a small Homestay holiday retreat, where she offers ‘Wellbeing Wanders’ Nature and Forest Therapy guided experiences. When she is not travelling she uses her Pacific Island home as a base for mentoring ANFT trainee guides and building network with nature connection contacts both nationally and around the world. She is also an active member of the ANFT International Training Team and travels to trainings around the world.