Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Australia - Spring US/Fall AU 2020

Six Month Training Program Begins
March 9, 2020
Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 09 – 16 March 2020 | Practicum Ends: 30 September 2020

Enrollment Open

The world's most experienced forest therapy guide trainers invite you join a growing global movement and an activist community that is making a difference by rebuilding the relationships between people and all other beings.

Govinda Valley Retreat

About the Venue:

Govinda Valley is a not-for-profit, volunteer based retreat centre located at the foot of the Royal National Park (one of the oldest natural reserves in the world), providing the service and facilities for groups to host their own unique retreats, while immersing themselves in the spectacular natural surroundings.

Govinda Valley is a yogic community aspiring to live a simple, clean and spiritually fulfilled lifestyle, role modelling a practical balance between material and spiritual life. Our foundations are built on the Bhakti yoga tradition - the yoga of love and service - which is the essence that runs through the heart and soul of everything we do. It is our aim to provide a clear, nurturing and nourishing space for our guests and community, that allows all of us to come home to ourselves, into a higher level of self-awareness, personal alignment and contribution to the greater good.


Participants will book lodging directly through ANFT by choosing an accommodations package. All figures in USD currency and account for the entire training week, March 9- checkout on March 16, 2020. Spaces are limited for each accommodation option.

-Single Occupancy ensuites cost $1,310.00; includes 3 meals a day and use of facilities.

-Twin Share ensuites cost 890.00; includes 3 meals a day and use of facilities.  

-Non-ensuites cost $595.00; includes 3 meals a day and use of facilities.

-Camping cost $455.00; includes 3 meals a day and use of facilities.

‍-Please contact our Admissions Coordinator at with any questions  


Govinda Valley is strictly vegetarian (meaning no meat, fish or eggs are allowed on site). Three vegetarian buffet style meals are served each day and light refreshments of fruit and herbal teas are served daily. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated including vegan, diary free and gluten free.


Nearest airport is Sydney Airport. Transportation from Sydney is possible by train or rental car.

Govinda Valley Retreat
51 Lady Carrington Road
Otford 2508
Radha Melis:
New South Wales

In this training, you will learn:

  • The Standard Sequence of Guided Forest Therapy Walks
  • Professional standards and competencies: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
  • The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection
  • Nature and forest therapy research and effects on health care and well-being
  • Our framework for the Way of the Guide, wisdom on the inner aspects of the art gained through decades of experience
  • The leadership skills and style of the Guide archetype
  • Creating space for others to find their own authentic nature connection
  • Accelerating connection to deep mindfulness and bodyfulness through simple sensory invitations
  • What makes a good setting for forest therapy
  • How to facilitate restorative human connection through storytelling and witnessing
  • Our theoretical framework of deep nature connection through embodiment, liminality, reciprocity and relationship
  • Sequencing forest therapy invitations for maximum impact and benefit
  • Expressive arts activities for forest therapy
  • Somatic techniques for embodied awareness
  • Our aim is simple: to train competent guides. However, many participants report that this training profoundly affects many aspects of their lives.


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


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.