Forest Therapy Guide Training

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British Columbia- Cohort 53

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
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 the more-than-human-world of nature.

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive: 26 April- 3 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 17 November, 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
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British Columbia- Cohort 53

In the highlands of Vancouver Island, discover the magic of an ancient lake.

A Forest Therapy Guide facilitates safe gentle walks, providing instructions—referred to as “invitations”—for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place. Next come a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.

Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.

During these walks people experience the therapeutic power of the forest. The forest itself is the therapist. We don't train therapists; we train guides. By slowing people down and facilitating sensory experiencing, guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work.

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 on this page 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.

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.
Who should attend
About the Venue:

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Settled on 67 acres of land, Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary’s mission is to protect forest and riparian land, support biodiversity, and preserve ecosystems and wildlife habitats, and has been for upwards of 70 years. Covered in deep, dense green plantlife, Mary Lake often inspires a quiet wonder in its visitors. The sanctuary is home to many important and at-risk animals who have been able to find a haven in the wetlands, and it has acted as a wonderful habitat for forest therapy guides to bring people already. We’re very happy to extend the invitation to those who are training to become guides themselves! This May, you can join us as we explore its moss covered bridges, long paths into the the ancient feeling forest, and the tumbling creeks feeding the lake that gives the sanctuary its name.


The nature sanctuary is extremely accessible, both in that the trails are easy-going and perfectly suited to forest therapy, but also in that the sanctuary is only 30 minutes away from Victoria, BC, and has housing, restaurants, and a new city to explore within reach. It offers affordable camping, and an easy way to explore land that seems straight out of a fairytale.

Lodging

Lodging:

Camping can be booked individually for participants directly through Mary Lake. Camping costs $35 CAD/day plus 5% GST tax, which amounts to around $28 USD. There is a 25-person capacity. There is also a wealth of different types of accommodations nearby -- especially Airbnbs.

Meals

Meals:

There is a one-time charge for a large, delicious, locally sourced celebratory dinner at the end of the training. This dinner will be catered and joined by Tom Kral, Nature's Chef, who offers local and wild food with a unique west coast style. You can find pictures of his beautiful food and outdoor adventures here: https://www.instagram.com/natureschef/. This catering fee must be paid to ANFT. You can contact admissions@natureandforesttherapy.org for any questions about this.

Other than the celebratory dinner, this training will not be catered. We want to ensure that, while we have a proper celebration for everyone finishing their training, we also make sure that this training is financially accessible and flexible. There is an onsite kitchen and refrigerator so participants can prepare food.

Schedule
Transportation

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary is a little under 30 minutes away from the large city of Victoria, and around 45 minutes away from Victoria’s airport. We recommend ridesharing.

Tuition

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 CAD or other currencies.

Training staff are not yet assigned to this event. Our staff are the most experienced forest therapy trainers in the world.  You may be confident that we will provide an excellent staff team.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

British Columbia- Cohort 53

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
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 the more-than-human-world of nature.

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive: 26 April- 3 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 17 November, 2020
British Columbia- Cohort 53
|
Vancouver, British Columbia

In the highlands of Vancouver Island, discover the magic of an ancient lake.

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Settled on 67 acres of land, Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary’s mission is to protect forest and riparian land, support biodiversity, and preserve ecosystems and wildlife habitats, and has been for upwards of 70 years. Covered in deep, dense green plantlife, Mary Lake often inspires a quiet wonder in its visitors. The sanctuary is home to many important and at-risk animals who have been able to find a haven in the wetlands, and it has acted as a wonderful habitat for forest therapy guides to bring people already. We’re very happy to extend the invitation to those who are training to become guides themselves! This May, you can join us as we explore its moss covered bridges, long paths into the the ancient feeling forest, and the tumbling creeks feeding the lake that gives the sanctuary its name.


The nature sanctuary is extremely accessible, both in that the trails are easy-going and perfectly suited to forest therapy, but also in that the sanctuary is only 30 minutes away from Victoria, BC, and has housing, restaurants, and a new city to explore within reach. It offers affordable camping, and an easy way to explore land that seems straight out of a fairytale.

Lodging

Lodging:

Camping can be booked individually for participants directly through Mary Lake. Camping costs $35 CAD/day plus 5% GST tax, which amounts to around $28 USD. There is a 25-person capacity. There is also a wealth of different types of accommodations nearby -- especially Airbnbs.

Meals

Meals:

There is a one-time charge for a large, delicious, locally sourced celebratory dinner at the end of the training. This dinner will be catered and joined by Tom Kral, Nature's Chef, who offers local and wild food with a unique west coast style. You can find pictures of his beautiful food and outdoor adventures here: https://www.instagram.com/natureschef/. This catering fee must be paid to ANFT. You can contact admissions@natureandforesttherapy.org for any questions about this.

Other than the celebratory dinner, this training will not be catered. We want to ensure that, while we have a proper celebration for everyone finishing their training, we also make sure that this training is financially accessible and flexible. There is an onsite kitchen and refrigerator so participants can prepare food.

Transportation

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary is a little under 30 minutes away from the large city of Victoria, and around 45 minutes away from Victoria’s airport. We recommend ridesharing.

Training staff are not yet assigned to this event. Our staff are the most experienced forest therapy trainers in the world.  You may be confident that we will provide an excellent staff team.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

British Columbia- Cohort 53

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
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 the more-than-human-world of nature.
Weeklong Intensive: 26 April- 3 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 17 November, 2020
British Columbia- Cohort 53
|
Victoria, BC, Canada

In the highlands of Vancouver Island, discover the magic of an ancient lake.

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 CAD or other currencies.

A Forest Therapy Guide facilitates safe gentle walks, providing instructions—referred to as “invitations”—for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place. Next come a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.

Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.

During these walks people experience the therapeutic power of the forest. The forest itself is the therapist. We don't train therapists; we train guides. By slowing people down and facilitating sensory experiencing, guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work.

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 on this page 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.

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.
About the Venue:

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Settled on 67 acres of land, Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary’s mission is to protect forest and riparian land, support biodiversity, and preserve ecosystems and wildlife habitats, and has been for upwards of 70 years. Covered in deep, dense green plantlife, Mary Lake often inspires a quiet wonder in its visitors. The sanctuary is home to many important and at-risk animals who have been able to find a haven in the wetlands, and it has acted as a wonderful habitat for forest therapy guides to bring people already. We’re very happy to extend the invitation to those who are training to become guides themselves! This May, you can join us as we explore its moss covered bridges, long paths into the the ancient feeling forest, and the tumbling creeks feeding the lake that gives the sanctuary its name.


The nature sanctuary is extremely accessible, both in that the trails are easy-going and perfectly suited to forest therapy, but also in that the sanctuary is only 30 minutes away from Victoria, BC, and has housing, restaurants, and a new city to explore within reach. It offers affordable camping, and an easy way to explore land that seems straight out of a fairytale.

Lodging

Lodging:

Camping can be booked individually for participants directly through Mary Lake. Camping costs $35 CAD/day plus 5% GST tax, which amounts to around $28 USD. There is a 25-person capacity. There is also a wealth of different types of accommodations nearby -- especially Airbnbs.

Meals

Meals:

There is a one-time charge for a large, delicious, locally sourced celebratory dinner at the end of the training. This dinner will be catered and joined by Tom Kral, Nature's Chef, who offers local and wild food with a unique west coast style. You can find pictures of his beautiful food and outdoor adventures here: https://www.instagram.com/natureschef/. This catering fee must be paid to ANFT. You can contact admissions@natureandforesttherapy.org for any questions about this.

Other than the celebratory dinner, this training will not be catered. We want to ensure that, while we have a proper celebration for everyone finishing their training, we also make sure that this training is financially accessible and flexible. There is an onsite kitchen and refrigerator so participants can prepare food.

Transportation

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary is a little under 30 minutes away from the large city of Victoria, and around 45 minutes away from Victoria’s airport. We recommend ridesharing.