Forest Therapy Guide Training

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British Columbia - Spring 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 26 April- 3 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 17 November, 2020
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.

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.

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.

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:

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Who should attend

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.

VENUE
Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
1772 Millstream Rd, Victoria V9B 6E4, British Columbia, Canada
Victoria V9B 6E4
Canada
http://www.marylakeconnections.ca/
info@marylakegvgs.com
British Columbia

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.

Ronna Schneberger has been a professional award winning naturalist, interpreter, and hiking guide in the Canadian Mountain Parks for 25 years. She is a yoga teacher of 20 years and in the last decade incorporated yoga, meditation, and coaching in nature.  The results were profound.  In her quest to understand why time in nature easily creates powerful experiences, she became a Forest Therapy Guide with the ANFT, one of the first in Canada.  Ronna is a trainer and mentor for forest therapy guides. She is faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre where she works with leaders, professionals and executives from all over the world using nature as the teacher to create powerful reflections and transformation. She is the Chair of the ANFT Canadian Council, along with her team; she looks forward to promoting Forest Therapy in Canada.

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.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

British Columbia - Spring 2020

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 all other beings.

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive: 26 April- 3 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 17 November, 2020
British Columbia - Spring 2020
|
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.

Ronna Schneberger has been a professional award winning naturalist, interpreter, and hiking guide in the Canadian Mountain Parks for 25 years. She is a yoga teacher of 20 years and in the last decade incorporated yoga, meditation, and coaching in nature.  The results were profound.  In her quest to understand why time in nature easily creates powerful experiences, she became a Forest Therapy Guide with the ANFT, one of the first in Canada.  Ronna is a trainer and mentor for forest therapy guides. She is faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre where she works with leaders, professionals and executives from all over the world using nature as the teacher to create powerful reflections and transformation. She is the Chair of the ANFT Canadian Council, along with her team; she looks forward to promoting Forest Therapy in Canada.

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.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

British Columbia - Spring 2020

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 all other beings.
Weeklong Intensive: 26 April- 3 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 17 November, 2020
British Columbia - Spring 2020
|
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.

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.

Ronna Schneberger has been a professional award winning naturalist, interpreter, and hiking guide in the Canadian Mountain Parks for 25 years. She is a yoga teacher of 20 years and in the last decade incorporated yoga, meditation, and coaching in nature.  The results were profound.  In her quest to understand why time in nature easily creates powerful experiences, she became a Forest Therapy Guide with the ANFT, one of the first in Canada.  Ronna is a trainer and mentor for forest therapy guides. She is faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre where she works with leaders, professionals and executives from all over the world using nature as the teacher to create powerful reflections and transformation. She is the Chair of the ANFT Canadian Council, along with her team; she looks forward to promoting Forest Therapy in Canada.

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.