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.
You will learn:
- The Standard Sequence of Guided Forest Therapy Walks
- Competency standards: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
- The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection mentoring
- 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
- Accelerating connection to deep mindfulness through simple sensory invitations
- What makes a good setting for forest therapy
- How to facilitate social connection, to strengthen nature connection
- 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.
Quantum Leaps Lodge
Quantum Leaps Lodge and Retreats is a unique, peaceful, beautiful, scenic, and spiritual riverside retreat and Lodge in the Blaeberry Valley of Golden, BC.
Participants should contact Quantum Leaps Lodge directly to arrange their accommodations.
·Teepee accommodates 4 people at $276.00 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $207.60 USD).
·River Room or Meditation House accommodates 1 person each at $414.00 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $311.14 USD).
·Single PRIVATE occupancy rooms at $655.50 CAD for 7 nights (approximately$493.06 USD).
·SHARED ROOM at $517.50 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $389.26 USD).
ANFT will offer participants the opportunity to reserve a space on a chartered bus from Calgary airport to the venue on June 27 and returning on July 4. The added cost will be $100 USD. Otherwise, participants are free to arrange their own transportation to and from the venue.
The on-site chef prepares 3 gluten free, vegetarian, organic meals with occasionalfish or free-range chicken at the cost of $75.00 CAD per day per person + 5%Tax = $78.75 CAD (approximately $59.23 USD)
$3410. Please note that this is the cost of tuition and does not include transportation, meals, or accommodations. For an additional charge, you can reserve a space on a chartered bus that will transport you to and from Calgary airport.
Ronna Schneberger is a professional naturalist and hiking guide, speaker, coach and yoga/ meditation teacher. She is an award-winning guide and Master Interpreter in the Canadian Mountain Parks. She is the first person in Alberta to guide the simple yet powerful Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. As faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre, Ronna has been working with professionals and executives using nature as the teacher to create powerful reflections and transformation. She knows that when people feel connected to nature they become connected to themselves, others and everything else in their life becomes clear.