Forest Therapy Guide Training

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British Columbia - Summer 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 28 June - 5 July, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 19 January, 2021
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:

Quantum Leaps Lodge

Who should attend

Quantum Leaps Lodge and Retreats is a unique, peaceful, beautiful, scenic, and spiritual riverside retreat and Lodge in the Blaeberry Valley of Golden, BC.

LODGING

Participants should contact Quantum Leaps Lodge directly to arrange their accommodations. Room preferences are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

·Coed Teepee accommodates 4 people at $322.00 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $242.69 USD).

·River Room, Meditation and Crystal Houses each accommodates 1 person or couple: Individual at $483.00 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $364.74 USD), Couple at $644 CAD (approximately $486.32 USD)

·Single PRIVATE occupancy rooms at $764.75 CAD for 7 nights (approximately$577.50 USD).

·SHARED ROOM at $603.75 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $455.92 USD).

·Couples PRIVATE ROOM at $966  CAD (approximately $792.47 USD).

MEALS

The on-site chef prepares 3 gluten free, vegetarian, organic meals with occasional fish or free-range chicken. Total cost of 7 dinners, 7 lunches, and 7 breakfasts =$551.25CAD (approximately $414.01USD).

TRANSPORTATION

ANFT will offer participants the opportunity to reserve a space on a shuttle from the Calgary airport to Quantum Leaps Lodge on June 28 and returning on July 5. The added cost will $200 CAD (approximately $150 USD) per person for roundtrip shuttle service. Shuttle will leave Calgary Airport at 1 PM on June 28, and pickup from Quantum Leap at 2 PM on July 5th. Otherwise, participants are free to arrange their own transportation to and from the venue.

VENUE
Quantum Leaps Lodge
2119 Blaeberry Road
Golden
Canada
https://quantumleaps.ca/
info@quantumleaps.ca
BC V0A 1H1

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.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

British Columbia - Summer 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: 28 June - 5 July, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 19 January, 2021
British Columbia - Summer 2020
|
Golden, British Columbia

Experience Forest Therapy and learn to be a guide in the breathtaking atmosphere of the Canadian Rockies.

Who should attend
About the Venue:

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.

Lodging

Participants should contact Quantum Leaps Lodge directly to arrange their accommodations. Room preferences are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

·Coed Teepee accommodates 4 people at $322.00 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $242.69 USD).

·River Room, Meditation and Crystal Houses each accommodates 1 person or couple: Individual at $483.00 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $364.74 USD), Couple at $644 CAD (approximately $486.32 USD)

·Single PRIVATE occupancy rooms at $764.75 CAD for 7 nights (approximately$577.50 USD).

·SHARED ROOM at $603.75 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $455.92 USD).

·Couples PRIVATE ROOM at $966  CAD (approximately $792.47 USD).

Meals

The on-site chef prepares 3 gluten free, vegetarian, organic meals with occasional fish or free-range chicken. Total cost of 7 dinners, 7 lunches, and 7 breakfasts =$551.25CAD (approximately $414.01USD).

Transportation

ANFT will offer participants the opportunity to reserve a space on a shuttle from the Calgary airport to Quantum Leaps Lodge on June 28 and returning on July 5. The added cost will $200 CAD (approximately $150 USD) per person for roundtrip shuttle service. Shuttle will leave Calgary Airport at 1 PM on June 28, and pickup from Quantum Leap at 2 PM on July 5th. Otherwise, participants are free to arrange their own transportation to and from the venue.

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.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

British Columbia - Summer 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: 28 June - 5 July, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 19 January, 2021
British Columbia - Summer 2020
|
British Columbia, Canada

Experience Forest Therapy and learn to be a guide in the breathtaking atmosphere of the Canadian Rockies.

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:

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.

Lodging

Participants should contact Quantum Leaps Lodge directly to arrange their accommodations. Room preferences are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

·Coed Teepee accommodates 4 people at $322.00 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $242.69 USD).

·River Room, Meditation and Crystal Houses each accommodates 1 person or couple: Individual at $483.00 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $364.74 USD), Couple at $644 CAD (approximately $486.32 USD)

·Single PRIVATE occupancy rooms at $764.75 CAD for 7 nights (approximately$577.50 USD).

·SHARED ROOM at $603.75 CAD for 7 nights (approximately $455.92 USD).

·Couples PRIVATE ROOM at $966  CAD (approximately $792.47 USD).

Meals

The on-site chef prepares 3 gluten free, vegetarian, organic meals with occasional fish or free-range chicken. Total cost of 7 dinners, 7 lunches, and 7 breakfasts =$551.25CAD (approximately $414.01USD).

Transportation

ANFT will offer participants the opportunity to reserve a space on a shuttle from the Calgary airport to Quantum Leaps Lodge on June 28 and returning on July 5. The added cost will $200 CAD (approximately $150 USD) per person for roundtrip shuttle service. Shuttle will leave Calgary Airport at 1 PM on June 28, and pickup from Quantum Leap at 2 PM on July 5th. Otherwise, participants are free to arrange their own transportation to and from the venue.

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.