Forest Therapy Guide Training
Bask in nature's splendor at a refuge for spiritual contemplation...
San Damiano is a center of respite set apart from the noisy bustle of the city, but easily accessible from it. As a Franciscan Retreat center, San Damiano has served as a place of introspection and connection for all those seeking it, no matter people’s faiths or backgrounds. The retreat center has comfortable facilities, a multitude of quiet corners in which to find peace, and fountains spread all throughout its gardens. It sits on around 55 acres of land filled with oaks and bay trees. This venue is settled into hills and has slightly more elevation changes than some of our other destinations, but offers beautiful vistas of the surrounding area.
Things to Note: San Damiano is a place for people seeking a quiet environment. For this reason, cell phone use is only permitted in designated areas and all electronics must be used with headphones. No keys will be given out for bedrooms, but your rooms can be locked from the inside.
What is Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training?
This six-month training begins with a week-long immersion, which is followed by a field practicum consisting of a series of structured assignments completed over a series of six months. During the practicum trainees are supported by mentoring via phone or Skype and by monthly group conference calls with other participants in their cohort. Completion of a detailed curriculum 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.