Forest Therapy Guide Training

California - Cohort 31

Bask in nature's splendor at a refuge for spiritual contemplation...

Week-long Intensive: 5 - 12 Oct 2018 | Practicum ends: 12 Apr 2019

​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.

About the Training Location
San Damiano Retreat, California
Danville, California, USA


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Your Trainers for This Event

Carolynne Crawley

Carolynne lives in Toronto, Canada, where she pursues her lifetime commitment to social and environmental justice. She is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide who brings many years of deep nature connection training to her practice. Her perspective is informed by  her own indigenous heritage.

Caitlin Williams

Since childhood, Caitlin has been driven by her deep desire to live a life close to the earth and in service to the health of all life.  She offers forest-bathing walks as an opportunity for people to develop an intimate relationship with the land and to connect to the innate processes that bring health and wellness to us as organisms.  She knows our health is intimately tied to the health of the land and visa versa.  It is her intention that this work lead to tender relationships with nature that bring greater health and vitality to individuals and invoke greater stewardship and commitment to the healthy regeneration of our world.  As a guide Caitlin brings joy, grace, loving compassion and a deep sense of beauty and presence.  She is dedicated to the future generations and leaving them a healthy, happy, thriving world.