A 4 day in-person gathering, with 1 or 2 trainers, and people from different cohorts where you will have the opportunity to apply what you learned, experience in-person forest therapy walks and simply connect and share experiences and stories with other guides.
After you complete your 6 month remote Forest Therapy training, you will get a provisional certification for 2 years. Once you attend the 4 day immersion training, you will get the permanent certification.
In this immersion, you will:
Get a hands on experience of what you learned
Get to know trainers personally
Get to know other guides and connect
Learn from shared experiences with other guides
Deepen into the practice
Get the opportunity to ask specific questions that might come up
Once you complete this four-day immersion, your certification will be moved from provisional to permanent. You have two years after you complete the six month core training course to complete an immersion. It will help to give you a sense of the community of guides that has grown and is active throughout the world.
Cedar Ridge is on a pristine 150-acre site is located in the heart of the Madawaska Highlands, near Bancroft, Ontario on the Canadian Shield. Our 3,400-foot shoreline borders quiet Wannamaker Lake and we are in close proximity to the Madawaska River and Algonquin Provincial Park. There are many mixed deciduous and coniferous forest trails that border over 3000 hectares of crown land filled with invitations to build relationship with the beings in this beautiful place.
Cedar Ridge Camp is reserved entirely for our Forest Therapy Immersion so that our group can have all the tranquility and lots of space all to ourselves to forest bathe, relax, play and romp as we wish.
Cedar Ridge is home to one of the most impressive camp settings in Canada. Facilities are widely spaced over our expansive waterfront location. They include a main dining hall and activity centre (seats up to 200), winterized lodge (sleeps 80), separate dining area and great room with fireplace, bathrooms and showers. Breakout rooms are also available.
In addition guests can choose from 25 lakefront cabins which have lights and power which are serviced by modern shower houses and bathrooms. Guests also enjoy the sports pad, sports field, woodworking pavilion, high ropes course, climbing tower, driving tower and beach waterfront.
The total fee of $475.00 (HST included) per person cost includes your own simple, rustic cabin with your own private room as well as camp style meals that accommodate all dietary needs and allergies. Meals will include options for meat, vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free and there are accommodations for all dietary needs. The camp is also nut free.
Total of $475.00 (HST included) for four nights and four days includes:
-access to all camp facilities which includes a beautiful fresh water lake to swim in
Meals and accommodations are catered and all inclusive (every dietary need can be accommodated).
Participants must find their own transportation to Cedar Ridge. If there are three or more participants requiring transportation from the Toronto airport there is a possibility of a shared shuttle at a cost. This is to be organized through Cedar Ridge and will only be an option if there is enough need.
Wifi is available near the main camp buildings. There is no cell reception on the camp property.
The tuition for the four-day immersion is $495. Wait to pay until you are ready to register for a specific immersion. You will have two years from the completion of your core guide training to do the immersion.
This does not include transportation, lodging or camping fees and food for the four-day immersion are the responsibility of the trainee.
Tuition figures are current as of January 1 2021 and are subject to change.
Stana has been working for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) for over twenty years as the Senior Conservation Educator. Inspired by Earth Education, the Coyote’s Guide to Nature Connection and Forest schools, she aims to connect people with their head, heart and hands to nature. Through the CRCA, Stana brings Forest Therapy walk experiences to the community, private and public organizations and continues to pilot Forest Therapy to elementary and secondary school aged children and youth. The CRCA was the first conservation authority in Ontario to offer Forest Therapy which is now rapidly spreading to other CAs. Stana received her BA from the University of Waterloo in 1998, in the Applied Studies Co-op program with Honours History. She earned her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s in 1999 from the Specialized Outdoor and Experiential Education Program. Her work related to Forest Therapy continues to open her heart and deepen her relationship with all beings.
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.