Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Colorado- Cohort 59

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 the more-than-human-world of nature.

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive: 12-19 June 2020 Practicum Ends: 3 January 2021
Forest Therapy Guide Training
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Colorado- Cohort 59

From great heights, the world unfolds before us

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.

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 on this page 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.

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.
Who should attend
About the Venue:

Catamount Center

The Catamount Center for Environmental Science & Education is a non-profit organization based in beautiful Woodland Park, CO. The center's mission is to inspire ecological stewardship through exploring the complex interactions and interconnections between human and natural systems. Environmental Science & Experiential Education programs encourage visitors to reconnect with the natural world. By examining the individual role in the biological community from scientific, social, and spiritual perspectives, Catamount aims to foster an intentional community and to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards.

Applicants should be aware that this is training is held at high altitude. People with breathing problems, i.e. COPD, respiratory disorders, and asthma should consult with their doctor before enrolling in the course.

Lodging

Participants will stay on site in single or double occupancy dormitory rooms. There are 6 single occupancy rooms for $725.00 and 6 double occupancy rooms for $600.00/person. Camping is also available. All arrangements can be booked directly through ANFT. Please contact admissions@natureandforesttherapy.org after receiving your acceptance letter to arrange for your accommodations at Catamount.

Meals

Food will be prepared by local chef, Jessica Raglund. The cost is $41 per day for 3 meals, approximately $287 for week. Chef Jess is sustainably minded and can accommodate all dietary restrictions, which participants should communicate directly to her at her email: chefjess.dnm@gmail.com. Participants will pay for the food accommodation together through ANFT.

Schedule
Transportation

Catamount Center is a one hour drive from the Colorado Springs airport and a two hour drive from the Denver airport. No shuttle is available but participants can easily secure a ride with Uber or Lyft.

Tuition

Tuition for the six-month Guide Training and Certification Program is $3410 USD. This includes the week-long intensive training and six months of mentored practicum. It does not include travel, lodging, ground transportation, or meals.

Training staff are not yet assigned to this event. Our staff are the most experienced forest therapy trainers in the world.  You may be confident that we will provide an excellent staff team.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Colorado- Cohort 59

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 the more-than-human-world of nature.

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive: 12-19 June 2020 Practicum Ends: 3 January 2021
Colorado- Cohort 59
|
Colorado USA

From great heights, the world unfolds before us

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Catamount Center

The Catamount Center for Environmental Science & Education is a non-profit organization based in beautiful Woodland Park, CO. The center's mission is to inspire ecological stewardship through exploring the complex interactions and interconnections between human and natural systems. Environmental Science & Experiential Education programs encourage visitors to reconnect with the natural world. By examining the individual role in the biological community from scientific, social, and spiritual perspectives, Catamount aims to foster an intentional community and to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards.

Applicants should be aware that this is training is held at high altitude. People with breathing problems, i.e. COPD, respiratory disorders, and asthma should consult with their doctor before enrolling in the course.

Lodging

Participants will stay on site in single or double occupancy dormitory rooms. There are 6 single occupancy rooms for $725.00 and 6 double occupancy rooms for $600.00/person. Camping is also available. All arrangements can be booked directly through ANFT. Please contact admissions@natureandforesttherapy.org after receiving your acceptance letter to arrange for your accommodations at Catamount.

Meals

Food will be prepared by local chef, Jessica Raglund. The cost is $41 per day for 3 meals, approximately $287 for week. Chef Jess is sustainably minded and can accommodate all dietary restrictions, which participants should communicate directly to her at her email: chefjess.dnm@gmail.com. Participants will pay for the food accommodation together through ANFT.

Transportation

Catamount Center is a one hour drive from the Colorado Springs airport and a two hour drive from the Denver airport. No shuttle is available but participants can easily secure a ride with Uber or Lyft.

Training staff are not yet assigned to this event. Our staff are the most experienced forest therapy trainers in the world.  You may be confident that we will provide an excellent staff team.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Colorado- Cohort 59

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 the more-than-human-world of nature.
Weeklong Intensive: 12-19 June 2020 Practicum Ends: 3 January 2021
Colorado- Cohort 59
|
Colorado

From great heights, the world unfolds before us

Tuition for the six-month Guide Training and Certification Program is $3410 USD. This includes the week-long intensive training and six months of mentored practicum. It does not include travel, lodging, ground transportation, or meals.

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.

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 on this page 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.

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:

Catamount Center

The Catamount Center for Environmental Science & Education is a non-profit organization based in beautiful Woodland Park, CO. The center's mission is to inspire ecological stewardship through exploring the complex interactions and interconnections between human and natural systems. Environmental Science & Experiential Education programs encourage visitors to reconnect with the natural world. By examining the individual role in the biological community from scientific, social, and spiritual perspectives, Catamount aims to foster an intentional community and to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards.

Applicants should be aware that this is training is held at high altitude. People with breathing problems, i.e. COPD, respiratory disorders, and asthma should consult with their doctor before enrolling in the course.

Lodging

Participants will stay on site in single or double occupancy dormitory rooms. There are 6 single occupancy rooms for $725.00 and 6 double occupancy rooms for $600.00/person. Camping is also available. All arrangements can be booked directly through ANFT. Please contact admissions@natureandforesttherapy.org after receiving your acceptance letter to arrange for your accommodations at Catamount.

Meals

Food will be prepared by local chef, Jessica Raglund. The cost is $41 per day for 3 meals, approximately $287 for week. Chef Jess is sustainably minded and can accommodate all dietary restrictions, which participants should communicate directly to her at her email: chefjess.dnm@gmail.com. Participants will pay for the food accommodation together through ANFT.

Transportation

Catamount Center is a one hour drive from the Colorado Springs airport and a two hour drive from the Denver airport. No shuttle is available but participants can easily secure a ride with Uber or Lyft.