Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Colorado - Summer 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 12-19 June 2020 Practicum Ends: 3 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:

Catamount Center

Who should attend

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.

VENUE
Catamount Center
3168 County Road 28
Woodland Park, CO 80863
United States
http://www.catamountcenter.org/
ANFT: admissions@natureandforesttherapy.org

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.

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.

Tam Willey is a guide, trainer, mentor with ANFT and founder of Toadstool Walks based in Boston, Massachusetts.  Tam has been guiding Forest Therapy since 2017 in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more.  Tam designs and runs immersion retreats with The Venture Out Project and has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth thru various programs in Boston for the last decade.  Tam is passionate about the ways that Forest Therapy can support and broaden relationships through sharing and bearing witness in community with the natural or more-than-human world in a way that supports our remembering that we are not simply in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Colorado - 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: 12-19 June 2020 Practicum Ends: 3 January 2021
Colorado - Summer 2020
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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.

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.

Tam Willey is a guide, trainer, mentor with ANFT and founder of Toadstool Walks based in Boston, Massachusetts.  Tam has been guiding Forest Therapy since 2017 in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more.  Tam designs and runs immersion retreats with The Venture Out Project and has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth thru various programs in Boston for the last decade.  Tam is passionate about the ways that Forest Therapy can support and broaden relationships through sharing and bearing witness in community with the natural or more-than-human world in a way that supports our remembering that we are not simply in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Colorado - 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: 12-19 June 2020 Practicum Ends: 3 January 2021
Colorado - Summer 2020
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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.

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.

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.

Tam Willey is a guide, trainer, mentor with ANFT and founder of Toadstool Walks based in Boston, Massachusetts.  Tam has been guiding Forest Therapy since 2017 in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more.  Tam designs and runs immersion retreats with The Venture Out Project and has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth thru various programs in Boston for the last decade.  Tam is passionate about the ways that Forest Therapy can support and broaden relationships through sharing and bearing witness in community with the natural or more-than-human world in a way that supports our remembering that we are not simply in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature.