Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Colorado - Cohort 46

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Week-long Intensive: 08 - 15 Sep 2019 | Practicum ends: 15 Mar 2020
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.

Fully Registered - Accepting Wait List 

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:

Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge

Who should attend

Shadowcliff is a down to earth, non-profit mountain sanctuary and retreat center that fosters connection not only between different people, but allows people to connect with both themselves and the environment as well. Described as being reminiscent of a comfortable, grown up summer camp, Shadowcliff offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains and Grand Lake, which is less than a ten minute walk away. This retreat center offers trainees a chance to explore the nearby lake, streams, and multitude of trails that wind up into Rocky Mountain National Park with the knowledge that they have a comfortable, joy-filled, and warm lodge to return to. The land surrounding Shadowcliff is described as majestic and awe-inspiring, and with the fall colors of September, should be a wonderful location for forest therapy.--

LODGING

Participants will be staying in the lodges at Shadowcliff, which offer triple, double, and single rooms. There are a limited number of single rooms dependent on the number of participants, and so will not be available until a closer date to the training.

Prices are as follows, and include meals:

$75 for a shared triple room

$90 for a shared double room

$120 for a private single room

Rooms at Shadowcliff are rustic, but comfortable. Both the Cliffside Lodge and Rempel Lodge offer lounges and fireplaces, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The Rempel Lodge, where the majority of people will be staying, is a chalet-style alpine lodge that sits between the mountains and lake, and right above the North Inlet Stream, which murmurs throughout the day, and also offers a library for downtime. Most rooms have a queen sized bed and then one or two bunk beds. Rooms will be allocated so that no one will be sleeping on the top bunk of any bed.

There are also cabins available, which cost $120 a night and do not include meals. It’s possible that, if you arrange it with other participants directly, these cabins could be shared.

Linens and towels will be provided at no additional cost. There is wi-fi on site, as well as games, fireplaces, and firepits available.

MEALS

Food prices are built into the prices of accommodations, listed above. There are also fully equipped kitchens available to the participants in both of the lodges. Shadowcliff will also provide tea and coffee at no extra charge.

Meals are mostly vegetarian, but meat will be served every other day or so. Additional meat dishes can be bought at an extra charge. Shadowcliff tries to source seasonal, local, organic food when possible. They will typically require two volunteers to help clean up per meal. Extra hot breakfasts cost $5 per person, per meal. Extra meat to meals costs $5 per person, per meal.  

For day use guests, daily meal passes cost $40.  

All dietary restrictions and activity requests must be made 14 days before the event start date. Shadowcliff will try to accommodate any late requests, but cannot guarantee that they will be able to.

TRANSPORTATION

Denver is a 2.5-3 hour drive away and Boulder is a 2.5 hour drive away. There are shuttles available that go to Grand Lake, CO, which is a 3-minute drive from the lodge, as well as Greyhounds that stop at a city around 20 minutes away. There are taxi services available in Grand Lake as well.

VENUE
Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge
100 Summerland Park Road, Grand Lake, Colorado 80447
Grand Lake, Colorado 80447
USA
https://shadowcliff.org/
1-970-627-9220 | 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.

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

Carolynne Crawley is a Mi'kmaw woman with mixed ancestry from the EastCoast. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supportingIndigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security.She has worked with one of Canada’s largest food security organizations for thepast decade as the Indigenous Food Access Manager, increasing access to affordableand healthy foods, developing a cross cultural youth program focusing upon theIndigenous way of being in relationship with land, and organizing a provincewide Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering. She has also built school foodgardens, created and facilitated curriculum -linked food literacy programs forboth students and teachers. Carolynne is passionate about connecting peoplewith the land, themselves, and with each other.  She leads workshops inrelationship building to develop and strengthen healthy, reciprocalrelationships based upon Indigenous teachings that decolonize existinginteractions with the land.

Jackie guides regular forest therapy walks in the Los Angeles area, though she will soon guide in the northern part of Arizona. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. One of her greatest joys is guiding her autistic son through nature and seeing firsthand how these walks positively impact his well-being.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Colorado - Cohort 46

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.

Fully Registered - Accepting Wait List 

Week-long Intensive: 08 - 15 Sep 2019 | Practicum ends: 15 Mar 2020
Colorado - Cohort 46
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Grand Lake, Colorado, USA

Experience Forest Therapy in Colorado's woodlands, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge

Shadowcliff is a down to earth, non-profit mountain sanctuary and retreat center that fosters connection not only between different people, but allows people to connect with both themselves and the environment as well. Described as being reminiscent of a comfortable, grown up summer camp, Shadowcliff offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains and Grand Lake, which is less than a ten minute walk away. This retreat center offers trainees a chance to explore the nearby lake, streams, and multitude of trails that wind up into Rocky Mountain National Park with the knowledge that they have a comfortable, joy-filled, and warm lodge to return to. The land surrounding Shadowcliff is described as majestic and awe-inspiring, and with the fall colors of September, should be a wonderful location for forest therapy.--

Lodging

Participants will be staying in the lodges at Shadowcliff, which offer triple, double, and single rooms. There are a limited number of single rooms dependent on the number of participants, and so will not be available until a closer date to the training.

Prices are as follows, and include meals:

$75 for a shared triple room

$90 for a shared double room

$120 for a private single room

Rooms at Shadowcliff are rustic, but comfortable. Both the Cliffside Lodge and Rempel Lodge offer lounges and fireplaces, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The Rempel Lodge, where the majority of people will be staying, is a chalet-style alpine lodge that sits between the mountains and lake, and right above the North Inlet Stream, which murmurs throughout the day, and also offers a library for downtime. Most rooms have a queen sized bed and then one or two bunk beds. Rooms will be allocated so that no one will be sleeping on the top bunk of any bed.

There are also cabins available, which cost $120 a night and do not include meals. It’s possible that, if you arrange it with other participants directly, these cabins could be shared.

Linens and towels will be provided at no additional cost. There is wi-fi on site, as well as games, fireplaces, and firepits available.

Meals

Food prices are built into the prices of accommodations, listed above. There are also fully equipped kitchens available to the participants in both of the lodges. Shadowcliff will also provide tea and coffee at no extra charge.

Meals are mostly vegetarian, but meat will be served every other day or so. Additional meat dishes can be bought at an extra charge. Shadowcliff tries to source seasonal, local, organic food when possible. They will typically require two volunteers to help clean up per meal. Extra hot breakfasts cost $5 per person, per meal. Extra meat to meals costs $5 per person, per meal.  

For day use guests, daily meal passes cost $40.  

All dietary restrictions and activity requests must be made 14 days before the event start date. Shadowcliff will try to accommodate any late requests, but cannot guarantee that they will be able to.

Transportation

Denver is a 2.5-3 hour drive away and Boulder is a 2.5 hour drive away. There are shuttles available that go to Grand Lake, CO, which is a 3-minute drive from the lodge, as well as Greyhounds that stop at a city around 20 minutes away. There are taxi services available in Grand Lake as well.


Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

Carolynne Crawley is a Mi'kmaw woman with mixed ancestry from the EastCoast. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supportingIndigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security.She has worked with one of Canada’s largest food security organizations for thepast decade as the Indigenous Food Access Manager, increasing access to affordableand healthy foods, developing a cross cultural youth program focusing upon theIndigenous way of being in relationship with land, and organizing a provincewide Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering. She has also built school foodgardens, created and facilitated curriculum -linked food literacy programs forboth students and teachers. Carolynne is passionate about connecting peoplewith the land, themselves, and with each other.  She leads workshops inrelationship building to develop and strengthen healthy, reciprocalrelationships based upon Indigenous teachings that decolonize existinginteractions with the land.

Jackie guides regular forest therapy walks in the Los Angeles area, though she will soon guide in the northern part of Arizona. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. One of her greatest joys is guiding her autistic son through nature and seeing firsthand how these walks positively impact his well-being.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Colorado - Cohort 46

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.
Week-long Intensive: 08 - 15 Sep 2019 | Practicum ends: 15 Mar 2020
Colorado - Cohort 46
|
Colorado, USA

Experience Forest Therapy in Colorado's woodlands, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains.

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. Accommodations can be booked through ANFT.

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:

Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge

Shadowcliff is a down to earth, non-profit mountain sanctuary and retreat center that fosters connection not only between different people, but allows people to connect with both themselves and the environment as well. Described as being reminiscent of a comfortable, grown up summer camp, Shadowcliff offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains and Grand Lake, which is less than a ten minute walk away. This retreat center offers trainees a chance to explore the nearby lake, streams, and multitude of trails that wind up into Rocky Mountain National Park with the knowledge that they have a comfortable, joy-filled, and warm lodge to return to. The land surrounding Shadowcliff is described as majestic and awe-inspiring, and with the fall colors of September, should be a wonderful location for forest therapy.--

Lodging

Participants will be staying in the lodges at Shadowcliff, which offer triple, double, and single rooms. There are a limited number of single rooms dependent on the number of participants, and so will not be available until a closer date to the training.

Prices are as follows, and include meals:

$75 for a shared triple room

$90 for a shared double room

$120 for a private single room

Rooms at Shadowcliff are rustic, but comfortable. Both the Cliffside Lodge and Rempel Lodge offer lounges and fireplaces, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The Rempel Lodge, where the majority of people will be staying, is a chalet-style alpine lodge that sits between the mountains and lake, and right above the North Inlet Stream, which murmurs throughout the day, and also offers a library for downtime. Most rooms have a queen sized bed and then one or two bunk beds. Rooms will be allocated so that no one will be sleeping on the top bunk of any bed.

There are also cabins available, which cost $120 a night and do not include meals. It’s possible that, if you arrange it with other participants directly, these cabins could be shared.

Linens and towels will be provided at no additional cost. There is wi-fi on site, as well as games, fireplaces, and firepits available.

Meals

Food prices are built into the prices of accommodations, listed above. There are also fully equipped kitchens available to the participants in both of the lodges. Shadowcliff will also provide tea and coffee at no extra charge.

Meals are mostly vegetarian, but meat will be served every other day or so. Additional meat dishes can be bought at an extra charge. Shadowcliff tries to source seasonal, local, organic food when possible. They will typically require two volunteers to help clean up per meal. Extra hot breakfasts cost $5 per person, per meal. Extra meat to meals costs $5 per person, per meal.  

For day use guests, daily meal passes cost $40.  

All dietary restrictions and activity requests must be made 14 days before the event start date. Shadowcliff will try to accommodate any late requests, but cannot guarantee that they will be able to.

Transportation

Denver is a 2.5-3 hour drive away and Boulder is a 2.5 hour drive away. There are shuttles available that go to Grand Lake, CO, which is a 3-minute drive from the lodge, as well as Greyhounds that stop at a city around 20 minutes away. There are taxi services available in Grand Lake as well.


Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

Carolynne Crawley is a Mi'kmaw woman with mixed ancestry from the EastCoast. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supportingIndigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security.She has worked with one of Canada’s largest food security organizations for thepast decade as the Indigenous Food Access Manager, increasing access to affordableand healthy foods, developing a cross cultural youth program focusing upon theIndigenous way of being in relationship with land, and organizing a provincewide Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering. She has also built school foodgardens, created and facilitated curriculum -linked food literacy programs forboth students and teachers. Carolynne is passionate about connecting peoplewith the land, themselves, and with each other.  She leads workshops inrelationship building to develop and strengthen healthy, reciprocalrelationships based upon Indigenous teachings that decolonize existinginteractions with the land.

Jackie guides regular forest therapy walks in the Los Angeles area, though she will soon guide in the northern part of Arizona. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. One of her greatest joys is guiding her autistic son through nature and seeing firsthand how these walks positively impact his well-being.