Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Czech Republic - Spring 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 10-17 May 2020 | Practicum Ends: 30 November 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.

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:

Svata Katerina Resort

Who should attend

The Svata Katerina Resort is located in a picturesque countryside between towns of Pelhřimov and Telč, on the border between Bohemia and Moravia 130 km from Prague or Brno and about half an hour walk from Počátky.

It is surrounded by forests. Experience the healing power of the Highlands, local forests and breathe the cleanest air.

LODGING

Participants will book either double or single occupancy standard rooms through the venue. 10 double rooms twin are preliminary reserved.

Cost for double occupancy is 15,725 -Kč (approximately $672 USD), plus an additional supplement surcharge of 3,745 -Kč (approximately $160 USD) if a double room cannot be filled with two occupants. Plus registration fee 320,-Kč/person.

Cost for single occupancy is 19,470 -Kč (approximately $832 USD). Plus registration fee 320,-Kč/person (approximately $14 USD).

MEALS

Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner with coffee break items, such as Katerina water, coffee, and tea cost 7,360, -Kč for participants for 7 days (approximately $315 USD). Meals for participants will begin with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the final day during training: 21 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) total will be provided to all participants beginning with dinner on May 10, 2020 and ending with lunch on May 17, 2020.

TRANSPORTATION

Airport taxi, Trains, taxis, Uber, Bolt and rental cars are available. RSK can provide limousine transfer from Prague International Airport to the venue for 4,100 -Kč (approximately$178USD). Round-trip transportation to and from airport is also available for total of 8,500 -Kč (approximately $369USD).Transportation must be ordered in advance latest 2 weeks prior arrival. Prices are informative and depend on actual rates in May 2020.

VENUE
Svata Katerina Resort
Svatá Katerina 327
Pocatky 394 64
Czech Republic
https://www.katerinaresort.cz/
Jozefína Pavlíčková, Venue Contact & Booking + 420 720 076 927 info@katerinaresort.cz

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.

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Geeta is a certified Forest Therapy Guide based in Portugal and the founder of the company Renature where she creates and facilitates restorative programs that promote wellbeing and health through Forest Therapy, nature connection practices, clean eating and self-care. She works all over the world with various populations that range from the general public, corporate senior and junior teams, schools, families, mental health populations and individuals recovering from situations of excess stress and resulting depression and anxiety. Her passion is to bring human beings back to nature and support the reconnection to the restorative potency of the natural world. She is trained in Forest Therapy, Embodied Mindfulness and Conscious Resting, Council and Active Meditation Techniques, and in the field of Healthcare as a Pharmacist. She holds a Masters in Business Management and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Czech Republic - Spring 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: 10-17 May 2020 | Practicum Ends: 30 November 2020
Czech Republic - Spring 2020
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Czech Republic
Who should attend
About the Venue:

Svata Katerina Resort

The Svata Katerina Resort is located in a picturesque countryside between towns of Pelhřimov and Telč, on the border between Bohemia and Moravia 130 km from Prague or Brno and about half an hour walk from Počátky.

It is surrounded by forests. Experience the healing power of the Highlands, local forests and breathe the cleanest air.

Lodging

Participants will book either double or single occupancy standard rooms through the venue. 10 double rooms twin are preliminary reserved.

Cost for double occupancy is 15,725 -Kč (approximately $672 USD), plus an additional supplement surcharge of 3,745 -Kč (approximately $160 USD) if a double room cannot be filled with two occupants. Plus registration fee 320,-Kč/person.

Cost for single occupancy is 19,470 -Kč (approximately $832 USD). Plus registration fee 320,-Kč/person (approximately $14 USD).

Meals

Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner with coffee break items, such as Katerina water, coffee, and tea cost 7,360, -Kč for participants for 7 days (approximately $315 USD). Meals for participants will begin with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the final day during training: 21 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) total will be provided to all participants beginning with dinner on May 10, 2020 and ending with lunch on May 17, 2020.

Transportation

Airport taxi, Trains, taxis, Uber, Bolt and rental cars are available. RSK can provide limousine transfer from Prague International Airport to the venue for 4,100 -Kč (approximately$178USD). Round-trip transportation to and from airport is also available for total of 8,500 -Kč (approximately $369USD).Transportation must be ordered in advance latest 2 weeks prior arrival. Prices are informative and depend on actual rates in May 2020.

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Geeta is a certified Forest Therapy Guide based in Portugal and the founder of the company Renature where she creates and facilitates restorative programs that promote wellbeing and health through Forest Therapy, nature connection practices, clean eating and self-care. She works all over the world with various populations that range from the general public, corporate senior and junior teams, schools, families, mental health populations and individuals recovering from situations of excess stress and resulting depression and anxiety. Her passion is to bring human beings back to nature and support the reconnection to the restorative potency of the natural world. She is trained in Forest Therapy, Embodied Mindfulness and Conscious Resting, Council and Active Meditation Techniques, and in the field of Healthcare as a Pharmacist. She holds a Masters in Business Management and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Czech Republic - Spring 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: 10-17 May 2020 | Practicum Ends: 30 November 2020
Czech Republic - Spring 2020
|
Czech Republic

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:

Svata Katerina Resort

The Svata Katerina Resort is located in a picturesque countryside between towns of Pelhřimov and Telč, on the border between Bohemia and Moravia 130 km from Prague or Brno and about half an hour walk from Počátky.

It is surrounded by forests. Experience the healing power of the Highlands, local forests and breathe the cleanest air.

Lodging

Participants will book either double or single occupancy standard rooms through the venue. 10 double rooms twin are preliminary reserved.

Cost for double occupancy is 15,725 -Kč (approximately $672 USD), plus an additional supplement surcharge of 3,745 -Kč (approximately $160 USD) if a double room cannot be filled with two occupants. Plus registration fee 320,-Kč/person.

Cost for single occupancy is 19,470 -Kč (approximately $832 USD). Plus registration fee 320,-Kč/person (approximately $14 USD).

Meals

Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner with coffee break items, such as Katerina water, coffee, and tea cost 7,360, -Kč for participants for 7 days (approximately $315 USD). Meals for participants will begin with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the final day during training: 21 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) total will be provided to all participants beginning with dinner on May 10, 2020 and ending with lunch on May 17, 2020.

Transportation

Airport taxi, Trains, taxis, Uber, Bolt and rental cars are available. RSK can provide limousine transfer from Prague International Airport to the venue for 4,100 -Kč (approximately$178USD). Round-trip transportation to and from airport is also available for total of 8,500 -Kč (approximately $369USD).Transportation must be ordered in advance latest 2 weeks prior arrival. Prices are informative and depend on actual rates in May 2020.

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Geeta is a certified Forest Therapy Guide based in Portugal and the founder of the company Renature where she creates and facilitates restorative programs that promote wellbeing and health through Forest Therapy, nature connection practices, clean eating and self-care. She works all over the world with various populations that range from the general public, corporate senior and junior teams, schools, families, mental health populations and individuals recovering from situations of excess stress and resulting depression and anxiety. Her passion is to bring human beings back to nature and support the reconnection to the restorative potency of the natural world. She is trained in Forest Therapy, Embodied Mindfulness and Conscious Resting, Council and Active Meditation Techniques, and in the field of Healthcare as a Pharmacist. She holds a Masters in Business Management and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.