Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Finland- Cohort 58

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: 6-13 June, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 27 December, 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
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Finland- Cohort 58

Discover the arctic summer

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:

Adventure Apes Lodge

Adventure Apes Lodge is located in the small village of Vasaraperä surrounded by lakes, forests and fields in the beautiful countryside and a 30-minute drive to the town of Kuusamo and Ruka Ski Center. The site of the village school for more than 100 years, the lodge now welcomes travellers to Northern Finland to stop in and share a traditional Finnish meal with locals, have a relaxing sauna and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

Lodging

Adventure Apes Lodge has 6 rooms each having bunk beds for 3-6 people. All the rooms are newly renovated and they all have private bathroom with a toilet and shower. To see the details of each room, visit ​https://www.adventureapes.fi/rooms

One 8-day participant package will be offered that includes:

●Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes Lodge for seven nights - including bed linen and towel

●Meals - Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack

●Extra special celebratory dinner on day 7

●Transportation to and from Kuusamo Airport

●Complimentary access to the sauna, use of the BBQ hut

The cost for the package depends on the type of accommodation according to the following scale:

Camping: €429 (camping tent not included)

6 Person Shared Room: €517 (limit 12)

4 Person Shared Room: €534 (limit 8)

3 Person Shared Room: €562 (limit 3)

To book online, use the link https://www.adventureapes.fi/anft-2020

Meals

Meals at Adventure Apes Lodge are cooked in our own onsite kitchen using both traditional Finnish recipes and more international dishes. Whenever possible, we use pure local ingredients supplied by local fishermen, hunters and farms and we believe in sustainable tourism. We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free diets with notice at least two weeks in advance.

Schedule
Transportation

Nearest airport is KAO ​https://www.finavia.fi/fi/lentoasemat/kuusamo

There is only one arrival time at 1:30 PM into Kuusamo Airport (KAO). A shuttle will transport participants from KAO to the venue on the first day and from the venue to KAO on the last day and will be included in the participant accommodations package.

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. Please check current exchange rates for conversion to Euro or other currencies.

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

|

Finland- Cohort 58

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: 6-13 June, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 27 December, 2020
Finland- Cohort 58
|
Finland

Discover the arctic summer

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Adventure Apes Lodge

Adventure Apes Lodge is located in the small village of Vasaraperä surrounded by lakes, forests and fields in the beautiful countryside and a 30-minute drive to the town of Kuusamo and Ruka Ski Center. The site of the village school for more than 100 years, the lodge now welcomes travellers to Northern Finland to stop in and share a traditional Finnish meal with locals, have a relaxing sauna and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

Lodging

Adventure Apes Lodge has 6 rooms each having bunk beds for 3-6 people. All the rooms are newly renovated and they all have private bathroom with a toilet and shower. To see the details of each room, visit ​https://www.adventureapes.fi/rooms

One 8-day participant package will be offered that includes:

●Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes Lodge for seven nights - including bed linen and towel

●Meals - Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack

●Extra special celebratory dinner on day 7

●Transportation to and from Kuusamo Airport

●Complimentary access to the sauna, use of the BBQ hut

The cost for the package depends on the type of accommodation according to the following scale:

Camping: €429 (camping tent not included)

6 Person Shared Room: €517 (limit 12)

4 Person Shared Room: €534 (limit 8)

3 Person Shared Room: €562 (limit 3)

To book online, use the link https://www.adventureapes.fi/anft-2020

Meals

Meals at Adventure Apes Lodge are cooked in our own onsite kitchen using both traditional Finnish recipes and more international dishes. Whenever possible, we use pure local ingredients supplied by local fishermen, hunters and farms and we believe in sustainable tourism. We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free diets with notice at least two weeks in advance.

Transportation

Nearest airport is KAO ​https://www.finavia.fi/fi/lentoasemat/kuusamo

There is only one arrival time at 1:30 PM into Kuusamo Airport (KAO). A shuttle will transport participants from KAO to the venue on the first day and from the venue to KAO on the last day and will be included in the participant accommodations package.

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

|

Finland- Cohort 58

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: 6-13 June, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 27 December, 2020
Finland- Cohort 58
|
Finland

Discover the arctic summer

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. Please check current exchange rates for conversion to Euro or other currencies.

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:

Adventure Apes Lodge

Adventure Apes Lodge is located in the small village of Vasaraperä surrounded by lakes, forests and fields in the beautiful countryside and a 30-minute drive to the town of Kuusamo and Ruka Ski Center. The site of the village school for more than 100 years, the lodge now welcomes travellers to Northern Finland to stop in and share a traditional Finnish meal with locals, have a relaxing sauna and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

Lodging

Adventure Apes Lodge has 6 rooms each having bunk beds for 3-6 people. All the rooms are newly renovated and they all have private bathroom with a toilet and shower. To see the details of each room, visit ​https://www.adventureapes.fi/rooms

One 8-day participant package will be offered that includes:

●Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes Lodge for seven nights - including bed linen and towel

●Meals - Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack

●Extra special celebratory dinner on day 7

●Transportation to and from Kuusamo Airport

●Complimentary access to the sauna, use of the BBQ hut

The cost for the package depends on the type of accommodation according to the following scale:

Camping: €429 (camping tent not included)

6 Person Shared Room: €517 (limit 12)

4 Person Shared Room: €534 (limit 8)

3 Person Shared Room: €562 (limit 3)

To book online, use the link https://www.adventureapes.fi/anft-2020

Meals

Meals at Adventure Apes Lodge are cooked in our own onsite kitchen using both traditional Finnish recipes and more international dishes. Whenever possible, we use pure local ingredients supplied by local fishermen, hunters and farms and we believe in sustainable tourism. We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free diets with notice at least two weeks in advance.

Transportation

Nearest airport is KAO ​https://www.finavia.fi/fi/lentoasemat/kuusamo

There is only one arrival time at 1:30 PM into Kuusamo Airport (KAO). A shuttle will transport participants from KAO to the venue on the first day and from the venue to KAO on the last day and will be included in the participant accommodations package.