Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Finland - Summer 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 6-13 June, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 27 December, 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:

Adventure Apes Lodge

Who should attend

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. Finnair website here: https://www.finnair.com/fi-en

There is only one arrival time at 11:10 am into Kuusamo Airport (KAO) from Helsinki on 6 June 2020.
Departure on 13 June 2020 will be at 21:30 arriving at Helsinki airport at 23:10.
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.


VENUE
Adventure Apes Lodge
Rovaniementie 227e
93800 Kuusamo
Finland
https://www.adventureapes.fi/anft-2020
heidi@adventureapes.fi​

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.

Nadine Mazzola is the Director of Practicum and Certification. She is author of “Forest Bathing with your Dog,” due out in August 2019, and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting through which she does work as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, speaking and corporate wellness consulting. She has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Nadine has been featured on PBS, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine among others. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.  

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

|

Finland - 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: 6-13 June, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 27 December, 2020
Finland - Summer 2020
|
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. Finnair website here: https://www.finnair.com/fi-en

There is only one arrival time at 11:10 am into Kuusamo Airport (KAO) from Helsinki on 6 June 2020.
Departure on 13 June 2020 will be at 21:30 arriving at Helsinki airport at 23:10.
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.


Nadine Mazzola is the Director of Practicum and Certification. She is author of “Forest Bathing with your Dog,” due out in August 2019, and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting through which she does work as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, speaking and corporate wellness consulting. She has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Nadine has been featured on PBS, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine among others. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.  

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

|

Finland - 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: 6-13 June, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 27 December, 2020
Finland - Summer 2020
|
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.

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. Finnair website here: https://www.finnair.com/fi-en

There is only one arrival time at 11:10 am into Kuusamo Airport (KAO) from Helsinki on 6 June 2020.
Departure on 13 June 2020 will be at 21:30 arriving at Helsinki airport at 23:10.
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.


Nadine Mazzola is the Director of Practicum and Certification. She is author of “Forest Bathing with your Dog,” due out in August 2019, and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting through which she does work as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, speaking and corporate wellness consulting. She has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Nadine has been featured on PBS, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine among others. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.  

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.