Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Kansas- Cohort 56

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: 13-20 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 3 December, 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
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Kansas- Cohort 56

Find yourself where the headwaters of the Big Blue River meet the Wolf Creek. An ancient story lives within these lands.

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:

Blue River Forest School

We facilitate experience-based connections to nature for people of all ages from around the world bringing self-empowerment, better outcomes for physical and mental health, awareness of inner humanity and a healthy thriving community and earth.

This is done through mindfulness, awareness, presence, earth-based living skills, indigenous and cultural science and play. Blue River Forest Experience offers various types of nature connection experiences and trainings. This includes Forest Therapy Walks, Nature Camps for kids and adults, training experiences and retreats for therapists, teachers and doctors, plant-based food classes/dinners, horticulture therapy gardening, animal therapy, mentoring,  Earth Art camps, Earth-based living skill classes such as edible native plant identification and foraging, luminary walks, yoga and various community potluck and campfire gatherings.

Lodging

There are no on site accommodations at this training, although participants may choose to camp on site. There are several reasonably priced hotels (the Candlewood Suites and Hyatt are both a 5 minute drive away) and airbnbs in the area where participants can choose to stay.

Meals

Participants will be responsible for their own meals. For lunch, participants may bring a bagged lunch or else there are several restaurants within driving distance of the venue.

Schedule
Transportation

The venue is located 40 minutes away from the Kansas International Airport. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are available as well as taxis.

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.

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

|

Kansas- Cohort 56

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: 13-20 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 3 December, 2020
Kansas- Cohort 56
|
Kansas USA

Find yourself where the headwaters of the Big Blue River meet the Wolf Creek. An ancient story lives within these lands.

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Blue River Forest School

We facilitate experience-based connections to nature for people of all ages from around the world bringing self-empowerment, better outcomes for physical and mental health, awareness of inner humanity and a healthy thriving community and earth.

This is done through mindfulness, awareness, presence, earth-based living skills, indigenous and cultural science and play. Blue River Forest Experience offers various types of nature connection experiences and trainings. This includes Forest Therapy Walks, Nature Camps for kids and adults, training experiences and retreats for therapists, teachers and doctors, plant-based food classes/dinners, horticulture therapy gardening, animal therapy, mentoring,  Earth Art camps, Earth-based living skill classes such as edible native plant identification and foraging, luminary walks, yoga and various community potluck and campfire gatherings.

Lodging

There are no on site accommodations at this training, although participants may choose to camp on site. There are several reasonably priced hotels (the Candlewood Suites and Hyatt are both a 5 minute drive away) and airbnbs in the area where participants can choose to stay.

Meals

Participants will be responsible for their own meals. For lunch, participants may bring a bagged lunch or else there are several restaurants within driving distance of the venue.

Transportation

The venue is located 40 minutes away from the Kansas International Airport. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are available as well as taxis.

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

|

Kansas- Cohort 56

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: 13-20 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 3 December, 2020
Kansas- Cohort 56
|
Kansas USA

Find yourself where the headwaters of the Big Blue River meet the Wolf Creek. An ancient story lives within these lands.

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.

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:

Blue River Forest School

We facilitate experience-based connections to nature for people of all ages from around the world bringing self-empowerment, better outcomes for physical and mental health, awareness of inner humanity and a healthy thriving community and earth.

This is done through mindfulness, awareness, presence, earth-based living skills, indigenous and cultural science and play. Blue River Forest Experience offers various types of nature connection experiences and trainings. This includes Forest Therapy Walks, Nature Camps for kids and adults, training experiences and retreats for therapists, teachers and doctors, plant-based food classes/dinners, horticulture therapy gardening, animal therapy, mentoring,  Earth Art camps, Earth-based living skill classes such as edible native plant identification and foraging, luminary walks, yoga and various community potluck and campfire gatherings.

Lodging

There are no on site accommodations at this training, although participants may choose to camp on site. There are several reasonably priced hotels (the Candlewood Suites and Hyatt are both a 5 minute drive away) and airbnbs in the area where participants can choose to stay.

Meals

Participants will be responsible for their own meals. For lunch, participants may bring a bagged lunch or else there are several restaurants within driving distance of the venue.

Transportation

The venue is located 40 minutes away from the Kansas International Airport. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are available as well as taxis.