Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Kansas - Summer 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 13-20 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 3 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:

Blue River Forest School

Who should attend

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.

VENUE
Blue River Forest School
17315 Antioch Rd
Overland Park, KS 66085
United States
https://blueriverforestexperience.org/
blueriverforestexperience@gmail.com

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.

Manuela Siegfried was born and raised in this beautiful, bio diverse country called Costa Rica. Having a biologist as a father, he made contact with nature an intrinsic part of her life. This passion led her to work as a naturalist tourism guide for 3 years. She came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and immediately felt inspired and related to it. Manuela was trained and certified in 2018 and has been guiding very actively since then. She is passionate about helping people awaken their senses and slowing down in a natural setting so they can reconnect with themselves and the more than human world. Falling in love again with the natural world helps to rediscover our intimate, personal relationship with the forest and we become aware that we actually ARE nature. Manuela is also a mentor and trainer of guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is absolutely committed and in love with her job.

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Kansas - 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: 13-20 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 3 December, 2020
Kansas - Summer 2020
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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.

Manuela Siegfried was born and raised in this beautiful, bio diverse country called Costa Rica. Having a biologist as a father, he made contact with nature an intrinsic part of her life. This passion led her to work as a naturalist tourism guide for 3 years. She came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and immediately felt inspired and related to it. Manuela was trained and certified in 2018 and has been guiding very actively since then. She is passionate about helping people awaken their senses and slowing down in a natural setting so they can reconnect with themselves and the more than human world. Falling in love again with the natural world helps to rediscover our intimate, personal relationship with the forest and we become aware that we actually ARE nature. Manuela is also a mentor and trainer of guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is absolutely committed and in love with her job.

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Kansas - 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: 13-20 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 3 December, 2020
Kansas - Summer 2020
|
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.

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.

Manuela Siegfried was born and raised in this beautiful, bio diverse country called Costa Rica. Having a biologist as a father, he made contact with nature an intrinsic part of her life. This passion led her to work as a naturalist tourism guide for 3 years. She came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and immediately felt inspired and related to it. Manuela was trained and certified in 2018 and has been guiding very actively since then. She is passionate about helping people awaken their senses and slowing down in a natural setting so they can reconnect with themselves and the more than human world. Falling in love again with the natural world helps to rediscover our intimate, personal relationship with the forest and we become aware that we actually ARE nature. Manuela is also a mentor and trainer of guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is absolutely committed and in love with her job.

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.