Forest Therapy Guide Training

Cohort Name:

Kansas - Summer 2020

Six Month Training Program Begins
July 12, 2020
Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 12-19 July, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 02 February, 2021

Enrollment Open

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.

Blue River Forest School

About the Venue:

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.


There are no on site accommodations at this training, although participants may choose to camp on site. There are several reasonably priced hotels and Airbnbs in the area where participants can choose to stay.

See the full list of Hotels near Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.


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.


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.

Blue River Forest School
17315 Antioch Rd
Overland Park, KS 66085
United States

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.


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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Who should attend


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.