Forest Therapy Guide Training
Learn Forest Therapy Guiding in a land of soaring peaks, sandy beaches, mangrove forests, and rich cultural heritage.
Lantau Island is often referred to as “the lungs” of Hong Kong. It is the largest of Hong Kong’s islands and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains, indigenous forests, and beaches.
Ark Eden is a campsite settled into the greenery of Lantau Island that also offers a few comfortable rooms. The organization offers children who normally live in a city the opportunity to explore a natural environment and educate them not only the fascinating beings one might find in such a landscape, but the value and love found in the forest. It is a place of discovery, compassionate living, and imaginative play. The campsite is a lush forested valley garden in the foothills of Mui Wo within walking distance of nearby beaches and waterfall.
What is Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training?
This six-month training begins with a week-long immersion, which is followed by a field practicum consisting of a series of structured assignments completed over a series of six months. During the practicum trainees are supported by mentoring via phone or Skype and by monthly group conference calls with other participants in their cohort. Completion of a detailed curriculum 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.