Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Minnesota- Cohort 55

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: 2-9 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 23 November, 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
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Minnesota- Cohort 55

Explore the abundance of nature in the land of many waters

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:

Shire in the Woods

Shire in the Woods is a private, wooded retreat center tucked away in the Solana State Forest, and has achieved a delicate balance between inviting coziness and the wilds that surround it. It is built not only to encourage restfulness, but connection with both the land and the people who inhabit it.


The Shire in the Woods boasts a community space, library, wood burning sauna, 5 miles of groomed trails, tended gardens, ponds, tree swings and hammocks, outdoor fire pits, and access to trails in the Solana State Forest. While the Shire has forests and meadows on its property, it is also surrounded by wetlands: offering a variety of landscapes, environments, and wildlife. It is, as its name suggests, a verdant sanctuary of peace, comfort, and natural beauty.

Lodging

There are singe rooms. shared rooms.and camping available. Participants should contact the venue directly to arrange for meals and lodging. The loft beds in the Cedar House will rent for $35.00 per night plus tax. Private rooms will rent for $90.00 per night plus tax.

Camping is $25/day plus tax.There is a 10-person tent that wilI be available for rent at $25.00 per day plus tax. Campers will have access to indoor bathroom facilities.

Private cabins are also available for $80/night + tax.

Participants may also choose to stay off site and commute for a day use fee of $25/day + tax.

With this venue, it is best to book early to ensure availability. All requests for reservations and questions about the accommodations can be directed to the venue.

Meals

Catering wil be provided on site (breakfast, lunch and dinner), but all the houses have kitchens as well.The kitchens have fridges, freezers, cooktops, microwaves, coffee makers, tea kettles,and toaster ovens. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten- free meals can be accommodated,but may be at an extra charge. Catering prices will start at $57.00 per day plus tax for three meals a day and will be collected by the venue when participants book their accommodations.

Schedule
Transportation

The venue is around an hour’s drive from Duluth International Airport, and a little under two hours from Minneapolis.

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

|

Minnesota- Cohort 55

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: 2-9 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 23 November, 2020
Minnesota- Cohort 55
|
Minnesota USA

Explore the abundance of nature in the land of many waters

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Shire in the Woods

Shire in the Woods is a private, wooded retreat center tucked away in the Solana State Forest, and has achieved a delicate balance between inviting coziness and the wilds that surround it. It is built not only to encourage restfulness, but connection with both the land and the people who inhabit it.


The Shire in the Woods boasts a community space, library, wood burning sauna, 5 miles of groomed trails, tended gardens, ponds, tree swings and hammocks, outdoor fire pits, and access to trails in the Solana State Forest. While the Shire has forests and meadows on its property, it is also surrounded by wetlands: offering a variety of landscapes, environments, and wildlife. It is, as its name suggests, a verdant sanctuary of peace, comfort, and natural beauty.

Lodging

There are singe rooms. shared rooms.and camping available. Participants should contact the venue directly to arrange for meals and lodging. The loft beds in the Cedar House will rent for $35.00 per night plus tax. Private rooms will rent for $90.00 per night plus tax.

Camping is $25/day plus tax.There is a 10-person tent that wilI be available for rent at $25.00 per day plus tax. Campers will have access to indoor bathroom facilities.

Private cabins are also available for $80/night + tax.

Participants may also choose to stay off site and commute for a day use fee of $25/day + tax.

With this venue, it is best to book early to ensure availability. All requests for reservations and questions about the accommodations can be directed to the venue.

Meals

Catering wil be provided on site (breakfast, lunch and dinner), but all the houses have kitchens as well.The kitchens have fridges, freezers, cooktops, microwaves, coffee makers, tea kettles,and toaster ovens. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten- free meals can be accommodated,but may be at an extra charge. Catering prices will start at $57.00 per day plus tax for three meals a day and will be collected by the venue when participants book their accommodations.

Transportation

The venue is around an hour’s drive from Duluth International Airport, and a little under two hours from Minneapolis.

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

|

Minnesota- Cohort 55

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: 2-9 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 23 November, 2020
Minnesota- Cohort 55
|
Minnesota, USA

Explore the abundance of nature in the land of many waters

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:

Shire in the Woods

Shire in the Woods is a private, wooded retreat center tucked away in the Solana State Forest, and has achieved a delicate balance between inviting coziness and the wilds that surround it. It is built not only to encourage restfulness, but connection with both the land and the people who inhabit it.


The Shire in the Woods boasts a community space, library, wood burning sauna, 5 miles of groomed trails, tended gardens, ponds, tree swings and hammocks, outdoor fire pits, and access to trails in the Solana State Forest. While the Shire has forests and meadows on its property, it is also surrounded by wetlands: offering a variety of landscapes, environments, and wildlife. It is, as its name suggests, a verdant sanctuary of peace, comfort, and natural beauty.

Lodging

There are singe rooms. shared rooms.and camping available. Participants should contact the venue directly to arrange for meals and lodging. The loft beds in the Cedar House will rent for $35.00 per night plus tax. Private rooms will rent for $90.00 per night plus tax.

Camping is $25/day plus tax.There is a 10-person tent that wilI be available for rent at $25.00 per day plus tax. Campers will have access to indoor bathroom facilities.

Private cabins are also available for $80/night + tax.

Participants may also choose to stay off site and commute for a day use fee of $25/day + tax.

With this venue, it is best to book early to ensure availability. All requests for reservations and questions about the accommodations can be directed to the venue.

Meals

Catering wil be provided on site (breakfast, lunch and dinner), but all the houses have kitchens as well.The kitchens have fridges, freezers, cooktops, microwaves, coffee makers, tea kettles,and toaster ovens. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten- free meals can be accommodated,but may be at an extra charge. Catering prices will start at $57.00 per day plus tax for three meals a day and will be collected by the venue when participants book their accommodations.

Transportation

The venue is around an hour’s drive from Duluth International Airport, and a little under two hours from Minneapolis.