Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Minnesota - Spring 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 2-9 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 23 November, 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:

Shire in the Woods

Who should attend

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.

VENUE
Shire in the Woods
14044 220th Street, McGrath, MN 56350
McGrath, MN 56350
United States
http://www.shireinthewoods.com/index.html
1-320-592-0180 | shireinthewoods@outlook.com
Minnesota

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.

Nadine Mazzola is the Director of Practicum and Certification. She is author of “Forest Bathing with your Dog,” due out in August 2019, and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting through which she does work as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, speaking and corporate wellness consulting. She has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Nadine has been featured on PBS, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine among others. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.  

Tam Willey is a guide, trainer, mentor with ANFT and founder of Toadstool Walks based in Boston, Massachusetts.  Tam has been guiding Forest Therapy since 2017 in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more.  Tam designs and runs immersion retreats with The Venture Out Project and has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth thru various programs in Boston for the last decade.  Tam is passionate about the ways that Forest Therapy can support and broaden relationships through sharing and bearing witness in community with the natural or more-than-human world in a way that supports our remembering that we are not simply in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Minnesota - Spring 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: 2-9 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 23 November, 2020
Minnesota - Spring 2020
|
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.

Nadine Mazzola is the Director of Practicum and Certification. She is author of “Forest Bathing with your Dog,” due out in August 2019, and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting through which she does work as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, speaking and corporate wellness consulting. She has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Nadine has been featured on PBS, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine among others. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.  

Tam Willey is a guide, trainer, mentor with ANFT and founder of Toadstool Walks based in Boston, Massachusetts.  Tam has been guiding Forest Therapy since 2017 in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more.  Tam designs and runs immersion retreats with The Venture Out Project and has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth thru various programs in Boston for the last decade.  Tam is passionate about the ways that Forest Therapy can support and broaden relationships through sharing and bearing witness in community with the natural or more-than-human world in a way that supports our remembering that we are not simply in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Minnesota - Spring 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: 2-9 May, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 23 November, 2020
Minnesota - Spring 2020
|
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.

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.

Nadine Mazzola is the Director of Practicum and Certification. She is author of “Forest Bathing with your Dog,” due out in August 2019, and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting through which she does work as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, speaking and corporate wellness consulting. She has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Nadine has been featured on PBS, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine among others. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.  

Tam Willey is a guide, trainer, mentor with ANFT and founder of Toadstool Walks based in Boston, Massachusetts.  Tam has been guiding Forest Therapy since 2017 in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more.  Tam designs and runs immersion retreats with The Venture Out Project and has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth thru various programs in Boston for the last decade.  Tam is passionate about the ways that Forest Therapy can support and broaden relationships through sharing and bearing witness in community with the natural or more-than-human world in a way that supports our remembering that we are not simply in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature.