Besides being an immersion in forest therapy experience, this event includes an in-depth exploration of the Guide archetype. To be a guide is to embody unique ways of working in partnership with the-more-than-human world. The Guide archetype, which has always been present in human society, is now powerfully emerging in these times. Learn why this is so, and why Guides have an essential role in supporting healing processes. We will demonstrate and discuss how guides facilitate liminal journeys in which humans encounter mirrors of their souls, and deepen their memory of relatedness to all beings. The guide archetype does not work alone, but requires partnerships with other human archetypes such as mentor, healer, and teacher; as well as with process archetypes such as the Journey, and archetypes of place. In this immersion, we will define some of the key differences that distinguish these archetypes. With this understanding, our work as guides becomes more focused, clear, and powerful.
Day 1: Arrive in the afternoon and get settled in, enjoy dinner. Meet from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for introductions and orientation.
Day 2: 9am -12pm: Guided forest therapy experience. 12:00-2:00 pm Lunch. 2:00 pm-5:00 pm discussion, lecture, experiential activities
Day 3: 9am -12pm: Guided forest therapy experience. 12:00-2:00 pm Lunch. 2:00 pm-5:00 pm discussion, lecture, experiential activities. 7:00pm - 8:30 pm (optional) join the guides for a discussion and analysis from the point of view of the guide, of the two guided forest therapy experiences. This is highly recommended for forest therapy guides and guides in training.
Day 4: 9am-11:30 am: Council, lecture, and experiential activities. 11:30 am to 2:30 pm: there will be an assignment that is completed on your own. 2:30 - 5:00 pm Council and sharing
Day 5: 9am - 11:30 am: Integration council and individual assignment for closure
Mountain Retreat Center Germany
The Mountain Retreat Center (MRC) in the small Bavarian village Sachrang, right at the border to Tyrol/Austria, is only a 15 minutes drive away from the highway A8 connecting Munich to Salzburg. Tranquil and modest it is situated hillside, overlooking the little village with only a few restaurants, one shop, church and some housing. The view to the surrounding mountains is breathtaking. Silence.
If you want to exercise in fresh air you can hike right from the house. Winter and summer. The most popular peaks nearby are Spitzstein, Geigerstein, Kampenwand. The next little towns are Aschau im Chiemgau (13km) or Kufstein in Tyrol (15km) away. The famous lake Chiemsee is about 23 kilometers from Sachrang. Visits to Salzburg or Tyrol are also worthwile.
Anything is possible. Nothing is a must.
Register per email for food and accommodation directly with the Mountain Retreat Center. The Center assigns the rooms to the clients based on the sequence of incoming registration.
The rates are per person and night, in Euro and including tax, full board, tea/water and wifi.
The international airport of Munich is approximately 1.5 hours (depending on traffic)away. The airport in Salzburg about an hour away. Airport shuttle service can be arranged for a fee.
A train can be taken to Aschau i. Cheimgau or Oberaudorf. From there you can either take the public bus or a Taxi to Sachrang, only a 12 to 15 minutes drive away from the center.
The retreat center can arrange airport shuttle services with anairport shuttle service company for approx. EUR 95,- per person both ways. This shuttle travels from the Munich airport, to the Center, then back to airport. This is a collective shuttle. Please ask Mountain Retreat Staff for details when you are booking lodging.
The tariffs include full board (100%vegetarian, mainly organic) consisting of breakfast buffet with different breads, jams, butter, cheeses, porridge or muesli, fruits, vegetables, coffee,tea, juice. For lunch we serve soup and different dips with breads. The dinner buffet contains salads, main dishes and desert.
On previous notice we can also consider gluten free, lactose free, vegan.
All day guests can take tea or energized water in the lounge (included in price).
The included catering starts with dinner on day of arrival and ends with breakfast on day of departure. Further meals on arrival or departure day can be ordered for extra fee.
For guests not staying at the Center we charge € 40,- per person/day for lunch, dinner,tea/water and seminar room use.
All Amounts USD
$935 Certified Forest Therapy Guide with Current ANFT or Forest Bathing International Membership
$880 for ANFT Guides in Training (Currently in Practicum)
Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.
Christy is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Mentor. Her forest therapy practice works primarily through local organizations: counseling services, local and state parks, and ACRES landtrust. Indiana's beautiful deciduous forests are wonderful, all four seasons. She is currently in school studying Environmental Science, with a minor in Religious Studies. Besides her interest in indigenous people's use of plant medicine and the translation of that in to modern herbal medicine, Christy is deeply involved in a personal inquiry around the intersection of faith traditions and forest therapy, and she leads quarterly discussions with guides on this topic. She is the music program director for the local YMCA, a violinist and vocalist. She finds her quiet time in the outdoors to take the star role in her self-care.