Mountain Forest Therapy Immersion and Way of the Guide

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
A deep dive into the theory and practice of the archetype of the guide--an essential archetype for our times

Enrollment Open

11-15 June 2019
Mountain Retreat Center Germany

Experience ANFT's acclaimed approach to Forest Therapy with ANFT Founder Amos Clifford and Mentor Guide Christy Thomson, in a stunning alpine setting. This immersion will include two afternoon seminars on the Way of the Guide. Discover the unique aspects of the Guide Archetype, which is the heart of ANFT's approach to forest therapy.

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.

Who should attend
This event is for persons who are interested in experiencing and learning about forest therapy. Forest Therapy guides will deepen their understanding of the Way of the Guide, through an exploration of the Guide archetype and how it applies to Forest Therapy. Psychotherapists with an interest in eco-psychology will find much of interest in this event. Those who are interested in forest therapy in general will have an opportunity to experience the approach developed by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Since this approach is founded on our understanding of the Way of the Guide, this course is an ideal introduction to those who are interested in connecting theory and practice. The Pace of the event is relaxed and spacious, so it is also appropriate for people who would like to have pleasant retreat experience that mobilizes the healing powers of nature. Researchers in the field of nature and healing or forest therapy may find that the Way of the Guide suggests interesting directions for innovative research. For ANFT member guides, this event satisfies the annual Continuing Education Requirements.
Schedule Overview

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

About the Venue:

Mountain Retreat Center Germany

The Mountain Retreat Center (MRC) is in the small Bavarian village Sachrang, right at the border to Tyrol/Austria. It is only a 15 minute drive from highway A8 connecting Munich to Salzburg. Tranquil and modest it is situated in a hillside overlooking the little village with only a few restaurants, one shop, church and some housing. The view of 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 worthwhile.

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 include 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 is about an hour away. Airport shuttle service can be arranged for a fee.

A train can be taken to Aschau im Cheimgau or Oberaudorf. From there you can either take the public bus or a Taxi to Sachrang. It's only a 12 to 15 minutes drive away from the center.

The retreat center can arrange airport shuttle services for approximately 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.
Upon advance 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 an 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 prices USD; Tuition does not include lodging and meals.

$898 General Tuition
ANFT Certified Guides use your discount code

About the Venue:

Mountain Retreat Center Germany

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 trained with Cohort 6 in 2016 in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She is a facilitator of ANFT immersions, trainer and mentor. She was born and raised in the farmlands of Indiana, where she now resides with her 4 children and husband. She is a violinist, vocalist and teacher by training and vocation. She administers a music school in her small town through the local YMCA. Christy lives amongst the fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and wooded lots on a small hobby farm where she has planted vegetable gardens, berries, fruit trees, and the many memories of her children’s lives. Her work with ANFT has been life-changing and the source of so much of her energy and vitality. She is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Science and Religious Studies, which is in part the result of her training and also a source for even more love and connection to her forest therapy practice.