Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Northern California- Cohort 52

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: 7-14 April 2020 | Practicum Ends: 28 October 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
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Northern California- Cohort 52

Listen to the sounds of the wild geese calling you back home

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:

UCCR Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center

The Applegate Jesuit Retreat center is a place that inspires reflection, renewal, and discovery. Set in the midst of peaceful pine trees, Applegate offers comfortable rooms and plenty of space for people to find quiet privacy. The Retreat is set into 350 acres of meadows, lake, creeks, oaks, and pine trees and overlooks the American River and will serve as an excellent gathering space for an immersion program.

Lodging

Participants willbe staying in the Redwood Lodge and will book their rooms through ANFT directly. On the second floor, there are 18 rooms, 14 of which contain one single bed and one bunk bed. 4 rooms have 2 single beds. The total cost for 7 nights is $380 for double occupancy. A limited number of rooms will be offered as single occupancy rooms for a total of $625. Linens and towels are provided at no cost.

Day use fees are $19.95 per person plus the meal package and tax for any participant staying offsite.

A kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, coffee maker,and microwave are available in the Redwood Lodge.

Meals

Meal packages cost $50.00 per day and include 3 meals. The total for 7 days of meals is $350

Participants must let ANFT know about any dietary restrictions by March 23, 2019 to ensure that they can be accommodated by the venue. If notified after March 23, 2019, we cannot guarantee that your dietary needs can be met.

Meals for participants will begin with dinner on the first day of the training and end with lunch on the last day.

Schedule
Transportation
Applegate is approximately 40 minutes from the Sacramento Airport. There are rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft available, as well as taxi services.
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

|

Northern California- Cohort 52

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: 7-14 April 2020 | Practicum Ends: 28 October 2020
Northern California- Cohort 52
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Auburn, California USA

Listen to the sounds of the wild geese calling you back home

Who should attend
About the Venue:

UCCR Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center

The Applegate Jesuit Retreat center is a place that inspires reflection, renewal, and discovery. Set in the midst of peaceful pine trees, Applegate offers comfortable rooms and plenty of space for people to find quiet privacy. The Retreat is set into 350 acres of meadows, lake, creeks, oaks, and pine trees and overlooks the American River and will serve as an excellent gathering space for an immersion program.

Lodging

Participants willbe staying in the Redwood Lodge and will book their rooms through ANFT directly. On the second floor, there are 18 rooms, 14 of which contain one single bed and one bunk bed. 4 rooms have 2 single beds. The total cost for 7 nights is $380 for double occupancy. A limited number of rooms will be offered as single occupancy rooms for a total of $625. Linens and towels are provided at no cost.

Day use fees are $19.95 per person plus the meal package and tax for any participant staying offsite.

A kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, coffee maker,and microwave are available in the Redwood Lodge.

Meals

Meal packages cost $50.00 per day and include 3 meals. The total for 7 days of meals is $350

Participants must let ANFT know about any dietary restrictions by March 23, 2019 to ensure that they can be accommodated by the venue. If notified after March 23, 2019, we cannot guarantee that your dietary needs can be met.

Meals for participants will begin with dinner on the first day of the training and end with lunch on the last day.

Transportation
Applegate is approximately 40 minutes from the Sacramento Airport. There are rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft available, as well as taxi services.
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

|

Northern California- Cohort 52

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: 7-14 April 2020 | Practicum Ends: 28 October 2020
Northern California- Cohort 52
|
Applegate, CA, USA

Listen to the sounds of the wild geese calling you back home

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:

UCCR Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center

The Applegate Jesuit Retreat center is a place that inspires reflection, renewal, and discovery. Set in the midst of peaceful pine trees, Applegate offers comfortable rooms and plenty of space for people to find quiet privacy. The Retreat is set into 350 acres of meadows, lake, creeks, oaks, and pine trees and overlooks the American River and will serve as an excellent gathering space for an immersion program.

Lodging

Participants willbe staying in the Redwood Lodge and will book their rooms through ANFT directly. On the second floor, there are 18 rooms, 14 of which contain one single bed and one bunk bed. 4 rooms have 2 single beds. The total cost for 7 nights is $380 for double occupancy. A limited number of rooms will be offered as single occupancy rooms for a total of $625. Linens and towels are provided at no cost.

Day use fees are $19.95 per person plus the meal package and tax for any participant staying offsite.

A kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, coffee maker,and microwave are available in the Redwood Lodge.

Meals

Meal packages cost $50.00 per day and include 3 meals. The total for 7 days of meals is $350

Participants must let ANFT know about any dietary restrictions by March 23, 2019 to ensure that they can be accommodated by the venue. If notified after March 23, 2019, we cannot guarantee that your dietary needs can be met.

Meals for participants will begin with dinner on the first day of the training and end with lunch on the last day.

Transportation
Applegate is approximately 40 minutes from the Sacramento Airport. There are rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft available, as well as taxi services.