Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Northern California - Spring 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 7-14 April 2020 | Practicum Ends: 28 October 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:

UCCR Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center

Who should attend

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.

VENUE
UCCR Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center
1001 Boole road
Applegate CA 95703
United States
https://www.uccr.org/applegate/
admissions@natureandforesttherapy.org
CA

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.

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.

Jackie guides regular forest therapy walks in the Los Angeles area, though she will soon guide in the northern part of Arizona. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. One of her greatest joys is guiding her autistic son through nature and seeing firsthand how these walks positively impact his well-being.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Northern California - 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: 7-14 April 2020 | Practicum Ends: 28 October 2020
Northern California - Spring 2020
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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.

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.

Jackie guides regular forest therapy walks in the Los Angeles area, though she will soon guide in the northern part of Arizona. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. One of her greatest joys is guiding her autistic son through nature and seeing firsthand how these walks positively impact his well-being.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

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

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

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.

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.

Jackie guides regular forest therapy walks in the Los Angeles area, though she will soon guide in the northern part of Arizona. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. One of her greatest joys is guiding her autistic son through nature and seeing firsthand how these walks positively impact his well-being.