Forest Therapy Guide Training

Cohort Name:

Norway - Cohort 39

Six Month Training Program Begins
May 25, 2019
Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 25 May - 01 June 2019 | Practicum Ends: 01 January 2020

Fully Registered - Accepting Wait List 

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.

Dharma Mountain

About the Venue:

Dharma Mountain is a meditation and freedom resort dedicated to helping people to slow down and rediscover their inner peace. Set in the midst of meadows, forestland, a small lake, and a beautiful river, it offers its inhabitants a chance to find a private corner of the land to rest and discover the natural beauty of Norway.

Dharma Mountain offers simple, comfortable accommodations in its cabins, meadowland for those who wish to camp, and a panoramic mountain view no matter where you stay. It also has a sauna available for rent. Dharma Mountain offers an early bird special until June 26th, 2020 for people who are staying in the cabins, so we recommend that you book your rooms soon after you confirm your enrollment.


Participants have the option to stay in a cabin or camp, with camping as a less expensive option.

Each cabin has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen equipped with the basics, and a full bath. Participants have the option of either booking a single room or staying in shared accommodations, which means that they can share a double room or sleep in the semi-private loft in the common space. Should participants want to store their belongings in the room, but sleep in the common space, that is okay too. Each bedroom has unattached bunks with a larger bottom bunk.

Campers will have access to the main house facilities, and will need to bring their own camping equipment.

Meals are included with the pricing of both cabin and camping accommodations.

Pricing is for the entire length of the training:

Early bird special until June 26th, 2020

5900 NOK for shared room/loft

7160 NOK for single room

4500 NOK for camping

Normal pricing after June 26th, 2020

6500 NOK for shared room/loft

7760 NOK for single room

4500 NOK for camping

Linens and towels can be provided for 190 NOK.


The cost of meals are included with the price of accommodations. They include breakfast, a packed lunch each day, and dinner. Coffee and tea will be served in the morning and evening. You can bring extra tea and coffee and make it in the cabin.

Please note that meals will be pesco-vegetarian with 2 days of fish.

Dharma Mountain can accommodate gluten free, lactose/milk free, vegan and vegetarian options. If you have other allergies, please be prepared to bring some of your own food supplies (there is mini-kitchen in the cabins.) Participants should inform Dharma Mountain of their dietary needs when they make reservations, and no later than 10 days before the training begins.  

Each cabin is also equipped with a mini kitchen and there is a small grocery store within a 10 minute drive.


It takes approximately two hours from Oslo to drive to Dharma Mountain. You can look for instructions on how to get there through bus/train on their website here:

Dharma Mountain
Dharma Mountain AS Hedalsvegen
1220 3528 Hedalen

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.


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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Who should attend


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.


Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Geeta is a certified Forest Therapy Guide based in Portugal and the founder of the company Renature where she creates and facilitates restorative programs that promote wellbeing and health through Forest Therapy, nature connection practices, clean eating and self-care. She works all over the world with various populations that range from the general public, corporate senior and junior teams, schools, families, mental health populations and individuals recovering from situations of excess stress and resulting depression and anxiety. Her passion is to bring human beings back to nature and support the reconnection to the restorative potency of the natural world. She is trained in Forest Therapy, Embodied Mindfulness and Conscious Resting, Council and Active Meditation Techniques, and in the field of Healthcare as a Pharmacist. She holds a Masters in Business Management and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.