In this training, you will learn:
When you begin your journey, you will take a core training course that lasts six months. Your cohort of up to 30 trainees will be people who live in the same or a nearby time zone.This geographic and time zone way of gathering as a group makes it convenient to connect with your trainers and each other via remote technologies like Zoom.
Once your cohort has had its online first meeting with your training team, you will return every two weeks for a live webinar. These meetings are lively learning experiences led by our expert trainers. There are 16 of these meetings in the course. They are recorded and made available privately for your cohort only.
If you wish, you will also be added to the Forest Therapy Facebook Group, a private group for ANFT trained guides from throughout the world. This group is a remarkable and very active resource for exchanging information and supporting ongoing learning. ANFT certified guides can now be found in 55 countries. These local guides are a resource for trainees to experience being guided. You can harvest a lot of practical wisdom from them. They love to help new trainees!
You will also have access to a growing library of ANFT training materials such as videos. To further support your learning, you will be invited to join a “pod” of three to five others in your cohort. Many pods develop interesting and fun ways to deepen their learning process. Often lifetime friendships grow.To the extent possible, we will try to organize pods based on your proximity to each other; this will maximize your ability to meet in person and explore forest trails and forest therapy methods together.
When you complete the core six-month training you will be an ANFT-Certified Forest Therapy Guide. This certification is valid for two years, or until you complete a four-day intensive. This must be completed sometime within two years after you complete the six month core training course. This will move your certification from provisional to permanent status. Intensives are organized by local trainers. Dates and locations will be set as the time for the intensive draws near. We’ll be looking at the weather and other factors when we choose dates. It is quite likely that you will meet trainees from other cohorts at your immersion. This will help to give you a sense of the community of guides that has grown and is active throughout the world.
The tuition for the six month core guide training program is $2845 USD. If you wish you can split this into six monthly payments of $475 USD. Our policy is that the full amount must be paid before you are certified.
The tuition for the four-day intensive is $389. Wait to pay until you are ready to complete the intensive. You will have two years from the completion of your core guide training to do the intensive.
Other costs include payment for Wilderness First Aid training, which is required for Certification, and is provided by third parties. Prices range from $100 to $300. Lodging or camping fees and food for the four-day intensive are the responsibility of the trainee.
Tuition figures are current as of most recent update on May 26 2020 and are subject to change.
Stana has been working for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) for over twenty years as the Senior Conservation Educator. Inspired by Earth Education, the Coyote’s Guide to Nature Connection and Forest schools, she aims to connect people with their head, heart and hands to nature. Through the CRCA, Stana brings Forest Therapy walk experiences to the community, private and public organizations and continues to pilot Forest Therapy to elementary and secondary school aged children and youth. The CRCA was the first conservation authority in Ontario to offer Forest Therapy which is now rapidly spreading to other CAs. Stana received her BA from the University of Waterloo in 1998, in the Applied Studies Co-op program with Honours History. She earned her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s in 1999 from the Specialized Outdoor and Experiential Education Program. Her work related to Forest Therapy continues to open her heart and deepen her relationship with all beings.
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.
Kat is an ANFT certified Forest Therapy Guide, Apprentice Trainer and an artist, based in the Netherlands. Her element is to help people re-connect with nature, with themselves and others, while focusing on the aspects of reciprocity, respect for all beings, heart intelligence, body wisdom and the state of flow. With her passion for nature-inspired art, and a background in cross-cultural communication, Kat enjoys guiding people and teams from all cultures with her company Way Back Home, and attempts expressing the relatedness of all beings through Shinrin-yoku Art and practicing Flow Arts. She is trained in Forest Therapy, Cross-Cultural Communication and is currently training to be Mind-Body & Eating Psychology Coach. She has nearly two decades of experience in teaching adult students, both on-on-one, in groups and online, holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Translation Studies and is fluent in Dutch, English, Czech and a passive bilingual speaker of German.