Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Nova Scotia - Spring 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 29 April- 6 May 2020 | Practicum Ends: 20 November 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:

Windhorse Farm

Who should attend

Windhorse is a magical natural landscape and vibrant community located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore; it comprises sustainably managed woodlands, a wood products business, organic permaculture gardens, a conference centre with state of the art facilities, off-the-grid cabins, and unlimited opportunities for visitors to engage with nature.

In all its activities,Windhorse is about experiencing the depth of the human experience, ​and the essence of genuineness, as reflected in natural systems.

LODGING

Participants will stay in the Juniper Lodge with 19 beds (4 are doubles). Food (3 vegetarian meals a day) and lodging (including tax) will cost $1,138.50 CAD for the week (approximately $870.00 USD). Camping is also available at $20/tent per night if one person is staying the tent.  It’s an additional $10 for each additional person in the tent.  HST is applicable to all pricing, so there’s an additional 15% tax on the accommodation.

Participants will book directly with Windhorse.

MEALS

Three vegetarian meals will be served each day. The cost is included with lodging.

TRANSPORTATION

The venue is located  1.5 hours from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Cabs and shuttles are available.

VENUE
Windhorse Farm
129 Sarty Road
Wentzells Lake, NS BOR 1EO
Canada
http://www.windhorsefarm.org
Andrea Dean, General Manager and Windhorse Host: office: (902) 543-6955 or cell (647) 678-1858

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.

Carolynne Crawley is a Mi'kmaw woman with mixed ancestry from the EastCoast. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supportingIndigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security.She has worked with one of Canada’s largest food security organizations for thepast decade as the Indigenous Food Access Manager, increasing access to affordableand healthy foods, developing a cross cultural youth program focusing upon theIndigenous way of being in relationship with land, and organizing a provincewide Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering. She has also built school foodgardens, created and facilitated curriculum -linked food literacy programs forboth students and teachers. Carolynne is passionate about connecting peoplewith the land, themselves, and with each other.  She leads workshops inrelationship building to develop and strengthen healthy, reciprocalrelationships based upon Indigenous teachings that decolonize existinginteractions with the land.

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.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Nova Scotia - 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: 29 April- 6 May 2020 | Practicum Ends: 20 November 2020
Nova Scotia - Spring 2020
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Discover the diversity and abundance of this legacy forest on Nova Scotia's south shore

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Windhorse Farm

Windhorse is a magical natural landscape and vibrant community located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore; it comprises sustainably managed woodlands, a wood products business, organic permaculture gardens, a conference centre with state of the art facilities, off-the-grid cabins, and unlimited opportunities for visitors to engage with nature.

In all its activities,Windhorse is about experiencing the depth of the human experience, ​and the essence of genuineness, as reflected in natural systems.

Lodging

Participants will stay in the Juniper Lodge with 19 beds (4 are doubles). Food (3 vegetarian meals a day) and lodging (including tax) will cost $1,138.50 CAD for the week (approximately $870.00 USD). Camping is also available at $20/tent per night if one person is staying the tent.  It’s an additional $10 for each additional person in the tent.  HST is applicable to all pricing, so there’s an additional 15% tax on the accommodation.

Participants will book directly with Windhorse.

Meals

Three vegetarian meals will be served each day. The cost is included with lodging.

Transportation

The venue is located  1.5 hours from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Cabs and shuttles are available.

Carolynne Crawley is a Mi'kmaw woman with mixed ancestry from the EastCoast. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supportingIndigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security.She has worked with one of Canada’s largest food security organizations for thepast decade as the Indigenous Food Access Manager, increasing access to affordableand healthy foods, developing a cross cultural youth program focusing upon theIndigenous way of being in relationship with land, and organizing a provincewide Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering. She has also built school foodgardens, created and facilitated curriculum -linked food literacy programs forboth students and teachers. Carolynne is passionate about connecting peoplewith the land, themselves, and with each other.  She leads workshops inrelationship building to develop and strengthen healthy, reciprocalrelationships based upon Indigenous teachings that decolonize existinginteractions with the land.

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.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Nova Scotia - 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: 29 April- 6 May 2020 | Practicum Ends: 20 November 2020
Nova Scotia - Spring 2020
|
Nova Scotia

Discover the diversity and abundance of this legacy forest on Nova Scotia's south shore

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. Please check current exchange rates for conversion to CAD or other currencies.

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:

Windhorse Farm

Windhorse is a magical natural landscape and vibrant community located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore; it comprises sustainably managed woodlands, a wood products business, organic permaculture gardens, a conference centre with state of the art facilities, off-the-grid cabins, and unlimited opportunities for visitors to engage with nature.

In all its activities,Windhorse is about experiencing the depth of the human experience, ​and the essence of genuineness, as reflected in natural systems.

Lodging

Participants will stay in the Juniper Lodge with 19 beds (4 are doubles). Food (3 vegetarian meals a day) and lodging (including tax) will cost $1,138.50 CAD for the week (approximately $870.00 USD). Camping is also available at $20/tent per night if one person is staying the tent.  It’s an additional $10 for each additional person in the tent.  HST is applicable to all pricing, so there’s an additional 15% tax on the accommodation.

Participants will book directly with Windhorse.

Meals

Three vegetarian meals will be served each day. The cost is included with lodging.

Transportation

The venue is located  1.5 hours from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Cabs and shuttles are available.

Carolynne Crawley is a Mi'kmaw woman with mixed ancestry from the EastCoast. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supportingIndigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security.She has worked with one of Canada’s largest food security organizations for thepast decade as the Indigenous Food Access Manager, increasing access to affordableand healthy foods, developing a cross cultural youth program focusing upon theIndigenous way of being in relationship with land, and organizing a provincewide Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering. She has also built school foodgardens, created and facilitated curriculum -linked food literacy programs forboth students and teachers. Carolynne is passionate about connecting peoplewith the land, themselves, and with each other.  She leads workshops inrelationship building to develop and strengthen healthy, reciprocalrelationships based upon Indigenous teachings that decolonize existinginteractions with the land.

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.