Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Ontario- Summer 2020

Six Month Core Training Program Begins
August 24, 2020
Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 28 August- 4 Sept 2020 | Practicum Ends: 18 March 2021

Enrollment Open

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.

YMCA Geneva Park

About the Venue:
LODGING

$195.00 CAD (approximately $150.00 USD) per person per night for double occupancy*

$233.00 CAD (approximately $178.00 USD) per person per night for single occupancy*

*prices include HST, all meals beginning with dinner on the first night & lunch on last day +any single participant in a double occupancy room will be charged the single rate

Linens and towels are provided. All rooms are ensuites.

MEALS

All meals are included in price of lodging. Participants and staff to inform Venue of any dietary restrictions upon registration. If anyone staying offsite wants to purchase meals, the cost is as follows:  $15.82 CAD (approximately $12.00 USD) for breakfast; $19.21 CAD (approximately $14.50 USD) for lunch; and $30.00 CAD (approximately $22.50 USD) for dinner each day. All prices include 13% HST. Cost for three meals a day is $65.03 CAD (approximately $56.50 USD)

TRANSPORTATION

YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre is 138km (86 miles) north of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Orillia is the nearest town of any size, 16 kilometers (10 miles) away by car. We recommend using Simcoe County Airport Service to book transportation from the airport to Geneva Park. They are familiar with Geneva Park and the cost will be $110 CAD ($85 USD) one way if you’re going alone. You should book well in advance. You may also take the train, bus, or water transportation service.

VENUE
YMCA Geneva Park
6604 Rama Road
Ramara L3V 0S3
Canada
https://ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca/
Christi Seiberling Spriggs at Christi.spriggs@sm.ymca.ca or (705) 325-2253
Ontario

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

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

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.

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