Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Ontario- Summer 2020

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Weeklong Intensive: 28 August- 4 Sept 2020 | Practicum Ends: 18 March 2021
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.

Late Registration begins 6 weeks prior to the training start date with a tuition price increase to $3,770.

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to read our Payment & Refund Policies.

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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:

YMCA Geneva Park

Who should attend
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

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.

Entrenadores

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.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Ontario- Summer 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: 28 August- 4 Sept 2020 | Practicum Ends: 18 March 2021
Ontario- Summer 2020
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Ontario, Canada
Who should attend
About the Venue:

YMCA Geneva Park

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.

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.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Ontario- Summer 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: 28 August- 4 Sept 2020 | Practicum Ends: 18 March 2021
Ontario- Summer 2020
|
Ontario Canada

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.

Late Registration begins 6 weeks prior to the training start date with a tuition price increase to $3,770.

Click here
to read our Payment, Refund and Transfer Policies.

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:

YMCA Geneva Park

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.

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.