Forest Therapy Guide Training

Ottawa, Ontario - Cohort 23
Weeklong Intensive: 9 - 16 May 2018 | Practicum Ends: 16 Nov 2018

What is Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training?

This six-month training begins with a week-long immersion, which is followed by a field practicum consisting of a series of structured assignments completed over a series of six months. During the practicum trainees are supported by mentoring via phone or Skype and by monthly group conference calls with other participants in their cohort. Completion of a detailed curriculum 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.

About the Training Location
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre
Ottawa, Canada
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Your Trainers for This Event

Amos Clifford, Founder & CEO

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco.

Stana Luxford-Oddie

Stana Luxford-Oddie has been working for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) since  September 1999 as the Education Officer. The CRCA continues to encourage Stana pursue the development and initiation of Forest Therapy Walks as a new addition to programs offered. Along with program design, development, administration, and teaching, Stana, also known especially during summer camp season as “Mother Pine” also supervises, and mentors Education staff, Queen’s Teacher Candidates, Volunteers and the Nature Explorers summer camp team.

The CRCA education department delivers interactive curriculum enriched Outdoor and Environmental Education Programs to all ages ranging from pre-school to senior participants. Prior to coming to the CRCA, Stana’s Outdoor Education Teaching placements at Claremont Conservation Field Centre and Duffins Creek Environmental Education Centre in 1997 propelled her along her path of lifelong passion for Environmental Education. At the Durham Forest Outdoor Education Centre she had the opportunity to be an Instructor and eventually Camp Director.

Stana received her Bachelor of Arts 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 with Intermediate-Senior Division History, English, (Senior ABQ) Geography. She also earned her Additional Basic Teaching Qualifications in Special Education Part 1, Reading Part 1 and Senior Geography. 

Stana’s passion for travel and volunteer work led her to be a volunteer with Youth to Everest, Nepal (2001). She was a Group Leader for Youth Challenge International to Guyana, (May – August, 2002) and also volunteered as a chaperone with Students on Ice Antarctica Expedition (Dec. 2002). 

Stana loves time outdoors with her son and husband. On most weekends you will find the three of them out on a Forest Therapy Walk or a ramble that involves cat naps in the warm sun after a tasty picnic. Stana enjoys yoga, body weight workouts, gardening, skiing, canoeing and interior camping. She is also learning to play the tenor and baritone ukuleles and piano.