Forest Therapy Guide Training
Relax in the Costa Rican mountains overlooking the sea...
Our Costa Rica location is located at Vida Mountain Resort and Spa, in the Alajuela Province near San Ramon. This location is one of our premium destinations to visit and attend our Forest Therapy Guide Training program.
According to National Geographic’s article “The World’s Happiest Places” from November 2017, Costa Rica is ranked one of the three happiest countries in the world. Looking at its natural beauty and its vibrant culture, this really comes at no surprise. Vida Mountain Retreat Center is a luxury spa sitting upon a mountain top with breathtaking views. To the left you can watch a video made during a yoga retreat to get an idea of what it is like to study at this majestic location.
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.