Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Slovenia - Cohort 40

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 the more-than-human-world of nature.

Full with Wait List

Weeklong Intensive: 2 - 9 June 2019 | Practicum Ends: 1 Jan 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
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Slovenia - Cohort 40

We return to the the stunning landscapes of Slovenia for a truly international training. Our Slovenia training will have the most affordable accommodations and meals, but have plenty of comfort and natural beauty as well.

A Forest Therapy Guide facilitates safe gentle walks, providing instructions—referred to as “invitations”—for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place. Next come a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.

Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.

During these walks people experience the therapeutic power of the forest. The forest itself is the therapist. We don't train therapists; we train guides. By slowing people down and facilitating sensory experiencing, guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work.

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 on this page 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.

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.
Who should attend
About the Venue:

Kamp Koren

Eco-Kamp Koren is a place of discovery, adventure, and reconnection with the beautiful world around us. It is the first campsite in Slovenia to be awarded the EU Ecolabel as an environmentally friendly campsite in 2011, and has existed in harmony with its beautiful surroundings ever since. This campsite is devoted to both the environment and the adventurers who live in it, and offers a range of affordable accommodations for those who want to stay by the aquamarine waters of Soča River. It sits atop a canyon formed by the river and offers beautiful views of the rushing river with white gravel banks.

While Eco-Kamp Koren is our most affordable location to attend this training, it certainly doesn’t lack in comfort. There are both campsites and chalets available for rent, and they can easily accommodate anyone with a campervan.


Lodging

There are both chalets and campsites that have been reserved and are available to participants.

Each chalet has two bedrooms, which both have two single beds. These can serve as double rooms or the beds can be pushed together to serve as a single. Each chalet also has a living room, a tv, free wi-fi, a dining area, and a small equipped kitchen.

Single rooms cost 40 euro a night and double rooms cost 35 euro a night. There is a small tourist tax per night of 1-2 euro depending on the number of people sharing a space, as well as a cleaning fee for each chalet of 40 euro to be split between the rooms of each chalet. The rooms in chalets are expected to go quickly, so we recommend that once you confirm your enrollment, you promptly book your accommodations which you can do through the campsite directly. You will need to pay a deposit to the venue to reserve your space.

There are also campsites reserved which offer access to electric hook-ups and bbqs. Campsites cost 12.5 euro a night per person, which, again, does not include a small tourist tax of 1-2 euro. Electrical hookups cost 4 euro a day. Campers have access to multiple clean bathrooms, warm showers, a washer and dryer, and wi-fi.  

Tents can be rented for 10 euro a day and can fit 3 people each.


Meals

There are kitchens in each chalet and barbecues at the campsites. There is a supermarket within a 5-minute walk, and a small store in the campsite that carries food for lunch and dinner as well, so there should be an abundance of options for mealtime.


Participants are responsible for the coordination of their own meals. Often times, participants will coordinate and share meals together when there isn’t catering, but those arrangements will not be arranged by ANFT for this training.


Transportation

ANFT will be coordinating a shuttle to and from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport to Kamp Koren that will cost 15 euro per person each way. The trip takes approximately 2 hours.

Tuition

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, transportation, or meals.  

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). 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. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

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.

Christy trained with Cohort 6 in 2016 in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She is a facilitator of ANFT immersions, trainer and mentor. She was born and raised in the farmlands of Indiana, where she now resides with her 4 children and husband. She is a violinist, vocalist and teacher by training and vocation. She administers a music school in her small town through the local YMCA. Christy lives amongst the fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and wooded lots on a small hobby farm where she has planted vegetable gardens, berries, fruit trees, and the many memories of her children’s lives. Her work with ANFT has been life-changing and the source of so much of her energy and vitality. She is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Science and Religious Studies, which is in part the result of her training and also a source for even more love and connection to her forest therapy practice.

Vicky Kyan is the first ANFT Certified Guide, Mentor and Trainer in the Southern Hemisphere. She is a strong advocate for the practice of Nature and Forest Therapy, and for the promotion of trainings in the South Pacific. She is largely inspired by her local ocean beach, seashore and estuary ecosystems, where she has pioneered this work since her Guide Training with ANFT in North California in May 2015.

Vicky operates a small Homestay holiday retreat, where she offers ‘Wellbeing Wanders’ Nature and Forest Therapy guided experiences. When she is not travelling she uses her Pacific Island home as a base for mentoring ANFT trainee guides and building network with nature connection contacts both nationally and around the world. She is also an active member of the ANFT International Training Team and travels to trainings around the world.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Slovenia - Cohort 40

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 the more-than-human-world of nature.

Full with Wait List

Weeklong Intensive: 2 - 9 June 2019 | Practicum Ends: 1 Jan 2020
Slovenia - Cohort 40
|

We return to the the stunning landscapes of Slovenia for a truly international training. Our Slovenia training will have the most affordable accommodations and meals, but have plenty of comfort and natural beauty as well.

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Kamp Koren

Eco-Kamp Koren is a place of discovery, adventure, and reconnection with the beautiful world around us. It is the first campsite in Slovenia to be awarded the EU Ecolabel as an environmentally friendly campsite in 2011, and has existed in harmony with its beautiful surroundings ever since. This campsite is devoted to both the environment and the adventurers who live in it, and offers a range of affordable accommodations for those who want to stay by the aquamarine waters of Soča River. It sits atop a canyon formed by the river and offers beautiful views of the rushing river with white gravel banks.

While Eco-Kamp Koren is our most affordable location to attend this training, it certainly doesn’t lack in comfort. There are both campsites and chalets available for rent, and they can easily accommodate anyone with a campervan.


Lodging

There are both chalets and campsites that have been reserved and are available to participants.

Each chalet has two bedrooms, which both have two single beds. These can serve as double rooms or the beds can be pushed together to serve as a single. Each chalet also has a living room, a tv, free wi-fi, a dining area, and a small equipped kitchen.

Single rooms cost 40 euro a night and double rooms cost 35 euro a night. There is a small tourist tax per night of 1-2 euro depending on the number of people sharing a space, as well as a cleaning fee for each chalet of 40 euro to be split between the rooms of each chalet. The rooms in chalets are expected to go quickly, so we recommend that once you confirm your enrollment, you promptly book your accommodations which you can do through the campsite directly. You will need to pay a deposit to the venue to reserve your space.

There are also campsites reserved which offer access to electric hook-ups and bbqs. Campsites cost 12.5 euro a night per person, which, again, does not include a small tourist tax of 1-2 euro. Electrical hookups cost 4 euro a day. Campers have access to multiple clean bathrooms, warm showers, a washer and dryer, and wi-fi.  

Tents can be rented for 10 euro a day and can fit 3 people each.


Meals

There are kitchens in each chalet and barbecues at the campsites. There is a supermarket within a 5-minute walk, and a small store in the campsite that carries food for lunch and dinner as well, so there should be an abundance of options for mealtime.


Participants are responsible for the coordination of their own meals. Often times, participants will coordinate and share meals together when there isn’t catering, but those arrangements will not be arranged by ANFT for this training.


Transportation

ANFT will be coordinating a shuttle to and from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport to Kamp Koren that will cost 15 euro per person each way. The trip takes approximately 2 hours.

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). 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. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

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.

Christy trained with Cohort 6 in 2016 in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She is a facilitator of ANFT immersions, trainer and mentor. She was born and raised in the farmlands of Indiana, where she now resides with her 4 children and husband. She is a violinist, vocalist and teacher by training and vocation. She administers a music school in her small town through the local YMCA. Christy lives amongst the fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and wooded lots on a small hobby farm where she has planted vegetable gardens, berries, fruit trees, and the many memories of her children’s lives. Her work with ANFT has been life-changing and the source of so much of her energy and vitality. She is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Science and Religious Studies, which is in part the result of her training and also a source for even more love and connection to her forest therapy practice.

Vicky Kyan is the first ANFT Certified Guide, Mentor and Trainer in the Southern Hemisphere. She is a strong advocate for the practice of Nature and Forest Therapy, and for the promotion of trainings in the South Pacific. She is largely inspired by her local ocean beach, seashore and estuary ecosystems, where she has pioneered this work since her Guide Training with ANFT in North California in May 2015.

Vicky operates a small Homestay holiday retreat, where she offers ‘Wellbeing Wanders’ Nature and Forest Therapy guided experiences. When she is not travelling she uses her Pacific Island home as a base for mentoring ANFT trainee guides and building network with nature connection contacts both nationally and around the world. She is also an active member of the ANFT International Training Team and travels to trainings around the world.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Slovenia - Cohort 40

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 the more-than-human-world of nature.
Weeklong Intensive: 2 - 9 June 2019 | Practicum Ends: 1 Jan 2020
Slovenia - Cohort 40
|
Slovenia

We return to the the stunning landscapes of Slovenia for a truly international training. Our Slovenia training will have the most affordable accommodations and meals, but have plenty of comfort and natural beauty as well.

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, transportation, or meals.  

A Forest Therapy Guide facilitates safe gentle walks, providing instructions—referred to as “invitations”—for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place. Next come a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.

Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.

During these walks people experience the therapeutic power of the forest. The forest itself is the therapist. We don't train therapists; we train guides. By slowing people down and facilitating sensory experiencing, guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work.

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 on this page 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.

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:

Kamp Koren

Eco-Kamp Koren is a place of discovery, adventure, and reconnection with the beautiful world around us. It is the first campsite in Slovenia to be awarded the EU Ecolabel as an environmentally friendly campsite in 2011, and has existed in harmony with its beautiful surroundings ever since. This campsite is devoted to both the environment and the adventurers who live in it, and offers a range of affordable accommodations for those who want to stay by the aquamarine waters of Soča River. It sits atop a canyon formed by the river and offers beautiful views of the rushing river with white gravel banks.

While Eco-Kamp Koren is our most affordable location to attend this training, it certainly doesn’t lack in comfort. There are both campsites and chalets available for rent, and they can easily accommodate anyone with a campervan.


Lodging

There are both chalets and campsites that have been reserved and are available to participants.

Each chalet has two bedrooms, which both have two single beds. These can serve as double rooms or the beds can be pushed together to serve as a single. Each chalet also has a living room, a tv, free wi-fi, a dining area, and a small equipped kitchen.

Single rooms cost 40 euro a night and double rooms cost 35 euro a night. There is a small tourist tax per night of 1-2 euro depending on the number of people sharing a space, as well as a cleaning fee for each chalet of 40 euro to be split between the rooms of each chalet. The rooms in chalets are expected to go quickly, so we recommend that once you confirm your enrollment, you promptly book your accommodations which you can do through the campsite directly. You will need to pay a deposit to the venue to reserve your space.

There are also campsites reserved which offer access to electric hook-ups and bbqs. Campsites cost 12.5 euro a night per person, which, again, does not include a small tourist tax of 1-2 euro. Electrical hookups cost 4 euro a day. Campers have access to multiple clean bathrooms, warm showers, a washer and dryer, and wi-fi.  

Tents can be rented for 10 euro a day and can fit 3 people each.


Meals

There are kitchens in each chalet and barbecues at the campsites. There is a supermarket within a 5-minute walk, and a small store in the campsite that carries food for lunch and dinner as well, so there should be an abundance of options for mealtime.


Participants are responsible for the coordination of their own meals. Often times, participants will coordinate and share meals together when there isn’t catering, but those arrangements will not be arranged by ANFT for this training.


Transportation

ANFT will be coordinating a shuttle to and from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport to Kamp Koren that will cost 15 euro per person each way. The trip takes approximately 2 hours.

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). 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. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

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.

Christy trained with Cohort 6 in 2016 in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She is a facilitator of ANFT immersions, trainer and mentor. She was born and raised in the farmlands of Indiana, where she now resides with her 4 children and husband. She is a violinist, vocalist and teacher by training and vocation. She administers a music school in her small town through the local YMCA. Christy lives amongst the fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and wooded lots on a small hobby farm where she has planted vegetable gardens, berries, fruit trees, and the many memories of her children’s lives. Her work with ANFT has been life-changing and the source of so much of her energy and vitality. She is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Science and Religious Studies, which is in part the result of her training and also a source for even more love and connection to her forest therapy practice.

Vicky Kyan is the first ANFT Certified Guide, Mentor and Trainer in the Southern Hemisphere. She is a strong advocate for the practice of Nature and Forest Therapy, and for the promotion of trainings in the South Pacific. She is largely inspired by her local ocean beach, seashore and estuary ecosystems, where she has pioneered this work since her Guide Training with ANFT in North California in May 2015.

Vicky operates a small Homestay holiday retreat, where she offers ‘Wellbeing Wanders’ Nature and Forest Therapy guided experiences. When she is not travelling she uses her Pacific Island home as a base for mentoring ANFT trainee guides and building network with nature connection contacts both nationally and around the world. She is also an active member of the ANFT International Training Team and travels to trainings around the world.