Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Southern California- Cohort 51

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.

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive: 21 – 28 March 2020 | Practicum Ends: 11 October 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
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Southern California- Cohort 51

A rustic Zen center sits between the grasslands and the chaparral. This place reminds us there are many kinds of forest.

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:

Manzanita Village

We are situated at the mouth of a small canyon that backs into the Cleveland National Forest and tens of thousands of acres of chaparral forest, unspoiled wildlife habitat, with several hiking trails. We overlook rolling hills and mountain, grassland and oaks. In the distance we have a view of Mt. Palomar, and behind us the mountains, after rising to thousand feet, drop down to the Anza Borrego desert.

Lodging

Participants will stay in the Sukka House, which consists of shared bedrooms with bunkbeds. In addition to the three downstairs rooms, there is a carpeted attic with mattresses and room for five or six participants. Manzanita Village does NOT provide bedding in the participants’ house, though would be able to provide bedding for 4 or 5 people if they are traveling from a distance and unable to bring sleeping bags. Please inquire with the venue coordinator for more information. In addition, for those people bringing their own sleeping bags we ask they also provide a bottom sheet (to protect mattress). Mattresses are firm futon mattresses. In the participants’ house here are two showers and four toilets + nearby outhouses.

Participants may also choose to camp on site. Campers must bring their own camping gear.

The cost of accommodations and food for the entire event is $805, whether participants are camping or staying in the bunk house.

Meals

Three vegan meals per day are included. Exceptions are local free-range eggs at breakfast at the request of participants. Please notify ANFT at least 4 weeks in advance of the training for any special food needs, allergies, or restrictions.

Schedule
Transportation

Nearest airports San Diego or Ontario - each about an hour and a half. Los Angeles is two-and-a-half hours (before Noon), up to five hours thereafter. Ride sharing available from all airports. For finding their way here we suggest people use: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Five+Changes+and+Manzanita+Village/

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, ground transportation, or meals.

Training staff are not yet assigned to this event. Our staff are the most experienced forest therapy trainers in the world.  You may be confident that we will provide an excellent staff team.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Southern California- Cohort 51

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.

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive: 21 – 28 March 2020 | Practicum Ends: 11 October 2020
Southern California- Cohort 51
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Warner Springs, California

A rustic Zen center sits between the grasslands and the chaparral. This place reminds us there are many kinds of forest.

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Manzanita Village

We are situated at the mouth of a small canyon that backs into the Cleveland National Forest and tens of thousands of acres of chaparral forest, unspoiled wildlife habitat, with several hiking trails. We overlook rolling hills and mountain, grassland and oaks. In the distance we have a view of Mt. Palomar, and behind us the mountains, after rising to thousand feet, drop down to the Anza Borrego desert.

Lodging

Participants will stay in the Sukka House, which consists of shared bedrooms with bunkbeds. In addition to the three downstairs rooms, there is a carpeted attic with mattresses and room for five or six participants. Manzanita Village does NOT provide bedding in the participants’ house, though would be able to provide bedding for 4 or 5 people if they are traveling from a distance and unable to bring sleeping bags. Please inquire with the venue coordinator for more information. In addition, for those people bringing their own sleeping bags we ask they also provide a bottom sheet (to protect mattress). Mattresses are firm futon mattresses. In the participants’ house here are two showers and four toilets + nearby outhouses.

Participants may also choose to camp on site. Campers must bring their own camping gear.

The cost of accommodations and food for the entire event is $805, whether participants are camping or staying in the bunk house.

Meals

Three vegan meals per day are included. Exceptions are local free-range eggs at breakfast at the request of participants. Please notify ANFT at least 4 weeks in advance of the training for any special food needs, allergies, or restrictions.

Transportation

Nearest airports San Diego or Ontario - each about an hour and a half. Los Angeles is two-and-a-half hours (before Noon), up to five hours thereafter. Ride sharing available from all airports. For finding their way here we suggest people use: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Five+Changes+and+Manzanita+Village/

Training staff are not yet assigned to this event. Our staff are the most experienced forest therapy trainers in the world.  You may be confident that we will provide an excellent staff team.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Southern California- Cohort 51

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: 21 – 28 March 2020 | Practicum Ends: 11 October 2020
Southern California- Cohort 51
|
US

A rustic Zen center sits between the grasslands and the chaparral. This place reminds us there are many kinds of forest.

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, ground 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:

Manzanita Village

We are situated at the mouth of a small canyon that backs into the Cleveland National Forest and tens of thousands of acres of chaparral forest, unspoiled wildlife habitat, with several hiking trails. We overlook rolling hills and mountain, grassland and oaks. In the distance we have a view of Mt. Palomar, and behind us the mountains, after rising to thousand feet, drop down to the Anza Borrego desert.

Lodging

Participants will stay in the Sukka House, which consists of shared bedrooms with bunkbeds. In addition to the three downstairs rooms, there is a carpeted attic with mattresses and room for five or six participants. Manzanita Village does NOT provide bedding in the participants’ house, though would be able to provide bedding for 4 or 5 people if they are traveling from a distance and unable to bring sleeping bags. Please inquire with the venue coordinator for more information. In addition, for those people bringing their own sleeping bags we ask they also provide a bottom sheet (to protect mattress). Mattresses are firm futon mattresses. In the participants’ house here are two showers and four toilets + nearby outhouses.

Participants may also choose to camp on site. Campers must bring their own camping gear.

The cost of accommodations and food for the entire event is $805, whether participants are camping or staying in the bunk house.

Meals

Three vegan meals per day are included. Exceptions are local free-range eggs at breakfast at the request of participants. Please notify ANFT at least 4 weeks in advance of the training for any special food needs, allergies, or restrictions.

Transportation

Nearest airports San Diego or Ontario - each about an hour and a half. Los Angeles is two-and-a-half hours (before Noon), up to five hours thereafter. Ride sharing available from all airports. For finding their way here we suggest people use: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Five+Changes+and+Manzanita+Village/