Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Southern California - Spring 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 21 – 28 March 2020 | Practicum Ends: 11 October 2020
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.
Early Bird Special for 2020 trainings that begin before June, 2020. Register and pay in full by January 1, 2020 and receive the early bird rate.

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Apply

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:

Manzanita Village

Who should attend

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.

Lodging & Meals are to be booked through ANFT with your registration. If you have any questions, please email admissions@nautreandforesttherapy.org

MEALS

Three vegan meals per day are included. Exceptions are local free-range eggs at breakfast at the request of participants. ANFT will need to know about any special food needs, allergies, or restrictions at least 4 weeks in advance. This information is included in your registration. If you register late, we may not be able to accommodate you preferences.

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/

VENUE
Manzanita Village
Warner Springs CA 92086
United States
https://fivechanges.com/

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.

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Manuela Siegfried was born and raised in this beautiful, bio diverse country called Costa Rica. Having a biologist as a father, he made contact with nature an intrinsic part of her life. This passion led her to work as a naturalist tourism guide for 3 years. She came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and immediately felt inspired and related to it. Manuela was trained and certified in 2018 and has been guiding very actively since then. She is passionate about helping people awaken their senses and slowing down in a natural setting so they can reconnect with themselves and the more than human world. Falling in love again with the natural world helps to rediscover our intimate, personal relationship with the forest and we become aware that we actually ARE nature. Manuela is also a mentor and trainer of guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is absolutely committed and in love with her job.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Southern California - Spring 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: 21 – 28 March 2020 | Practicum Ends: 11 October 2020
Southern California - Spring 2020
|
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.

Lodging & Meals are to be booked through ANFT with your registration. If you have any questions, please email admissions@nautreandforesttherapy.org

Meals

Three vegan meals per day are included. Exceptions are local free-range eggs at breakfast at the request of participants. ANFT will need to know about any special food needs, allergies, or restrictions at least 4 weeks in advance. This information is included in your registration. If you register late, we may not be able to accommodate you preferences.

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/

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Manuela Siegfried was born and raised in this beautiful, bio diverse country called Costa Rica. Having a biologist as a father, he made contact with nature an intrinsic part of her life. This passion led her to work as a naturalist tourism guide for 3 years. She came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and immediately felt inspired and related to it. Manuela was trained and certified in 2018 and has been guiding very actively since then. She is passionate about helping people awaken their senses and slowing down in a natural setting so they can reconnect with themselves and the more than human world. Falling in love again with the natural world helps to rediscover our intimate, personal relationship with the forest and we become aware that we actually ARE nature. Manuela is also a mentor and trainer of guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is absolutely committed and in love with her job.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Southern California - Spring 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: 21 – 28 March 2020 | Practicum Ends: 11 October 2020
Southern California - Spring 2020
|
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.

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.

Lodging & Meals are to be booked through ANFT with your registration. If you have any questions, please email admissions@nautreandforesttherapy.org

Meals

Three vegan meals per day are included. Exceptions are local free-range eggs at breakfast at the request of participants. ANFT will need to know about any special food needs, allergies, or restrictions at least 4 weeks in advance. This information is included in your registration. If you register late, we may not be able to accommodate you preferences.

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/

Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as well as a trainer of guides. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2016. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. Ben’s primary interest is to live the question of what it feels like to be alive.

Manuela Siegfried was born and raised in this beautiful, bio diverse country called Costa Rica. Having a biologist as a father, he made contact with nature an intrinsic part of her life. This passion led her to work as a naturalist tourism guide for 3 years. She came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and immediately felt inspired and related to it. Manuela was trained and certified in 2018 and has been guiding very actively since then. She is passionate about helping people awaken their senses and slowing down in a natural setting so they can reconnect with themselves and the more than human world. Falling in love again with the natural world helps to rediscover our intimate, personal relationship with the forest and we become aware that we actually ARE nature. Manuela is also a mentor and trainer of guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is absolutely committed and in love with her job.