Gathering of Guides

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Spring Gathering of Guides in Georgia

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
A Community gathering to connect, celebrate, exchange ideas, and encourage each other

Enrollment Open

22 March 2019
Farmhouse Inn Georgia
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Madison, Georgia

This is one-day event at which we will celebrate the grand opening of the Certified Forest Therapy Trail at Hundred Acre Farm. The morning celebration and guided walk will be followed by a catered lunch. We'll collaboratively shape the afternoon, which will include an update from Amos Clifford on ANFT developments.

Gatherings of guides are an important part of the work of ANFT. Often they are organized when a training or immersion team is in the area, and we invited all guides who are in the region at the time to attend. The agenda usually includes: an update on developments in ANFT and forest therapy in general; some council sharing time together; a casual walk in a forest or botanic garden; and a shared meal. On a longer gathering (1 to 3 days) there may be specific workshops offered, including "invitation clinics" given by guides in attendance. These gatherings are nurturing, connective, and informative.

Who should attend
Gatherings are open to trained forest therapy and forest bathing guides. They are led by ANFT-trained and certified guides, usually members of our training team.
Schedule Overview
About the Venue:

Farmhouse Inn Georgia

Nestled in beautiful Madison Georgia, the Farmhouse Inn is just an hour's drive from Atlanta. Accomodations in the Farmhouse, Red Barn and Cottage include five private guestrooms, a two-bedroom cottage and a four-bedroom farmhouse for a cozy getaway for two or a family celebration for up to 30. Spacious guestrooms offer vintage-themed decoration and garden views. The Red Barn meeting room, terrace and adjacent lawns can be used for weddings, parties, day meetings and events. Hundred Acre Farm offers barnyard animals, nature trails, fishing, canoeing and a community garden and orchard. Groups can enjoy seasonal bonfires, hayrides, guided nature walks and trail breakfasts. One hour from Atlanta and minutes from Georgia's Lake Country with award-winning golf courses, Madison will entice you with its antebellum homes, shops and restaurants.

Lodging

We offer many rooms of all sizes to host you at our farm whether you are passing through or here for an event.  All of our rooms and suites include free Wi-Fi, a private TV, farm-to-table breakfast, and access to a bathroom.  There is a common room available, a public garden, nature paths, and several free on-site activities.

Orchard Loft and the Hay Loft come with a king-sized bed and a private bathroom.

Americana Room has an American theme with a king bed, pull-out couch, and a sizable private bathroom.

The River Room is a cozy retreat that includes a queen bed, a pull out couch, and a private bathroom.

The Garden Room includes a queen bedroom, pull out sofa located separately from the main bed for privacy or lounging, and one private bathroom.

Hillside Cottagea sleeps up to six people and is complete with a full kitchen with cooking supplies, a dining room, a living room with one pull out sofa, one bedroom with a queen bed and a private bathroom, one bedroom with a king bed and a private bathroom, and one laundry room for guest use.

The Farmhouse sleeps up to 12 and must be booked altogether. Perfect for families or groups as there is a full kitchen including cookies supplies, laundry room available for guest use, a dining area, living room, and five bedrooms totaling three queen beds, six twin beds and three bathrooms.

Contact:  Crystal Johnson

706-342-7933

Email: innkeeper@thefarmhouseinn.com

Transportation

From Atlanta take I-20 East to exit 114. Then north onto 441/129. Take the business route into Madison’s historic square. Go through the square and past the Ford dealership to the Madison bypass intersection. Go straight through and 5 1/2 miles to Greenboro. The sign for the Inn is on the left.

Meals

Both breakfast and lunch will be at the Inn. Dinners will be up to the participants. The Farmhouse is able to work with any and all dietary restrictions. They will be notified 2 weeks in advance of any these. Breakfast is included with lodging. Lunches will be ordered for each day and will cost about $15.

Tuition and Continuing Education: 
Continuing Education Hours for ANFT-Certified Forest Therapy Guides:

$35 covers program and catered lunch. If you stay for dinner, you will pay for that yourself.

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.

Christy is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Mentor. Her forest therapy practice works primarily through local organizations: counseling services, local and state parks, and ACRES landtrust. Indiana's beautiful deciduous forests are wonderful, all four seasons. She is currently in school studying Environmental Science, with a minor in Religious Studies. Besides her interest in indigenous people's use of plant medicine and the translation of that in to modern herbal medicine, Christy is deeply involved in a personal inquiry around the intersection of faith traditions and forest therapy, and she leads quarterly discussions with guides on this topic. She is the music program director for the local YMCA, a violinist and vocalist. She finds her quiet time in the outdoors to take the star role in her self-care.