Gathering of Guides


Summer Gathering of Guides in Germany

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

Enrollment Open

15-17 June 2019
Mountain Retreat Center Germany

This event is a chance to connect with other guides. It is open to ANFT-trained guides and also to forest therapy guides trained by other groups. The event is open only to those who have completed a forest therapy guide certification training course. When you register you will be able to propose a 60-minute activity to lead at the event. Space is very limited; there is room at the retreat center for 20 guides, but there are also lodging options in nearby villages if all the rooms at the retreat center are taken.

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

This event begins on June 15 at 5:00 pm, and ends on June 17 at noon. Participants are welcome to extend the schedule and arrange other activities on their own after the end of the event; however after noon on June 17 this will no longer be an "official" and will not be staff by ANFT or Forest Bathing International personnel.

About the Venue:

Mountain Retreat Center Germany

The Mountain Retreat Center (MRC) is in the small Bavarian village Sachrang, right at the border to Tyrol/Austria. It is only a 15 minute drive from highway A8 connecting Munich to Salzburg. Tranquil and modest it is situated in a hillside overlooking the little village with only a few restaurants, one shop, church and some housing. The view of the surrounding mountains is breathtaking. Silence.

If you want to exercise in fresh air you can hike right from the house winter and summer.  The most popular peaks nearby are Spitzstein, Geigerstein, Kampenwand. The next little towns are Aschau im Chiemgau (13km) or Kufstein in Tyrol (15km) away. The famous lake Chiemsee is about 23 kilometers from Sachrang. Visits to Salzburg or Tyrol are also worthwhile.

Anything is possible. Nothing is a must.


Register per email for food and accommodation directly with the Mountain Retreat Center.  The Center assigns the rooms to the clients based on the sequence of incoming registration.


The rates are per person and night, in Euro and include tax, full board, tea/water and wifi.  


The international airport of Munich is approximately 1.5 hours (depending on traffic) away. The airport in Salzburg is about an hour away. Airport shuttle service can be arranged for a fee.

A train can be taken to Aschau im Cheimgau or Oberaudorf. From there you can either take the public bus or a Taxi to Sachrang. It's only a 12 to 15 minutes drive away from the center.

The retreat center can arrange airport shuttle services for approximately EUR 95 per person both ways. This shuttle travels from the Munich airport to the Center, then back to airport. This is a collective shuttle. Please ask Mountain Retreat Staff for details when you are booking lodging.


The tariffs include full board (100%vegetarian, mainly organic) consisting of breakfast buffet with different breads, jams, butter, cheeses, porridge or muesli, fruits, vegetables, coffee,tea, juice. For lunch we serve soup and different dips with breads. The dinner buffet contains salads, main dishes and desert.
Upon advance notice we can also consider gluten free, lactose free, vegan.

All day guests can take tea or energized water in the lounge (included in price).

The included catering starts with dinner on day of arrival and ends with breakfast on day of departure. Further meals on arrival or departure day can be ordered for an extra fee.

For guests not staying at the Center we charge € 40 per person/day for lunch, dinner,tea/water and seminar room use.


100 Euro

50% Discount for ANFT Member Guides (50 Euro)

About the Venue:

Mountain Retreat Center Germany

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 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.