Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Taiwan - Fall 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 07-14 Nov 2020 | Practicum Ends: 14 May 2021
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:

Xitou Nature Education Area of the Experimental Forest

Who should attend
LODGING

Check in time is 3 pm | Check out time is 11 am

Gingko Housing and Wooden Houses are available for lodging.
Double occupancy with bathroom - $777 for the week of training (includes all meals).

MEALS

Meals are included with lodging

TRANSPORTATION

After arriving at the airport, participants can take a high speed train to Taichung Station and then take a bus to Xitou direclty. Total trip is approximately 2.5 hours.

Taichung Station for the train to the bus station:  https://www.railway.gov.tw/tra-tip-web/tip

Taichung International Airport:  https://www.tca.gov.tw/eng/

Public transportation is available including taxis and Ubers, however, the fares vary based on starting destinations.

VENUE
Xitou Nature Education Area of the Experimental Forest
Senlin Lane, Lugu Township
Nantou County 558, Taiwan
Taiwan

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.

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

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Taiwan - Fall 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: 07-14 Nov 2020 | Practicum Ends: 14 May 2021
Taiwan - Fall 2020
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Taiwan

Xitou Nature Education Area lies in a valley surrounded by mountains on three sides, where the weather is consistently cool all year round. The highest mountain within the area even has an altitude of 2,025 meters. When the sky is clear, you could hike along the trail that leads you all the way to the astronomical observatory on top, where a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the distant Sun Moon Lake will amaze you. During this scenic hike, you will pass through a bamboo forest in a mist of magic while having some little squirrel friends along the way.

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Xitou Nature Education Area of the Experimental Forest

Lodging

Check in time is 3 pm | Check out time is 11 am

Gingko Housing and Wooden Houses are available for lodging.
Double occupancy with bathroom - $777 for the week of training (includes all meals).

Meals

Meals are included with lodging

Transportation

After arriving at the airport, participants can take a high speed train to Taichung Station and then take a bus to Xitou direclty. Total trip is approximately 2.5 hours.

Taichung Station for the train to the bus station:  https://www.railway.gov.tw/tra-tip-web/tip

Taichung International Airport:  https://www.tca.gov.tw/eng/

Public transportation is available including taxis and Ubers, however, the fares vary based on starting destinations.

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

|

Taiwan - Fall 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: 07-14 Nov 2020 | Practicum Ends: 14 May 2021
Taiwan - Fall 2020
|
Taiwan

Xitou Nature Education Area lies in a valley surrounded by mountains on three sides, where the weather is consistently cool all year round. The highest mountain within the area even has an altitude of 2,025 meters. When the sky is clear, you could hike along the trail that leads you all the way to the astronomical observatory on top, where a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the distant Sun Moon Lake will amaze you. During this scenic hike, you will pass through a bamboo forest in a mist of magic while having some little squirrel friends along the way.

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:

Xitou Nature Education Area of the Experimental Forest

Lodging

Check in time is 3 pm | Check out time is 11 am

Gingko Housing and Wooden Houses are available for lodging.
Double occupancy with bathroom - $777 for the week of training (includes all meals).

Meals

Meals are included with lodging

Transportation

After arriving at the airport, participants can take a high speed train to Taichung Station and then take a bus to Xitou direclty. Total trip is approximately 2.5 hours.

Taichung Station for the train to the bus station:  https://www.railway.gov.tw/tra-tip-web/tip

Taichung International Airport:  https://www.tca.gov.tw/eng/

Public transportation is available including taxis and Ubers, however, the fares vary based on starting destinations.