Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Tennessee - Autumn 2020

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Weeklong Intensive: 17-24 October, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 7 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:

Well Being Retreat Center

Who should attend

The Well Being Retreat Center is a non-profit, non-denominational, independent retreat and wellness center located on 160 acres in rural, scenic Northeast Tennessee surrounded by two miles of the Powell River.

LODGING

There are no more than two beds in any bedroom. We have unlimited riverfront camping capacity with men's & women's bathrooms (with hot showers) nearby.

All other attendees will be charged at the following schedule:

Accommodation Options (Lodging& meals) Per Person Price for seven night Event)

AT Shelter & Tent Camping (shortwalk to bathrooms w/showers) .............$495 per person

Cabinette: Double Occupancy (short walk to bathroom).........................$605 per person

Cabinette: Single Occupancy (short walk to bathroom)  ..................... ....,$745 perperson

Double Occupancy Bedroom in Cabin w/ sharedbath.............................. $745 per person

Single Occupancy Bedroom in Cabin w/ sharedbath............................... $915 per person

Double Occupancy in Private Cabinw/private bath......................................... $840 per person

Single Occupancy in Private Cabin w/private bath......................................... $1,025 per person

Book directly with the venue https://www.wellbeingretreatcenter.org/anft-oct-2020

MEALS

Typically, we do non-vegetarian meals with a vegetarian option at each meal. Our meals are  freshly prepared, mostly organic, and mostly gluten-free. If someone has a particular dietary need, all cabins have fridges. If a couple of people have certain food restrictions such as dairy­ free, or vegan,we can generally accommodate that.

TRANSPORTATION

The closest airport is McGhee TysonAirport (TVS I KTYS) near Knoxville, Tennessee. There are taxis as well as rideshares like Uber and Lyft that will go directly to the venue. Travel time is approximately 1hour and 40 minutes.

 

VENUE
Well Being Retreat Center
376 Well Being Circle
Tazewell, TN 37879
United States
https://www.wellbeingretreatcenter.org/
Patty Bottari T: (423) 626-9000 or C: (408) 510-0660 I email: Patty@wellbei ngcc.org

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.

Nadine Mazzola is the Director of Practicum and Certification. She is author of “Forest Bathing with your Dog,” due out in August 2019, and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting through which she does work as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, speaking and corporate wellness consulting. She has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Nadine has been featured on PBS, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine among others. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.  

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Tennessee - Autumn 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: 17-24 October, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 7 May, 2021
Tennessee - Autumn 2020
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Tennessee, USA

Imagine yourself in deep in the Appalachian range

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Well Being Retreat Center

The Well Being Retreat Center is a non-profit, non-denominational, independent retreat and wellness center located on 160 acres in rural, scenic Northeast Tennessee surrounded by two miles of the Powell River.

Lodging

There are no more than two beds in any bedroom. We have unlimited riverfront camping capacity with men's & women's bathrooms (with hot showers) nearby.

All other attendees will be charged at the following schedule:

Accommodation Options (Lodging& meals) Per Person Price for seven night Event)

AT Shelter & Tent Camping (shortwalk to bathrooms w/showers) .............$495 per person

Cabinette: Double Occupancy (short walk to bathroom).........................$605 per person

Cabinette: Single Occupancy (short walk to bathroom)  ..................... ....,$745 perperson

Double Occupancy Bedroom in Cabin w/ sharedbath.............................. $745 per person

Single Occupancy Bedroom in Cabin w/ sharedbath............................... $915 per person

Double Occupancy in Private Cabinw/private bath......................................... $840 per person

Single Occupancy in Private Cabin w/private bath......................................... $1,025 per person

Book directly with the venue https://www.wellbeingretreatcenter.org/anft-oct-2020

Meals

Typically, we do non-vegetarian meals with a vegetarian option at each meal. Our meals are  freshly prepared, mostly organic, and mostly gluten-free. If someone has a particular dietary need, all cabins have fridges. If a couple of people have certain food restrictions such as dairy­ free, or vegan,we can generally accommodate that.

Transportation

The closest airport is McGhee TysonAirport (TVS I KTYS) near Knoxville, Tennessee. There are taxis as well as rideshares like Uber and Lyft that will go directly to the venue. Travel time is approximately 1hour and 40 minutes.

 

Nadine Mazzola is the Director of Practicum and Certification. She is author of “Forest Bathing with your Dog,” due out in August 2019, and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting through which she does work as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, speaking and corporate wellness consulting. She has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Nadine has been featured on PBS, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine among others. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.  

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Tennessee - Autumn 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: 17-24 October, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 7 May, 2021
Tennessee - Autumn 2020
|
United States

Imagine yourself in deep in the Appalachian range

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:

Well Being Retreat Center

The Well Being Retreat Center is a non-profit, non-denominational, independent retreat and wellness center located on 160 acres in rural, scenic Northeast Tennessee surrounded by two miles of the Powell River.

Lodging

There are no more than two beds in any bedroom. We have unlimited riverfront camping capacity with men's & women's bathrooms (with hot showers) nearby.

All other attendees will be charged at the following schedule:

Accommodation Options (Lodging& meals) Per Person Price for seven night Event)

AT Shelter & Tent Camping (shortwalk to bathrooms w/showers) .............$495 per person

Cabinette: Double Occupancy (short walk to bathroom).........................$605 per person

Cabinette: Single Occupancy (short walk to bathroom)  ..................... ....,$745 perperson

Double Occupancy Bedroom in Cabin w/ sharedbath.............................. $745 per person

Single Occupancy Bedroom in Cabin w/ sharedbath............................... $915 per person

Double Occupancy in Private Cabinw/private bath......................................... $840 per person

Single Occupancy in Private Cabin w/private bath......................................... $1,025 per person

Book directly with the venue https://www.wellbeingretreatcenter.org/anft-oct-2020

Meals

Typically, we do non-vegetarian meals with a vegetarian option at each meal. Our meals are  freshly prepared, mostly organic, and mostly gluten-free. If someone has a particular dietary need, all cabins have fridges. If a couple of people have certain food restrictions such as dairy­ free, or vegan,we can generally accommodate that.

Transportation

The closest airport is McGhee TysonAirport (TVS I KTYS) near Knoxville, Tennessee. There are taxis as well as rideshares like Uber and Lyft that will go directly to the venue. Travel time is approximately 1hour and 40 minutes.

 

Nadine Mazzola is the Director of Practicum and Certification. She is author of “Forest Bathing with your Dog,” due out in August 2019, and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting through which she does work as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, speaking and corporate wellness consulting. She has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Nadine has been featured on PBS, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine among others. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.  

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.