Forest Therapy Guide Training

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British Columbia - Cohort 37

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Week-long Intensive: 28 Apr - 5 May 2019 | Practicum ends: 5 Nov 2019
Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
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Victoria, BC, Canada

Camp beside a hidden lake deep in the forest...

Who should attend
Schedule Overview

Settled on 67 acres of land, Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary’s mission is to protect forest and riparian land, support biodiversity, and preserve ecosystems and wildlife habitats, and has been for upwards of 70 years. Covered in deep, dense green plantlife, Mary Lake often inspires a quiet wonder in its visitors. The sanctuary is home to many important and at-risk animals who have been able to find a haven in the wetlands, and it has acted as a wonderful habitat for forest therapy guides to bring people already. We’re very happy to extend the invitation to those who are training to become guides themselves! This May, you can join us as we explore its moss covered bridges, long paths into the the ancient feeling forest, and the tumbling creeks feeding the lake that gives the sanctuary its name.


The nature sanctuary is extremely accessible, both in that the trails are easy-going and perfectly suited to forest therapy, but also in that the sanctuary is only 30 minutes away from Victoria, BC, and has housing, restaurants, and a new city to explore within reach. It offers affordable camping, and an easy way to explore land that seems straight out of a fairytale. You can watch this video for a better idea of the environment.

About the Venue:

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Settled on 67 acres of land, Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary’s mission is to protect forest and riparian land, support biodiversity, and preserve ecosystems and wildlife habitats, and has been for upwards of 70 years. Covered in deep, dense green plantlife, Mary Lake often inspires a quiet wonder in its visitors. The sanctuary is home to many important and at-risk animals who have been able to find a haven in the wetlands, and it has acted as a wonderful habitat for forest therapy guides to bring people already. We’re very happy to extend the invitation to those who are training to become guides themselves! This May, you can join us as we explore its moss covered bridges, long paths into the the ancient feeling forest, and the tumbling creeks feeding the lake that gives the sanctuary its name.


The nature sanctuary is extremely accessible, both in that the trails are easy-going and perfectly suited to forest therapy, but also in that the sanctuary is only 30 minutes away from Victoria, BC, and has housing, restaurants, and a new city to explore within reach. It offers affordable camping, and an easy way to explore land that seems straight out of a fairytale. You can watch this video for a better idea of the environment.

Lodging

Lodging:

Participants may book camping through the venue directly, but there is also a wealth of different types of accommodations nearby -- especially Airbnbs. After enrolling in the program, we can supplement with different specific accommodations options that have been provided by the venue.

Transportation

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary is a little under 30 minutes away from the large city of Victoria, and around 45 minutes away from Victoria’s airport. We recommend ridesharing.

Meals

Meals:

There is a one-time $30 USD charge for a large, celebratory dinner at the end of the training. This dinner will be catered and joined by Tom Kral, Nature's Chef, who offers local and wild food with a unique west coast style. You can find pictures of his beautiful food and outdoor adventures here: https://www.instagram.com/natureschef/. This catering fee must be paid to ANFT. You can contact admissions@natureandforesttherapy.org for any questions about this.

Other than the celebratory dinner, this training will not be catered. We want to ensure that, while we have a proper celebration for everyone finishing their training, we also make sure that this training is financially accessible and flexible.

Tuition

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. If you wish to book with Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, you must make your own arrangements; the cost is not included in the tuition. Please check current exchange rates for conversion to CDN or other currencies.

About the Venue:

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

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 means to be alive.

I am inspired to show other people how to connect to nature and have the appropriate tools to do so. My whole life I have been connecting to nature in a very intimate and close way. Becoming a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and then a Trainer with ANFT has given me the formal tools to show other people how to feel as part of nature as I do.

I graduated from German speaking school in Costa Rica. After school I worked as a naturalist tour guide, throughout the whole country on 2 week duration roundtrips. Through my work as a guide and a trainer I can make a real contribution to conservation because one protects the things we love the most, and if I get people to reconnect to nature and learn to love it again, they will also protect it.

Ronna Schneberger has been a professional award winning naturalist, interpreter, and hiking guide in the Canadian Mountain Parks for 25 years. She is a yoga teacher of 20 years and in the last decade incorporated yoga, meditation, and coaching in nature.  The results were profound.  In her quest to understand why time in nature easily creates powerful experiences, she became a Forest Therapy Guide with the ANFT, one of the first in Canada.  Ronna is a trainer and mentor for forest therapy guides. She is faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre where she works with leaders, professionals and executives from all over the world using nature as the teacher to create powerful reflections and transformation. She is the Chair of the ANFT Canadian Council, along with her team; she looks forward to promoting Forest Therapy in Canada.

Geeta is a certified Forest Therapy Guide based in Portugal. She is the founder of the company Renature where she creates and facilitates restorative programs that promote wellbeing and health through Forest Therapy, nature connection practices, clean eating and self-care.  She works all over the world with various populations that range from the general public, corporate senior and junior teams, schools, families, mental health populations and individuals recovering from situations of excess stress and resulting depression and anxiety.

Her passion is to bring human beings back to nature and support the reconnection to the restorative potency of the natural world. Based on her own recovery journey, she creates a safe space for the nature connection and self-care journey to unfold. Over the past 20 years she has dedicated a great part of her time and resources to her own development and self-care journey and this life experience is the foundation for her work.

She is trained in Forest Therapy, Embodied Mindfulness and Conscious Resting and in the field of Healthcare as a Pharmacist. She is trained in Council and Active Meditation Techniques and is currently training to be a Life Coach. She holds a Masters in Business Management and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.