Professional Standards of Forest Therapy Guides

  • Ethical: Forest Therapy Guides are committed to high standards of ethics in their interactions with people and theMore-Than-Human World. 
  • Connected to the Practice: Guides choose this work because it is true to their calling. They are committed to developing their sense of authentic relationship to the work. 
  • Self-Aware: Guides develop significant experience with a mindfulness practice through which a sense of self-awareness has been cultivated. 
  • Embodied: Significant experience with a practice through which a sense of embodiment has been cultivated. 
  • People-Connected: Greets participants,sets them at ease, and is attentive to individual and group needs. Encourages cultivation of ease, connection, and friendships among participants. 
  • Community-Connected: Guides operate within a network of respectful relationships with stakeholder groups in the community including land use managers, other nature connection and education organizations, local businesses, educational institutions, health care organizations, philanthropic organizations, civic organizations, and local government. Community connection also includes participating in the community of Forest Therapy guides, leaders, and others who are working together to develop and expand the effectiveness of nature connection strategies in general. 
  • Inclusivity: Guides strive to create a welcoming,equitable, and inclusive environment for all their participants.
  • Working in Partnership With the Land:Guides operate in a way that allows the land and More-Than-Human World to be a full partner in the experience. 
  • Welcoming: Guides offer a deep hospitality that honors the unique qualities of each person. They honor the fact that among participants there are many life paths and experiences,perspectives, ways of using language, ethnic and gender identities, levels of education, religious and spiritual orientations, income, political leanings,and so on. Within the bounds of what is safe and supportive of the group experience, this hospitality applies also to different levels of physical ability or disability and to a spectrum of mental health conditions. Guides look for opportunities to include diverse perspectives as ways of enriching the experience of all participants. Guides work with communities they have the requisite skills to engage and feel connected to. 
  • Presentation: Dresses, acts, and speaks in a manner becoming of a professional guide and ambassador for the practice ofForest Therapy. 
  • Grounded Approach to Business: Guides operate within a legitimate business framework including use of appropriate and required licensing, permitting, permissions, insurance requirements,contracting, accounting, and truthful advertising.   
  • Commitment to Continued Growth: Stays current in developments in knowledge and skills related to forest therapy,through reading relevant books and professional journals, participating in ongoing continuing education, and cultivating dialogue and enquiry within the community of guides.  
  • Commitment to Safe Guiding Practices:Maintains current WFA or equivalent safety training certificate for local country,and a commitment to practice all the Safe Guiding Practices listed in the GuideCompetencies Self-Assessment.