Frequently Asked Questions

About Forest Therapy Guide Certification with ANFT
How much does the training cost in total?

Tuition is $3410 USD for all Forest Therapy Guide Training Programs. This includes the seven-day training and the following six-month practicum.

Lodging and food costs are not included in tuition. The amount depends on the venue. Please check the details page for each training for more information.

Certification requires that you also complete a Wilderness First Aid Certification Program (or equivalent in regions where Wilderness First Aid training is not available). This 16-hour course is provided by several different organizations, and costs range from $125 USD to $250 USD.

Do you offer any scholarships?

We offer two reduced-tuition scholarships per training.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, you must first complete the Forest Therapy Guide Training Application and mention that you are also applying for a scholarship. Then, complete the Scholarship Application Form.

When reviewing your application, we tlook for 3 main things: 1) a track record that inspires confidence that you will successfully implement this practice; 2) a particular community that you have demonstrated leadership within, that might be under-served by our program and that you will be serving; and 3) financial need such that you would not be able to participate otherwise.

Please note that the deadline for scholarship applications is no later than two months before the program begins.

We do not offer work trades.
Can you come do a training where I live? Can I hire you to come train at my location?

We provide trainings in many regions and countries. Please check the current schedule for a location nearest you.
How can becoming a Certified Forest Therapy Guide support my career?

Certified Forest Therapy Guide is a new job category. It is not widely recognized---yet! Most guides are not able to make a full livelihood excluslively through guiding, although a small but growing number are succeeding at doing so. We think this will become easier to accomplish in the near future, as the this rapidly-growing practice becomes better known.

There are many ways that guides are successfully incorporating Forest Therapy into their careers. The examples below are all from active guides, but our guides are always finding creative ways to incorporate Forest Therapy into all kinds of fields:

Nature education and interpreting at parks, botanic gardens, arboretums, and nature preserves.
Leadership and service provider in Parks Prescription and similar programs
Integrating forest therapy into counseling and social work
Introducing forest therapy into holistic healing and wellness practices, at spas and in other settings
Including forest therapy as a powerful force to support personal coaching
Bringing forest therapy into employee wellness programs
Using forest therapy as a mode of organizational development and team-building consultation
Extending classroom learning time into the outdoors
Nature education, environmental studies, and advocacy
Do I have to be a hiker to apply? A naturalist? A therapist?
The only prerequisite for this training is a personal connection with nature and the desire to guide others. Many of our applicants work in the wellness industry, or are therapists, social workers, and teachers. However, none of these careers paths are necessary to train or become a great forest therapy guide.
How does the practicum work? Do I have to live at the training site, or travel back to it for more meetings?
The practicum is conducted remotely through the phone and internet. There is no additional travel required. You will be paired with a mentor who guide you, along with a small "pod" (group of 3 or 4) of your fellow students throughout your practicum. You will also have a monthly facilitated conference call with the other trainees in your group, and access to materials in the password-protected portal of our website, and in our private (and very active) Facebook group.
For the Forest Therapy Guide Training, do I have to do the full 6-month Certification Practicum? Can I attend only the 7-day Guide Training? We are committed to the integrity of the practice. We've learned that the the practicum is essential for people to become fully confident, skillful and effective guides. This is true even for people who have had prior deep nature connection experience, leadership backgrounds, and so on. Your prior qualifications will be helpful, but our training is centered around The Way of the Guide, which is a different way of working that takes some getting used to. Years ago, we allowed people to attend the training without following the practicum and learned from experience that the 7-day training is best viewed as the beginning of their learning. It’s been very informative to observe how much people learn during their practicum (and, for many, how profoundly it affects their lives). Because we recognize that it is for the credibility and integrity of the practice of Forest Therapy, we’ve come to the decision to offer only the complete six-month certification program.
Where can I guide my practicum walks? Do I have to find an organization that will take me on as an intern?
You will be required to successfully organize and guide at least three walks as part of your practicum. You do not have to have a formal internship to do this. However, we do require that you secure permission from the managers of the land where the trail you use is located. You’ll begin by exploring your area to find a suitable trail (we’ll teach you what to look for), and then review the trail with your mentor via Skype or phone. Many trainees develop relationships with parks, botanic gardens, arboretums, and similar places during their practicum. For some trainees, these relationships have blossomed, and they continue to guide on those same trails. Some trainees work at nature education centers or other places where there are suitable trails; if this is the case for you, it’s possible you will be able to guide where you work and hopefully introduce forest therapy into the programs offered there.
Do you offer online training or courses? The connection to fellow participants and the forest throughout the duration of the trainings and workshops is what creates to the potency of this work. We have not yet found a way to replicate the depth of the experiential nature of our trainings and workshops via an online platform. However we do provide online options to support those who have been trained and certified.
What are some other ways to get started?

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