Are you looking for a deeper connection with nature?
Have you always wanted to help others find their own relationship with the more than human world?
Has a dream of working in partnership with the forest been stirring within your heart?
If so, make 2020 your year to become a certified Forest Therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Our skilled and inspiring trainers and mentors are dedicated to helping you find your own way to bring the incredible practice of Forest Therapy to your community and support your growth as a guide. Our membership services program ensures that even after completing your 6 month training, the learning continues to deepen over time.
Human communities, like forests, thrive on diversity.
The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs is committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming, inclusive environment for new guides, participants and contributors from all cultures and backgrounds. We strive to be a place of belonging for all people interested in cultivating healthy relationships within human communities and the natural world.
The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs recognizes that there are many ways in our society that challenge some people’s ability to fully participate in the opportunities that call to them. We believe that nature should be a place of healing, discovery and inspiration for all peoples, regardless of their background or the resources available to them. We continually strive to cultivate inclusion and diversity among our guides. In this spirit, the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs offers a limited number of full tuition scholarships for forest therapy guide trainings to applicants who experience financial barriers to training programs like ours, and who demonstrate a strong potential for bringing forest therapy to communities and settings that open the doors for others to participate.
Twelve scholarships will be offered each year. These scholarships will cover a recipients’ tuition for the one-week training intensive and the subsequent six-month practicum. Travel, food, and lodging must be covered by the recipient and can be paid by credit card or check at the time of registration. Should the cost of travel, food and lodging present an insurmountable hurdle, we encourage recipients to reach out to their communities for support or use an online crowd-funding site like gofundme.com.
Our scholarship fund is supported by Community Members, who are people both inside and outside of our guide community who advocate for the growth of forest therapy. We are deeply grateful for the contributions of our community members who make our scholarship fund possible.
ANFT is seeking to support individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and abilities who demonstrate strong potential for bringing forest therapy to diverse communities, and who demonstrates a clear need of financial support. Scholarship recipients must commit to the entire program (one week training intensive and six month practicum followed by certification) to be considered for this scholarship.
In your application, please submit the following:
Scholarship applications will be accepted four times per year during a one-month window. Once the window closes, applications will not be accepted until the next window opens. If an application received during one window is not accepted, the applicant may apply again when the next window opens.
The four application windows for 2020 are:
At the close of each window, a Diversity Scholarship Committee, comprised of ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guides from around the globe, will review the applications and select three candidates to receive a full tuition scholarship. All applicants will receive a response within three to four weeks of the application window closing.
A notification of scholarship offer does not guarantee a space in a training. When an applicant receives a scholarship offer, it will include a discount code, which must be used when registering for a training course. The discount code is good for 6 months from the original scholarship offer.