If you have completed at least 4 months of the 6 month remote Forest Therapy Guide Training you're eligible to apply. Priority is given to those who have completed all six months and have already been provisionally certified as Forest Therapy Guides. Completion of this immersion and the six-month training fulfills the requirements for full Certification.
When space is available, ANFT-trained guides who have completed training in any past cohort can also participate. If this is you, you will find it an ideal refresher course and an opportunity to meet new guides.
IMPORTANT: Please wait until you receive enrollment confirmation before booking travel and lodging.
In 2020 ANFT Changed the training format.
Now much of it is done online and remotely. Is it still as effective as the old training?
Just as with the prior trainings, trainees of the new hybrid model continue to report that the experience for them is profound, and often transformative. The healing power of the forest is still strong and very present in this new approach. We are grateful that our team has found a way to continue growing this wonderful practice, even in times when COVID-19 has restricted our ability to travel and gather in large groups.
A 4 day in-person gathering, with 1 or 2 trainers, and people from different cohorts where you will have the opportunity to apply what you learned, experience in-person forest therapy walks and simply connect and share experiences and stories with other guides.
After you complete your 6 month remote Forest Therapy training, you will get a provisional certification for 2 years. Once you attend the 4 day immersion training, you will get the permanent certification.
In this immersion, you will:
Get a hands on experience of what you learned
Get to know trainers personally
Get to know other guides and connect
Learn from shared experiences with other guides
Deepen into the practice
Get the opportunity to ask specific questions that might come up
Once you complete this four-day immersion, your certification will be moved from provisional to permanent. You have two years after you complete the six month core training course to complete an immersion. It will help to give you a sense of the community of guides that has grown and is active throughout the world.
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, equitable, and 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.