Payment, Refund & Transfer Policies

FOR FOREST THERAPY GUIDE TRAININGS

Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT)

COVID-19 Training Tuition Refund and Transfer Policy  
for Registered Guide Training Participants as of March 16, 2020

This policy supersedes any tuition refund and transfer policy you may have previously agreed to.

At this time, ANFT has made the decision to postpone trainings through May 2020. They are being rescheduled for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. As new dates are selected the Guide Training page will be updated. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), for circumstances that may change this approach and are poised to make judgement calls as they become necessary. ANFT intends to do its part in helping to curtail the spread of this virus so that we can protect vulnerable individuals and communities and not overwhelm our healthcare systems.

We understand that our training participants may have questions about how our tuition refund and transfer policy has been adjusted to be more flexible during this time of uncertainty and will want to know how ANFT is handling the situation.

Below are the updates to our tuition refund and transfer policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as of March 16, 2020. This more flexible policy supersedes any tuition refund and transfer policy you may have previously agreed to.

If your training has been rescheduled, then you may:

When you choose one of these above options, ANFT will make a donation in your name to One Tree Planted for $100, which will go towards planting 100 trees around the world. We believe that in order to protect our species from future viral crises, we must act now to maintain and improve the health of the biosphere. Let us act in partnership with the More than Human World to protect ourselves and all beings.

If none of the above options appeal to you, you may also request a refund of your tuition minus an administrative fee of $100.  

Whatever your choice, please complete this form and we will respond to your request as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.


If ANFT cancels a training (though we are working hard to reschedule), then:

Please complete this form and we will respond to your request as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.


Lodging & Catering Refund Policy

Each training has a unique agreement with the venue which makes it difficult for us to establish a refund policy that works for all situations. Please understand that it is our intention to refund you any money that we receive from the venue due to your cancellation.

We’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we navigate this evolving situation. We are committed to keeping our training participants and team members safe and well-informed, and we will continue doing everything we can to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to protect participants and our training teams, we have altered our training protocols to the best of our efforts to provide the safest possible conditions on our trainings.

During this time when work and activities are limited, we invite you to spend time in nature, even if it is your own yard, to reconnect to nature and to yourself. We invite you to receive this time as a gift; in our repose, what inward journeys may unfold? Perhaps this time is an opportunity to listen to our own hearts, to remember how much we want to be alive, and to contemplate the love that binds us all together. Plant, animal, rock, sky, river, ocean, human, virus, the weak among us and the strong, the visible and the invisible. In times of fear, it can be easy to forget our connectedness, to recoil from the world in an attempt to numb ourselves. These are the times when Forest Therapy is needed most. Thank you for reaching towards connection; at this time, the world needs Forest Therapy guides more than ever, and we hope to see you on a training soon, when the time is right and the place is safe.

Policy prior to COVID-19

Payment, Refund, and Transfer Policy

Welcome to the community of forest therapy guides! If you have confirmed your enrollment in a Forest Therapy Guide training program by making a payment, then please read the following for additional information.

Payment Policies

Tuition Refund & Transfer Policy

We understand that plans and life circumstances change. Our aim is to be fair and supportive when these changes lead to a cancellation or transfer request. However, it is also important that we consider how this cancellation or transfer impacts our ability to fill a course. If the training has a waiting list, people may not be able to rearrange their plans with limited notice or afford ancillary costs such as higher air fare. This can leave us with a course that is only partially filled, which represents a financial loss to ANFT.  

If you feel you may want to transfer or cancel your registration, but are not sure, we encourage you to find clarity earlier rather than later. This will help you get the maximum refund, help us to accommodate your transfer request, and help us to fill our courses.

Please be aware that a a maximum of one transfer is permitted per the policies below. All transfers are subject to availability of enrollment capacity. We encourage you to find a training that you would like to transfer to when notifying us of your change in plans. This is called an Immediate Transfer and will reduce any administrative fees.

Lodging & Catering Refund Policy

Each training has a unique agreement with the venue which makes it difficult for us to establish a refund policy that works for all situations. Please understand that it is our intention to refund you any money that we receive from the venue due to your cancellation.

Program Cancellation Policy

Be advised that programs may be cancelled 60 days prior to the program if the minimum number of confirmed registrations has not been reached. This has never occurred; however, please consider this possibility when purchasing airfare. If this does occur, full tuition refunds will be issued or applied to another program if you prefer.​​ ANFT accepts no responsibility for refunding non-tuition costs paid to third parties, such as air fare.