Mentor & Trainer Path

We are looking for people who are actively guiding, with strong leadership qualities, who have a mastery of the Forest Therapy guide framework as it is taught by ANFT, and who have a deep love of the practice. Guides from all countries and with bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.


There is no guarantee that a candidate will become a mentor or trainer. This path requires candidates to cover their own expenses for mentoring, travel, and attending trainings. The path may be longer or shorter for individual candidates. Candidates may be required to improve skills in order to progress, which may require additional time and expense.

This pathway is about self-growth, about finding your medicine, learning to be in relationship with this world, learning to be vulnerable enough to transform, pushing your edges, and bearing witness to the Earth dreaming sense.


Complete your training and certification

Enjoy being a guide for a while. Deepen into your nature connection and your medicine. Embrace what it feels like for you to be alive. After gaining at least 6 months experience as a guide, consider if you’d like to be a mentor. We suggest you have at least 25 walks entered in the walk reports. Having the wisdom of experience will go a long way for you along this path.

Submit the Mentor application

The Director of Practicum and Certification will review your application and make recommendations to the Director of Training for assigning you to assistant positions on upcoming trainings.

If you have questions about any part of the mentor’s path, please contact the Director of Practicum and Certification at If you have questions related to your participation on trainings as an aspect of your mentor-trainer pathway, please contact the Director of Training at

Mentor Application

Assist at a Training

During this training, the main intention is for you to take the training again. You may notice new things that you might have missed the first time around. During this training, you will also be asked to keep notes of the training, tend to the needs of participants, and facilitate some basic content. Assistants are not charged for the course but must cover their own transportation, lodging and food expenses.

Assist at a Second Training

If all went well at your first assist, then you will be invited to assist at a second training. You will have more responsibility for facilitation and logistical organization.

You're a Mentor!

The Director of Practicum and Certification will invite you to be a mentor! Before you begin mentoring, we ask that you complete any practicum assignments that did not exist when you did your own practicum. To mentor others, it is important to have walked that path yourself. You will receive training and a mentoring manual from the Director of Practicum and Certification to give you the skills and knowledge, but the most valuable wisdom often comes through the work itself. Be a mentor!  

Take one pod of mentees from the cohort you assisted on the second time and learn a lot through experiencing the wild ride of mentoring Forest Therapy guides! Enjoy this process, let it challenge you,be open to new ways of being and working with people and the more than human world.

Nominate yourself to become a Trainer

After mentoring for no less than 6 months, you can email the Director of Training stating your intention to become a trainer. The Director of Training will conduct a phone interview with you and, if accepted, schedule you to attend an upcoming training as an apprentice.


An apprentice is responsible for facilitating more advanced content and will receive training and mentoring from the trainers they work with. This is where a lot of headroom is built wherever it is needed. Typically apprentices have their expenses covered and receive a fixed salary for their work on the training. Most candidates will apprentice twice before becoming a trainer.

You're a Trainer!

After two apprenticeships, you will be invited to become a trainer and the Director of Training will plan for your threshold ceremony. At your first training as a trainer, you and your co-trainers will perform your threshold ceremony to welcome you as a new ANFT trainer. At the annual gathering of trainers, a ceremony will be held to formally recognize those who achieved trainer status within the past year.

Trainers operate as independent contractors who conduct trainings organized and approved by ANFT using the ANFT curriculum and instructional methods. A requirement of training is that you have enough entrepreneurial skills and confidence to understand what is involved in being an independent contractor.