Mentor & Trainer Path

We are looking for certified guides who are actively guiding walks, 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. Certified guides from all countries and with bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.

AWARENESSES

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, finding your medicine, learning to be in relationship with this world, learning to be vulnerable enough to transform, expanding your edges, and bearing witness to the Earth dreaming sense.

PATH

1) Complete your training and certification

After earning your guide certification, enjoy being a guide for a while; there's no need to rush. Deepen into your nature connection and your medicine. Find your edges. 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 step onto this path. We suggest you have at least 25 walks entered in the walk reports. Having the wisdom of experience goes a long way on this journey.

2) Submit your application

The Mentor-Trainer Development Council (MTDC) will review your application and make recommendations to the Director of Training for assigning you to assistant positions on upcoming trainings. Typically, you can expect a response within 6 weeks; however, at times we only review application quarterly.

If you have questions about any part of the mentor’s path, please contact the Director of Practicum and Certification at nadine@natureandforesttherapy.org. 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 ben@natureandforesttherapy.org.

You have two options, or paths, when applying. You will see a place on the application to indicate the path you are choosing to pursue. The paths are:
1) To be a Mentor only
2) To be both a Mentor and a Trainer

Mentor-Trainer Application

3) 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 charged $150 for the course to cover their manuals and mentoring and must also cover their own transportation, lodging and food expenses.

4) Assist at a Second Training

If all went well at your first assist, then you will be invited to assist at a second training. Typically, candidates on the mentor path assist twice. Candidates on the trainer path typically assist a minimum of two times and sometimes more as needed per the MTDC. As you assist at trainings, your progress is reviewed with you and you can expect to move along the trainer and/or mentor path as you demonstrate to the MTDC you are ready to take more on. At your second assist, you will have more responsibility for facilitation and logistical organization.

Becoming a Mentor

The Director of Practicum and Certification will invite you to be a mentor when when we are hiring new mentors. (Please note, beginning work as a mentor does not always coincide with completing your assistantships.) 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 Mentoring-Training Manager to give you the skills and knowledge, but the most valuable wisdom often comes through the work itself.

Typically, new mentors begin with one pod of mentees from the cohort they 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.

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

Becoming a Trainer

After mentoring no less than six months, you can nominate yourself to continue on the trainer path by emailing the Director of Training and simply 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 or perhaps assist again if more development is needed.

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.  Apprentices receive a stipend for their expenses and a fixed salary for their work on the training. Most candidates will apprentice twice before being invited to become a trainer.

After two apprenticeships, candidates are typically invited to become a trainer when we are hiring new trainers. If more development is needed, a plan will be discussed with the candidate. Typically, a threshold ceremony will be conducted by the trainers an apprentice works with on their second apprenticeship to mark their official initiation as ANFT trainers. Additionally, 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.