Before continuing, please be aware of the following:
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.
After you submit your application you will be contacted by Caitlin Williams, the ANFT administrator responsible for on-boarding assistants. After an on-boarding call, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
You have two options when applying: to become a mentor only, or a mentor and trainer. You will see a place on the application to indicate the option you are choosing to pursue. As all trainers must first become mentors, the pathway to becoming a trainer begins with becoming a mentor.Mentor-Trainer Application
Whether you are applying to be a mentor or both mentor and trainer, the first step is to assist at a training. The main intention is for you to take the ANFT guide training again. You may notice new things that you might have missed the first time around, and you may notice that the curriculum is updated annually. You will also be mentored in the basics of training facilitation. Assistants are charged $150 for the course to cover their manuals and mentoring and must also cover their own transportation, lodging and food expenses.
If all went well at your first assist, then you will be invited to assist at a second training. Typically, candidates on the mentor trainer path assist twice. After 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 ANFT leadership team that you are ready to take on more. At your second assist, you will have more responsibility for facilitation and logistical organization.
The Director of Practicum and Certification will invite you to be a mentor when ANFT is 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 additional 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 of mentoring 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, as well as enough technological confidence to organize and host conference calls.
For those who only wish to be a mentor, this is where the path ends. For those interested in becoming a trainer, keep following the path.
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.
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. Typically, candidates for trainer apprentice twice.
Typically, a threshold ceremony will be conducted by the trainers an apprentice works with during their second apprenticeship to mark their official initiation as an ANFT trainer. 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.