Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

2022 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training

Hedgehog

Cohort

86

January 26, 2022
to
July 26, 2022

Enrollment Open

A remarkable journey into the heart of the forest; an encounter with the heart of humanity
This course is for anyone who wants to become a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. No prior knowledge or training required.
Duration
6 months training +
4 day immersion
Format Hybrid
Remote Live Calls +
In Person Immersion
US$ 2995.00 +
US$495 (Travel expenses, lodging and meals not incl.)
In this training, you will learn:
  • The heart-centered Way of the Guide
  • The Language of Invitation to help create powerful connections with self and nature
  • Sequencing forest therapy invitations for maximum impact and benefit
  • Learn how to guide ANFT's Standard Sequence--A Powerful approach to nature connection
  • Somatic techniques for embodied awareness
  • Competency standards: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
  • The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection
  • Nature and forest therapy research and knowledge
  • Trail awareness and safety
  • Getting to know your bioregion, its history, watershed, awarenesses and more
  • Group process skills that promote interactive learning
  • Expressive arts activities for forest therapy
  • Tips for successfully promoting your forest therapy offerings

The training is designed in a way that will gently guide you through all the steps and processes to integrate and deepen the learning in your head and in your bodies so that by the end you will be able to succesfully guide and hold a forest therapy walk within the framework of ANFT.

What is Included in the Training? 

14 modules, over
120 lessons
Over 14 live calls with your trainers and cohort
Small group discussion calls with trainers
Downloadable manual
30+ short videos, recorded by different trainers
40+ assignments/ self exploration activities
20+ nature connection activities
Access to research papers and studies
Fun Facts and Reflections
Remote Forest Therapy walks guided by trainers
Guide your own walks and debrief them
Access to the largest forest therapy guide's community worldwide

Schedule for Live Events

Schedule of Live Sessions

Wednesdays

5:30 pm Pacific Time

8:30 pm Eastern Time

To check detailed schedule please click here

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Tuition

The tuition for the six month core guide training program is $2995 USD.

The tuition for the four-day immersion is $495. Wait to pay until you are ready to register for a specific immersion. You will have two years from the completion of your core guide training to do the immersion. This price does not include lodging, meals nor transportation.

Other costs include payment for Wilderness First Aid training, which is required for Certification, and is provided by third parties. Prices range from $100 to $300.  

Tuition figures are current as of January 1, 2021 and are subject to change.

Trainers

Entrenadores

Ben Page is a Forest Therapy Guide, global advocate for the practice and the author of Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and Integral Forest Bathing and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2015. During his tenure as a trainer and mentor of guides, Ben has trained hundreds of guides around the world. From 2017-2020, he also served as the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, specializing in curriculum and pedagogical design and was the main designer of the ANFT Forest Therapy Guide Training on Thinkific. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.

Manuela Siegfried was born and raised in this beautiful, bio diverse country called Costa Rica. Having a biologist as a father, Manuela experienced contact with nature as an intrinsic part of her life. This passion led her to work as a naturalist tourism guide and in the tourism industry for 15 over years. She came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and immediately felt inspired and related to it. Manuela was trained and certified in 2018 and has been guiding very actively since then. As a trainer she has trained and mentored people from all over the world. She served as one of the main trainers for the first bilingual training in Puerto Rico. She has been the main promoter of trainings in Spanish, making this practice accessible to all Spanish-speaking countries. Currently she is the training coordinator for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.