Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

Forest Therapy Guide Training

Maine - Autumn 2020



September 12, 2020
September 19, 2020
Weeklong Intensive: 12-19 September 2020 | Practicum Ends: 3 April 2021

Enrollment Open

The world's most experienced forest therapy guide trainers invite you join a growing global movement and an activist community that is making a difference by rebuilding the relationships between people and all other beings.
6 months training +
4 day immersion
Hybrid Format
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 Standard Sequence of Guided Forest Therapy Walks
  • Professional standards and competencies: 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 effects on health care and well-being
  • Our framework for the Way of the Guide, wisdom on the inner aspects of the art gained through decades of experience
  • The leadership skills and style of the Guide archetype
  • Creating space for others to find their own authentic nature connection
  • Accelerating connection to deep mindfulness and bodyfulness through simple sensory invitations
  • What makes a good setting for forest therapy
  • How to facilitate restorative human connection through storytelling and witnessing
  • Our theoretical framework of deep nature connection through embodiment, liminality, reciprocity and relationship
  • Sequencing forest therapy invitations for maximum impact and benefit
  • Expressive arts activities for forest therapy
  • Somatic techniques for embodied awareness
  • Our aim is simple: to train competent guides. However, many participants report that this training profoundly affects many aspects of their lives.

Schedule for Live Events

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

Registering for a training begins by completing an application which may take 20-30 minutes. This application is a way for us to get to know you and to determine if we think you will make a good forest therapy guide. Once your application is received, our admissions team will review it and, if you are accepted into the program, send an acceptance letter within three weeks. This letter will contain all the information for next steps, including a registration link to reserve your space in the training. To promote an optimal learning environment, we generally cap enrollment at 21 participants per training. Applications we receive after we have filled the training will be placed on a waitlist. If an accepted applicant drops out, we will contact the next applicant on the waitlist until the training is full again.

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About the Venue:
Nurture Through Nature
77 Warren Road
Denmark, Maine 04022
United States
Mer Deraspe at or 1-855-207-7387

Maine’s first Green~Certified earth~friendly retreat center, Nurture Through Nature, rests on 33 mountainside, forested acres in the heart of western Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region. We are a solar-powered, off the grid retreat with private hiking trails along our spring~fed mountain brook leading to long views of Mount Washington and the White Mountains.


Participants will book directly with the venue or arrange their own off-site accommodations. They will have the following on-site options (which include 9% Maine lodging tax):

7 nights in Mt. Pleasant Lodge at $50 per person per night for a total of $381.50USD.

7 nights in Mt. Brook Yurt at $50 per person per night for a totalof $381.50 USD.

7 nights in Tentrr at $50 perperson per night for atotal of $350.00USD (no tax).

7 nights Camping/Tenting (limited to 4 tents/8 people) at $30 per tent for 2-person occupancy per night for a total $210.00 USD (no tax).

Participants may bring their own tent or camper van at $30 per camper for 2-person occupancy per night for a total of $210.00 USD(no tax). There is no water,gray waterdisposal, septic disposal, or power hookups. However, participants will have access to water, showers,and composting toilets.

All participants must provide own bed linens or sleeping bags and bath towels.


The venue provides freshly made farm to table vegetarian meals with seasonal, organic ingredients when available. All meals are gluten and soy-free and vegan friendly. The venue has amazing drinking water on site and fresh roasted organic coffee as well as a variety of teas and a specialty community tea available throughout the training.

Meals will be at a rate of $485.35 per person for 7days. Price includes 8% Main meal tax.


Venue is approximately 1 hour from Portland International Jetport in Maine. Participants will have to arrange for transportation between airport and venue. ANFT will send out a spreadsheet with the confirmation email so participants can coordinate amongst themselves for shuttle, taxi, or ride share service.

Taxi's are readily available at baggage claim at Portland for approximately $110 to be shared by participants sharing the airport shuttle to Denmark, Nurture Through Nature.



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.

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. Lodging or camping fees and food for the four-day immersion are the responsibility of the trainee.

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


Our trainers are among the most experienced guides in the world and each one undergoes a rigorous training process beyond their certification as guides. The trainers listed below are subject to change based on trainer availability. No matter which trainers you work with, you will be taught by the best in the field.


Certification Pathway

6-month remote training
4-day in-person immersion
Get your certification
You will start with a 6-month remote training, covering the content on live calls with the support of your trainers, fellow students, a very user friendly learning platform, many self exploration and nature connection activities that are done outside. After completing this training you get a provisional certification as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. To view the available trainings scroll down
After completing month 4 you can attend a 4-day in-person immersion, for hands on forest therapy guiding experience with trainers and fellow students. You have two years time to complete this step. To view the available immersions click here
After completing the 6-month remote training and the 4-day in- person immersion, you will receive your permanent certification as an ANFT Certified
Forest Therapy Guide
and be part of the largest Forest Therapy
Guide Community Worldwide. Click here to see the guide´s map.
IMPORTANT: Before you send out your application, please make sure that the
schedule for the calls works for you and your time zone. Check the detailed Schedule HERE