Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

Guide Training Immersion 4 days

Portugal, Sintra - Floresta Encantada - With ANFT Founder M. Amos Clifford

Cohort

May 19, 2022
to
May 22, 2022

Enrollment Open

An opportunity to connect with other guides from other cohorts and learn from the shared experiences.
This 4 day in-person immersion is the second part of the Forest Therapy Guide Training. If you have completed at least module 9 and submitted the corresponding assignments, of the six-month remote Forest Therapy Guide Training you're eligible to apply. Completion of this immersion and the six-month training fulfills the requirements for full Certification. Any ANFT-trained guide who has completed training in any past cohort can apply to attend this immersion as a refresher course.
Duration
6 months training +
4 day immersion
Hybrid Format
Remote Live Calls +
In Person Immersion
US$ 2495.00 +
US$495 (Travel expenses, lodging and meals not incl.)
Duration
6 months training +
4 day immersion
Hybrid Format
Remote Live Calls +
In Person Immersion
US$ 2995.00 - US$ 3350.00 *
US$495 (Travel expenses, lodging and meals not incl.)

* Starting March 1, 2022, the tuition will be US$3350, for anyone enrolling in any 2022 cohort by February 28, 2022, we will honor the old price of $2995.

A 4 day in-person gathering, with 1 or 2 trainers, and people from different cohorts where you will have the opportunity to apply what you learned, experience in-person forest therapy walks and simply connect and share experiences and stories with other guides.


In this immersion, you will:

Get a hands on experience of what you learned
Get to know trainers personally
Get to know other guides and connect
Learn from shared experiences with other guides
Deepen into the practice
Get the opportunity to ask specific questions that might come up

Once you complete this four-day immersion, your certification will be moved from provisional to permanent. You have  two years after you complete the six month core training course to complete an immersion. It will help to give you a sense of the community of guides that has grown and is active throughout the world.

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

About the Venue:
VENUE
Floresta Encantada - Sintra Town
Quinta de São Sebastião
Sintra
Portugal
https://www.florestaencantadasintra.com

Sintra also known as the Moon Hill, is a charming town in the centre of Portugal, 40 minutes away from Lisbon. It is nestled within the cooling hills of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park where the landscape is dominated by granitic mountains, lush forests and the dramatic coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the most western point of Europe. This unique combination of geological and geographical features and the vegetation gives rise to a microclimate that makes this such a special place.

There are many forest trails and parks to delight in. Sintra, was adopted as a summer place of residence by Kings, nobleman and wealthy members of the bourgeoisie, and still conserves a notable architectural heritage. You will find whimsical palaces, extravagant villas and the ruins of a moorish Castle form the 8th Century.

Due to its harmonious blend with nature, UNESCO classified Sintra as a world Heritage site in the category of cultural landscapes.

https://www.sintra-portugal.com/index.html https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/discovering-sintra

LODGING

Participants are responsible for finding and securing their lodging. Sintra is a small town with several houses and apartments for short-term rental, as well as some hotels. Make sure to look for the right location. You want to find accommodation in the Sintra Villa area no more than 15 to 20 minutes walking distance from the old town centre.

You can find some options HERE

MEALS

Meals are not included.  Please bring your lunch and snacks each day.  

TRANSPORTATION

Fly to Lisbon - Humberto Delgado Airport

Metro from Lisbon Airport to Estação do Rossio (16 min - €1.50) https://www.metrolisboa.pt

Train from Estação do Rossio to Sintra (40 min - €2.25) https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt

GENERAL NOTES

We will meet every day in the morning at a trail and in the afternoon we will have a space where we can all meet to do the other sessions.

COVID Policy: Please show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to the immersion. We will apply additional measures during the immersion.

Tuition

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.

Immersion tuition does not include transportation, lodging or camping fees and food. These expenses are separate from the program costs for the four-day immersion and are the responsibility of the trainee.

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

Trainers

Entrenadores

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). After studying Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, in 2004 Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. By 2008 he no longer identified as Buddhist, instead preferring the nameless and sometimes unnamable experiences he had in natural settings, and had been having since early childhood. This led to a deepening inquiry regarding relationships between humans and the more-than-human world. Between 2010 and 2012 Amos took his inquiry into wild places, and with the help of School of Lost Borders and Men of Spirit he had a year of intense wilderness practice, which led to the vision for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, Amos founded ANFT in 2012 and over the next two years developed what is now known as the "Standard Sequence" of the ANFT school of Forest Therapy. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He teaches about Forest Therapy and leads retreats internationally.

Geeta is a certified Forest Therapy Guide based in Portugal and the founder of the company Renature where she creates and facilitates restorative programs that promote wellbeing and health through Forest Therapy, nature connection practices, clean eating and self-care. She works all over the world with various populations that range from the general public, corporate senior and junior teams, schools, families, mental health populations and individuals recovering from situations of excess stress and resulting depression and anxiety. Her passion is to bring human beings back to nature and support the reconnection to the restorative potency of the natural world. She is trained in Forest Therapy, Embodied Mindfulness and Conscious Resting, Council and Active Meditation Techniques, and in the field of Healthcare as a Pharmacist. She holds a Masters in Business Management and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Advisors

Tamberly Kerr - Conway - PhD
Tamberly serves as an ANFT Certified Guide and ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Trail Consultant. Tamberly holds an MS and PhD in Forestry, with a focus upon Human Dimensions in Natural Resources, focusing upon diversity engagement, health and nature connections, forest health/human health relationships, and community empowerment in conservation.

Tahia Devischer - PhD
Tahia is a research and teaching fellow at the University of British Columbia. She holds a PhD in ecosystems science from the University of Oxford, and is a certified forest therapy guide with ANFT. She works at the nexus of urban forests, human well-being and climate resilience.


Certification Pathway

STEP 1
6-month remote training
STEP 2
4-day in-person immersion
STEP 3
Get your certification
STEP 1
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
STEP 2
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
STEP 3
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