Forest Therapy Guide Training

Tennessee - Autumn 2020

October 17, 2020
October 24, 2020
Weeklong Intensive: 17-24 October, 2020 | Practicum Ends: 7 May, 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.

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

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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Patty Bottari T: (423) 626-9000 or C: (408) 510-0660 I email: Patty@wellbei

About the Venue:
Well Being Retreat Center
376 Well Being Circle
Tazewell, TN 37879
United States
Patty Bottari T: (423) 626-9000 or C: (408) 510-0660 I email: Patty@wellbei

The Well Being Retreat Center is a non-profit, non-denominational, independent retreat and wellness center located on 160 acres in rural, scenic Northeast Tennessee surrounded by two miles of the Powell River.


There are no more than two beds in any bedroom. We have unlimited riverfront camping capacity with men's & women's bathrooms (with hot showers) nearby.

All other attendees will be charged at the following schedule:

Accommodation Options (Lodging& meals) Per Person Price for seven night Event)

AT Shelter & Tent Camping (shortwalk to bathrooms w/showers) .............$495 per person

Cabinette: Double Occupancy (short walk to bathroom).........................$605 per person

Cabinette: Single Occupancy (short walk to bathroom)  ..................... ....,$745 perperson

Double Occupancy Bedroom in Cabin w/ sharedbath.............................. $745 per person

Single Occupancy Bedroom in Cabin w/ sharedbath............................... $915 per person

Double Occupancy in Private Cabinw/private bath......................................... $840 per person

Single Occupancy in Private Cabin w/private bath......................................... $1,025 per person

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Typically, we do non-vegetarian meals with a vegetarian option at each meal. Our meals are  freshly prepared, mostly organic, and mostly gluten-free. If someone has a particular dietary need, all cabins have fridges. If a couple of people have certain food restrictions such as dairy­ free, or vegan,we can generally accommodate that.


The closest airport is McGhee TysonAirport (TVS I KTYS) near Knoxville, Tennessee. There are taxis as well as rideshares like Uber and Lyft that will go directly to the venue. Travel time is approximately 1hour and 40 minutes.


Patty Bottari T: (423) 626-9000 or C: (408) 510-0660 I email: Patty@wellbei


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.