Guide Training Immersion 4 days

USA, California - Mandala Springs

June 26, 2021
June 29, 2021

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 4 months of the 6 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.

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.

After you complete your 6 month remote Forest Therapy training, you will get a provisional certification for 2 years. Once you attend the 4 day immersion training, you will get the permanent certification.  

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

About the Venue:
Mandala Springs
14117 Bottle Rock Rd
Cobb, CA 95426

Mandala Springs is a 200-acre wellness retreat center in the Mayacamas Mountains, just two hours north of the Bay Area. Surrounded by the natural beauty of mountain creeks, redwood trees, and wildlife, Mandala offers a refuge from the bustle of daily life. Take in the healing sights and sounds while exploring the many on-site trails and cozy up in newly renovated accommodations that blend into the natural environment. Mandala Springs offers many diverse experiences that can complement your event. We have miles of walking trails with expansive views of the Mayacamas Mountains — be surrounded by nature around every turn. We have a large pond that is perfect for paddle-board yoga, sunbathing while floating or boating activities


There are different accommodations options

Cottages $ 250-300 per night (two beds)*

Room in a lodge $175-225 (two beds)*

Glamping $115-150 (single occupancy)

* These options are per night, if you want to share the room with another student, that reduces the cost per person.


We offer sustainably and locally sourced, organic, plant-based food as part of a wholesome vegan/vegetarian diet program

Meals are not included, each plate will be $15. Vegetarian and Vegan

There are refrigerators in facilities for food storage if people want to bring their own food- no meat allowed.


Nearest big airport San Francisco, 2.5 hours away from the lodge.

Sacramento airport, 2 hours away. Ararnge a rental car or taxi.


The immersion starts on June 26th, please arrive on the 25th.

Check in: 3:00 pm, Check out: 11:00 am

Once you are approved for the immersion by the ANFT Office, booking of accommodation will be done directly with the Lodge. Contact: Kula Hertz at

WIFI available


Full refund for cancellations made within 48 hours of booking, if the check-in date is at least 14 days away.

50% refund for cancellations made at least 7 dates before checking-in. No refunds for cancellations made

within 7 days of check-in.


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 does not include transportation, 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.



Ben Page is a Forest Therapy Guide, global advocate for the practice and the author of the soon to be released 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, he made contact with nature an intrinsic part of her life. This passion led her to work as a naturalist tourism guide for 3 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. She is passionate about helping people awaken their senses and slowing down in a natural setting so they can reconnect with themselves and the more than human world. Falling in love again with the natural world helps to rediscover our intimate, personal relationship with the forest and we become aware that we actually ARE nature. Manuela is also a mentor and trainer of guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is absolutely committed and in love with her job.