Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

Guide Training Immersion 4 days

USA, Colorado - YMCA of the Rockies

Cohort

May 21, 2023
to
May 25, 2023

Enrollment Open

An opportunity to connect with other guides from other cohorts and learn from the shared experiences.
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. When space is available, ANFT-trained guides who have completed training in any past cohort can also participate. Please note that priority goes to students who need to take the immersion to get fully certified. Therefore, when you apply, you'll be put on a waitlist until two weeks before the start of the immersion.
Duration
6 months training +
4 day immersion
Hybrid Format
Remote Live Calls +
In Person Immersion
US$ 2495.00 +
US$495 (Travel expenses, lodging and meals not incl.)
Duration
6 months training +
4 day immersion
Hybrid Format
Remote Live Calls +
In Person Immersion
US$ 3350.00
‍US$495 (Travel expenses, lodging and meals not incl.)

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
YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Rd. ,
Estes Park
CO. 970-586-3341
USA
https://www.ymcarockies.org

YMCA of the Rockies sits in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The campus is surrounded on 3 sides by Rocky Mountain National Park. The views of the spectacular snow capped peaks are visible from most of the land here. There are pristine rivers flowing from the high mountains. Large, old growth Ponderosa Pine, Fir, and Aspen trees sit upon the land. It is very common to see the abundant wildlife here including elk, deer and moose. Although the campus may look busy on the YMCA website, our cabin/house is tucked away on the edge of the property and backs up to secluded land/trails with beautiful rivers, trees and lush land. It is a delightful place for the practice of Forest Therapy.

LODGING

There is a spacious 8 bedroom house with full kitchen on the edge of the property.

There are also 2 small 2 bedroom cabins available across from the 8 bedroom house. Small cabins have 2 bedrooms and fully equipped kitchen.

MEALS ARE NOT INCLUDED

PRICES ARE PER PERSON FOR 4 NIGHTS

All lodging is first come first serve.

Please contact Darlene's email darlroon@gmail.com to reserve a room. Payment through Venmo, Zelle or mail a check.

Options for the 8 bedroom house:
Shared Room (2 people) with 2 queen beds and private bathroom  ~ $390.00
Private Room with 2 queen beds and private bathroom ~ $780.00
Triple Room with 3 single beds ~ $320.00
ALL ROOMS ARE VERY SPACIOUS!
Options for Small Cabin:2 bedroom ~  full bed ~ $400.00                        twin bed~ $350.00

MEALS

Meals are not included.

There is a beautiful, spacious kitchen equipped with 2 ranges, 2 large fridges, 2 dishwashers, microwave, coffee pots.
There is ample counter space and everything you need to prepare your meals!
There is a grocery store just 10-15 minutes away.
There is a cafeteria on campus where you can buy individual meals as desired.  
There are numerous restaurants and cafes in Estes Park, just 10 minutes away.

TRANSPORTATION

The center is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from Denver International Airport (DIA)

Estes Park Shuttle service drives directly to and from the airport every 2-3 hours. $65.00 one way, $115 round trip. www.estesparkshuttle.com

You can rent a car or hire an Uber.Drive share signup will be available for carpooling and sharing resources

SCHEDULE DETAILS

Arrival: Sunday, May 21st Check in after 4pm (registration and dinner)

Program starts: Monday, May 22ndin the morning

Program ends: Thursday, May 25th by 2pm

GENERAL NOTES

WIFI

Wifi is available at the house and in the cabins. There is limited cell service.

CANCELLATION POLICY

You will receive a full refund minus a $50.00 processing fee if canceled before 90 days of the immersion start date.
If canceled between 89 and 60 days of immersion start date you will receive a 50% refund minus a $75.00 processing fee unless we are able to fill your place with another participant. If we fill the spot, you will receive a full refund minus a $75.00 processing fee.
If canceled within 60 days of immersion start date no refund will be available unless we are able to fill your place with another participant. If we fill the spot, you will receive a full refund minus a $75.00 processing fee.

COVID POLICY 

Participants will need to have a negative COVID test before entering the venue premises, within 24 hours of the start of the event. This can be an at-home-test and needs to be sent to trainers.

The training team will be in touch the month before the immersion to let you know what the specific COVID protocol will be during the immersion. The policy will likely mirror whatever the local policy iis at the time of the event. Much of the immersion will take place outside and everyone will have the option to wear a mask whenever they wish to do so. Please be in touch directly with the trainers for this immersion if you have any additional questions.

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.

IMPORTANT: Please wait until you receive enrollment confirmation before booking travel and lodging.

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

Trainers

Entrenadores

Stana trained with ANFT in cohort 6 in 2016.  In 2017 she took on a mentor role and in 2018 became a trainer.  Based in Canada, she has been working for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority for over twenty-three years as the Senior Conservation Educator.  Her passion is supporting people to build their relationship with the More-Than-Human World with their head, heart and hands. Through Cataraqui Conservation, Stana brings Forest Therapy walk experiences to all ages in the community from private and public organizations and as well to elementary and secondary school aged children and youth in all seasons!  Stana received her BA from the University of Waterloo in 1998, in the Applied Studies Co-op program with Honours History. She earned her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s in 1999 from the Specialized Outdoor and Experiential Education Program and is a certified OCT teacher in good standing.  She recently published two, self-paced professional development courses for Forest Therapy Guides:  Guiding Children & Youth; as well as Guiding in Winter & Cold Weather.  She is grateful for her continued embodiment practices and being a part of the professional development course:  Embodiment for Forest Therapy Guides.  Her work related to Forest Therapy continues to open her heart and deepen her relationship with all beings.  You will most likely find her in the forest or near a lake often with her adventurous, Cockapoo pup, Theo, sometimes in the good company of her partner, Lachlan and occasionally with their 14 year old son, Asher.

Darlene is an ANFT Forest Therapy Guide, mentor and trainer living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Longmont, Colorado. In 2018, she founded Nature Heals Forest Therapy where Darlene works in partnership with local   organizations including Chautauqua Experiences, Dunton Hot Springs, Krupnic Counseling and many private groups.

Darlene also deeply values creating her own unique offerings to support her community in having opportunities to deepen their practice of Forest Therapy. She offers seasonal immersions, retreats, couples walks,1-1 walks and more. Darlene is passionate about Forest Therapy and the opportunity to hold space and support people in connecting with a deeper part of themselves through awakening their relationship with the Natural World. Darlene’s intuitive and heart-centered guiding supports people in opening and relaxing into their heart’s intelligence and healing power of this beautiful practice of connecting with the Natural World. 

Darlene has been serving her community through the healing arts of massage therapy  yoga and meditation for over 25 years. Living in the Rocky Mountains, she is grateful for the abundant opportunities to be outdoors connecting with the land, supporting her in finding balance, grounding, self care and inner peace.  

Advisor

Summer Crider

Summer , as a certified Nature and Forest Therapy guide, works in partnership with Nature to provide opportunities to help humans re-connect with the Earth and themselves.

Born and raised in the cypress swamp of North Florida, Summer has navigated through various life experiences as a human being who happens to be deaf. After getting their degrees in Expressive Art Therapy and Deaf Cultural Studies, and certified in American Sign Language, Summer taught ASL, Spanish, and Deaf Culture in various high schools and colleges/universities for 15+ years. They also established a media consulting business, making educational films accessible to the sign language community.

After they experienced some challenges with severe anxiety, Summer found Mother Nature calling them back home. Summer decided to study Nature and Forest Therapy through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and eventually found a new purpose- assisting humans from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and languages to rediscover their connection with the Natural world through the healing practice of forest bathing.

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
Additional Questions?  Check our FAQ section

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.


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.


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.