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.
Experience autumn in a quaint New England historic gem. Covered in public conservation land made up of pine forests, creaks, ambles, meadows and a rich history, these neighboring towns of Lincoln and Concord sit just 40 minutes west of Boston. We will explore different trails each day, meeting up daily at the First Parish Church of Lincoln where our group will gather for sharing and listening in the beautiful and spacious light filled Sterns Room that looks out onto a vast meadow surrounded by hedge groves that should be showing some early fall foliage🍁. With the echoes of notable philosophers and writers like Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, and early civil rights activists Susan Garrison and Ellen Garrison, spend your free time exploring nearby historic sites like Walden Pond, The Orchard House from “Little Women,” and The Robbins House.
All participants are responsible for finding and securing their own lodging for the 4 days. We will meet up
daily from 9-4. For a list of local lodging recommendations click HERE
Meals are not included. Please bring your lunch and snacks each day.
There will be a small refrigerator for daily food storage along with a microwave, hot water for tea and sink available for use at the Sterns Room during the hours of 9-5 each day.
For a list of nearby grocery stores, cafes and restaurants click HERE
The nearest big airport is Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Arrange a rental car or taxi to the area. We will send out a rideshare list leading up to the immersion. All participants will be commuting daily to the 1st Parish Church. From there, we will carpool to various nearby trails each day.
COVID VACCINE POLICY
The trainers for this immersion are fully vaccinated and are requiring that all participants are also fully vaccinated.
Participants will need to text or email a photo of their vaccination card to 978-549-2505 or nadine firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no smoking allowed in the Sterns Room at the First Parish Church or within 25 feet of any door or window. Smokers are responsible for appropriate disposal of all smoking materials.
Wifi and Electricity available
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.
Nadine Mazzola is a guide, trainer, mentor with ANFT and founder of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting based in Acton, MA. She also wrote the book “Forest Bathing with Your Dog”, which won a bronze medal in the “Best First Book - Non-Fiction” category from the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The book combines the practice of forest therapy with our practice of walking our dogs and elevates the depth of both. Nadine has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. She has been featured on PBS Windows to the Wild, ABC’sChronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine. Nadine has a business and marketing background and was formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.
Tam Willey is a guide, trainer, mentor with ANFT and founder of Toadstool Walks based in Boston, Massachusetts. Tam has been guiding Forest Therapy since 2017 in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more. Tam designs and runs immersion retreats with The Venture Out Project and has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth thru various programs in Boston for the last decade. Tam is passionate about the ways that Forest Therapy can support and broaden relationships through sharing and bearing witness in community with the natural or more-than-human world in a way that supports our remembering that we are not simply in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature.