Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

Guide Training Immersion 4 days

USA, New Hampshire - Woodbound Inn

Cohort

June 11, 2023
to
June 15, 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
Southern New Hampshire - The Woodbound Inn
247 Woodbound Road Rindge
03461
New Hampshire
USA
http://www.woodbound.com

Located in the heart of the Monadnock Region in Southern New Hampshire, Woodbound Inn is a beautiful family owned property with a warm and cozy atmosphere and delicious restaurant and lounge. Just 1 hour from Manchester Airport and 1 hour and 45m from Boston Airport, its 76 acres are surrounded by eastern hemlock, white pine, beach, birch, and oak forest and a private lake beach. With both cabins on the lakefront, and quaint Inn and hotel style rooms, Woodbound sits just by Lake Contoocook with a spectacular view to Mount Monadnock. Woodbound is truly a magical place to spend Memorial Day Weekend holiday and for Forest Therapy. The land is just 10 minutes from Monadnock State Park and 20 minutes from Miller State Park and Rhododendron State Park. During free time participants can also enjoy the lake, canoeing and kayaking.

LODGING

Participants may stay at Woodbound Inn, camp or book an Airbnb.

Woodbound Inn accommodations include 4 nights of lodging from Sunday June 11th until Thursday June 15th, all meals starting with breakfast on Monday and ending with lunch upon departure on Thursday. Tax is included in the prices below. Dinner on Sunday is available, but optional.

Option 1: Edgewood Queen Double $680 - Shared room with two queen beds and private bathroom. Rooms have internet, phone, TV and AC. Edgewood rooms are next to the main inn and a short walk across a courtyard to the Main Inn. **PLEASE NOTE when booking this double room that the price is based on 2 separate people booking this room. If a second person does not book this room you will be asked to pay an additional $210 for this room since only one person will be occupying the room.

Option 2: Main Inn Twin Double $570 - Shared room with two twin beds and private bathroom. Rooms have internet, phone, TV and AC. **PLEASE NOTE when booking this double room that the price is based on 2 separate people booking this room. If a second person does not book this room you will be asked to pay an additional $210 for this room since only one person will be occupying the room.

Option 3: Main Inn Queen Single $870 - Private room with queen bed and private bathroom. Rooms have internet, phone, TV and AC.

Option 4: Shared Lakeside Cabin $840 - A private room and shared bathroom (with one other person) along the lake with fireplace and sitting area overlooking the lake. Cabins also have propane heat, mini fridges, microwaves and coffee makers. No internet, phone or TV in the cabins. Cabins are a 5-10 minute walk (or a 2-minute drive) to the main inn building. **PLEASE NOTE when booking this option that the price is based on a 2nd person booking this cabin

Option 5: Private Lakeside Cabin $1,099 - Private cabin with King bed and private bathroom along the lake with fireplace and sitting area overlooking the lake. Cabins also have propane heat, mini fridges, microwaves and coffee makers. No internet, phone or TV in the cabins. Cabins are a 5-10 minute walk (or a 2-minute drive) to the main inn building.

Option 6: Meals package A $255 - only if staying off site (3 dinners and 4 lunches, no breakfast)

Option 7: Meals package B $315 - only if staying off site includes breakfast (3 dinners, 4 lunches and 4 breakfasts)

Camping: Participants are also welcome to stay in the camping site (www.woodmorecampground.com) just 1.3 miles from the venue and only pay for meals at the Woodbound Inn. Cost for all meals (4 days): See option 6 and 7 above. View campsite map here. (Several other campgrounds are also in the area. Within a 20 minute drive.)

Airbnb: Several airbnb options are also available in the surrounding area for participants that prefer that style of accommodation. If staying off-site participants can pay the cost for all meals at Woodbound Inn (4 days): See option 6 and 7 above.

MEALS

Food costs, taxes and tip are included in the total fee.

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or other special food needs, allergies, or restrictions can be ​accommodated. 

TRANSPORTATION

Airports

Manchester Regional Airport, Manchester, NH 

Boston Logan Airport

Distance by car from other major cities:

1 hour and 50 minutes - Hartford, CT 

3 hours and 15 minutes  - Augusta, ME 

4 hours - New York City, NY

SCHEDULE DETAILS

Arrival:  Sunday, June 4th
Check in begins at 3pm (everyone is on their own until Monday morning.)
You could also simply arrive directly on Monday at 8:30 am for the program start

Program starts: Monday, June 5th at 8:30 am

Program ends: Thursday, June 8th, by 2:00 pm

GENERAL NOTES

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 the 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 is 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

Internet Access

Wifi is available in the main inn and edgewood buildings. There is no internet, phone or TV in the lakeside cabins.

Refund Policy for Accommodations

31 days or more prior to the start of your course you may request a full  refund of your accommodations minus a $50 administrative fee.

30 days or less prior to the start of the immersion,  refunds are no longer possible unless your rooming reservation is refilled, in which case you may request a refund minus a $100 administrative fee.

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

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.

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.