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.
Well Being Retreat Center is nestled on 160 acres of land boarded by 2 miles of the Powell River in eastern Tennessee. The mission of the Well Being Foundation is to promote harmony with nature, wellness of body and peace of mind. This is a place where the sights and sounds of nature prevail and can be explored on a network of gravel roads, trails or by just meandering on the land. It offers places to be down by the rivers edge, in among a vast diversity of trees and other beings, or up at the top of the hill with views of the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky.
All the buildings are built in a way that is light on the land and blends with the surroundings - cabins are built into the hillsides, some are earth-sheltered and others were designed around standing trees. The open-air, covered pavilion, where we will gather and share meals, is at the river’s edge. The cabins, a fire pit, a labyrinth and other facilities are spread out across this hilly landscape. Well Being Retreat Center is reserved entirely for our Forest Therapy Immersion so that our group can have all the tranquility and space all to ourselves to forest bath, relax, play and explore as we wish.
Retreat Accommodations can be made directly with Well Being Retreat Center. They include shared and private cabins, cabinettes with shared bathrooms/showers and camping. The accommodations fee includes lodging and meals and range from $435-840 for the four night period.
Retreat Center Cabins
There are eleven cabins and tiny houses. The cabins vary in size and are priced based on size and single or double occupancy. The tiny houses are priced as private cabins.
There are six cabinettes. Full bathrooms with showers are a very short walk away in the Conference Building.
Camping is also available on a 1/4 mile of mowed (almost) level pasture directly on the banks of the scenic Powell River. Climate controlled, bathrooms with showers are a short walk away at the Powell River Pavilion.
Per Person Accommodation fee (includes lodging/meals)
These prices are for the 4 nights and all meals starting with dinner on September 21st and ending with lunch on the September 25th
Cabinettes (single occupancy) $460
Cabinettes (single occupancy) $560
Shared Cabin (double occupancy bedroom) $575
Shared Cabin (single occupancy bedroom) $710
Private Cabin (double occupancy) $680
Private Cabin (single occupancy) $840
Meals are Included with accommodation costs. Full Service vegetarian meals with vegan options will be prepared
1 hour from Knoxville Airport
Located in Tazewell, Tennessee in the Cumberland Mountains in northeastern Tennessee 50 miles north of Knoxville; about 2¼ hours west of Asheville, NC, two hours southeast of Lexington, KY, three hours north of Chattanoga, TN and about 4 hours east of Nashville.
A ride sharing list will be sent to participants
All attendees are required to stay on-site and book their meals and accommodations through the Well Being Retreat Center. Pets, alcohol, illicit drugs, and firearms are not permitted on the premises.
Well Being Retreat Center can offer a full refund at least one month before, full refund minus $50 processing fee.
Public wifi is available outside of the office down by the river and up at the top of the hill by a building called the "Phone Booth" that is located near the Tiny Houses. Cell phone coverage is also available there at the top of the hill.
Check in is 3pm on September 21st and programming will end at 2pm on September 25th
COVID VACCINE POLICY
The trainers for this immersion are fully vaccinated. The trainers are requiring that all participants for this immersion be fully vaccinated and will need to email a photo of their vaccination card to email@example.com. While on site, we will be following Well Being Retreat Center's COVID policy. If you would like more information on this policy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covid policies will be updated in February 2022.
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.
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.
Christine Hoyer is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy guide based in Tennessee. She grew up exploring nature and national parks throughout the United States which lead to a career in wilderness management and over 17 years of trail experience. She was drawn to Nature and Forest Therapy as a way to deepen her own authentic connection to the natural world and holding that space for others to openly experience nature's gifts and benefits has become just as important. She stepped into the role as the coordinator of the Trail Certification program for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy to support the expansion of the network of trails and trail experiences. She has been an active guide since 2019 and she also serves as a coach and apprentice trainer for guides in training. Her passion lies in the belief that everyone has the capacity to awaken, re-awaken, explore, and expand their own connection with the more-than-human-world by simply being present and tuning in to what is being offered.
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.