The tuition for the four-day immersion is $495. It does not include travel, lodging or meals. Wait to pay until you are ready to complete the immersion. You will have two years from the completion of your core guide training to do the immersion.
Tuition figures are current as of most recent update on October 30th 2020 and are subject to change.
ANFT has a robust membership program. Your tuition includes membership until you complete the immersion (provided you do it within 2 years) and for a period of six months after that. You will decide if the benefits of membership make it worth renewing each year. Most guides do renew.
In addition ANFT has other online and in-person programs. They are not part of the Guide Training and Certification Course, but many guides come to them to gather with other guides, learn new skills, and experience new and advanced techniques of forest therapy. We hope we will see you there!
Certification requires a Wilderness First Aid Certification(or equivalent in regions where Wilderness First Aid training is not available). This 16-hour course is provided by several different organizations and costs range from $125 USD to $250 USD. We provide resources for you to find a course near you during your practicum.
Updated 15 May 2020
Once your application is received, our admissions team will review it, and if you are accepted into the program, send an acceptance letter within three weeks. This letter will contain all the information for next steps, including a link to the training registration page.
Updated May 2020
Therefore, the immersion is required for permanent certification. Through the six month core program you will earn the provisional right to identify as an ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide. The provisional status will be removed after you complete the four-day immersion.
Updated 26 May 2020
There are many ways that guides are successfully incorporating Forest Therapy into their careers. The examples below are all from active guides, but our guides are always finding creative ways to incorporate Forest Therapy into all kinds of fields:
- Nature education and interpreting at parks, botanic gardens, arboretums, and nature preserves
- Leadership and service provider in Parks Prescription and similar programs
- Integrating forest therapy into counseling and social work
- Introducing forest therapy into holistic healing and wellness practices, at spas and in other settings
- Including forest therapy as a powerful force to support personal coaching
- Bringing forest therapy into employee wellness programs
- Incorporating forest therapy into executive retreats and organizational team building
- Extending classroom learning time into the outdoors
- Nature education, environmental studies, and advocacy
- Teaching forest therapy as a personal practice for self-development
You’ll begin by exploring your area to find a suitable trail (we’ll teach you what to look for), and then review the trail with your mentor via Skype or phone. Many trainees develop relationships with parks, botanic gardens, arboretums, and similar places during their practicum. For some trainees, these relationships have blossomed, and they continue to guide on those same trails. Some trainees work at nature education centers or other places where there are suitable trails; if this is the case for you, it’s possible you will be able to guide where you work and hopefully introduce forest therapy into the programs offered there.