Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

Professional Guide Network FAQ

Beginning June of 2020 ANFT updated what had been our membership site. This action was taken for several reasons: 1. The software that was being used had become obsolete; 2. We decided to simplify the membership levels (there is only one level of membership now); 3. We wanted to use a platform that is easier to maintain; and 4. We eventually realized that we could use thinkific.com, the platform used in our training programs, for the membership resource portal.

In addition, we realized that using the term "member" seemed to contribute to misunderstandings. Therefore we have organized the new platform as a "Professional Guide Network."
The current Guide Network platform allows guides to create and update their profiles at any time, and provides a much more attractive display of the guide's information. Guides who are members can opt to be listed on both a map and in a gallery.

As we evolved our membership platform we also switched to a new organizational URL, www.anft.earth. The new member map and directory are hosted at www.anft.earth.

How to switch from the old to new member system

Sign up at https://anft.thinkific.com/courses/anft-member-resources.

Why are there multiple payment options?

The base subscription fee is $5 per month. You can pay more if you would like to give more support to ANFT membership program. However, there is no difference in the benefits received, regardless of how much you pay. Think of it as a sliding fee scale starting at $5, with several other options offered.

How do I make my profile show up on the map and in the directory?

When you log in to the Professional Guide Network there is a main menu on the left. Look for the heading "Set up your member profile and get on the map." Expand that section then follow the step-by-step instructions.

When you submit your profile information you will receive an email with a URL that is a link you can use to update your profile at any time. Please save this URL.

My map pin is not where I want it to be.

The location of the map pin is generated by an algorithm over which ANFT has no control. The best thing to try is to go back into your profile and change the address you entered. It's important to format your address so it matches your location's postal format. FYI: zoom in closely to achieve the best accuracy.

I have more questions. Who do I ask?

Please use the form below to submit questions and/or suggestions regarding the professional guide network.