Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT)

Nature and Forest Therapy Expert Guide Training

Talk to those who have been there from the beginning. Trainers who have guided in forests throughout the world. Guides who have met and managed a myriad of situations encountered on the trail. People who know this practice in their heads, hearts, and bones. Learn the details of ANFT’s acclaimed training. Is it the right training for you?

Forest Therapy Training Worldwide - Online and In-person

The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) has been training guides for over a decade. We care for everyone’s wellbeing: People and Nature. ANFT has had more impact and influence for planetary health than any other forest therapy training organization. The work of each guide we train sends positive ripples into their communities and landscapes.

Uniting a global community bound by passion & expertise

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Become Part of the Movement that is Helping Others Discover The Healing Power of Nature

Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is not the same thing as hiking or a simple walk in the woods. The destination in forest bathing is “here,” not “there.” The pace is slow, not fast. The focus is on connection and relationship. The heart opens.

Immerse your senses in that ambience of the forest. Walk slowly and notice things. Feel the touch of the breeze on your skin; notice the sounds of the brook and the birds and the movement of trees in the wind. Let what you notice find its home inside you; give it hospitality. You are home.

From “Your Guide to Forest Bathing” by M. Amos Clifford

Forest Therapy

The Forest is the Therapist, the Guide opens the Doors.

This is the motto we work and live by. We believe that the forest and nature in general carries the wisdom and offers the healing that each person needs. As guides we work in partnership with the forest. We support others as they awaken their senses and slow down to become fully present in and with the forest.

Guides are not therapists. Support for wellness, personal development, and perhaps healing comes to participants from their interaction with natural environments. Guided activities have as their sole aim creating and sustaining safe, meaningful, and relational contact between participants and nature.

From ANFT Forest Therapy Guide Training Manual

Relational Forest Therapy™

There are two strands of forest therapy. One is founded in research oriented to public health. The other, pioneered by ANFT, is called “Relational Forest Therapy™.” We find ourselves in expanded webs of interbeing, in which the other-than-human beings we encounter in the forest become less like objects, and more like friends and family.

Relational Forest Therapy™ will help you remember who you are. You were born to take your place in the great work unfolding every day, everywhere. Training as a guide is a way to help you prepare to step up, accept your calling, and find your joy through skillfully bridging the human-built world and the wild world of nature.

Embedded in this expanded community, we experience greater degrees of freedom in how we explore the world, and in what we are able to learn about ourselves.

Choose Your Cohort
(Upcoming Training)

May
02
May 02
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training Rainbows Cohort 129 A remarkable journey into the heart of the forest; an encounter with the heart of humanity. This course is for anyone...
May
18
May 18
All day
In this training, you will learn: Learn how to guide ANFT's Standard Sequence - A Powerful approach to nature connection Sequencing forest therapy invitations for maximum impact and benefit The heart-centered Way of...
Jun
15
Jun 15
All day
2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training EN ESPAÑOL - Amazonia Cohort 131 - SC June 15, 2024 to December 15, 2024 | Enrollment Open A remarkable journey into the heart...
Jun
27
Jun 27
All day
2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training Scarlet Tanager - Cohort 132 June 27, 2024 to December 27, 2024 | Enrollment Open A remarkable journey into the heart of the forest;...
Jul
09
Jul 09
All day
2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training Snow Leopard - Cohort 133 July 9, 2024 to January 9, 2025 | Enrollment Open A remarkable journey into the heart of the forest;...
Aug
07
Aug 07
All day
2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training Magnolia - Cohort 134 August 7, 2024 to Feb 7, 2025 | Enrollment Open A remarkable journey into the heart of the forest; an...
Aug
07
Aug 07
All day
2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training Wild Horses - Cohort 135 September 5, 2024 to March 5, 2025 | Enrollment Open A remarkable journey into the heart of the forest;...
Sep
12
Sep 12
All day
2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training Wild Turkey - Cohort 136 September 12, 2024 to March 12, 2025 | Enrollment Open A remarkable journey into the heart of the forest;...
Oct
09
Oct 09
All day
2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training Wild Turkey - Cohort 136 October 9, 2024 to April 9, 2025 | Enrollment Open A remarkable journey into the heart of the forest;...

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Develop a Rich Array of Skills & Knowledge

Journey toward skills and knowledge through 14 modules, over 120 lessons

Join 14 live calls presentations from your trainers and cohort

Participate in small group discussion calls guided by ANFT trainers

Read the latest edition of our landmark manual

Learn from our top experts through 30+ short videos on different topics

Learn by completing 40+ assignments/ self exploration activities

Experience 20+ nature connection activities

Learn the research papers and studies

Test your growning knowledge through "Fun Facts and Reflections"

Experience Remote Forest Therapy walks guided by trainers

Guide your own walks and debrief them

Join the largest forest therapy guide's community worldwide

What will you say after you have earned your ANFT Forest Therapy Guide certification?

"It's a great combination of reading, videos, assignments, Zoom meetings and walks. I also really appreciate the group/chorort that is formed as it feels very supportive to be able to share with others who in the same stage of learning. Having 3 different instructors, each bringing their own experiences, perspectives and thoughts to the training is also really valuable."

Jacquie

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