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Canada, BC – Zajac Ranch 2024

May 1 - May 5


Guide Training Immersion 4 days

Canada, BC – Zajac Ranch 2024
May 1, 2024 to May 5, 2024 | Fully Registered – Accepting Wait List

An opportunity to connect with other guides from other cohorts and learn from the shared experiences.

If you have completed at least module 4 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 three weeks before the start of the immersion.

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.

About the Venue

Zajac Ranch comprises 41 acres of beautiful wilderness at the base of British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range. A canopy of Douglas fir, Western Red Cedar, and Western Hemlock trees tower over forested trails leading to the shore of Stave Lake.


Prices are listed in Canadian dollars. (Visit to view current US exchange rates.)

All participants must stay onsite. There are no off-site options available.

Pricing includes accommodation and meals for 4 nights.

Three centrally-located lodges offer a range of comfortable options.

Please note that there are a limited number of private rooms available.

Shared dormitory – $610

Single bed in shared room – $725
Shared rooms have 2 beds and are ideal if you’d like to share a room with someone you already know.

Single bed in a private room  – $775

Queen bed in a private room – $815

Note: For participants travelling with a spouse or partner (who will not be participating in the immersion) there are a limited number of rooms available with a queen-sized bed Price includes accommodation and food for two people – $1195

Please contact Ken or Ronna to book lodging [email protected]


Meals are included. Please let us know about any allergies or dietary requests at the time of booking. Gluten-free and vegan options are available for an additional $36.


Vancouver International Airport is approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) away.

Abbotsford International Airport is approximately 45 kilometres (28 miles) away.

For anyone interested in ride-sharing, you will have the option to provide your travel details and contact information in order to connect with others who are registered for the immersion.

Taxis and Uber cars are available from either airport or elsewhere in the region.

Schedule Details

Arrive Wednesday, May 1 between 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. The program begins with an orientation session and dinner in the evening.
The program ends (after lunch) at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

General Notes


You’re invited to bring your own pillow, bedding and towels. Otherwise, the venue can offer these for $35 (with advance notice and payment).
Pets are unable to attend.
The venue requires everyone attending to sign a liability waiver form.
Zajac Ranch operates as a camp in the summer months and offers a range of activities. Our 4 days together will be focused on the practice of forest therapy and much of the time will be spent in the forest; our group will not have access to all of the amenities you might see on the venue’s website.

Cell service is available. WiFi is available in the dining hall and some other common areas on the property.

Cancellation Policies (for venue)
Full payment is required to secure your booking.
If cancelled before 90 days of the immersion start date, you will receive a full refund, minus a $50.00 processing fee.
If cancelled between 89 and 60 days of the immersion start date, you will receive a 50% refund, minus a $75.00 processing fee, unless we are able to fill your place with another participant on a waiting list (in which case, you would receive a full refund, minus a $75.00 processing fee).
If cancelled less than 60 days of the immersion start date, no refund will be available unless we are able to fill your place with another participant on a waiting list (in which case you would receive a full refund, minus a $75.00 processing fee).

Application for Immersion


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.


Ronna Schneberger has been a professional award winning naturalist, interpreter, and hiking guide in the Canadian Mountain Parks for 25 years. She is a yoga teacher of 20 years and in the last decade incorporated yoga, meditation, and coaching in nature.  The results were profound.  In her quest to understand why time in nature easily creates powerful experiences, she became a Forest Therapy Guide with the ANFT, one of the first in Canada.  Ronna is a trainer and mentor for forest therapy guides. She is faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre where she works with leaders, professionals and executives from all over the world using nature as the teacher to create powerful reflections and transformation. She is the Chair of the ANFT Canadian Council, along with her team; she looks forward to promoting Forest Therapy in Canada.

Ken Ouendag became the first certified Forest Therapy Guide in Vancouver, BC after training with ANFT in 2017. He currently lives in Calgary, AB and serves as the Praire Representative with the NFTC (National Forest Therapy of Canada). Ken works in the field of Recreation Therapy while studying for a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. He has worked with adults and seniors in various health care settings and continues to advocate for people living in long-term care and hospital settings to have opportunities to go outside and interact with the natural world.



Certification Pathway

6-month remote training
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.

4-day in-person immersion
After completing module 4 you can apply to 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.

Get your certification
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.


Application for Immersion

Additional Questions?  Check our FAQ section

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May 1
May 5
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Zajac Ranch
15600 Florence Lake Rd Mission V4S 1C4
BC, Canada
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