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Portugal, Sintra – Floresta Encantada – August 2024

August 21 - August 25


Guide Training Immersion 4 days

Portugal, Sintra – Floresta Encantada – August 2024
August 21, 2024 to August 25, 2024 | Enrollment Open

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

Floresta Encantada – Sintra 2024
Caminho das Azenhas, 5

Sintra, also known as the Moon Hill, is a charming town in the centre of Portugal, 30 minutes away from Lisbon.

It is nestled within the cooling hills of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park where the landscape is dominated by granitic mountains, lush forests and the dramatic coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the most western point of Europe. This unique combination of geological and geographical features and the vegetation gives rise to a microclimate that makes this such a special place. There are many forest trails and parks to delight in.

Sintra, was adopted as a summer place of residence by Kings, noblemen and wealthy members of the bourgeoisie, and still conserves a notable architectural heritage. You will find whimsical palaces, extravagant villas and the ruins of a moorish Castle from the 8th Century.

Due to its harmonious blend with nature, UNESCO classified Sintra as a world Heritage site in the category of cultural landscapes.


This is a self catering event which means participants are responsible for securing their own accommodation independently.

HERE you can find a list of local accommodations in the historical centre of Sintra.

You want to look for an accommodation that is near the Venue Location (no more than 10 to 15 min walk).


€19 for Packed Lunch (per day) that includes hearty soup, salad, sandwich and dessert (This is optional for participants that want to have a packed Lunch. Breakfast and Dinner are not provided.


Arriving at Floresta Encantada in Sintra

By Air
Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport:30 minutes by car from Floresta Encantada
There are Uber and Taxi options at the airport and cost around €40 one way.
90 minutes on public transport from Floresta Encantada
Public transport costs to Sintra are around 8€ one way.

By Metro
From Lisbon Airport take the Metro (Red Line) to Oriente station. Check timetables HERE

By Train
From Lisboa-Oriente station take the train to Sintra station. Check timetables HERE

IMPORTANT: Shuttle Service to the Forests during the Immersion: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

Pick up and drop off at the venue everyday

Total Price: €70 per participant

Please connect with Geeta at [email protected] | +351 965 223 115 /(WhatsApp) for more detailed information on prices for the shuttle.

We strongly recommend you book the shuttle service as it will ease your mind from securing transportation to the different locations where the nature based explorations will take place.

Schedule Details

21st August – Check-in from 16:00 to 18:00

25th August: 14:00

General Notes

Extra Costs to consider

Shuttle Service to the parks we will be visiting: Please connect with Geeta at [email protected] | +351 965 223 115 /(WhatsApp) for more detailed information on prices for the shuttle.
Celebration Dinner at the Venue: There will be a vegetarian meal cooked by a natural chef. Price – 25€ per person
Entrance Fees to Natural Park: There will be a cost of 10€ entrance fee to Monserrate Park and to Quinta da Regaleira park

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.


Geeta Stilwell is a certified Forest Therapy Guide based in Portugal and the founder of the company Renature where she creates and facilitates restorative programs that promote wellbeing and health through Forest Therapy, nature connection practices, clean eating and self-care. She works all over the world with various populations that range from the general public, corporate senior and junior teams, schools, families, mental health populations and individuals recovering from situations of excess stress and resulting depression and anxiety. Her passion is to bring human beings back to nature and support the reconnection to the restorative potency of the natural world. She is trained in Forest Therapy, Embodied Mindfulness and Conscious Resting, Council and Active Meditation Techniques, and in the field of Healthcare as a Pharmacist. She holds a Masters in Business Management and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

‍Stana Luxford-Oddie trained with ANFT in cohort 6 in 2016.  In 2017 she took on a mentor role and in 2018 became a trainer.  Based in Canada, she has been working for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority for over twenty-three years as the Senior Conservation Educator.  Her passion is supporting people to build their relationship with the More-Than-Human World with their head, heart and hands. Through Cataraqui Conservation, Stana brings Forest Therapy walk experiences to all ages in the community from private and public organizations and as well to elementary and secondary school aged children and youth in all seasons!  Stana received her BA from the University of Waterloo in 1998, in the Applied Studies Co-op program with Honours History. She earned her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s in 1999 from the Specialized Outdoor and Experiential Education Program and is a certified OCT teacher in good standing.  She recently published two, self-paced professional development courses for Forest Therapy Guides:  Guiding Children & Youth; as well as Guiding in Winter & Cold Weather.  She is grateful for her continued embodiment practices and being a part of the professional development course:  Embodiment for Forest Therapy Guides.  Her work related to Forest Therapy continues to open her heart and deepen her relationship with all beings.  You will most likely find her in the forest or near a lake often with her adventurous, Cockapoo pup, Theo, sometimes in the good company of her partner, Lachlan and occasionally with their 14 year old son, Asher.

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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August 21
August 25
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Floresta Encantada – Sintra 2024
Caminho das Azenhas, 5
Sintra, Portugal
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