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Thailand, Ko Phra Thong – Baba Ecolodge 2024

December 11 - December 15


Guide Training Immersion 4 days

Thailand, Ko Phra Thong – Baba Ecolodge 2024
December 11, 2024 to December 15, 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

Baba Ecolodge 2024

BABA Ecolodge is an eco-resort located on the unspoiled Ko Phra Thong Island in the south-west of Thailand on the edge of a national park.

Located at the Andaman Sea, the resort offers both a private 12-kilometre beach fringed by coconut trees and a virgin jungle, and a calm protected bay with shallow clear water. At the end of the bay, you find a system of small mangrove streams that takes the mind to an Amazon adventure.  Additionally, just a few steps outside of the resort, you will find Thailand’s only savannah. This unparalleled hidden gem is only accessible by longtail boats from the mainland.

There is an abundance of wildlife and nature at BABA Ecolodge. Some of the most popular wildlife that shares the environment includes the crab-eating macaques, beautiful hornbills, tugae lizards, green turtles and white-bellied sea eagles.

The wooden bespoke and traditional villas have been created in harmony with the natural features of the resort, seamlessly blending into the surrounding environment. All the villas offer private gardens and elevated wooden decks for relaxation, either hidden under the lush tropical canopy or directly facing the calm Andaman Sea.

Some eco-friendly features of the resort include:
• Conscious avoidance of air conditioning. Instead, the houses are constructed in a traditional manner to make the most of the sea breeze. This is supplemented at night by ceiling fans.
• Conscious avoidance of televisions but sunsets provide the best early evening show you could wish for.
• Minimized change of linens and beach towels (every third day) unless you request otherwise.
• Hot water for showers (only for selected villas) derived solely from solar panels.

Soak yourself into ultimate unregulated freedom – a haven of natural serenity in which to reconnect with the rhythms of the Earth.


Prices are in Thai Baht
The equivalent that is provided in USD is an estimate only and based on current conversion rates at the time of publishing. Visit for the latest conversion rates.

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Participants must stay on-site.

Accommodations are spacious traditional Thai villas with ample privacy. Each villa is unique, and they range from one-bedroom beachfront villas to luxury forest canopied family villas with private rooms. There are rooms with king- or queen- sized beds available, suitable for participants travelling with a spouse or partner who will not be participating in the immersion. For a sample reference

Villa Chokdee (beachfront villa with 3 private rooms)
Single occupancy – THB 12,938 per pax ($362)
Double occupancy  – THB 7,371 per pax ($206)

Villa Naga (private beachfront villa)
Single occupancy – THB 28,605 per pax ($801)
Double occupancy  – THB 15,205 per pax ($426)

Villa Bontemps (shared jungle villa with 4 private rooms)
Single occupancy – THB 11,805 per pax ($331)
Double occupancy  – THB 6,805 per pax ($191)

Villa Metha (shared jungle villa with 3 private rooms)
Single occupancy – THB 10,738 per pax ($301)
Double occupancy  – THB 6,271 per pax ($176)

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There are too many villa/room options for us to share in detail here. After you register for this immersion, more details will be shared with you, and the resort manager will personally assist you in your accommodation bookings.The villas and rooms will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once you register for this immersion, you will receive more information about the different villa and room types. You will also be connected with the resort manager who will personally assist you on your accommodation bookings.More about the accommodation, villa options and pictures HERE

Camping is not allowed. Off Site Lodging Options NOT Available. Participants Must stay on site

Extension of stay:Participants are welcome to book extended stay at these preferential rates.


Breakfast is included with all accommodation. A celebration dinner on Day 3 is also already included with the accommodation.

Lunch, dinner and drinks are served at the resort and will be ala carte, i.e. you will order from the day’s menu.

Full board option at a preferential rate of THB 1,300 per pax per room night is also available.
You can decide on this when you are at the resort. Fees of your meals and drinks will be charged to you, and you will settle these fees directly with the resort upon check out.

The kitchen prepares a new menu every day based on seasonality and availability, and will be able to cater for special dietary requirements including vegetarians and vegans.

There will be complimentary drinking water, coffee and tea provided in each villa.

No cooking is allowed.

There are no shops or grocery stores on the island. You can bring along snacks and drinks to the resort from the mainland, but be sure to store them properly during the day to avoid incidences with monkeys and other wildlife. You are also reminded to bring any plastic waste back to the mainland with you.


Getting to Thailand:

Nearest international airport: Phuket International Airport
Nearest domestic airport: Ranong Airport (with several daily flights from Bangkok)

Getting to Kuraburi pier: From either Phuket or Ranong airports, you will need to travel a few hours to arrive at the Kuraburi pier. You can travel via pre-arranged private car or taxi.

Getting to the island: Transfer to longtail boats by licensed operators will be arranged. The boat ride takes approximately 90 minutes, with beautiful scenery of the sea, islands, jungles and mangroves. Chartered boats will be shared by participants and will be scheduled to depart from the pier between 10:30 am – 2 pm on December 11th 2024. Fees for the boat will be shared by participants – THB 285 per person ($8) for a one-way trip, if shared by 7 people. Boats will also be shared for the return

When you book your accommodation with BABA Ecolodge, the resort manager will arrange the timing of the boat ride with you. If you prefer the resort to arrange airport transfers for you, you can inform them at the time of booking too. Once you register for this immersion, you will receive detailed information and recommendations for different transportation options.

Schedule Details

Arrival and registration:  11 December 2024, between 1 pm – 4 pm.
Welcome Circle: 11 December 2024, begins at 4 pm.
Closing and Check out: 15 December 2024, by 3 pm.

General Notes


Cancellations made 30 days in advance of the check-in are cancelled without charge but minus any bank charges or fees. For cancellations less than 30 days in advance of check-in, 20% of the total stay can be refunded.


WiFi is available 24 hrs at reception, and available at The Clubhouse during meal times. Mobile network is available but can be spotty at times due to the remoteness of the location.


Cooking in the villas is strictly prohibited.
Pets are not allowed.
The head is considered a special and spiritual part of the body. Touching anyone on the head is offensive; including children.
Please dress suitably. There is no special dress code and beachwear is viewed as normal attire, but please consider that others live here.
Please wear cover-ups when going to the beach, and also at the Clubhouse.
Please reduce your waste and re-use containers such as water bottles. Also take away with you any waste that cannot be recycled.


Additional Costs to Consider
Ala-carte lunch, dinner, drinks (or full board)
Longtail boat transfers to/from the resort. Fees for the boat will be shared by participants – THB 285 per pax ($8) for a one-way trip, if shared by 7 people.
Shuttle transfers to/fro Phuket or Ranong to the pier.

Ride-sharing and accommodation sharing options

For anyone interested in ride-sharing and/or accommodation 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.

Payments during your stay at the resort is by Visa, MasterCard or cash (Thai Baht only). Debit cards are not accepted.

Other activities available at the resort include yoga classes, massages and day trips to the surrounding islands. There is also complimentary use of snorkeling and kayaking equipment.

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.


Amanda Yik deep connection with nature has supported her through life’s many challenges, including multiple career transitions and critical illness. She felt called to be of service to the earth in 2006, but it took her many years and a winding path before encountering Forest Therapy, a practice that deeply resonated with her calling. Having trained as part of Cohort 18, Amanda has been an ANFT Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide since 2017, when she founded Shinrin-Yoku Hong Kong, through which she has offered more than 200 forest therapy and nature connection experiences, on- and off-line, to support busy urbanites on bodyful and soulful journeys of homecoming through reconnecting with nature. Amanda is particularly called to support people in transition and those facing chronic stress, and she collaborates extensively with the corporate sector, environmental and conservation organizations, the social service sector and educational institutions. Amanda is honoured to be a mentor for guides-in-training, and the first Asia-based ANFT trainer. She is also an International Coach Federation Certified Professional Coach for Transformation and long-time yoga, mindfulness and tai chi practitioner.

Youmin Yap is one of Southeast Asia’s pioneer certified Forest Therapy Guides. She trained with Cohort 18 in 2017 and has since been offering the practice on a full-time basis. Currently based in Singapore, Youmin founded Xiu Nature Connections to offer forest therapy experiences with the intention to ignite the importance of deep restorative rest and deep connections for the wellbeing of stressed-out and disconnected city dwellers. In her practice, Youmin has partnered and worked with several organizations including designing and hosting of community nature programs for the National Parks Board of Singapore, wellness workshops for spas and resorts such as Museflower Retreat and Spa in Thailand, staff wellbeing events for companies such as GIC Singapore, wellbeing support programs for community groups such as Singapore Cancer Society, introductory workshops for related industries such as the Department of Tourism of Philippines etc. Her work has also been shared at various international conferences. On the invite from the National Parks Board Singapore, Youmin published an article on “Urban Forest Therapy”. Youmin holds a degree of Master in Science in life sciences from the National University of Singapore, and a postgraduate diploma in education from the National Institute of Education Singapore.

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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December 11
December 15
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Baba Ecolodge 2024
131, Ko Phra Thong
Kuraburi, Phang-nga 82150,, Thailand
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