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USA, Colorado – Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center – July 2024

July 13 - July 17


Guide Training Immersion 4 days

USA, Colorado – Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center – July 2024
July 13, 2024 to July 17, 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

Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center 2024
8941 Overland Rd, Ward
CO 80481

The Ecodharma Retreat Center is a truly magical place to explore Forest Therapy! It is  located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains just 20 minutes from Rocky Mountain Nation Park in CO. The center rests on 180 acres of private land with crystal clear rivers, meadows filled with wildflowers and woodland filled with ponderosa pine, douglas fir and aspen. The land is adjacent to National Forest and just a few miles from the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The land is set aside as a nature preserve and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, bear and beaver.  The views of the Rocky Mountains are spectacular and the land is rich in beauty and diversity.


ALL PRICES INCLUDE / Price per person
4 nights of accommodations with 3 vegetarian meals per day (including dinner on arrival evening and breakfast and lunch on departure day).
Private rooms ~ $680.00
Mini private rooms (no window)  ~  $600.00
Glamping (simple tent with cot, bedding, and small table) ~  $540.00. Includes towels and use of showers in the lodge. SOLD OUT
Camping or RV/Camper Van spaces ~  $480.00. Includes towels and use of showers in the lodge.

***Contact Darlene at [email protected] to book your lodging.


Vegetarian meals are included in the price.
Vegan, gluten-free or other special food needs, allergies, or restrictions can be accommodated.
Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.
Guest fridge and microwave are available at all times.


We will have a drive-share signup.
Center is about 90 minutes from Denver International Airport (DIA)
Local bus from DIA to Boulder ($10.00) then Lyft or Uber 30-35 minutes to the Ecodharma Center.

Schedule Details

Arrival: By 5 pm Saturday, July 13th ~registration, dinner
Program Starts: Saturday, July 13th at 7:30 pm
Departure: By 1 pm Wednesday, July 17th

General Notes

Cancellation Policy:

Cancelation Policy for Lodging
45 days or more prior to the start of your course you may request a full refund of your accommodations minus a $50 administrative fee.
44 days or less prior to the start of the immersion, refunds are no longer possible unless your rooming reservation is refilled, in which case you may request a refund minus a $100 administrative fee.

There is no cell phone service. Land line for emergency use on property. There is no Wifi.

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.


Stana 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.

Darlene is an ANFT Forest Therapy Guide, mentor and trainer living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Longmont, Colorado. In 2018, she founded Nature Heals Forest Therapy where Darlene works in partnership with local   organizations including Chautauqua Experiences, Dunton Hot Springs, Krupnic Counseling and many private groups.

Darlene also deeply values creating her own unique offerings to support her community in having opportunities to deepen their practice of Forest Therapy. She offers seasonal immersions, retreats, couples walks,1-1 walks and more. Darlene is passionate about Forest Therapy and the opportunity to hold space and support people in connecting with a deeper part of themselves through awakening their relationship with the Natural World. Darlene’s intuitive and heart-centered guiding supports people in opening and relaxing into their heart’s intelligence and healing power of this beautiful practice of connecting with the Natural World.

Darlene has been serving her community through the healing arts of massage therapy  yoga and meditation for over 25 years. Living in the Rocky Mountains, she is grateful for the abundant opportunities to be outdoors connecting with the land, supporting her in finding balance, grounding, self care and inner peace.

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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July 13
July 17
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Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center 2024
8941 Overland Rd
Ward, CO 80481 United States
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