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Humpback Whale – Cohort 137

October 9, 2024 - April 9, 2025

$3350

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; an encounter with the heart of humanity.
This course is for anyone who wants to become a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. No prior knowledge or training required.


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 the Guide approach
  • The Language of Invitation to help create powerful connections with self and nature
  • Somatic techniques for embodied awareness
  • The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection
  • Nature and forest therapy research and knowledge
  • Trail awareness and safety -how to choose a forest therapy trail
  • Getting to know your bioregion, its history, watershed, awarenesses and more
  • Facilitation skills that promote an open environment for group sharing
  • Expressive arts activities for forest therapy
  • Competency standards: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
  • Tips for successfully promoting your forest therapy offerings

The training is designed in a way that will gently guide you through all the steps and processes to integrate and deepen the learning in your head and in your body. Upon completion of this course you will be able to successfully guide forest therapy walks within the framework of ANFT’s guide certification training.


Schedule for Live Events

To access the detailed schedule please click here
For your local time check here


What is Included in the Training?

  • 14 modules, over 120 lessons
  • Over 14 live calls with your trainers and cohort
  • Small group discussion calls with trainers
  • Downloadable manual
  • 30+ short videos, recorded by different trainers
  • 40+ assignments/ self exploration activities
  • 20+ nature connection activities
  • Access to research papers and studies
  • Fun Facts and Reflections
  • Remote Forest Therapy walks guided by trainers
  • Guide your own walks and debrief them
  • Access to the largest forest therapy guide’s community worldwide

Tuition

The tuition for the six month core guide training program is $3350 USD.

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. This price does not include lodging, meals nor transportation.

Other costs include payment for Wilderness First Aid training, which is required for Certification, and is provided by third parties. Prices range from $100 to $300.

Tuition figures are current as of March 1, 2022 and are subject to change.


Trainers

Meet the Trainers Call
August 29th, 3:30 pm Pacific Time / 6:30 pm Eastern Time
Register HERE

Manuela Siegfried was born and raised in this beautiful, bio diverse country called Costa Rica. Having a biologist as a father, Manuela experienced contact with nature as an intrinsic part of her life. This passion led her to work as a naturalist tourism guide and in the tourism industry for 15 over years. She came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and immediately felt inspired and related to it. Manuela was trained and certified in 2018 and has been guiding very actively since then. As a trainer she has trained and mentored people from all over the world.

She enjoys the underwater world, scuba diving, freediving, camping and long hikes in remote wilderness areas.
Manuela offers forest therapy walk for an addiction rehabilitation Center and also works in close collaboration with different wellness retreats and hotels. She has also been successfully offering retreats of various duration, that include forest therapy and other modalities as a way to support people in their holistic wellbeing.

Currently she is the Training Director for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.

Tam Willey (they/them) is a certified forest therapy guide, trainer and mentor with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and founder of Toadstool Walks, a guiding practice based in Boston, Massachusetts. Tam trained with ANFT in 2017 as part of cohort 15 and began mentoring and training new guides shortly after. Tam is co-founder of Acorn Programs, a business and practice development program for guides seeking support in bridging the gap from training to building a guiding practice. Tam has been self-employed since 2005 and brings over 15 years of experience with marketing, promotion, website management, administrative organization, content creation, bookkeeping, tax-filing, and overall personal professionalism. Tam’s guiding practice is informed by their background as a local handy person, children’s woodworking instructor, custodian, skateboarder, musician, artist, mentor, and their queer and gender expansive lived experience, serving and uplifting LGBTQ Folks through BAGLY, The Theater Offensive’s True Colors, Black and Pink, and The Venture Out Project. Tam has guided forest therapy in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Speak For The Trees, Boston Harbor Now and more.

 

 


Certification Pathway

STEP 1
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.

STEP 2
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.

STEP 3
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.


IMPORTANT: 

Before you send out your application, please make sure that the schedule for the calls works for you and your time zone. Check the detailed Schedule HERE.

Additional Questions?  Check our FAQ section


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Details

Start:
October 9
End:
April 9, 2025
Cost:
$3350
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