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Rainbows – Cohort 129

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - November 2 @ 8:00 pm

$3350

2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training

Rainbows

Cohort 129

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 succesfully 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
April 11th, 4:00 pm Pacific Time / 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Register HERE

Ben Page is a Forest Therapy Guide, global advocate for the practice and the author of Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and Integral Forest Bathing and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2015. During his tenure as a trainer and mentor of guides, Ben has trained hundreds of guides around the world. From 2017-2020, he also served as the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, specializing in curriculum and pedagogical design. Ben also teaches several Professional Development courses relating to Forest Therapy, including Language of Invitation: Reimagining the Possibilities, The Art and Practice of Story Weaving, and Find Yourself In Nature: Find Nature In Yourself. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.

Caitlin C. Williams brings more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education.  She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014.

 

 

 


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:
May 2 @ 6:00 pm
End:
November 2 @ 8:00 pm
Cost:
$3350
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Website:
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