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Sloth – Cohort 140

November 12, 2024 - May 12, 2025

$3350

2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training

Sloth – Cohort 140
November 12, 2024 to May 12, 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
October 15th, 3:30 pm Pacific Time / 6:30 pm Eastern Time
Register HERE

Ronna Schneberger has been a professional award winning naturalist, interpreter, and hiking guide in the Canadian Mountain Parks for 25 years. She is a yoga teacher of 20 years and in the last decade incorporated yoga, meditation, and coaching in nature.  The results were profound.  In her quest to understand why time in nature easily creates powerful experiences, she became a Forest Therapy Guide with the ANFT, one of the first in Canada.  Ronna is a trainer and mentor for forest therapy guides. She is faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre where she works with leaders, professionals and executives from all over the world using nature as the teacher to create powerful reflections and transformation. She is the Chair of the ANFT Canadian Council, along with her team; she looks forward to promoting Forest Therapy in Canada.

 

 

 

Marcela is a certified Forest Therapy mentor and guide by ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy).

She has studies in Anthropology, Natural Resource Management and is a certified naturalist tour guide from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) as well as a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. For twenty years she has worked as a naturalist and birdwatching guide in the cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica, where she lives with her family. She has also worked as a collaborator and environmental educator in the Sustainability and the Environment Program at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) and the Tropical Science Center (CCT) at Monteverde Reserve.

Born and raised in San José city, from a young age she adopted a lifestyle that allowed her the freedom to be in direct contact with nature. It was in the forests of Monteverde and in the Quaker community of the area that she found this perfect balance of natural wealth and simple lifestyle. Most of her days you will find her either deep in the forest, working in the family´s Art Gallery, planting herbs in the garden or practicing Qi Gong and Yoga. Her passion is to share with people the wisdom of the forests she knows and loves, helping them to connect with its essence in a gentle and authentic way.


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:
November 12
End:
May 12, 2025
Cost:
$3350
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