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Snow Leopard – Cohort 133

July 9, 2024 - January 9, 2025

$3350

2024 Hybrid Forest Therapy Guide Training

Snow Leopard – Cohort 133
July 9, 2024 to January 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
June 4th, 9:00 am Pacific Time / 12:00 pm Eastern Time
Register HERE

Geeta Stilwell is a certified Forest Therapy Guide based in Portugal and the founder of the company Renature where she creates and facilitates restorative programs that promote wellbeing and health through Forest Therapy, nature connection practices, clean eating and self-care. She works all over the world with various populations that range from the general public, corporate senior and junior teams, schools, families, mental health populations and individuals recovering from situations of excess stress and resulting depression and anxiety. Her passion is to bring human beings back to nature and support the reconnection to the restorative potency of the natural world. She is trained in Forest Therapy, Embodied Mindfulness and Conscious Resting, Council and Active Meditation Techniques, and in the field of Healthcare as a Pharmacist. She holds a Masters in Business Management and is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in love with the beach, the trees and music, Carla Zorzanelli has gone from a very urban and anthropomorphic way of living to a path back to a deep connection to nature and the more-than-human world. After a masters in Science at Schumacher College in the UK, she has focused on deepening her relationship to nature by becoming a certified Forest Therapy guide with the ANFT and, by researching and living into different topics like Rewilding, Deep Ecology, Shamanism, Ancient indigenous wisdoms, Jungian studies and Regeneration, and has lived in a tent in the middle of the Savannah in Africa. Currently she is bringing Forest Therapy to Brazil, where she actively guides groups. In addition, she offers nature connection courses to a variety of audiences. She is also co-founder of EcoUni, an ecological university that promotes regenerative learning with content focused on building an ecofuture and, lately, she has been giving support to the ANFT team by leading the social media strategy.


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:
July 9
End:
January 9, 2025
Cost:
$3350
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