Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs
A Forest Therapy Guide facilitates safe gentle walks, providing instructions—referred to as “invitations”—for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place. Next come a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.
Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.
During these walks people experience the therapeutic power of the forest. The forest itself is the therapist. We don't train therapists; we train guides. By slowing people down and facilitating sensory experiencing, guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work.
You will learn:
The Standard Sequence of Guided Forest Therapy Walks
Competency standards: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection mentoring
Nature and forest therapy research and effects on health care and well-being
Our framework for the Way of the Guide, wisdom on the inner aspects of the art gained through decades of experience
The leadership skills and style of the Guide archetype
Accelerating connection to deep mindfulness through simple sensory invitations
What makes a good setting for forest therapy
How to facilitate social connection, to strengthen nature connection
Sequencing forest therapy invitations for maximum impact and benefit
Expressive arts activities for forest therapy
Somatic techniques for embodied awareness
Our aim is simple: to train competent guides. However, many participants report that this training profoundly affects many aspects of their lives.
Beginning March 9, 2020 at 2 PM and ending March 16, 2020 at 4 PM.
Tuition for one-week immersion and six-month practicum is $3,410.00 USD.
For more information, please contact +1 (707) 385-1563 or email email@example.com