Forest Therapy Guide Training

California - Cohort 28



August 11, 2018


August 18, 2018

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

About the Venue:

An amazing natural haven of 3,900 acres in Kenwood, California. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is located northeast of Kenwood in the Mayacamas Mountains between the Sonoma and Napa valleys. A favorite park for families, Sugarloaf boasts a variety of activities with stunning vistas and amazing scenery. Key features of the park include:

Best views overlooking the North Bay with vistas to San Francisco, Napa Valley, Mt. St Helena and the Sierras on clear days!Year-round campground with 47 sites, each with a table and fire ring. Bathrooms have hot showers and separate group camping!Over 25 miles of hiking trails. From an easy 1-mile nature trail to a challenging 8.2-mile loop over Bald Mountain.Spectacular wildflower displays in the early to late spring and early summer.Robert Ferguson Observatory, which houses a 40″ telescope and offers public viewings throughout the year. It’s the largest observatory dedicated solely to public viewing and education.Great mountain biking and horseback riding accessible trails.Headwaters to Sonoma Creek, Sugarloaf boasts a 25-foot waterfall after the winter rains.Visitor Center with park historic information and a gift shop.Diverse beauty – Sugarloaf runs through gorge and canyon, across the meadow floor, beneath scenic rock outcroppings, and is surrounded at times by redwoods and ferns.Wildlife spotting – deer, gray foxes, the occasional bobcat and coyote can be seen in the park.

Accommodations:  We’ll be tent camping within a campground with modern bathrooms and coin-operated showers. Participants are responsible for bringing their own camping gear. Contact us if you need information for nearby rental resources. If you have your own car, it is possible to stay off-site in hotels or bed and breakfast lodging in the towns of Kenwood, Sonoma, or Santa Rosa. We have reserved three campsites that our group will share, so ou do not need to contact Sugarloaf Ridge to make campground reservations. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is a camping venue; campground and parking fees are not included in the registration fee. We will collect a fee of $90 from each participant who stays at the campground at the time of the training.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, CA 95452
Kenwood, CA 95452
Phone: 707-833-5712 |
6 months training +
4 day immersion
Hybrid Format
Remote Live Calls +
In Person Immersion
US$ 3350.00 *
US$ 495 (Travel expenses, lodging and meals not incl.)

Matrícula / Tuition

Registering for a training begins by completing an application which may take 20-30 minutes. This application is a way for us to get to know you and to determine if we think you will make a good forest therapy guide. Once your application is received, our admissions team will review it and, if you are accepted into the program, send an acceptance letter within three weeks. This letter will contain all the information for next steps, including a registration link to reserve your space in the training. To promote an optimal learning environment, we generally cap enrollment at 21 participants per training. Applications we receive after we have filled the training will be placed on a waitlist. If an accepted applicant drops out, we will contact the next applicant on the waitlist until the training is full again.

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Who should attend

Horario / Schedule

Join us on 3,900 acres of oak woodlands, Coastal Redwood groves, and more at one of the most beautiful parks in Northern California. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is our home site for researching and leading Shinrin-Yoku and forest therapy walks We are intimately familiar with the landscape, the trails, and the bioregion. ​Participants will also experience Quarry Hill Botanical Gardens. Quarry Hill is one of the pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens globally, featuring one of the largest collections of documented, wild-collected Asian plants in the world. It is place of delightful discovery, with each bend in the trail bringing new surprises. 

Formadores / Trainers

Our trainers are among the most experienced guides in the world and each one undergoes a rigorous training process beyond their certification as guides. The trainers listed below are subject to change based on trainer availability. No matter which trainers you work with, you will be taught by the best in the field.


Jackie es formadora y consultora empresarial de la Asociación de Terapia de Bosque y Naturaleza - Guías y Programas. Ella es una guía certificada de terapia de bosque capacitada en 2017 en Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, y desde entonces ha estado guiando regularmente en su comunidad. Ella es una de las primeras guías en guiar caminatas pioneras de forma remota a través de Zoom cuando la pandemia hizo que guiar en persona fuera inseguro durante muchos meses en 2020. Nacida y criada en China, Jackie llegó a los Estados Unidos en 1990 para obtener su doctorado en literatura estadounidense. Ella ha tenido una experiencia diversa en diversos campos como la enseñanza, la traducción, el marketing y la práctica como Contadora Pública Certificada. Uno de sus mayores placeres al guiar es presenciar el impacto positivo en el bienestar de los participantes, incluido el de su propio hijo autista.

Carolynne Crawley is a Mi'kmaw woman with mixed ancestry from the EastCoast. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supportingIndigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security.She has worked with one of Canada’s largest food security organizations for thepast decade as the Indigenous Food Access Manager, increasing access to affordableand healthy foods, developing a cross cultural youth program focusing upon theIndigenous way of being in relationship with land, and organizing a provincewide Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering. She has also built school foodgardens, created and facilitated curriculum -linked food literacy programs forboth students and teachers. Carolynne is passionate about connecting peoplewith the land, themselves, and with each other.  She leads workshops inrelationship building to develop and strengthen healthy, reciprocalrelationships based upon Indigenous teachings that decolonize existinginteractions with the land.

Ben Page es un guía de terapia de bosque, defensor mundial de la práctica y autor de Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing. Es el fundador de Shinrin Yoku LA y de Integral Forest Bathing y ha estado guiando caminatas de Terapia de Bosque desde 2015. Durante su tiempo como formador y mentor de guías, Ben ha entrenado a cientos de guías en todo el mundo. De 2017 a 2020, también se desempeñó como Director de Formación para la Asociación de Terapia de Bosque y Naturaleza - Guías y Programas, especializándose en el diseño curricular y pedagógico y fue el diseñador principal de la Formación para Guías de Terapia de Bosque de ANFT en Thinkific. Desde que comenzó su práctica, Ben ha aparecido en publicaciones como Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post y WebMD. Ben también es cofundador de The Open School, la única escuela democrática gratuita del sur de California. Tiene un B.A. en estudios religiosos de Carleton College y una maestría en desarrollo humano y cambio social de Pacific Oaks College.

Caitlin C. Williams aporta más de dos décadas de experiencia en mentoría de la naturaleza, desarrollo humano, rastreo de vida silvestre, supervivencia en la naturaleza, ciencias ambientales y habilidades naturalistas. Trabaja en asociación con organizaciones que ofrecen experiencias de naturaleza profunda, habilidades para el desarrollo de un yo ecológico y herramientas para la restauración ecológica. Caitlin es Facultad Adjunta en Weaving Earth: Centro para la Educación Relacional. Ella ha sido una mentora y guía con ANFT desde la primera capacitación en 2014

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