2021 Remote Forest Therapy Guide Training

Giant Pacific Octopus

June 7, 2021

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Enrollment Open

A remarkable journey into the heart of the forest; an encounter with the heart of humanity
This course is ideal for anyone who wants to become a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

About the Venue:

When you begin your journey, you will take a core training course that lasts six months. Your cohort of up to 30 trainees will be people who live in the same or a nearby time zone. This geographic and time zone way of gathering as a group makes it convenient to connect with your trainers and each other via remote technologies like Zoom.

In this training, you will learn:

  • The Standard Sequence of Guided Forest Therapy Walks
  • Professional standards and competencies: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
  • The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection
  • 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
  • Creating space for others to find their own authentic nature connection
  • Accelerating connection to deep mindfulness and bodyfulness through simple sensory invitations
  • What makes a good setting for forest therapy
  • How to facilitate restorative human connection through storytelling and witnessing
  • Our theoretical framework of deep nature connection through embodiment, liminality, reciprocity and relationship
  • 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.


You will be supported in live calls by some of the worlds most experienced forest therapy guides and trainers. The learning platform is very user-friendly with many types of content, including videos, reading, field assignments, live discussions, and more.

If you wish, you will also be added to the Forest Therapy Facebook Group, a private group for ANFT trained guides from throughout the world. This group is a remarkable and very active resource for exchanging information and supporting ongoing learning. ANFT certified guides can now be found in 55 countries. These local guides are a resource for trainees to experience being guided. You can harvest a lot of practical wisdom from them. They love to help new trainees!

You will also have access to a growing library of ANFT training materials such as videos. To further support your learning, you will be invited to join a “pod” of three to five others in your cohort. Many pods develop interesting and fun ways to deepen their learning process. Often lifetime friendships grow.To the extent possible, we will try to organize pods based on your proximity to each other; this will maximize your ability to meet in person and explore forest trails and forest therapy methods together.

When you complete the core six-month training you will be an ANFT-Certified Forest Therapy Guide. This certification is valid for two years, or until you complete a four-day immersion. This must be completed sometime within two years after you complete the six month core training course. This will move your certification from provisional to permanent status. Immersions are organized by local trainers. Dates and locations will be set as the time for the intensive draws near. We’ll be looking at the weather and other factors when we choose dates. It is quite likely that you will meet trainees from other cohorts at your immersion. This will help to give you a sense of the community of guides that has grown and is active throughout the world.

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When you begin your journey, you will take a core training course that lasts six months. Your cohort of up to 30 trainees will be people who live in the same or a nearby time zone. This geographic and time zone way of gathering as a group makes it convenient to connect with your trainers and each other via remote technologies like Zoom.

In this training, you will learn:

  • The Standard Sequence of Guided Forest Therapy Walks
  • Professional standards and competencies: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
  • The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection
  • 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
  • Creating space for others to find their own authentic nature connection
  • Accelerating connection to deep mindfulness and bodyfulness through simple sensory invitations
  • What makes a good setting for forest therapy
  • How to facilitate restorative human connection through storytelling and witnessing
  • Our theoretical framework of deep nature connection through embodiment, liminality, reciprocity and relationship
  • 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.


You will be supported in live calls by some of the worlds most experienced forest therapy guides and trainers. The learning platform is very user-friendly with many types of content, including videos, reading, field assignments, live discussions, and more.

If you wish, you will also be added to the Forest Therapy Facebook Group, a private group for ANFT trained guides from throughout the world. This group is a remarkable and very active resource for exchanging information and supporting ongoing learning. ANFT certified guides can now be found in 55 countries. These local guides are a resource for trainees to experience being guided. You can harvest a lot of practical wisdom from them. They love to help new trainees!

You will also have access to a growing library of ANFT training materials such as videos. To further support your learning, you will be invited to join a “pod” of three to five others in your cohort. Many pods develop interesting and fun ways to deepen their learning process. Often lifetime friendships grow.To the extent possible, we will try to organize pods based on your proximity to each other; this will maximize your ability to meet in person and explore forest trails and forest therapy methods together.

When you complete the core six-month training you will be an ANFT-Certified Forest Therapy Guide. This certification is valid for two years, or until you complete a four-day immersion. This must be completed sometime within two years after you complete the six month core training course. This will move your certification from provisional to permanent status. Immersions are organized by local trainers. Dates and locations will be set as the time for the intensive draws near. We’ll be looking at the weather and other factors when we choose dates. It is quite likely that you will meet trainees from other cohorts at your immersion. This will help to give you a sense of the community of guides that has grown and is active throughout the world.

Matrícula / Tuition

The tuition for the six month coreguide training program is $2995 USD.

The tuition for the four-dayimmersion is $495. Wait to pay until you are ready to register for a specificimmersion. You will have two years from the completion of your core guidetraining to do the immersion.

Other costs include payment forWilderness First Aid training, which is required for Certification, and isprovided by third parties. Prices range from $100 to $300. Lodging or campingfees and food for the four-day immersion are the responsibility of the trainee.

Tuition figures are current as of January 1, 2021 and are subject to change.

Who should attend

Horario / Schedule

Live sessions and group discussions

Mondays / Tuesdays twice a month

Mondays (for Pacific and Eastern time) 

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Pacific Time

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern Time

Tuesdays (for New Zealand Time) 

10.30 am - 12.30 pm New Zealand Time

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Formadores / Trainers

Entrenadores

Vicky Kyan es la primera guía, mentora y formadora certificada por la ANFT en el hemisferio sur. Es una firme defensora de la práctica de la Terapia de Bosque y Naturaleza y de la promoción de capacitaciones en el Pacífico Sur. Ella se inspira en gran medida en los ecosistemas locales de playas, costas y estuarios del océano, donde ha sido pionera en este trabajo desde su Capacitación de Guías con la ANFT en el norte de California en mayo de 2015. Vicky opera un pequeño retiro de vacaciones en casas de familia, donde ofrece 'Wellbeing Wanders' experiencias guiadas de Terapia de Bosque. Cuando no está viajando, utiliza su hogar en las islas del Pacífico como base para asesorar a los guías en prácticas de la ANFT y para construir una red con contactos de conexión con la naturaleza tanto a nivel nacional como en todo el mundo. También es miembro activo del equipo de formación internacional de ANFT y viaja a cursos de formación en todo el mundo.

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 la Gerente del Proyecto de Capacitación de Mentores en la Asociación de Terapia de Naturaleza y Bosques y 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