What is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide?
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.
We have trained more guides in more countries on more continents than any other forest therapy organization. Simply put, we are the most experienced and the best at what we do.
Our acclaimed certification course is six months in duration. It begins with an on-site, week-long intensive. The intensive is followed by a six-month practicum that you complete from home, guided by a curriculum and supported by one of our expert mentors. These trainings fill up quickly, and often far in advance. We encourage you to apply early.
During a guided forest therapy walk, people experience the therapeutic power of the forest. The forest itself is the therapist. We don’t train therapists; we train guides.
We help people slow down, notice where they are and what is around them, and make contact with the forest and with themselves through attention to their senses. This is how guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work.
The Pathway to Training and Certification
Our Forest Therapy Guide Trainings begin with a 7-day intensive residential program held at a campground or retreat center. This is followed by a six-month mentored practicum consisting that builds your skills and confidence as a Forest Therapy Guide. Candidates who complete all steps of the training and certification process, and have demonstrated competency in all of the certification standards, will earn the status of Certified Forest Therapy Guide.
Beyond this, many participants report that this training profoundly affects many aspects of their lives. We don’t make any promises of personal transformation; our aim is to train competent guides. But there is something about how the training experience deeply re-connects people to nature and themselves that can indeed be transformative. Many people experience forest therapy, including the training, as a kind of “spiritual experience that is not called a spiritual experience.” Perhaps you will also.
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Accommodation is booked directly to Dharma Mountain
Participants have the option to stay in a cabin or camp, with camping as a less expensive option.
Each cabin has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen equipped with the basics, and a full bath. Participants have the option of either booking a single room or staying in shared accommodations, which means that they can share a double room or sleep in the semi-private loft in the common space. Should participants want to store their belongings in the room, but sleep in the common space, that is okay too. Each bedroom has unattached bunks (pictured) with a larger bottom bunk.
Campers will have access to the main house facilities, and will need to bring their own camping equipment.
Meals are included with the pricing of both cabin and camping accommodations.
Pricing is for the entire length of the training:
Early bird special until April 10th, 2019
5800 NOK for shared room/loft
7060 NOK for single room
4400 NOK for camping
Normal pricing after April 10th, 2019
6400 NOK for shared room/loft
7660 NOK for single room
4400 NOK for camping
Linens and towels can be provided for 190 NOK.
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