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Forest Bathing Guide Training

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1,760 

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  • Methodology
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If any session does not suit you, don’t worry, we request attendance at 70% of the sessions.

Immersion (5 days)

Home-based, through live online classes and discussions (videoconference) with a mentor, solo or in a group. The 5 teaching sessions with mentor and group work are daily and last 3h each, with the following schedule:

Day Schedule Format
23 August 2021 UK, Ireland, Portugal: 5pm–8pm (17:00–20:00)
Athens, Sofia, Helsinki: 7pm–10pm
Central Europe (Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw…): 6pm–9pm
New York, Toronto: 12pm–3pm
Los Angeles, Vancouver: 9am–12pm
Live Online with a mentor
24 August 2021
25 August 2021
26 August 2021
27 August 2021

The self-guided practices, carried out during free hours, will last 2-3h.

Equivalent schedules in other countries and regions for each date can be checked using a time zone converter, here.

Mentored Practice (12 weeks)

Home-based, through live online classes, sessions and discussions (videoconference) with a mentor, solo or in a group. The 6 teaching sessions with a mentor last 3h each and are held every two weeks on Saturdays, with the following schedule:

Day Schedule Format
4 September 2021 UK, Ireland, Portugal: 5pm–8pm (17:00–20:00)
Athens, Sofia, Helsinki: 7pm–10pm
Central Europe (Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw…): 6pm–9pm
New York, Toronto: 12pm–3pm
Los Angeles, Vancouver: 9am–12pm
Live Online with a mentor
18 September 2021
2 October 2021
16 October 2021
30 October 2021
13 November 2021

The 3 group discussions are monthly and the dates will be specified with the trainer and the group. The dates of the other sessions and planned support will be specified with the trainer and/or the group.

Daylight Saving Time change may occur during the Oriented Practice schedule in some countries, on different dates. Equivalent schedules in other countries and regions for each date can be checked using a time zone converter, here.

End of the training

The training is planned to end on 13 November 2021. After the Immersion and Mentored Practice, having completed all evaluations, you will receive your certification.

It is a certification requirement to have completed a “First Aid Training” or “Wilderness First Aid Training”, as part of your Mentored Practice. This is not included in the training fee.

The general objective of the Certified Forest Bathing Guide Training is to train professionals specialized in understanding the multiple interrelationships between people, the natural and social environment. Likewise, they must exhibit skills, abilities and competence applying the FTH Method to design and conduct wellbeing and therapeutic experiences for health prevention in different settings, different personal and social contexts, throughout the life cycle, knowing and respecting the Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of FTH.

Know why, how to be and how to do

A pedagogical model in which the students conduct preparatory work to integrate, understand and apply the knowledge. Then, together with the trainers, they analyse, evaluate, create, and adapt methods according to each student's soft skills.

The goal is that the student, based on knowledge, adapts the methods to their unique skills, integrating them as competencies.

With this goal various methodologies are applied:

  • Integrate skills through practical applications with individualized mentor
  • Develop soft skills through individual nature connection practices.
  • Cooperate to transmit knowledge in discussion groups of 4-6 people.

The model combines outdoor (70%) and classroom (30%) activities.

  • Principles of health and their practical application.
  • FTH Method: design of effective activity sequences that support the experience of connection with nature of the participants.
  • FTH Fluid Interactions Model: development of wellbeing activities in natural environments, based on scientific evidence.
  • Scientific foundations and techniques to enhance your connection with nature and support that of your participants.
  • Body components and practical skills for an optimal body experience of connection with the environment.
  • Group management techniques and facilitation of dynamics that support the experience of the participants.
  • Methods and skills to communicate effectively with participants without interfering with their experiences.
  • Foundations of Forest Medicine: practical integration of the main benefits of nature in human health.
  • Knowledge about ecosystems and diversity, and their impact on wellbeing.
  • From theory and science to practice: how to apply the theoretical foundations to the design of nature-based activities.
  • Expressive arts: practical application in Forest Bathing.
  • Path selection criteria in diverse natural environments, such as maritime and riverine, forests, deserts and urban parks.
  • Conceptualize and design nature-based wellbeing plans.
  • Integrate health and wellbeing practices under Nature and Social Prescriptions.
  • Analyse and weigh risks to create a safe environment for participants.
  • Advise on the integration of practices of connection with nature in daily life, to stimulate the development of healthy lifestyles.
  • Design workshops of experiences of organisational wellbeing and emotional wellbeing based on nature.
  • Develop Ecotourism and Nature-based Wellbeing and Health Programmes.
  • Implement the FTH nature-based wellbeing plan.

Caitlin Keddie

United Kingdom

Emma Sanchez

Colombia

Jacques Girerd

France

Alex Gesse

Spain

Pedro Trindade

Portugal

Caitlin Keddie

United Kingdom

Caitlin became Scotland's first Certified Forest Bathing Guide in 2017. She is passionate about mental health and the many benefits that nature-based interventions can provide. Through her business Forest Therapy Scotland, Caitlin regularly facilitates Forest Bathing workshops to the public, corporate clients and government organizations. She has extensive experience in the natural health industry and is co-owner of Napiers the Herbalists Bathgate, a community interest company dedicated to making natural health education and herbal medicine accessible to local communities.

Emma Sanchez

Colombia

Emma is essentially a creative person. Writing and visual arts have been part of her life since she was a child. She created a graphic humour cartoon called Laotraemma (“The other Emma”), and permanently writes on her blog esmindful.com. She loves learning in self-taught ways and satisfying her desire of curiosity. She started a new project with the podcast Esmindfulness, in which she talks about mindfulness issues, simple life, minimalism and psychology. She has also recently started the podcast Lluvia de Bosque (Forest Rain), focusing on biophilia, nature and wellbeing. She loves forests, hiking, meditation, travelling and meeting of cultures. She is a vegetarian and committed to reduce as much as possible her environmental impact. Emma is a clinical Psychgologist and has been supporting people in their transformational process for 15 years, discovering in mindfulness, art and nature incredible ways to create spaces of insight and evolution. She is moved by the purpose of inspiring others about the need of an intentional and aware life, with an integrative vision of health.

Jacques Girerd

France

Jacques has been guiding forest bathing walks for the last 3 years. He was the first guide in France to be certified. He offers walks to the general public and to various organisations for well-being purpose. He is now integrating forest therapy as well. He strongly believes that forest bathing is a powerful practice to restore an harmonious link between human being and nature. He is convinced that forest is most precious to human health and spirit, and beyond, to numerous living creatures, and life itself. Hence he sees his practice as a guide and trainer, as a contribution to both healing people, whether it is through well-being or more serious health issues, and the forest, in a reciprocity process.

Alex Gesse

Spain

Alex has training in business management, an E-MBA from the EAE Business School of Barcelona, ​​he is finishing his degree in Sociology and studying a degree in Psychology, and has non-formal training in Non-Verbal Communication and Leadership. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and a basic level of Italian. Alex has developed Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy programmes aimed at corporate wellness and stress prevention, for specific mental health populations and children at risk of social exclusion. He is an adviser for Public and Forest Health with CONAF - Ministry of Agriculture of Chile and to the Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE), a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG). He has collaborated as a consultant specialist in the Expert Group on Human Health and Wellbeing to Forest Europe - Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe. He has trained more than 700 guides and practitioners from five continents. Alex is the author of "Sentir el bosque: La experiencia del Shinrin-Yoku (Baño de Bosque)" (Feel the Forest: The experience of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)), Grijalbo (Penguin Random House Editorial Group) and "Baños de Bosque: 50 Rutas Para Sentir La Naturaleza" (Forest Bathing: 50 Routes to Feel Nature) (Petit Futé).

Pedro Trindade

Portugal

Pedro holds an MSc in Landscape Architecture from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Oporto, in addition to training in sustainable and naturalistic landscape design. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. Pedro has guided countless Forest Baths in Portugal and has given numerous lectures on Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy. He has developed his own method of integrating the practices of connection with nature with contemporary lifestyles, The Nature De-Stress System, so that the connection with the natural world is strong and serves as a basis for anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as their way of life. He is passionate about showing participants that regardless of the type of natural environment, the season of the year, or the weather, each Forest Bath is a unique sensory experience in itself.
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