* Travel, accommodation, meals or other expenses are not included in the cost.
If any session does not suit you, don’t worry, we request attendance at 70% of the sessions.
Immersion (5 days)
In-person Immersion with a trainer, in Oncol Park, Valdivia, Chile, with the following schedule:
|22 November 2021||9am–6:30pm
|In person with a trainer, in Oncol Park|
|23 November 2021|
|24 November 2021|
|25 November 2021|
|26 November 2021|
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:
|4 December 2021||Santiago, Chile: 5pm–8pm (17:00–20:00)
Buenos Aires, São Paulo: 5pm–8pm
Caracas, La Paz: 4pm–7pm
Bogotá, Quito, Lima: 3pm–6pm
México, San José (Costa Rica): 2pm–5pm
|Live Online with a mentor|
|18 December 2021|
|8 January 2022|
|22 January 2022|
|5 February 2022|
|19 February 2022|
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.
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 19 February 2022. 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.
Just 28 km from Valdivia, on the highest hill of the Cordillera de la Costa, is Oncol Park. Its 2,841 hectares, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Carlos Anwandter Nature Sanctuary, make up an Area of High Conservation Value, of great ecological importance.
Its forests of the temperate rainy type are a true refuge for endemic species of flora and fauna, some of them in danger of extinction. Oncol and its surroundings have witnessed glaciations, settlements of coastal indigenous populations and the process of Spanish (16th century) and later German (19th century) colonizations, to be designated as an Area of High Conservation Value in 1989, by Arauco.
Oncol Park is home to various species of endemic flora and fauna, a product of the glaciations that occurred in South America 18,000 years ago. Here, the highest hills of the coastal mountain range – Oncol, Cerro Mirador and Nahuelbuta – were largely ice-free, becoming a refuge for species of flora and fauna. This allowed the greatest biological diversity within the South American temperate forests to be conserved here.
In Oncol Park, you will discover the great biodiversity of emblematic species and a wooded remnant of the southern coast of Chile. Its forests present fascinating adaptations to the changes of seasons and natural events such as intense rains (exceeding 3,500 mm per year), strong winds and high atmospheric humidity. Darwin’s Frog, today in danger of extinction, has a size that does not exceed three centimetres and has traditionally been considered by scientists as a true sensor of the ecosystems where it lives.
Bearing in mind the importance of this species for ecosystems, the research centre of the Arauco company, Bioforest, together with the University of Concepción, for several years have been working intensely to preserve and repopulate with this Chilean species, the native forest present in its forest heritage.
The Oncol Park Guest House has a capacity for 14 people, housed in shared rooms with bunk beds. It also has camping sites, with water, toilets and a stove.
The site has electricity and drinking water.
The full board includes 3 meals, 2 types of menu and coffee, water and natural juices.
Reservations for accommodation and food are managed directly with Bosques para Ti.
- Contact person: Claudio
- Telephone (+56) 9.92430351
- E-mail: email@example.com
Please let them know of any allergies, intolerance or special requirements, such as a specific diet or lactose or gluten-free products.
Plane: from Santiago airport to Pichoy Valdivia airport, there are 4 daily flights with Jetmart, Lan Chile and Sky Airline.
Bus: from Santiago to Valdivia, 10 hours by bus-bed. Book at www.recorrido.cl (to the Valdivia terminal).
From the Valdivia terminal to Oncol Park, the transfer is done by private bus. The departure time will be indicated weeks before the start of the training.
Car: Oncol Park is accessed from Valdivia by the coastal route (30 km).