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Forest Bathing Guide Training

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* Travel, accommodation, meals or other expenses are not included in the cost.

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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)

In person Immersion with a trainer, in Monts d’Ardèche Regional Nature Park, France, with the following schedule:

Day Schedule Format
18 October 2021 9am–6:30pm
In person with trainer, in Monts d’Ardèche Regional Nature Park
19 October 2021
20 October 2021
21 October 2021
22 October 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:

Day Schedule Format
30 October 2021 Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Berlin: 5pm–8pm (17:00–20:00)
Portugal, UK, Ireland: 4pm–7pm
Live Online with a mentor
13 November 2021
27 November 2021
11 December 2021
8 January 2022
22 January 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.

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 22 January 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.

The training takes place in the Monts d’Ardèche Regional Nature Park. Drawing on its lifestyle, rich heritage, wide open spaces and famous gastronomy, the Ardèche has over time been revealed as an exceptional territory. This recognition led to the creation of the park in 2001.

The park seems impregnated by the character of its inhabitants, who have had to cope with a rough but generous nature. The quality of the landscape testifies to this alliance between People and Nature: terraces, chestnut trees, water management through ingenious systems, hamlets grouped on the slopes, mills and the Fin Gras du Mézenc, a protected designation for a local cow-breeding tradition.

A mid-mountain territory, the park is composed of a mosaic of landscapes either wild or shaped in terraces.

From the southern valleys to the snow-capped Mézenc massif, the park’s natural riches as well as animal and plant species are numerous: otters, genets, golden eagles, lilies and wild tulips. The park is home to heritage treasures such as traditional beehives dug from chestnut tree trunks, old mills and farms with flagstone and thatch roofs.

Forests can be found at all altitudes and cover sixty percent of the park’s surface, making it one of the most wooded in France. Coming from different origins, these natural environments today contribute to the richness of local biodiversity, especially the old forests.

Domaine du Taillé is a zen type of resort located at the heart of a private park of 100 hectares (247 acres) in Southern Ardèche. The whole site shows a perfect integration with the surrounding nature. This unspoilt place, specially tailored to greet alternative events is conducive to rest and revitalization.

At the restaurant, all cooking is made from seasonal, organic and local products.

The buildings of this privileged site are exclusively built and renovated in natural materials: stone, wood, copper and hemp. The estate has received the EU Ecolabel.

The ecologically treated natural bathing pond is at your disposal. The two dōjō located outside surrounded by greenery and hiking trails accessible from the estate, also participate in creating the ideal zen atmosphere.

For any specific questions, please contact:


  • Le Domaine du Taillé / 1150 Chemin du Taillé / 07200 VESSEAUX
  • On Google Maps
  • Coordinates: 44.679604 / 4.437858

By train:

  • The nearest train station is “Valence TGV”. Using the TGV train service, this station is 2h30 from Geneva, 4h25 from Barcelona, 4h30 from Brussels and 5h30 from London, or 34 min from Lyon, 2h08 from Paris, 3h37 from Lille, 2h30 from Marseille and 1h30 from Avignon.
  • The bus service SNCF TER then connects “Valence TGV” station with Aubenas.
    • On this route, the closest bus stop to Domaine du Taillé is “Saint Étienne Boulogne Col d’Auriolles”, 1h45 away from “Valence TGV” station. Contact the resort to book a free shuttle from the bus stop or just tell them your schedule when making your reservation.
    • Find all SNCF TER bus service correspondences here.
  • There are also regular shuttles between “Valence TGV” and “Valence-Ville” (in the city centre) train stations.


  • The nearest airport is Lyon Saint Exupéry.
    • The Rhônexpress Shuttle service connects the airport with “Lyon Part-Dieu” train station (30 min).
    • There are also bus and train departures towards Valence, journey time variable between 30 min and more than 2 hours, depending on the timetable.
  • Grenoble Alpes Isère
    • Shuttle to Grenoble train station (45 min).

Jacques Girerd


Marta Ayats


Alex Gesse


Jacques Girerd


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.

Marta Ayats


Marta is a nurse and has completed a master's degree in Tropical Medicine and International Health. She has been trained in emotional ecology, a concept based on managing our emotions sustainably and creatively, to improve as people, thus improving our relationships and the world we live in. She speaks French, Spanish, Catalan and English. She has worked in the social and community sphere for more than ten years, focusing on relationships between people, accompanying them and promoting their resilience and their sense of belonging in the community. Currently, she assumes the representation of the social sector in the Mesa de Salud Comunitaria (Community Health Table), which addresses unwanted loneliness, as well as other procedures in immigration and the reception of asylum seekers and international protection. She has worked in local and regional administration, in programmes related to development cooperation. She has also evaluated and led nutritional and health projects in the NGO Acción Contra el Hambre (Action Against Hunger) in different countries, strengthening local public health systems and integrating programmes into existing structures. In the field of teaching, she has given and organised training for the Barcelona College of Nursing, NGOs and local and supra-municipal entities.

Alex Gesse


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).
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