* 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 the Southern Uplands, Scotland, with the following schedule (final dates will be annouced soon):
|October 2021||9 am – 6:30 pm
|In person with a trainer, in the Southern Uplands, Scotland|
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 3 h each and are held every two weeks on Saturdays, with the following schedule (final dates will be annouced soon):
|Session 1||UK, Ireland, Portugal: 5 pm – 8 pm (17:00–20:00)
Athens, Sofia, Helsinki: 7 pm – 10 pm
Central Europe (Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw…): 6 pm – 9 pm
New York, Toronto: 12 pm – 3 pm
Los Angeles, Vancouver: 9 am – 12 pm
|Live Online with a mentor|
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.
End of the training
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 specialised 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 individualised 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 nature connectedness 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.
- Conceptualise 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 nature connection practices 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 beautiful Wiston Lodge is in a scenic small hamlet in South Lanarkshire (Southern Uplands), Scotland. Located 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Lanark and 8 miles (13 km) southwest of the old market town of Biggar and within an hour’s drive of both Edinburgh and Glasgow. An area steeped in history, many of the towns in the region have historical landmarks.
Wiston Lodge provides a unique quiet rural setting where people can feel safe and be supported to develop the skills they need to fulfil their personal and professional potential, free from the distractions of everyday life.
This wonderful venue is within walking distance of Tinto Hill, which at 707 metres is the highest point in Central Scotland. Tinto Hill offers sweeping views of the Clyde and Avon Valley, as well as to the Lake District, the mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland, Ailsa Craig and the Island of Arran, the Arrochar Alps and as far north as Lochnagaar in the Cairngorms.
Cabins @ £40 pp per night.
Camping @ £7.50 pp per night (Half-Board / Self-Catering).
Bookings for accommodation must be made directly with the venue.
Private accommodation is available in the nearby town of Biggar (15-minute drive).