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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 Urkiola Natural Park, Biscay, Spain, with the following schedule:

Day Schedule Format
2 May 2022 9 am – 6:30 pm
In person with a trainer, in Urkiola Natural Park
3 May 2022
4 May 2022
5 May 2022
6 May 2022

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 Wednesdays, with the following schedule:

Day Schedule Format
18 May 2022 Spain/Central Europe: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (17:30–20:30)
Lisbon, London: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Live Online with a mentor
1 June 2022
15 June 2022
29 June 2022
13 July 2022
27 July 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 27 July 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 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 Liquid 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 Urkiola Natural Park occupies an area of 5,768 hectares (14,253 acres), formed by the Aramotz-Eskubaratz, Durangaldea and Aragio mountains, lying between the provinces of Bizkaia and Araba-Álava.

In Euskera, the Basque language, urkiola means a place with birches. The park is located at the heart of Euskadi, the Basque Country, surrounded by great mountains, stories and legends, like the one about Mari: the goddess or lady of Amboto, who roamed the region thousands of years ago and looked after the shepherds and their flocks.

The Hotel Santuario Urkiola is located within the Urkiola Natural Park, at an altitude of 737 m (2,417 ft), in Abadiño municipality, near the road that connects Vitoria-Gasteiz with Durango. The tranquillity, harmony and peace of the surroundings permeate the rooms.

Accommodation reservations and practical questions are managed directly with Hotel Santuario Urkiola:

Please let them know of any allergies, intolerance or special requirements, such as a specific diet or lactose or gluten-free products.


  • On Google Maps
  • Bº Urkiola 9
    Abadiño, 48220 Bizkaia, Spain

The nearest airport is Bilbao’s.

By Car: the easiest way to get there is to take the local road BI-623, which connects Vitoria-Gasteiz with Durango.

By Bus: available services to Urkiola at the Termibus in Bilbao.

For more information, please contact the hotel.

Alex Gesse

Executive Director

Marta Ayats

Training Coordinator

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