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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
5 July 2021 9am–6:30pm
In person with a trainer, in Urkiola Natural Park
6 July 2021
7 July 2021
8 July 2021
9 July 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
17 July 2021 Spain/Central Europe: 5pm–8pm (17:00–20:00)
Lisbon, London: 4pm–7pm
Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen: 5pm–8pm
Live Online with a mentor
31 July 2021
14 August 2021
28 August 2021
11 September 2021
25 September 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.

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 25 September 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.

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


Marta Ayats


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).

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.
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