Forest Therapy Practitioner Training
Total hours of training: 156 hours = 40 hours of online classes with a trainer + 20 hours of self-guided activities + 96 hours of Mentored Practice (4-6 h/week).
If you wish, you can complete your training at no additional training fee with 2 days of immersion in one of the Blended Training (in-person: Scotland, Poland, Spain, Italy or France) or 2 days Nature Immersion Training in Vermont or Massachusetts (USA), August 2022 (venue and dates to be decided).
This is not a mandatory requirement to obtain the certification.
If some sessions don’t suit you, don’t worry, we request attendance at 8 of the 24-week sessions.
IMMERSION (5 DAYS)
Home-based, through live online classes and discussions (videoconference) with a trainer, in a group. The 5 teaching sessions are daily and last 3 h each (15 h in total), with the following schedule:
|03 October 2022||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 trainer|
|04 October 2022|
|05 October 2022|
|06 October 2022|
|07 October 2022|
The self-guided activities, carried out during free hours, last 2-3 h. Equivalent schedules in other locations should be checked for each date using a time zone converter, here.
TRAINING & MENTORED PRACTICE (24 WEEKS)
1. Training: home-based, through live online classes, sessions and discussions (videoconference) with a trainer or professor, in a group. The 12 teaching sessions are held every two weeks on Saturdays (25 h in total), with the following schedule:
|15 October 2022||UK, Ireland, Portugal: 4 pm – 6 pm (16:00–18:00)|
Athens, Sofia, Helsinki: 6 pm – 8 pm
Central Europe (Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw…): 5 pm – 7 pm
New York, Toronto: 11 am – 1 pm (18-Mar: 12 pm – 2 pm)
Los Angeles, Vancouver: 8 am – 10 am (18-Mar: 9 am – 11 am)
|Live Online with a trainer or professor|
|29 October 2022|
|12 November 2022|
|26 November 2022|
|10 December 2022|
|07 January 2023|
|21 January 2023|
|04 February 2023|
|18 February 2023|
|04 March 2023|
|18 March 2023|
|01 April 2023|
Equivalent schedules in other locations should be checked for each date using a time zone converter, here.
2. Mentored Practice: a mentor will accompany and help you with personalised attention as you guide Forest Bathing walks so that you deepen your knowledge of the content and develop your skills as a professional (4-6 h/week). Dates for other sessions and planned support will be specified with the mentor.
END OF THE TRAINING
The training is planned to end on 01 April 2023, after which you can have 4 additional weeks to finish your practice (24+4 weeks). After the Immersion, Training sessions 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” and a “Mental Health First Aid Training”, as part of your Mentored Practice. This is not included in the training fee.
The general objective of the double degree of Certified Forest Therapy Practitioner and Certified Forest Bathing Guide 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 FTHub Method to design and conduct experiences of well-being and comprehensive health therapeutics such as preventive medicine, treatment and rehabilitation in different settings, various personal and social contexts throughout the life cycle, knowing and respecting the Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of the Forest Therapy Hub.
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.
- FTHub Method: design of well-being activities in natural environments, based on scientific evidence and using FTHub's Liquid Interactions Model, and its planning in different effective activity sequences that support the participant's nature connectedness experience.
- 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 well-being.
- From theory and science to practice (I): how to apply the theoretical foundations to the design of nature-based activities.
- From theory and science to practice (II): how to apply the theoretical foundations to the design of your Forest Therapy intervention.
- Expressive arts (I): practical application in Forest Bathing.
- Expressive arts (II): practical application in Forest Therapy interventions.
- Path selection criteria (I) in diverse natural environments, such as maritime and riverine, forests, deserts and urban parks.
- Path selection criteria (II) adapted for specific populations.
- Conceptualise and design nature-based well-being plans.
- Integrate health and well-being practices under Nature and Social Prescriptions.
- 6-, 8- and 12-week FTHub Intervention Model.
- Considerations for working with clinical populations.
- 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 well-being and emotional well-being based on nature.
- Develop Ecotourism and Nature-based Well-being and Health Programmes.
- Implement the FTHub nature-based well-being plan.
- Advise health professionals on the integration of techniques of connection with nature in interventions.
- Integrate techniques of connection with nature into your previous experience in clinical interventions.