Forest Therapy Practitioner Training
*Travel, accommodation, meals or other expenses are not included in the cost.
Total hours of training: 156 hours = 60 hours of online/in-person classes with a trainer + 96 hours of Mentored Practice (4-6 h/week).
If some sessions don’t suit you, don’t worry, we request attendance at 8 of the 24-week sessions.
IMMERSION (5 DAYS)
In-person with a trainer, in Monts d’Ardèche Regional Nature Park (France), with the following schedule:
|13 June 2022||9 am – 6:30 pm|
|In-person with a trainer, in Monts d’Ardèche Regional Nature Park|
|14 June 2022|
|15 June 2022|
|16 June 2022|
|17 June 2022|
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 Tuesdays (25 h in total), with the following schedule:
|28 June 2022||Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Berlin: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (17:30–19:30)|
Portugal, UK, Ireland: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
|Live Online with a trainer or professor|
|12 July 2022|
|26 July 2022|
|09 August 2022|
|23 August 2022|
|06 September 2022|
|20 September 2022|
|04 October 2022|
|18 October 2022|
|01 November 2022|
|15 November 2022|
|29 November 2022|
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 29 November 2022, 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.
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 per cent 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.
Single rooms from EUR 405. Total for 5 nights, with full board.
For more options, please check the lodging’s booking page.
If you need more information, please contact:
- Le Domaine du Taillé / 1150 Chemin du Taillé / 07200 VESSEAUX
- On Google Maps
- Coordinates: 44.679604 / 4.437858
- 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).