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Forest Therapy Practitioner Training

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2,724 

*Travel, accommodation, meals or other expenses are not included in the cost.

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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 Białowieża Forest (Poland), with the following schedule:

DayScheduleFormat
6 June 20229 am – 6:30 pm
(09:00–18:30)
In person with a trainer, in Białowieża Forest
7 June 2022
8 June 2022
9 June 2022
10 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 (25 h in total), with the following schedule:

DayScheduleFormat
20 June 2022Poland/Central Europe: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (17:30–19:30)

Athens, Sofia, Helsinki, Moscow: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
London, Dublin, Lisbon: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Live Online with a trainer or professor
4 July 2022
18 July 2022
1 August 2022
15 August 2022
29 August 2022
10 September 2022Poland/Central Europe: 5 pm – 7 pm (17:00–19:00)

Athens, Sofia, Helsinki: 6 pm – 8 pm
Moscow: 6 pm – 8 pm (5-Nov, 19-Nov: 7 pm – 9 pm)
Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen: 5 pm – 7 pm
London, Dublin, Lisbon: 4 pm – 6 pm

24 September 2022
08 October 2022
22 October 2022
05 November 2022
19 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 19 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 Białowieża Forest is unique, being the last large fragment of the original European lowland forest to have survived. It is a habitat for many rare species, from the world’s largest free bison population to many birds, butterflies, beetles, plants and fungi.

The natural forest does not grow like a garden… Trees are of different ages, favour different soil and have a diverse species composition. A large amount of dead wood turns into natural fertiliser, so plants are exceptionally large and healthy. In its wildest parts, the forest is primaeval, natural and full of biodiversity. They give us an idea of how the natural landscape of Central Europe must have been, for people living here centuries ago.

The forest is some 10,000 years old. The average age of its trees, within the strict protection area in Poland, is 130 years, with most trees being more than 100 years old. Thousands of trees have monumental sizes. No wonder that when we travel through this area, various legends and fairy tales come to mind.

There are many hiking and cycling routes, as well as places to relax. You can go canoeing, hiking, cycling, Nordic walking, photographing wildlife, get to know nature under the supervision of specialists or just relax. It is worth coming here and see how the forest looked in ancient times and how such a natural forest looks today.

Dworek Gawra is situated among the quiet, green surroundings of the Białowieża Forest, close to the village centre. This hotel, in a hunting lodge style, offers homely rooms with a cosy fireplace, decorated with wooden elements and featuring private bathrooms. Some rooms have heavy wooden furniture made by local craftsmen.

Accommodation reservations are managed directly with Dworek Gawra:

There are many restaurants in the village. The hotel offers beakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

Dworek Gawra:

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  • Michała Polecha 2
    17-230 Białowieża, Poland

From Warsaw Chopin Airport to Białystok. Straight from the airport, there are different bus lines:

From Warsaw Modlin Airport to Białystok: busfor.pl/buses/Warsaw-Modlin-Airport/Bialystok

From either airport, you can also take a bus to Warsaw Central railway station and catch a train to Białystok.

Once in Białystok, from the railway station building, you cross the bridge over the railway tracks. On the other side, at Monte Cassino street, there’s the Dworzec PKS or Dworzec Biacomex bus station. There you must find a bus to Białowieża by Voyager Trans Bus.

Note that there are different villages called “Białowieża” in Poland. When searching for bus and train stations, pick these: – Białowieża- woj. Podlaskie, pow. hajnowski, gm. Białowieża.

More general information about buses on busradar.com. Other transportation search engines: en.e-podroznik.pl and busy-krk.pl/en/hajnowka-bialystok.

In case of any problems, just go from Białystok to Hajnowka and the hotel can pick you up there. It’s also easy to catch a bus from Hajnowka to Białowieża.

Pedro Trindade

Training Coordinator

Portugal

Marta Grabowska

Trainer

Poland

Alex Gesse

Executive Director

Spain

Rita Nunes da Ponte

B.A. ChemE | Art-Psychotherapist

Portugal

Leticia Ortega

PhD cum laude in Biology | LL.B. | BBA | B.Sc.Bio | B.Sc.Env

Spain

Nevin Harper

PhD | RCC | Nature-based Therapist

Canada
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