Polonia FT forest therapy hub
Polonia FT forest therapy hub
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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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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 Białowieża Forest, Poland, with the following schedule:

Day Schedule Format
28 June 2021 9am–6:30pm
(09:00–18:30)
In person with a trainer, in Białowieża Forest
29 June 2021
30 June 2021
1 July 2021
2 July 2021

Mentored Practice (24 weeks)

Home-based, through live online classes, sessions and discussions (videoconference) with a mentor, solo or in a group. The 12 teaching sessions with a mentor last 3h each and are held every two weeks on Saturdays, with the following schedule:

Day Schedule Format
10 July 2021 Poland/Central Europe: 9am–12pm (09:00–12:00)
Athens, Sofia, Helsinki: 10am–1pm
Moscow: 10am–1pm (13-Nov to 11-Dec: 11am–2pm)
Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen: 9am–12pm
London, Dublin, Lisbon: 8am–11am
Live Online with a mentor
24 July 2021
7 August 2021
21 August 2021
4 September 2021
18 September 2021
2 October 2021
16 October 2021
30 October 2021
13 November 2021
27 November 2021
11 December 2021

The 5 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.

Daylight Saving Time change may occur during the Oriented Practice schedule in some countries, on different dates. 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 11 December 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” 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 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 experiences of wellbeing 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 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 (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.
  • Conceptualize and design nature-based wellbeing plans.
  • Integrate health and wellbeing practices under Nature and Social Prescriptions.
  • 6-, 8- and 12-week FTH Intervention Model.
  • Considerations for working with clinical populations.
  • 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.
  • 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 fertilizer, 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 breakfast, 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.

Alex Gesse

Spain

Pedro Trindade

Portugal

Alex Gesse

Spain

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).

Pedro Trindade

Portugal

Pedro holds an MSc in Landscape Architecture from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Oporto, in addition to training in sustainable and naturalistic landscape design. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. Pedro has guided countless Forest Baths in Portugal and has given numerous lectures on Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy. He has developed his own method of integrating the practices of connection with nature with contemporary lifestyles, The Nature De-Stress System, so that the connection with the natural world is strong and serves as a basis for anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as their way of life. He is passionate about showing participants that regardless of the type of natural environment, the season of the year, or the weather, each Forest Bath is a unique sensory experience in itself.
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