Portugal FT forest therapy hub
Portugal 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 Buçaco Forest, Luso, Portugal, with the following schedule:

Day Schedule Format
27 September 2021 9 am – 6:30 pm
(09:00–18:30)
In person with a trainer, in Buçaco Forest
28 September 2021
29 September 2021
30 September 2021
1 October 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 3 h each and are held every two weeks on Saturdays, with the following schedule:

Day Schedule Format
9 October 2021 Portugal, UK, Ireland: 5 pm – 8 pm (17:00–20:00)
Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen: 6 pm – 9 pm
Live Online with a mentor
23 October 2021
6 November 2021
20 November 2021
4 December 2021
18 December 2021
8 January 2022
22 January 2022
5 February 2022
19 February 2022
5 March 2022
19 March 2022

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.

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 19 March 2022. 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 specialised 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 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Conceptualise 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 nature connection practices 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 spa town of Luso is one of the greatest places that nature endowed our country.” In this village, you can find the Mata do Buçaco, an ancient arboretum in the central region of Portugal that is considered one of the best dendrological collections in Europe.

The forest covers about 105 hectares (260 acres) and contains more than 250 species of trees and shrubs, including exotic species introduced by Portuguese sailors. In 2004, Portugal proposed the Mata do Buçaco for the UNESCO provisional list of World Heritage Sites.

The then known as Grande Hotel das Termas de Luso was designed by Cassiano Branco (1897-1970), considered by many as the most inventive artist of modernism in Portugal, but also versatile between modern and traditional styles.

During its more than 70 years of history, the Grande Hotel de Luso was reformed introducing new trends, an indoor pool, an access tunnel to the Termas do Luso (spa) and a reclassification to a 4-star hotel.

Accommodation reservations are managed directly with the Grande Hotel de Luso:

Double room, full board: EUR 65 (per person, day)

Single room, full board: EUR 75 (per person, day)

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

Luso is a village in the centre of Portugal: Google Maps.

The nearest international airports are Oporto’s and Lisbon’s.

By Car:

  • A1 > Mealhada exit > Luso > EN 234
  • IP3 (south) > Luso exit > EN 235
  • IP3 (north) > Mortágua exit > Luso > EN 234

By Train: Luso-Buçaco station. Check lines and schedules here.

By Bus: check different lines and schedules here.

For more information, please contact the hotel.

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 Bathing walks in Portugal and has given numerous lectures on Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy. He has developed his own method of integrating nature connection practices 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 Bathing is a unique sensory experience in itself.

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