Forest Bathing Guide Training
Forest Bathing Guide Training
Forest Bathing Guide Training
Forest Bathing Guide Training
Forest Bathing Guide Training
Forest Bathing Guide Training
Forest Bathing Guide Training
Forest Bathing Guide Training
Forest Bathing Guide Training
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Forest Therapy Practitioner Training

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WOOCS v.1.3.7

2,724 

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

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  • Methodology
  • You will learn
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  • Where
  • Accommodation
  • How to Get There

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 the Southern Uplands, Scotland, with the following schedule (final dates will be annouced soon):

Day Schedule Format
October 2021 9 am – 6:30 pm
(09:00–18:30)
In person with a trainer, in the Southern Uplands, Scotland
October 2021
October 2021
October 2021
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 (final dates will be annouced soon):

Day Schedule Format
Session 1 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 mentor
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8
Session 9
Session 10
Session 11
Session 12

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.

End of the training

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 beautiful Wiston Lodge is in a scenic small hamlet in South Lanarkshire (Southern Uplands), Scotland. Located 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Lanark and 8 miles (13 km) southwest of the old market town of Biggar and within an hour’s drive of both Edinburgh and Glasgow. An area steeped in history, many of the towns in the region have historical landmarks.

Wiston Lodge provides a unique quiet rural setting where people can feel safe and be supported to develop the skills they need to fulfil their personal and professional potential, free from the distractions of everyday life.

This wonderful venue is within walking distance of Tinto Hill, which at 707 metres is the highest point in Central Scotland. Tinto Hill offers sweeping views of the Clyde and Avon Valley, as well as to the Lake District, the mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland, Ailsa Craig and the Island of Arran, the Arrochar Alps and as far north as Lochnagaar in the Cairngorms.

Wiston Lodge
Millrigg Road, Wiston, Biggar, ML12 6HT
(+44) 1899 850228
info@wistonlodge.co.uk

Cabins @ £40 pp per night.
Camping @ £7.50 pp per night (Half-Board / Self-Catering).
Bookings for accommodation must be made directly with the venue.

Private accommodation is available in the nearby town of Biggar (15-minute drive).

Wiston Lodge on Google Maps.

Getting to Wiston Lodge: here.

Caitlin Keddie

United Kingdom

Alex Gesse

Spain

Caitlin Keddie

United Kingdom

Caitlin became Scotland's first Certified Forest Bathing Guide in 2017. She is passionate about mental health and the many benefits that nature-based interventions can provide. Through her business Forest Therapy Scotland, Caitlin regularly facilitates Forest Bathing workshops to the public, corporate clients and government organizations. She has extensive experience in the natural health industry and is co-owner of Napiers the Herbalists Bathgate, a community interest company dedicated to making natural health education and herbal medicine accessible to local communities.

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).

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