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Forest Therapy Practitioner Training

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WOOCS v.1.3.7.2

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 Urkiola Natural Park, Biscay (Spain), with the following schedule:

DayScheduleFormat
2 May 20229 am – 6:30 pm
(09:00–18:30)
In person with a trainer, in Urkiola Natural Park
3 May 2022
4 May 2022
5 May 2022
6 May 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 Mondays (25 h in total), with the following schedule:

DayScheduleFormat
16 May 2022Spain/Central Europe: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (17:30–19:30)

Lisbon, London: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Live Online with a trainer or professor
30 May 2022
13 June 2022
27 June 2022
11 July 2022
25 July 2022
08 August 2022
22 August 2022
05 September 2022
19 September 2022
03 October 2022
17 October 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 17 October 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 Urkiola Natural Park occupies an area of 5,768 hectares (14,253 acres), formed by the Aramotz-Eskubaratz, Durangaldea and Aragio mountains, lying between the provinces of Bizkaia and Araba-Álava.

In Euskera, the Basque language, urkiola means a place with birches. The park is located at the heart of Euskadi, the Basque Country, surrounded by great mountains, stories and legends, like the one about Mari: the goddess or lady of Amboto, who roamed the region thousands of years ago and looked after the shepherds and their flocks.

The Hotel Santuario Urkiola is located within the Urkiola Natural Park, at an altitude of 737 m (2,417 ft), in Abadiño municipality, near the road that connects Vitoria-Gasteiz with Durango. The tranquillity, harmony and peace of the surroundings permeate the rooms.

Accommodation reservations and practical questions are managed directly with Hotel Santuario Urkiola:

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

Location:

  • On Google Maps
  • Bº Urkiola 9
    Abadiño, 48220 Bizkaia, Spain

The nearest airport is Bilbao’s.

By Car: the easiest way to get there is to take the local road BI-623, which connects Vitoria-Gasteiz with Durango.

By Bus: available services to Urkiola at the Termibus in Bilbao.

For more information, please contact the hotel.

Marta Ayats

Training Coordinator

Spain

Emma Sánchez

Trainer

Colombia

Claudio Vásquez

Latin America Coordinator

Chile

Alex Gesse

Executive Director

Spain

Leticia Ortega

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

Spain

Rita Nunes da Ponte

B.A. ChemE | Art-Psychotherapist

Portugal

Irma Toquero

B.A. Psych | M.A. Sociology | Art-Psychotherapist

Spain

Natalia Ruiz de Cortázar

B.A. Psych | M.A. Mental Health Counselling

Spain
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