Certified Forest Bathing Guide Training

People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on earth is the real miracle

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Forest Bathing Guide Trainings 2022

Most welcome to a nature immersion and educational retreat and professional guide training in Forest Bathing.

The training is suitable for you who wish to combine a personal journey of nature immersion and to develop an expertise in the Art of Guiding others. And to do so according to a scientifically supported guiding method, a special skills applications programme and a theoretical and experience based learning.

The Certified Forest Bathing Guide training programs is offered in Sweden and in Swedish language. For trainings in English, please do not hesitate to connect with us for further information.

Training description

The training programme provides you with a a broad theoretical and methodological foundation, in combination with an extensive, practical and experience-based learning in nature. It is followed by a 4 months long practise period, supervised by your personal mentor and managed through online communication. The training and practise ends with a certification process.

Every guide needs to aquire a course in First Aid / CPR (cardiovascular rescue) as a requirement for certification. This course is booked and payed by each participant and is not included in the training fee.

For those who plan to guide in nature areas further away from community-based health care institutions, a First Aid training, adapted to wilderness, is strongly recommended.

Summer training

May 26, 2022

Training outline

We begin by gathering online for our teaching webbinars; 2 half days. It is followed by our intense, 7 days training of an in depth, theoretical and methodological study, skills application and nature immersion. The third part of the training is our 4 months long practise period. It starts right after our week together. It is an online, mentored practise in the Art of Forest Bathing Guiding, of skills application, of academic studies and most importantly, a continous, personal nature immersion in your home nature.

  • Online teaching: 2 half days online webbinars: May 26 & 27
  • Training week:  May 30 – June 5, 2022
  • Practise period: June 6 – October 6
  • Time: Online webbinars: 13.30 – 16.30 Training week: Start 16.30 (Register14.00-16.00), End with lunch June 5 at 13.30
  • LocationMundekulla Ekoretreat
  • Food and Accomodation: is booked and payed separately. Please fill in the form for food and lodging directly to Mundekulla Eco Retreat Center by clicking on this link:  BOKNING KOST O LOGI
  • Training Fee: 24 800 kr (+VAT: 6 800kr)
  • Food and Accomodation: please see the different options available for you at Mundekulla registration

For travel instructions, please follow this link: Travel Mundekulla


Training manual and an practise period manual are provided on the training to support you throughout the process


Petra Ellora Cau
Lead Trainer

Petra Ellora Cau Wetterholm is the founder and operations manager of the Scandinavian Nature and Forest Therapy Institute and “Shinrin-Yoku Sweden”. Petra works as a licenced Psychologist, as a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide (by ANFT), a trainer and supervisor. She has extensive training as a mindfulness facilitator, in MBSR and MBCT according to the Center for Mindfulness, USA. In her work she focuses on the development of Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy as a method and for a scientific evaluation and integration into health care. What has greatly influenced Petra’s work is the nature connection that has followed her through life, the background in the performing and visual arts and the many years dedicated to recidency training at a Zen Buddhist temple. As a psychologist, she has chosen to focus specifically on stress-related disorders, neuropsychiatry, mindfulness-based interventions and method development. Petra has taught nationally and internationally and presented her work at a number of events and conferences, most recently at the World Conference for “Forests for Public Health” in Athens, 2019.

Marika Liebst
Assistant Trainer

Marika Liebst works as a forest bathing guide with an expertise in additional skills and applications for those with particular needs. She is certified by the Scandinavian Nature & Forest Therapy Institute, and as a mindfulness facilitator. She is based in Gothenburg, Kungälv and Stenungsund and in the surrounding area. There she divides her nature time between the sea and the wide horizon, the forest and the lakes. Marika has run her own business since the early 90s. Nature has always been important as a base and inspiration. When experiencing personal grief and exhaustion, she found the connection with nature to be her path to recovery and an understanding of nature’s healing ability. Marika offers forest bathing walks for individuals and groups suffering from stress, fatigue syndrome and grief. Her focus as a guide is to invite the participants to discover the ease and non demanding ways to recovery, healing and nature connectedness.

Karin Sjögren,
Assistant trainer

Karin Sjögren works as a forest bathing guide, certified by the Scandinavian Nature & Forest Therapy Institute, and as a clinical therapist with a focus on mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and embodiment. For Karin, closeness to nature is an important source of recovery, security and comfort, contributing to a balance in life. Karin is based in Skåne County and is especially fond of Österlen. The proximity to sea and sky invites wonder and an in-depth perspective, or as she describes it: “a place where wastness meet forest, the sea meets with sky”. Karin runs a private clinic with a medical doctor and psychiatrist. Together, they work to highlight the health-promoting effects of nature and forest bathing.


Please note that you register in 4 steps:

1) Book training
Book your training by sending an email to contact@shinrin-yokusweden.se

2) Fill in the application form that you receive in an e-mail after you have booked your training

3) Pay the registration fee to: Shinrin-Yoku Sweden, Plusgiro: 89 49 60-4

IBAN SE60 9500 0099 6018 0894 9604


Registration fee:
Certified Forest Bath Guide: SEK 5,000

The remaining training fee is paid no later than 60 days before the training starts, no later than March 1, 2020. If no payment is made, and in the case of a eaiting list, your spot may need to be opened for other participants.

4) Make your reservations for food and accomodation

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation later than 60 days before training starts, no refund is offered.
In the case of serious health problems, reimbursement is offered at 50% with a sick leave certificate.

The application and payment of registration fee, reserves a spot at the training. Cancellation within one week of paid registration, offers a full refund of the registration fee with a deduction of SEK 500 for administrative costs. Cancellations later than one week after registration and before 60 days before training, offer a 50% refund with deductions of SEK 500 for administrative costs.

Force Majeur – If something unforeseen happens outside human control, something that is impossible to predict or regulations issued by the authorities that require the course to be cancelled and moved, the agreed agreement for booking and cancellation between the Scandinavian Nature and Forest Therapy Institute (SNFTI), the participants are offered, in this case, at no extra cost, another date when the training can take place instead. SNFTI and Shinrin-Yoku Sweden have no possibility to reimburse any travel costs for participants in the event of cancellation course for the above reason.