Certified Forest Bathing Guide Training

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

Thic Nhat Hahn

Welcome

Welcome to a nature immersion retreat and professional guide training in Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy.

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

Arrangement

The Certified Forest Bathing Guide training programme starts with a week’s intensive training retreat. It provides a broad theoretical foundation and extensive, practical and experience-based learning. The week is followed by a 4 month long manualised, mentored practise period. It is supervised by your personal mentor and managed through air communication. The training and practise ends with a certification process.

The practise period focuses on deepening your nature experience, the underpinning theory and methodology. You do so through your own nature connection practises, skills practise and by leading guided Forest Bathing walks. The process is supported and guided by a manual, through supervision and assignments. This training is offered in Swedish. Some trainings may be offered in English, if so required.

A mandatory course in First Aid / CPR (cardiovascular rescue) is added to the program is a requirement for certification. This course is booked and payd by each participant and is not included in the training fee. After compeltion, the course certificate is presented/sent to the personal mentor before certification. In Sweden you have the posiibility to attend classes free of charge in some locations (Red Cross). 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.

Certified Forest Therapy Guide

If you wish to proceed after this training, and take the training to earn the Forest Therapy Guide certification, you can choose to register for both courses at the same time. This will offer you a reduced fee, please see below.

For training on Certified Forest Therapy Guide, read more HERE.

Training 1, May 1-8, 2020

The training: 8 days intense residential retreat training + 4 months monitored and supervised practise period – followed by Certification

  • Training week :  May 1-8, 2020 followed by a 4 month supervised Practise period
  • Time: Start 16.30 (arrival 15.30-16.00), End August 21 13.30
  • Location: ÖMundekulla Retreat Farm
  • Food and Accomodation: is not included and is booked separately. Fill in the form for food and lodging directly to Mundekulla Eco Retreat Center by clicking on this link: Mundekulla Reservation
  • Training Fee: 20 800 kr

Training 2, August 14-20, 2020

– Still openings, welcome to apply!

Arrangement

The training: 8 days intense residential retreat training + 4 months monitored and supervised practise period – followed by Certification

  • Training week :  August 14-20, 2020, followed by a 4 month supervised Practise period
  • Time: Start 16.30 (arrival 15.30-16.00), End August 20 13.30
  • Location: Ösjönäs, Tiveden
  • Food and Accomodation: is not included and is booked separately, please follow this link to make reservations ÖSJÖNÄS
  • Training Fee: 20 800 kr

Trainers

Petra Ellora Cau Wetterholm is the founder and operations manager of the Scandinavian Nature and Forest Therapy Institute, “Shinrin-Yoku Sweden”. Petra works as a Certified Psychologist, as a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, trainer and supervisor and as a trained mindfulness leader in MBSR and MBCT according to the Center for Mindfulness, USA. She is a strong advocate for the development of Forest Bath 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 in recidency retreat 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.

Peter Amling, MA in Science, Business and Economics, works in Business Economy with leadership and organization, is a Certified Change Manager (ADKAR) and a licensed Mindfulness instructor at “Mindfulnessgruppen” / “Minds Unlimited”. He grew up in the countryside and nature was his playground. The need for nature connection and to find out how things in nature are interconnected, have therefore always fascinated. Discovering something called Forest Bathing, therefore was a bit like “coming home”. Peter is motivated by seeing people prosper, partly as a consultant in change management and business development, and partly by leading mindfulness courses, meditations and retreats, and Forest bathing walks. Peter is a trained and Certified Forest Bathing Guide and on the way to earn a certification as a Forest Therapy Guide through Scandinavian Nature and Forest Therapy Institute.

Annette Öhrn, has a long career as a licenced Occupational Therapist. She chose to step off an exciting job to listen to her heart’s voice and the vision of promoting health through nature connection. Annette has always felt closely related to nature and in connection with a fatigue diagnosis a few years ago, the forest became even more important. The Forest was the place where Annette found her recovery and healing. Annette is passionate about bringing people closer to nature. She is convinced that it not only is the path to inner health, but also to a more sustainable world. Annette is a trained Certified Forest Bathing Guide and on her way to earn a certification as a Forest Therapy Guide through Scandinavian Nature and Forest Therapy Institute. Annette is also trained in mindfulness and the founder of the “Saktain” business.

Registration

Please note that you register in 4 steps:

1) Book training
Book your education by sending an email to contact@snfti.com

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

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

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

Discount upon registration:
Early Bird: Certified Forest Bathing Guide:

Training 1: upon registering before January 15, 2020: discount SEK 1,500
(Pay a total of SEK 19,300)

Training 2: upon registering before april 15, 2020: doscount SEK 1,500


Quantity discount: Certified Forest Bathing Guide and Certified Forest Therapy Guide: upon registering for both trainings before January 15 repectively April 15, a 10% discount for both trainings is received, ie SEK 3,060.
(Total payment: SEK 27,540)

NOTE! The discounts apply individually but not together.

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.

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.

4) Book your accomodation

Mundekulla Retreatcenter

To book Food and Accomodation for the Training May 1-8 at Mundekulla Eco Retreat Farm, please follow this link: Mundekulla Reservation

For travel instructions, please follow this link: Travel Mundekulla

Ösjönäs Wilderness Farm

To book Food and Accomodation for the Training August 14-20 at Ösjönäs Wilderness Farm, please follow this link: Ösjönäs reservation

For travel instructions, please follow this link: Travel Ösjönäs