A local institute is an individual, company or organization that is authorised to provide the FTI Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy training in a specific area. Local institutes are also champions for the practice in their home countries. Becoming a local FTI Institute is an excellent opportunity for enterprising people who are passionate about nature, well-being and human health.

The network of the Forest Therapy Institute is growing all the time. The profile of individuals and the qualities FTI is looking for are:

  • Enterprising individuals who are passionate about nature, well-being and human health.
  • A keen business sense.
  • Culture diversity.
  • Social enterprises with strong environmental principles.
  • A team culture that allows the local institute manager to understand common processes and procedures, and support all the guides in your area.
  • Solid commitment to the practice to ensure the highest standards are maintained within the local institute unit.

The local institute model allows you to enjoy running your own business, safe in the knowledge that you can rely on the support and expertise of the expert team at Forest Therapy Institute Head Office and other local institutes.

We provide you with all the necessary tools so that you can manage your business optimally and efficiently.

Forest Therapy Institute offers two steps in the training program:


Initial training consists of attending the Forest Bathing or Forest Therapy training in one of the locations, and an extended education in sales, pedagogy, communications and marketing, where you will be provided with all the information you need to manage the local institute and our partner network contacts. If you are already a trained guide, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Continuous training has several face-to-face and on-line sessions, which are conducted at the different international locations. Continuous training starts once your local institute is operational and does not have an additional cost.

How do I apply to become a local institute?
All you need to do is fill in the form below and we will contact you.

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