CERTIFIED FOREST BATHING GUIDE TRAINING PATHWAY

The pathway of the Forest Bathing Training and Certification works as follows:

The first step is a 6-day intensive immersion on-site. Immediately following this, you begin your mandatory 3-month Mentored Practice, which is home-based. After this period, once you have met the requirements to be a competent guide, you will receive your certification. This final Mentored Practice will enable you to integrate your learning into your work practice.

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6-day immersion on-site consisting of a combination of experiential and classroom style learning using the 5×5 Model.

The 5×5 Model is the common framework that both paths share and where you will learn:

  • The Art of Guiding and Core Forest Bathing Techniques to guide your forest bathing walks/experiences.
  • The Science of Forest Bathing: the evidence-based practice.
  • Embodied presence and working with the senses.
  • The Forest Bathing framework 5×5 Model.
  • Trail selection criteria.
  • Cultural considerations and enhancing your relationship with the land.
  • Naturalist knowledge of your area.
  • Enhancing personal awareness of your relationship with nature.

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3-month home-based Mentored Practice to integrate the immersion learning, where you will be:

  • Paired with a local mentor that will support your journey.
  • Attending a series of monthly calls with colleagues and mentor.

It is a requirement of the certification that you complete a "First Aid Training" or "Wilderness First Aid Training", as part of your mentored practice.


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After the 3 months of Mentored Practice, once you have met the requirements to be a competent guide, you will receive your certification. This final Mentored Practice will enable you to integrate your learning into your work practice.


With the Forest Bathing training, you will be able to:

  • Guide Forest Bathing walks and experiences.
  • Design Forest Bathing workshops.
  • Provide extended multi-day wellness and stress reduction experiences.
  • Demonstrate strong standards, ethics and professional body recognition.
  • Form partnerships with organizations.
  • Integrate nature connection practices into your work.
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