ONLINE CERTIFICATION PATHWAY

1

The pathway of the online two weeks led face to face Forest Bathing Training and Certification works as follows:

  • 1st week – 5 mornings/afternoons/evenings: Lectures & Group work & Afternoons: Self-Guided Practice (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • 2nd week – 3 mornings/afternoons/evenings: Lectures & Group work
  • Two nature immersive days with FTI Certified Forest Bathing Guides in your country.

Total hours for online training, self-guided practice and nature immersive days is 40 hours + 45 hours over the course of three months. The 45 practice hours breaks down to 15 hours per month or 0.5 days per week.

Immediately following this, you begin your mandatory 3-month Mentored Practice. 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.


A

The online two weeks led face to face consisting of a combination of experiential and online 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:

  • Guiding Skills, Competencies and Techniques to guide your forest bathing walks/experiences.
  • FTI Method (Walk Structure & 5×5 Model).
  • Personal Nature Connection.
  • Ecoliteracy and Risk Management.
  • Senses & Embodiment Practices.
  • Forest Medicine, Science & Theory.
  • Group Dynamics.
  • Circle Work.
  • The Art of Language.
  • Combining Forest Bathing with other Practices.
  • Trail selection criteria.

B

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.

This mentored practice includes several online calls with your mentor, assignments, and nature connection practices.

In terms of allocating your time this mentored practice takes approximately 45 hours over the course of three months. This breaks down to 15 hours per month or 0.5 days per week.

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.


C

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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