Forest Bathing Guide Training in Belgium 10-15 Oct 2020


Language: English
Translations: Flemish-French

Château Frandeux, Pays de Famenne – Southern Belgium

6 days Immersion 10-15 October 2020
Forest Bathing Practice Ends: 15 January 2020

Language: English
Translations: Flemish-French

Forest Bathing Guide Training is 1960 Euros for the 3-month period. The cost does not include travel, accommodations or meals

The Certified Forest Bathing Guide Training is suitable for people working in the area of ecotourism or health tourism. It is suitable for those who wish to offer Forest Bathing as a wellness practice, Spa activity or in combination with other wellness practices such as yoga, mindfulness and coaching, among others

The Forest Bathing Training establishes a strong base for the those who wish to attend the CPD in Forest Therapy for treatment, intervention and rehabilitation.

The Forest Therapy institute 5×5-model training is inspired by our love for the land, the richness of our specific ancient traditions, cultures and our specific social and environmental context. All programmes are adapted to the specific culture and environmental context where the training take place.

Based on a scientific supported framework and the latest international research, at the FTI Forest Bathing 5×5-model training you will:

  • Enhance your awareness of your relationship with nature that supports your healing, meaning and purpose;
  • Equip you with a specific framework to guide forest bathing walks and experiences
  • Provide you with a tool kit to integrate Forest Bathing wellness practiceinto the health care system;
  • Integrating new skills to develop your life and career path.

The pathway of the Forest Bathing and training and certification works as following:

The first step is a 6 day intensive immersion. Immediately following this you begin your mandatory 3 months Mentored Practice. This is home based. After the 3 months Mentored Practice once you fulfill the requirements for a competent guide you will receive your certification. This final Mentored Practice will enable you to integrate your learning into your work practice.

FTI- Certified Forest Bathing Guide: 6 day intensive + 3 months Mentored Practice = Certification

It is a requirement of the certification that you complete First Aid Training” or “Wilderness First Aid Training” as part of your mentored practise.

1) 6 days immersion that consists 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, 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 on your area.
  • Enhancing personal awareness of your relationship with nature.

2) Mentored Practice: the immersion is followed by a 3 months Mentored Practice to integrate the immersion learnings where you will be:

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

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 organisations.
    Integrate nature connection practices into your work.

Sprawling between the Condroz plateau and the Ardennes woodland, Fagne-Famenne has a undulating landscape with alternating strips of forests and meadows surrounded by beautiful little villages. The grasslands, once grazed by sheep, conceal a natural environment with exceptional biodiversity.

Situated on the east side of the Meuse, the area is also called “the Valley Country”, a land with abbeys, gardens and castles. The village of Frandeux is formed by some 40 houses and is situated in the valley of Vachaux, about 6 km from Rochefort. In the area there are lots of wildlife, including wild boar and deer.

Château Frandeux is located in a tranquil nature reserve on the outskirts of the Belgian Ardennes. On the domain there are beautiful old beech and oak trees and a small lake and river valley.

Opposite the main entrance of the Château there is a small hill -the mound- that dates from the 1st century BC or AC. On the flat top are standing 8 lime trees in a circle. There is an assumption that it used to be Celtic sanctuaries, because often a monastery or castle was built near the mound, similarly to Frandeux.

All-inclusive: cost per week per person for all meals and accommodation

  • single room + lavabo + douche + WC: 780€
  • single room + lavabo: 670€
  • shared room + lavabo + douche + WC: 590€
  • shared room + lavabo: 520€

All beds are made on arrival and equipped with a set of towels.
Please let us know of any allergies or special requirements such as lactose or gluten free products.

Reservations are managed by Foresterra
Contact person: Ann Tilman
Tel: +32 477 849197

In case you don’t stay overnight, lunch and dinner cost 45€ per day.

Location: Rue des Pèlerins, 4 – 5580 Mont-Gauthier – Belgium (province of Namur)
Google maps:âteau+Frandeux+du+Coeur
The nearest airport is Charerloi airport (Brussels-South) – 1 hour drive

By car:
– Coming from Antwerp/Brussels/Namur: leave the E411 towards Namur/Luxembourg at exit 22, direction Rochefort. Then take the 1st left turn (still following signs Rochefort). After about 5 km you turn left before a traffic sign where 4 villages are named on: Briquemont, Laloux, Frandeux, Buissonville. Follow the narrow secondary road approximately 2 km until on your left Château Frandeux shows up. You pass the entrance of the B&B ‘Ferme de Frandeux’ and follow some 50 meters up a narrow road. On your left you will see an iron gate with the sign of ‘Château Frandeux’.

– Coming from Liège: follow the signs Namur and take the exit E411 direction Luxembourg. Follow the highway up to exit 22, Rochefort. For further instructions: see above.

By public transport:

– Trains coming from Brussels (1h45) and Liège (1h) stop every hour in Rochefort-Jemelle.
– Busses from the station in Rochefort-Jemelle direction Frandeux stop close to the Château (40min). For exact times, go to

For further explanations, please contact Ann Tilman.

Get a 20% discount on the Forest Therapy Training by purchasing it joinly with your Forest Bathing Training. Choose your Forest Therapy Training.