Forest Bathing Guide Training · CHILE · 15-20 Nov 2021


Language: Spanish

El Bosque Urban Park, Valdivia, Chile

6 days immersion: 15-20 November 2021
Forest Bathing practice ends: 20 February 2022

Language: Spanish

The Certified Forest Bathing Guide Training costs € 1,960 for the 3-month period. Travel, accommodation, meals or other expenses may not be included (see Accommodation and Meals).

This training is suitable for those who wish to offer Forest Bathing as a wellness or therapeutic practice, or in combination with other wellness practices such as yoga, mindfulness and coaching, among others. It offers both wellness and therapeutic approaches.

The Forest Bathing Training establishes a strong base for 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 and cultures and our social and environmental particular contexts. All programmes are adapted to the specific culture and environmental contexts where the training takes 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.
  • Be equipped with a specific framework to guide forest bathing walks and experiences.
  • Receive a tool kit to integrate Forest Bathing wellness practice into the health care system.
  • Integrate new skills to develop your life and career path.

The first step of the pathway of the Forest Bathing Training and Certification 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.

FTI · Certified Forest Bathing Guide:

6 days of intensive immersion + 3 months of Mentored Practice = Certification

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. This is not included in the training fee.

1) 6-day immersion on-site consisting of a combination of experiential and classroom style learning using the 5×5 Model, which is the common framework that both paths share and where you will learn about:

  • 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.

2) 3-month Mentored Practice, home-based, 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.

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.

In its beginnings (ca. 1860), the land on which the El Bosque Urban Park (PUEB) is located today was part of the Huachocopihue Estate. Its long history culminates in 2004, when the Lemu Lahuen Ecological Committee (CELL) took over management of the park, which is currently open to the entire community.

A remnant of the Valdivian evergreen forest, its surface of 12 hectares houses a great diversity of flora due to the presence of different ecosystems, with ancient trees that provide habitat for epiphytes, climbing plants and other groups of plants. In total, 51 native plant species have been identified so far. On the other hand, the wetland provides space for the conservation of species adapted to shallow bodies of freshwater or to zones of seasonal flooding.

The type of forest corresponds to the oak-laurel-lingue association, a very rare and altered type at present. This makes the conservation of the park’s forests even more necessary.

Thanks to the different plant structures and the different micro-habitats of the park, you can find a great diversity of animal species, especially birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects. Birds are the easiest group to observe, with 55 species identified to date.

Hotel Kolping Valdivia is located in the historical quarter, presently a university neighbourhood of Valdivia.

The hotel, which keeps strict Covid-19 safety protocols, has three types of rooms on offer, with special prices for trainers, all with breakfast and dinner included (prices per person and day, in Chilean pesos):

  • Cabins (four persons): $ 23,000
  • Double Room: $ 25,000
  • Single Room: $ 38,000

Accommodation reservations are managed directly with Hotel Kolping Valdivia:

Breakfast and dinner are included in the accommodation prices (see Accommodation) and lunch is offered complimentarily at the park.

​Please let us and the hotel know of any allergies, intolerance or special requirements, such as a specific diet or lactose or gluten free products.

By plane: four daily flights between Santiago airport and Pichoy Valdivia airport, with Jetmart, Lan Chile and Sky Airline.

By bus: book at (10 h travel from the capital Santiago).

From the bus terminal in Valdivia, you can reach the hotel by radio taxi or by bus (outside the terminal, line 2-1-3).

By car: Valdivia is accessible through the ruta costera (coastal route).

Forest Bathing Guide Training · CHILE · 15-20 Nov 2021