Forest Bathing Guide Training · NY, USA · 25-30 Apr 2021


  • USD: $2,250

Language: English

Catskill Mountains, New York, USA

6 days immersion:  25-30 April 2021
Forest Bathing practice ends: 30 July 2021

Language: English

The Certified Forest Bathing Guide Training costs 1960 € for the 3-month period. Travel, accommodation, meals or other expenses are not included.

The Certified Forest Bathing Guide 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. The Certified Forest Bathing Guide Training 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:

  • 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.

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 the heart of the Catskill Mountains, Menla is located atop the world’s most ancient meteor impact crater. This hidden valley is a pristine ecosystem, an oasis of remarkable spiritual energy residing on land long held sacred to local Native Americans for its extraordinary energy. The local Native American peoples, including the Esopus and Mahicans, regarded this valley and region, with its enormous first-growth hemlock trees, as especially sacred, a place of the spirits. They never settled here and only used the valley for ceremonial purposes.

Menla is the source of the Pantherkill Stream, with numerous springs feeding it throughout the property. The main spring has long been held as an especially sacred spring, though we are not certain exactly why. What is clear is that Panther Mountain, which looks down upon the Menla Valley, is a special mountain, with its circular reverse-crater shape, surrounded on all sides by flowing streams – a vortex of ley lines spanning a much larger geographic pattern characterised by natives as a Great Serpent formation.

Menla Retreat Centre is located in a secluded valley beside an enchanting stream in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, just two hours from New York City. This hidden oasis provides the perfect backdrop to immerse yourself in the magic of the pristine mountain forests during your Forest Therapy training. The accommodations offered include a range of traditional rooms or shared cabins set in fragrant woods and gardens with murmuring streams and trails nearby.

​Lodging and Meals:

Cost of accommodation includes three meals per day. Meals start with dinner on the check-in and end with lunch on check-out day.

  • Deluxe Queen Room: $433 USD /night per couple
  • Standard Shared Single: $199 USD /night per person
  • Standard Shared Double: $189 USD /night per person
  • Standard Shared Quad: $159 USD /night per person

Accommodation reservations are managed directly Menla. For reservations and practical questions please contact:

Cost of accommodation includes three meals per day. Meals start with dinner on the check-in and end with lunch on check-out day.

​Please let Menla know of any allergies or special requirements such as lactose or gluten free products.


  • On Google Maps
  • 375 Pantherkill Road
    P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia
    NY 12464, USA

Menla is conveniently located:

  • Two hours north of the GW Bridge in New York City by car
  • Three hours by bus from New York City on Adirondack Trailways to Phoenicia, NY
  • Three and a half hours from Boston by car
  • One and a half hours from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY
  • Two hours from Albany International Airport

Bus tickets need not be purchased in advance, but to plan your trip via Trailways please visit:

For full information on air, train and bus travel visit

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

Forest Bathing Guide Training · NY, USA · 25-30 Apr 2021
  • USD: $2,250