Forest Bathing Guide Training · POLAND · 28 Jun-3 Jul 2021


Language: English
Translation to: Polish and Lithuanian

Białowieża Forest, Poland

6 days immersion: 28 June – 3 July 2021
Forest Bathing practice ends: 3 October 2021

Language: English
Translation to: Polish and Lithuanian

The Certified Forest Bathing Guide Training costs € 1,960 for the 3-month period. Travel, accommodation, meals or other expenses are not included.

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.


Poland July 2021


Trainer & Mentor

    Alex Gesse

    Lead Trainer & Mentor

    Pedro Trindade

    Trainer & Mentor

      Mila Monk

      Trainer & Mentor


        Trainer & Mentor

        Katarzyna is a psychiatrist, forest tourist guide, scientist and nature illustrator. She is a founder of first medical forest therapy centre in Poland (Centrum Terapii Lasem). Interested in scientific research, she also practice a lot, designing forest therapy walks for groups and indyviduals, combining shinrin-yoku with relaxation methods, inspiration activities and imagination. She strongly believes thet we need forests to be healthy and happy on every level of existence. That's why we should protect wildlife as our friend and partner.

          Alex Gesse

          Lead Trainer & Mentor

          Alex has developed Forest Therapy programs for Corporate Wellbeing, Stress Prevention, Mental Health specific populations and Trouble kids. He is an advisor for Public and Forest Health with CONAF -Ministry of Agriculture of Chile- and to the Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE), European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG). He collaborated as a consultant specialist in the Expert Group on Human Health and Well-Being to Forest Europe. He has trained more than 500 guides and practitioners from five continents, and mentored 150 of them. Alex is the author of "Sentir el bosque: La experiencia del Shinrin-Yoku (Baño de Bosque)", ("Feeling the forest: the experience of Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing)") Penguin Random House Editorial Group. He is trained in business management, sociology, non-verbal communication and leadership.

            Pedro Trindade

            Trainer & Mentor

            Pedro has lead inumerous walks both to locals and tourists around Lisbon, Portugal, as well as given several talks on Forest Bathing & Forest Therapy. Using FTI's 5x5 method as a solid evidence-based framework, he's currently developing his own method of integrating nature connection practices into contemporary lifestyles, making nature connectedness a strong foundation for everyone who wants to improve health & wellbeing, as well as their performance in life. He's passionate for showing participants that, depending on the type of forest or other natural environment they walk in, the season, the weather, etc, each Forest Bathing session is a unique sensory and meaningful experience on its own. He's also trained in landscape architecture, photography, and sustainable & naturalistic garden and planting design.

              Mila Monk

              Trainer & Mentor

              Mila Monk is the first certified forest bathing guide in Lithuania, one of the organizers of Anykščiai Forest Festival (the coordinator of Forest therapy day) and the official translator of the book "Shinrin-Yoku: The Art and Science of Forest Bathing" by dr. Qing Li into Lithuanian language. She guides forest bathing walks in urban forests and parks in Vilnius as well as in other Lithuanian forests. She also gives presentations on the benefits of nature on human health (e.g., presentation in Lithuanian Ministry of Health) and participates in discussions about the possible future of Lithuanian forests.

                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.

                The Białowieża Forest is a unique forest, being the last large fragment of the original European lowland forest to have survived. It is a habitat for many rare species, from the world’s largest free bison population, to many birds, butterflies, beetles, plants and fungi.

                The natural forest does not grow like a garden… Trees are of different ages, they favour different soil and have a diverse species composition. A large amount of dead wood turns into natural fertilizer, so plants are exceptionally large and healthy. In its wildest parts, the forest is primeval, natural and full of biodiversity. They give us an idea of how the natural landscape of Central Europe must have been, for people living here centuries ago.

                The forest is some 10,000 years old. The average age of its trees, within the strict protection area in Poland, is 130 years, with a majority of trees with more than 100 years. Thousands of trees have monumental sizes. No wonder that when we travel through this area, various legends and fairy tales come to mind.

                There are many hiking and cycling routes, as well as places to relax. You can go canoeing, hiking, cycling, Nordic walking, photographing wildlife, get to know nature under the supervision of specialists or just relax. It is worth coming here to see how the forest looked like in ancient times and how such a natural forest looks today.

                Dworek Gawra is situated among the quiet, green surroundings of the Białowieża Forest, close to the village centre. This hotel, in a hunting lodge style, offers homely rooms with cosy fireplace, decorated with wooden elements and featuring private bathrooms. Some rooms have heavy wooden furniture made by local craftsmen.

                Cost per night and person (in Polish złoty, PLN):

                • Single room: 140 zł
                • Double shared room: 80 zł

                Accommodation reservations are managed directly with Dworek Gawra:

                There are many restaurants in the village. The hotel offers:

                • Breakfast: 28 zł
                • Lunch: 30 zł (soup, II meal, tea)
                • Dinner: 40 zł (soup, II meal, dessert, tea)

                Please let them know of any allergies, intolerance or special requirements, such as a specific diet or lactose or gluten free products.

                Dworek Gawra:

                • Google Maps
                • Michała Polecha 2
                  17-230 Białowieża, Poland

                From Warsaw Chopin Airport to Białystok. Straight from the airport there are different bus lines:

                From Warsaw Modlin Airport to Białystok:

                From either airport, you can also take a bus to Warsaw Central railway station and catch a train to Białystok.

                Once in Białystok, from the railway station building you cross the bridge over the railway tracks. On the other side, at Monte Cassino street, there’s the Dworzec PKS or Dworzec Biacomex bus station. There you have to find a bus to Białowieża by Voyager Trans Bus.

                Note that there are different villages called “Białowieża” in Poland. When searching for bus and train stations, pick these ones: – Białowieża- woj. Podlaskie, pow. hajnowski, gm. Białowieża.

                More general information about buses on Other transportation search engines: and

                In case of any problems, just go from Białystok to Hajnowka and the hotel can pick you up there. It’s also very easy to catch a bus from Hajnowka to Białowieża.

                Forest Bathing Guide Training · POLAND · 28 Jun-3 Jul 2021