Forest Bathing Guide Training · PORTUGAL · 19-24 July 2021


Language: English
Translation to: Portuguese

Buçaco Forest, Luso, Portugal

6 days immersion: 19-24 July 2021
Forest Bathing practice ends: 24 October 2021

Language: English
Translation to
: Portuguese

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.


Portugal March 2021

Alex Gesse

Lead Trainer & Mentor

Pedro Trindade

Trainer & Mentor

    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.

        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 spa town of Luso is one of the greatest places that nature endowed our country.” In this village you can find the Mata do Buçaco, an ancient arboretum in the central region of Portugal that is considered one of the best dendrological collections in Europe.

        The forest covers about 105 hectares (260 acres) and contains more than 250 species of trees and shrubs, including exotic species introduced by Portuguese sailors. In 2004, Portugal proposed the Mata do Buçaco for the UNESCO provisional list of World Heritage Sites.

        The then known as Grande Hotel das Termas de Luso was designed by Cassiano Branco (1897-1970), considered by many as the most inventive artist of the modernism in Portugal, but also versatile between modern and traditional styles.

        During its more than 70 years of history, the Grande Hotel de Luso was reformed introducing new trends, an indoor pool, an access tunnel to the Termas do Luso (spa) and a reclassification to 4-star hotel.

        Accommodation reservations are managed directly with the Grande Hotel de Luso:

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

        Luso is a village in the centre of Portugal: Google Maps.

        The nearest international airports are Oporto’s and Lisbon’s.

        By Car:

        • A1 > Mealhada exit > Luso > EN 234
        • IP3 (south) > Luso exit > EN 235
        • IP3 (north) > Mortágua exit > Luso > EN 234

        By Train: Luso-Buçaco station. Check lines and schedules here.

        By Bus: check different lines and schedules here.

        For more information, please contact the hotel.

        Forest Bathing Guide Training · PORTUGAL · 19-24 July 2021