Forest Therapy Practitioner Training · POLAND · 1-4 Oct 2020


  • USD: $1,188

Language: English
Translation to: Polish and Lithuanian

Attendance of this training has the following requirement: you have either applied for or attended a current FTI Forest Bathing Guide training; or you have attended a Forest Bathing Guide or Forest Therapy training with another, FTI recognized organization. Have you applied for or attended any such training?

Białowieża Forest, Poland

4 days immersion: 1-4 October 2020
Forest Therapy practice ends: 4 January 2020

Language: English
Translation to: Polish and Lithuanian

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

This training is for those who wish to build further on their Forest Bathing expertise or previous Forest Therapy training. It offers expertise and guidance on how to move Forest Bathing from a wellness-based and preventative practice to a treatment intervention and rehabilitation support for specific populations.

With the FTI Forest Therapy Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme you will:

  • Receive a tool kit to integrate Forest Therapy treatment and rehabilitation practice into the health care system.
  • Integrate new skills to develop your life and career path.
  • Learn about the clinical applications of forest therapy for specific populations.

Please, note that in order to be accepted on this training it is required that you have a previous certification on Forest Bathing, Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Therapy with an organization validated by the FTI.

The first step of the pathway of the Forest Therapy Training and Certification (CPD) is a 4-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 Therapy Practitioner:

4 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) 4-day immersion on-site consisting of a combination of experiential and classroom style learning, specific to the Forest Therapy Training path, where you will learn about:

  • Workplace stress reduction and wellness programmes.
  • Designing Forest Therapy interventions.
  • Guiding skills and considerations.
  • Working with clinical populations.

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 Therapy Training, you will be able to:

  • Work with specific populations.
  • Demonstrate strong standards and ethics and professional recognition.
  • Form partnerships with organizations.
  • Work collaboratively with healthcare professionals to develop social/green prescriptions.
  • Develop Forest Therapy interventions with a specific framework and engage in research.
  • Establish multi-day Nature Based Workplace Wellness Programmes.

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 a natural fertilizer, so plants are exceptionally large and healthy. Its wildest parts are 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 years 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 quiet, green surroundings of the Białowieża forest, close to the village centre. This hotel offers a hunting lodge style, 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, incl. breakfast (in złote):

  • Single room: 120 zł
  • Double Shared room: 75 zł
  • Triple Shared room: 65 zł

Accommodation reservations are managed directly with the hotel.

There are many restaurants in the village.

The hotel offers breakfast included in all room rates and dinners for 40 zł.

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

Dworek Gawra:

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  • Michała Polecha 2
    17-230 Białowieża, Poland

From Warsaw Chopin Airport to Białystok:

From Warsaw Modlin Airport to Białystok:

Once in Białystok, you get out of the railway station building and cross the bridge over the railway tracks. On the other side of the viaduct is a bus station (Monte Cassino street, bus station is called Dworzec PKS or Dworzec Biacomex). 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.

Other transportation search engines:

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

Forest Therapy Practitioner Training · POLAND · 1-4 Oct 2020