Application – Forest Therapy Guide Training

Here you will find all information about the INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training (Professional Training Course Code: HLT56119) in Germany. Check the tab ‘Deliverables’ and have a closer look at what the training entails. If you wish to become an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide, please click the tab ‘Application Form’ below, fill out the required fields and register your interest by pressing the ‘SUBMIT’ button. While you will receive a confirmation email, INFTA will review your application within three working days and inform you whether you are accepted for the INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training. Should you have any further question about the training, you can contact us any time. We are happy to help and make your INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training as professional and rewarding for you as possible. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Extend your professional scope and become a Forest Therapy Guide (FTG) certified by and accredited with the International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (INFTA) (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG56119). INFTA-Certified FTGs perform a vital role in preventive and therapeutic medicine. The training is suited for medical practitioners, psychotherapists or environmental experts who are active in clinics, spas, specialized resorts, hotels and wellness centers, Government departments, organisations, companies or running their own practice. INFTA’s training adheres strictly to the International Core Curriculum for Forest Therapy (ICCFT) validated by experts from over 20 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia in 2017. The overall duration of the INFTA FTG training is six months and comprises of:


  • compact introductory workshop (40 hrs over five days)
  • supervised theoretical and practical training (248 hrs over five months)
  • theoretical and practical examination (8 hrs over two days)

The five-day workshop will be conducted at the scenically located European Academy Schleswig-Holstein, nestled away from the hustle and bustle near Flensburg in Northern Germany. The training location is adjacent to several beautiful forests, ideal for FTG training. The National Park Fröruper Berge, the Handewitter Forst and Glücksburger Wald offer the finest of Forest Therapy trails in North Germany, perfectly suited for an intense, secluded and effective Forest Therapy workshop.

The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG56119) will resume 14 October 2019. It is open to national and international applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 12 exclusive training places available. The language of instructions are English and German.

Applicants should possess a Bachelor degree or at least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent). This is required due to the nature and responsibilities of Forest Therapy Guides who have to be capable of leading diverse groups of people outdoors at different biospheres and locations. Also, a current First Aid certificate is compulsory for each FTG trainee (which may be acquired prior to the final exam).

The total costs for the six-months INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training amount to only EUR 5,000, payable in two installments. A down-payment of EUR 2,000 is to be made once the application is accepted by INFTA, while the remaining EUR 3,000 are due prior to 31 August 2019. Before submitting your application, please read our disclaimer and privacy policies. In case of cancelling your reserved training spot, INFTA will have to charge a cancellation fee of EUR 500.-.

The costs include all lessons of instructions (compact introductory workshop, online training, mentoring sessions/teleconferencing), a copy of the comprehensive INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training Manual, access to INFTA’s online database (which contains over 200 research articles, brochures and books), the theoretical and final exam and, upon successful completion of the course, the INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training Certificate. The costs also cover full-board and single-room accommodation during the workshop at the European Academy Schleswig-Holstein as well as FREE accreditation with INFTA for a period of six months immediately after becoming a Certified Forest Therapy Guide!

The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training utilizes the latest international research and focusses on the evidence-based aspects of this Public Health practice. The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training is delivered by experienced and Certified Forest Therapy Guides, dedicated mentors and lecturers (all having tertiary degrees and specialized in their subject area). The INFTA Forest Therapy Introduction is quality-controlled and monitored by Dr Dieter Kotte, Secretary of the INFTA, who – among other qualifications – holds a PhD in International Comparative Education from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Susan V. Joachim, President of INFTA and Director of In My Nature, INFTA’s Accredited Training Provider in Australia, will be in charge of all practical training modules. We are privileged to have won the internationally renowned John Munro, one of the world’s leading practitioners of Qigong (see Long White Cloud Qigong), coming across from New Zealand to conduct the physical exercises and training components.

To become an INFTA-Certified and INFTA-Accredited Forest Therapy Guide, just complete and submit the Application Form. Again, please note there are only 12 training spots available. These are reserved in the order of applications received.

INFTA is looking forward to welcoming you to its Forest Therapy Guide Training in Germany.

  • six months course duration (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG56119; October 2019 to March 2020)
  • compact five-day introductory workshop at the European Academy Schleswig-Holstein (14-18 October 2019)
  • 296 lessons of instruction (compact introductory workshop, online training, practical exercises and tasks, feedback and mentoring sessions, teleconferencing)
  • comprehensive INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training material
  • access to INFTA’s online database containing over 200 research articles, brochures and books about Forest Therapy, biology, physiology, biochemistry, medicine, Public health and related topics
  • theoretical and final exam
  • INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training Certificate (upon successful completion of the course)
  • full-board, single-room accommodation during the comprehensive introductory workshop at the European Academy Schleswig-Holstein
  • FREE accreditation with INFTA for a period of six months (after successful completion of the Forest Therapy Guide Training)

The costs for the six-months training course (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG56119, October 2019 to March 2020) amount to EUR 5,000.- (all inclusive). These will have to be paid in two installments:

  • down-payment of EUR 2,000 after acceptance of registration by INFTA
  • final payment of EUR 3,000 to be made prior to 31 August 2019

Payment plans are available upon request. Costs do not cover transport or insurance. Cancellation is possible any time prior to 31 August 2019; any cancellation must be submitted to INFTA in written and carries a cancellation fee of EUR 500.-. Please refer to our disclaimer and privacy policy.