Forest Therapy Guide Training

On this page, the general profile, competencies and skills of an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide are outlined. Also, an overview of what Forest Therapy sessions comprise of is provided. This information will help you to better understand the profession and career opportunities of INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guides. Now, have a look at the key learning outcomes.

On successful completion of the six-months INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide training, learners will be able to:

  • plan, manage and guide high-quality Forest Therapy sessions in accordance with international standards set and monitored by INFTA
  • recognise and integrate core skills and approaches required to conduct Forest Therapy sessions
  • understand the different ways in which humans experience and relate to natural environments
  • support all participants to become more nature-connected and develop environmental awareness
  • identify community groups, land managers, parks and other authorities to plan and operate safely on public and private land in accordance with all relevant legal requirements.


Greg Cassidy from Blackwood, Victoria/Australia, describes his pathway how he has become an INFTA-Certified and Accredited Forest Therapy Guide:
Forest Therapy Guide Training

What does a Forest Therapy Guide do?

  • plans and conducts guided Public or private Forest Therapy sessions
  • supports individuals and groups to reconnect with nature
  • helps individuals and groups to de-stress and slow down
  • creates awareness about the research-based health benefits of Forest Therapy
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What does a Forest Therapy session comprise of?

  • two to three hours of guided nature-based activities
  • activities conducted in a forest, woodland, park or botanic garden
  • a variety of light physical, sensory and creative activities
  • individual, pair- or group based activities
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What types of Forest Therapy events are facilitated?

  • guided Public Forest Therapy walks (up to 20 people)
  • private Forest Therapy sessions
  • corporate well-being events
  • weekend retreats
  • Public awareness workshops
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Which qualifications and qualities should a professional Forest Therapy Guide have?

  • be INFTA-Certified and Accredited
  • be nature-connected and environmentally conscious
  • possess good time-management skills and work in a structured, organized way
  • be team-oriented, reliable and dedicated
  • have common sense
  • be an effective communicator, friendly and welcoming
  • be able to guide and lead diverse groups of clients, irrespective of their age, gender, culture, ethnicity or religion
  • be physically and mentally fit
  • maintain Continuous Professional Development with INFTA
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Which employment opportunities are there for Forest Therapy Guides?