Forest Therapy Guide Training
INFTA sets the standards for and organizes the training of INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guides nationally and internationally. This is done in close collaboration with members of the INFTA Advisory Board, established research institutes and organizations as part of a dynamic international network. Training of Forest Therapy Guides is based on the International Core Curriculum for Forest Therapy (ICCFT) designed by INFTA in 2017. In the process, the ICCFT was evaluated and validated by over 120 international experts from 20 countries.
INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide training aims to provide learners with the knowledge, competencies and confidence to facilitate high-quality Forest Therapy sessions for a very large spectrum of clients and participants. This training offers the opportunity to develop professional and personal leadership, social and interpersonal capacity, and the skills and technical knowledge to contribute to the growing field of research in the area of Forest Therapy as a Public health practice.
During the mentored and supervised six-months practicum, learners will develop skills and competencies to:
- organise and lead Forest Therapy sessions in forests and other natural environments
- understand group dynamics and people management
- comprehend the evidence-based research related to nature and Forest Therapy
- recognize and deal with a range of situations, time and risk management
- establish, communicate and consistently follow a personal values framework
- empower participants to become nature-connected and environmentally conscious.
Training is delivered through related theoretical and practical components. The robust link of these aspects of the training allows learners to understand the research and evidence base of the practice, on which to develop the required practical skills and competencies. A time ratio of around two-thirds practical (approx. 180 lessons) to one-third theoretical (approx. 90 lessons) instruction will be maintained. As learners progress through the course, they will build a portfolio of resources and record evidence of their work, experiences and observations (incl. video-taped activities of guided Public Forest Therapy walks).
To support our trainees INFTA employs a professional, high-end Learning Management System (LMS) using the latest online and cloud-based learning technology. This makes learning – even for those coming from a non-English speaking background – much easier. The INFTA LMS is highly interactive and provides an excellent line of communication to mentors and fellow trainees.
Learners should allow adequate time to read and understand the contents, undertake investigative research and allow adequate time to plan, manage and lead four guided Public Forest Therapy sessions of three hours each as part of their practicum. The average time commitment to progress through the practicum is 10-15 hours per week. Applicants undertaking this training should be aware of the complexity of the content and be able to self-manage the assignment load to meet deadlines.
INFTA offers regular training options, nationally and internationally. Please select the training cohort you are interested in:
- Germany/EU • 28 September-2 October 2020 (applications closed; training in progress)
- Australia • 18-22 November 2020 (applications closed; training in progress)
- International/Online • 11-13 December 2020 (applications closed; training in progress)
- International/Online • 19-21 February 2021 (applications closed; training in progress)
- Australia • 17-21 March 2021 (applications closed; training in progress)
- Australia • 14-18 April 2021 (applications closed; training in progress)
- Japan • 10-14 May 2021 (applications closed; postponed due to COVID-19 impediments to 2022)
- Australia • 12-16 July 2021 (applications closed; training in progress)
- International/Online • 20-22 August 2021 (applications closed; training in progress)
- International/Online • 17-19 September 2021 (open for applications)
- Germany/EU • 23/24 October 2021 (Expressions of Interest accepted for training workshop at the Charité Medical University, Berlin; please contact us via email)
- Germany/EU • 25-29 October 2021 (Expressions of Interest accepted for training workshop at the Charité Medical University, Berlin; please contact us via email)
- Australia/Victoria• 3-7 November 2021 (open for applications)
- Australia/Victoria • 30 March-3 April 2022 (applications opening November 2021)
- Australia/Victoria • 14-18 September 2022 (applications opening November 2021)
- Australia/Western Australia • 21-25 September 2022 (applications opening November 2021)
- Australia/Victoria • 9-13 November 2022 (applications opening January 2022)
Please click either of the above links to obtain more details and how to apply to become an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide.
Do you still have any questions? Please get in touch with our training experts at the Institute of Forest Therapy, INFTA’s Accredited Training Provider in Australia and Asia. You can contact us via email.