Application – Forest Therapy Guide Training (International Online)
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: HLTFTG54321). INFTA-Certified FTGs perform a vital role in preventative health or therapeutic medicine. The training is suited for medical practitioners, psychotherapists, health or environmental specialists who are active in hospitals, spas, resorts, hotels and wellness centers, in Government departments, organisations, companies or in their own practice. INFTA’s training adheres 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 minimum duration of the INFTA FTG training is six months and comprises the following training segments:
- introductory online workshop (18 lessons over three days)
- mentored and supervised practicum (248 hrs over five months)
- practical training workshop (40 hrs over five days)
- theoretical and practical examination (8 hrs over several days)
This INFTA FTG training has been designed specifically taking into consideration COVID-19 restrictions which make travelling to attend a training workshop at present rather difficult. As a more flexible alternative, your training begins with a compact three-day introductory workshop scheduled 20-22 August 2021 (between 11-17.00 hrs AEST; of course, with respective breaks in between). This Forest Therapy introduction is conducted online via video-conferencing using Zoom®. This start provides you with an intense theoretical framework which helps you to resume your practicum right away at a location of your choice – no risky interstate or international travel needed!
Your six-months practicum is mentored and supervised by experienced trainers each of which are equipped with tertiary qualifications and a high degree of expertise and professional attitude. Our mentors will guide you successfully through your practicum which you can conduct at your own pace, either within six or even up to twelve months.
To enhance your practical and theoretical skills in becoming an INFTA-Certified and Accredited Forest Therapy Guide, you also have to take part at a five-day practical training workshop. These are conducted regularly in 2021 and 2022. Three different locations are available:
- Victoria, Australia – Pallotti College, located beautifully in the Yarra Valley, nestled away from the hustle and bustle near Warburton. The training location comprises about 200 hectares of private land and forest, ideal for FTG training. The nearby unique and scenic Redwood Forest at the Yarra River, the Rainforest Gallery and O’Shannassy Aqueduct offer the finest of Forest Therapy trails in Australia, perfectly suited for a professional, secluded and effective FTG training.
- New South Wales, Australia – Uniting Venues Elanora, a quiet location at the northern outskirts of Sydney in Elanora Heights. The training location is ideally suited for FTG training. The nearby unique and scenic Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden offers a remarkable and diverse landscape with a range of different Forest Therapy trails, perfectly suited for a professional, task-oriented and effective FTG training.
- Hamburg, Germany – Forsthaus Friedrichsruh, scenically located some 40 kms away from the metropolitan area in North Germany. The training location is right at the Sachsenwald, an ideal forest for FTG training going to be registered as Curative and Healing Forest. The Sachsenwald offers the finest of Forest Therapy trails in North Germany, perfectly suited for an intense, effective and successful Forest Therapy workshop.
So, choose your practical training workshop from any of these dates already reserved for INFTA (the workshops for 2022 will be announce in mid-2021):
- 15-19 September 2021 (Victoria, Australia)
- 3-7 November 2021 (Victoria, Australia)
This INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training is open to national and international applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 12 exclusive training places available. The language of instruction is English.
The requirements to participate in the training are:
- a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field and at least three years of relevant professional work experience
- proficiency in reading, speaking and writing English as well as adequate IT skills
- skills and experience in teaching, advising or dealing with people
- physically, mentally and emotionally fit
- interest in health, nature and environmental issues
- capable of being outdoors for several hours per day
- professional behaviour and ethical conduct
- ability to self-manage studies, attention to detail completing assignments on time
These requirements are necessary 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. Next to proper insurance, such as Public Liability/Professional Indemnity, a current First Aid certificate and Certificate of Participation in Safe Food Handling Practices is compulsory for each FTG trainee (which may be acquired separately from other training providers prior to the final exam).
Our training utilizes the latest international research as compiled by INFTA in the International Handbook of Forest Therapy (Kotte, Li, Shin & Michalsen [eds] 2019) and focuses on the evidence-based aspects of Forest Therapy as a Public Health practice. Hence, INFTA’s training aims at qualifying participants to be employed at the professional and academic level. As an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide you become part of an international community of FTGs and experts who form the national and international networks of the world’s peak body in this area, the INFTA.
To become an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide, just complete and submit the Application Form. Again, please note there are only 12 training spots available for this training cohort. These are reserved in the order of applications received.
INFTA is looking forward to welcoming you to its next Forest Therapy Guide Training.
- six-months course duration (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG54321; August 2021 to February 2022)
- introductory online workshop via Zoom® (20-22 August 2021)
- mentored and supervised practicum (296 lessons of instruction comprising practical exercises and tasks, Public Forest Therapy walks, feedback and mentoring sessions, teleconferencing)
- five-day practical training workshop (choose location and time to suit your needs) with full-board, single-room or shared accommodation (special diets available on request)
- comprehensive INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training material (assignments, deliverables, answer sheets, video clips, podcasts, PowerPoint Presentations, recommended reading lists and many more built into INFTA’s innovative, high-end Learning Management System)
- 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 exams
- INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training Certificate (upon successful completion of the course)
- FREE accreditation with INFTA (for a period of six months after successful completion of the Forest Therapy Guide Training)
The fees for the six-months INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG54321, August 2021 to February 2022) amount to only AUD 5,500 (incl. GST) and cover all deliverables listed. The fees will have to be paid in three installments:
- down-payment of AUD 1,500 after acceptance of your application by INFTA
- intermediate payment of AUD 2,000 when you embark on your practicum
- final payment of AUD 2,000 to be made prior to the practical training workshop