Well Being Retreat Center - Event

The Association of Nature & Forest Therapy, an international organization, is presenting a week-long Forest Guide Therapy Training at Well Being Retreat Center October 17 - 24, 2020. This program is the initial step in becoming certified as a Forest Therapy Guide by ANFT. (More info about the total certification process HERE).

This training has been adopted from the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, which has generated many studies showing the healthful benefits of quiet contemplative time in Nature.

These training programs are highly popular and attendance will be limited to 20 people, so early registration is recommended.

Science Agrees: Nature is Good for You.

Event Description

What is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide?

A Forest Therapy Guide facilitates safe gentle walks, providing instructions — referred to as “invitations” — for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place. Next come a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.

Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.

The Association of Nature & Forest Therapy (ANFT) has trained more guides in more countries on more continents than any other forest therapy organization. 

ANFT's acclaimed certification course is six months in duration. It begins with this on-site, week-long intensive. The intensive is followed by a six-month practicum that you complete from home, guided by a curriculum and supported by one of our expert mentors.  These trainings fill up quickly, and often far in advance. We encourage you to apply early.

What You Will Learn:
•    The Standard Sequence of Guided Forest Therapy Walks
•    Competency standards: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
•    The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection mentoring
•    Nature and forest therapy research and knowledge
•    The Way of the Guide, wisdom on the inner aspects of the art 
•    Accelerating connection to deep mindfulness through simple sensory invitations
•    Trail awareness and safety
•    Group process skills that promote interactive learning
•    Sequencing forest therapy invitations for maximum impact and benefit
•    Core routines of nature connection
•    Expressive arts activities for forest therapy
•    Somatic techniques for embodied awareness
•    Tips for successfully promoting your forest therapy offerings


Program Schedule


The retreat will begin with check in Saturday October 17, 2020 between 4:00 pm o 5:30 pm. Supper will be served at 6:00 pm Saturday evening. All meals, snacks, teas and coffee will be served through the event. The training will end after lunch on Saturday October 24, 2020.

About the Venue - Well Being Retreat Center


There will be time to enjoy the 160 acres of rural Tennessee land and the 2 1/2 miles of Powell River frontage.

The Well Being Retreat Center offers a conducive environment for this training: quiet natural spaces, climate controlled main event room, and delicious healthy food.

Cost & Registration


Please apply for registration with ANFT for Tuition first

  • Early Bird (before May 15, 2020) $3,170

  • Regular (up to 6 weeks before training start date) $3,570

  • Late (from 6 weeks before to the date of training) $3,770

Then, register for Well Being's Accommodations using the form below. Accommodations (including lodging, all meals and snacks) varies from $495 to $1,025 depending on lodging option selected.  

Pricing is per Person.

Food provided will be mostly gluten-free non-vegetarian with a vegetarian option at each meal. (Vegetarian may include eggs and dairy.) Lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis; there are a limited number of single rooms. The Tiny Houses and the earth-sheltered private cabins by the river are both listed as "Private Cabins." For pictures of the lodging options, go here. There is also a low cost option for camping by the river with bathrooms and hot showers nearby. 


Accommodation Policies are shown Here.

Contact and Questions

Contact ANFT here if you have any questions about the content of the training

Contact Patty@WellBeingCC.org or at 423-626-9000 if you have questions about facilities or accommodations.

After you have "Previewed" your Registration form, scroll again to bottom of page to "Submit" your registration. You will then be redirected to PayPal to make payment for your Accommodations. Your registration will be completed with your payment