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Christine Hoyer

ANFT Guide Immersion
Christine Hoyer & Darl
ene Rooney-Keller

April 17 - 21, 2024


This immersion is for Nature and Forest Therapy Guides-in-Training through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.  An immersion is an opportunity to be guided by ANFT trainers and to practice guiding with others. Those who have completed at least four months of the six-month remote Forest Therapy Guide Training are eligible to apply.  Completion of this Immersion and the six-month Guide Training fulfills ANFT requirements for full Guide Certification

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This is an opportunity to be guided, practice guiding,

learn, share together,

and deepen into the practice of Nature and Forest Therapy. 



Check in will be at 4 pm on Wednesday April 17, 2024 and the program will end by 2 p.m. on Sunday April 21, 2024.

Meals will be vegetarian with a vegan option offered at each meal. (Vegetarian may include organic eggs and some organic dairy). All meals are freshly prepared, mostly organic and mostly gluten-free. Meals include Wednesday supper through Sunday lunch. Teas, coffee & snacks provided throughout.

Cabins (but not Cabinettes) are equipped with kitchenettes if you have "special" foods you want to bring.

About Christine and Darlene

Christine Hoyer is a guide, mentor, apprentice trainer and trail consultant with ANFT and she runs Mindful Meanders based in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She was drawn to Nature and Forest Therapy as a way to deepen her own authentic connection to the natural world and holding that space for others to openly experience natures gifts and benefits has become just as important. She also facilitates meditation sessions and teaches the art of tai chi/qigong out in nature. Her passion lies in the belief that everyone has the capacity to awaken, re-awaken, explore and expand their own connection with the more-than-human-world by simply being present and tuning in to what is being offered.

Darlene Rooney-Keller is an ANFT Forest Therapy Guide, mentor and trainer living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Longmont, Colorado. In 2018, she founded Nature Heals Forest Therapy where Darlene works in partnership with local organizations including Chautauqua Experiences, Dunton Hot Springs, Krupnic Counseling and many private groups.  Darlene also deeply values creating her own unique offerings to support her community in having opportunities to deepen their practice of Forest Therapy. Darlene is passionate about Forest Therapy and the opportunity to hold space and support people in connecting with a deeper part of themselves through awakening their relationship with the Natural World. Darlene’s intuitive and heart-centered guiding supports people in opening and relaxing into their heart’s intelligence and healing power of this beautiful practice of connecting with the Natural World. Darlene has been serving her community through the healing arts of massage therapy, yoga and meditation for over 25 years. Living in the Rocky Mountains, she is grateful for the abundant opportunities to be outdoors connecting with the land, supporting her in finding balance, grounding, self-care and inner peace.  

Registration for April 17-21, 2024 ANFT Guide Immersion


THOSE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING SHOULD FIRST APPLY ON THE ANFT website and then, after receiving enrollment confirmation from ANFT, arrange for Accommodations (lodging, meals and snacks) with Well Being Retreat Center using the online form below. Accommodations for this 4-night training range from $475 to $880, depending on the lodging selected. 

Well Being Retreat Center's Policies for Accommodations are here.

If you have any questions about the program content or structure, please contact Christine at or phone 314-703-8611

If you have any questions about lodging or Well Being Retreat Center facilities, please contact Patty:; Tel: 423-626-9000; Text: 408-510-0660

Please register with Well Being Retreat Center for accommodations (lodging and meals) using the form below:

After you have "Previewed" your Registration form, scroll again to bottom of page to "Submit" your registration. You will be redirected to PayPal for payment where you can pay with credit card or with your PayPal account. You do not have to register with PayPal to make payment.

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