Learn to be a Forest Therapy Guide. This is a full two day training for people who are interested in learning to lead individuals and groups in Natural Communion Forest Therapy sessions. $295.00
Forest Therapy, Forest Bathing, Shinrin-Yoku, Natural Communion are all words to describe a new healthy life style practice, a new form of recreational therapy, a new way of appreciating and helping nature and more. It is essentially a mindfulness practice in a natural setting. The Earthwalk Retreat is an invitation to our senses to awaken, and our minds to become a little more calm and at peace. Practicing this guided meditation in beautiful environments is a delicious way to nurture ourselves, share with each other, and care for the earth.
Cost includes room and board, which will be primarily tent camping. There are a few indoor options but people are encouraged to sleep outside as part of an immmersion experience which will help support the teaching. The classes will be small, no more than 12 people and no less than 6. This is the best number for offering forest therapy to groups as well and will give participants a good taste of the group experience.
Everyone receives a certificate of completion for the class, but I recommend each person learn to sustain sensory attention and get present so you can help participants access that state for themselves and not everyone learns at the same rate. People with mindfulness meditation experience will probably be able to do this more easily than others. I will offer continuing practice and supervision sessions for those who want more support, and for those who are already doing this on thier own, I will encourage and support you to create your own form of it and share it with others.
So everyone is welcome and everyone will work at their own pace to be able to teach it. Everyone will learn the guided relaxation and sensory meditations that make up the body of the practice, and can add their own creations and discoveries. You will share this with certain populations that you are most drawn to and create unique ways of engaging them. There are online resources to learn about the health benefits and research that is showing that being present in nature is very good for us. There are books that offer examples of excericises and ways of increasing your presence and awareness. You will be given a resource list and are welcome to join the facebook Forest Therapy Collective – Mid-Altantic.
An overview of the program and more information on Forest Therapy is on my website. http://earthwalkways.com/forest-therapy/forest-therapy-guide-training-classes/
You can put in your 50 dollar deposit to register on this eventbrite location. Or on my events page on the website. The balance will be due with a check or cash or on paypal on your arrival.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 540 752 5540.