Introduction to Guiding Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy Walks
April 11 and 12, 2015
This two-day training will introduce you to the fundamentals of leading shinrin yoku walks, and qualifies you to volunteer to assist our leaders on scheduled walks. This is a good step toward exploring if you would like to become a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.
You will learn about some of the research about specific health effects, and will experience a selection of specific activities that you can use to invite others to connect with the healing powers of nature through their senses.
Schedule and Locations
Saturday April 11, 9-5: Volunteer trainings are coordinated with regularly-scheduled shinrin-yoku walks open to the public. We will walk with shinrin-yoku participants on Saturday, sharing their experience and observing how the shinrin-yoku guides approach their craft. After the participants have completed their walk, trainees and guides make a map to recreate each activity and event that occurred during the walk. Through this mapping process we explore the techniques used and the rationale for each of them. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.
Sunday April 12, 9-4: On Sunday we will experience more shinrin-yoku techniques, and continue our discussion, emphasizing theory of guiding and how to create nature connective experiences based on sensory processes. We also review the Scope of Practice for Forest Therapy Guides. Participants will be invited to complete a self-assessment of the knowledge and competencies they already possess, and will find out what additional learning is required for those who wish to pursue certification from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Armstrong Redwoods Natural Preserve.
Cost: $145 per person. Includes copy of The Little Handbook of Shinrin-yoku and other handouts. Limited to 10 participants; register early.