Forest Immersion Retreat

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Deaf people face unique challenges with getting full access to communication in their native language, and thus, have fewer opportunities to get the full benefit of Nature and Forest Therapy. 

At ANFT, (which stands for Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) we believe that the practice of Nature and Forest Therapy is for everyone, and inclusion is essential. 

 

We are excited to announce that with the support of ANFT, we are offering a special cohort of up to 12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing participants, provided in American Sign Language, by an experienced ANFT trainer, in collaboration with a certified Deaf Nature and Forest Therapy guide. Interpreters will be provided to facilitate communication in this cohort. 

 

This cohort will begin with an in-person 4-day Immersion at Aspen Camp for the Deaf in Snowmass, CO and end with an online core guide training for 6 months. This cohort will explore ways to provide full access to communication and resources for healing on different levels, with human participants, other guides, and the More Than Human World. 

 

It is the goal that certified Deaf guides can return to their communities and share the gift with both signing and non-signing people.

 

This exciting opportunity will also include some innovative ways of incorporating the Deaf perspective into the traditional training programs, such as exploring the meaning of silence, language, embodiment, and acceptance of the diverse ways to be human in the Forest. 

 

I hope you are interested in helping us pave a new perspective in the way we guide with the Forests to connect humans the More Than Human World to help heal this world.

Hey! We are finally announcing our Forest and Nature Immersion retreat.

When? It will be on June 4-8, 2023 which is next summer.

Where? In Aspen, CO. Many of you have experienced this camp as a camper yourself, perhaps you’ve worked or volunteered there before, or perhaps you’re a supporter of Deaf camps, or perhaps you’ve always wanted to experience Aspen Camp- this is your chance to "come home" to yourself and connect with Nature.

 

How Long is this training? We will have a 4 day immersion in the forest, mountains, rivers, and nature available at Aspen Camp. When this immersion is over, we will resume our training for 6 months online. You’ll then become a certified guide at the completion of this training. Who are the trainers? The Trainers will be experienced Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Mentors named Jackie Kuang and Geeta Stilwell​. Jackie was my immersion trainer, and I will be advising and helping with the arrangement of communication, accessibility, and also explain my experience as a guide. We all will be in an ASL and Deaf friendly environment, being immersed in nature with Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, and people who sign.

 

What is the cost? The training at the retreat itself is $495, with addition of $200 for boarding and meals. Which makes it about $695 in total. The total cost of the ANFT ​core guide training which is a crucial part of the certification training program is $3350.

 

What if I cannot afford it? We have some financial assistance in the form of stipends you’ll need to apply for. We also have payment plans where you pay in increments monthly. We also have resources and guidelines on how you can seek funding support- perhaps from your employer, your business, or vocational rehabilitation. There are different creative ways to get access to funds to make it affordable for you to attend the retreat and complete the training until certification.

 

Who should go? Those who appreciate and enjoy Nature, who are curious to learn about the practice of Nature & Forest Therapy and what it involves with its benefits. You’ll be learning the Way of the Guide and learn how to apply it in your current work. Perhaps you’re a counselor, educator, involved in the field of holistic healing, like reiki or mindfulness/ life coaching- you can find ways to apply Nature therapy approaches in your practice/work. So go ahead and apply! There is a limited opportunity to apply for this immersion retreat. Check out: www.anft.earth and navigate to "Become A Guide" tab. You'll see Immersion Retreats at the drop down menu. Scroll down until you see the Luna Moth Immersion tab.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get to know more ​about Nature and Forest Therapy and how it helps us heal ourselves, our community, and the more than human world we know as Nature.

 

Special thanks to ANFT: The staff at ANFT have been very willing to be curious & embrace the Deaf culture & ways. I’ve been training the ANFT staff with sign language instruction, getting them familiarized with Deaf culture & ways of being so they can be culturally responsive to your emails. They are knowledgeable about providing signing accommodations and accessibility within Zoom and online. So this retreat would be a lovely in-person interaction ​with Trainer Jackie Kuang and all involved in this special space for the signing community so I’m truly excited for this collaboration. Lastly, I want to thank ANFT for sponsoring me so that I can reach and connect with you all.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how to guide ANFT's Standard Sequence - A Powerful approach to nature connection

  • Sequencing forest therapy invitations for maximum impact and benefit

  • The heart-centered Way of the Guide approach

  • The Language of Invitation to help create powerful connections with self and nature

  • Somatic techniques for embodied awareness

  • The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection

  • Nature and forest therapy research and knowledge

  • Trail awareness and safety -how to choose a forest therapy trail

  • Getting to know your bioregion, its history, watershed, awarenesses and more

  • Facilitation skills that promote an open environment for group sharing

  • Expressive arts activities for forest therapy

  • Competency standards: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do

  • Tips for successfully promoting your forest therapy offerings

About the Organization 

The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) Guides and Programs is the most experienced global leader in Forest Therapy Guide Training, and promoting the development and practice of Forest Therapy. Our Forest Therapy Guide Training draws on the latest medical research, new developments in the field of nature connection, and ancient traditions.

Our heart-based "Relational Forest Therapy" approach focuses on rebuilding relationships with the More-Than-Human World as a foundation for healing people and planet.

We are a mission-driven Limited Liability Company founded in 2012 as a response to global warming and other environmental catastrophes. Our mission: nurture heart-centered relationships between all peoples and the more-than-human world of nature. Our strategy: We train guides, teaching the pedagogy and methods of The Way of the Guide, and how to apply these in the context of Forest and Nature Therapy.

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