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Training to Become a Guide

The Luna Moth cohort began with an in-person 4-day Immersion at Aspen Camp for the Deaf in Snowmass, CO and joined another co-hort online to resume their guide training for 6 months. As hybrid program, we explored 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. 

Interested in participating in the next training?

When? The ASL guide certification training will be happening in late 2024 (more information TBD).

Where? Location is to be determined depending on cost of venue. More information will be posted later. 


How long is this training? We will have a immersion retreat in the forest, to get a hands-on experience. When this immersion is over, we will resume our training for 3 to 6 months. You’ll then become a certified guide at the completion of this training program.


Who are the trainers? The Trainers will be experienced Nature and Forest Therapy Guides. Summer is currently on the trainer's path to become an certified ANFT trainer. 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 total cost attending the immersion retreat is approximately $500-1000, including boarding and meals. The total cost of the ANFT ​core guide training which is a crucial part of the certification training program is $3850.


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: 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.


The staff at ANFT have been very willing to be curious & embrace the Deaf culture & ways. Summer has 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. We are excited for this collaboration.

Training Objectives

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 

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. 

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.

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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