Course Description

A live, half-day workshop via zoom or phone (3.5-hours including breaks) The workshop will be recorded. During one of the experiential sessions we will be outside or by a window. (You are welcome to be outside for any part of this workshop if you prefer.)

When - Sunday June 5th 

  • Workshop begins: 12:30pm Eastern Time (New York Time)

  • Workshop ends: 4:00pm Eastern Time (New York Time)

  • *Two 15-minute breaks are included in the agenda and one experiential session participants will be invited to be outside

Who is this course for:

This course is designed for Forest Therapy Guides interested in cultivating some of the more subtle aspects of gathering, sharing and listening in circle when guiding Forest Therapy Walks. The purpose is to support guides to be present, easeful and develop their toolbox and headroom for dealing with all kinds of situations.

What you’ll learn:

  • Multiple ways to express and hold omnipartiality

  • Aspects of body language that support circle

  • Leaning into the importance of the pause

  • Noticing what the more-than-human world is sharing while facilitating circle

  • Building headroom for difficult situations

  • Being ready to listen and not taking on the difficult stories of others

  • Strengthening the group dynamics

  • Tips for different parts of the Standard Sequence

  • A review of sharing formats and their effects

  • Holding space for grief

What is included:

  • The live session include live lecture, experiential activities and discussion, with lots of opportunity for Q&A

  • Access to the recordings

  • A PDF of all the major discussion points

Come, settle in, and get more comfortable with circle. Gathering, sharing and listening is a balance of holding space with care, and at the same time, not holding it too tightly. Guides can gain more headroom in this half-day workshop. There will be lots of discussion and time for Q&A. 


Mentor, Trainer

Nadine Mazzola

Nadine Mazzola (she/her) has been a Certified Forest Therapy Guide since 2015 based in Acton, MA. She founded her guiding business, New England Nature and Forest Therapy, in 2016. Nadine guides regularly and has formed partnerships with multiple organizations, She also does speaking engagements on forest therapy and occasional consulting with a variety of organizations. Nadine has also been a trainer/mentor with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and has a business and marketing background spanning twenty-five years. In 2019, Nadine added award-winning author to her list of accomplishments. She wrote the book “Forest Bathing with Your Dog”, which won four awards. The book combines the practice of forest therapy with our practice of walking our dogs and elevates the depth and meaning of both. She has been featured on PBS Windows to the Wild twice, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine. In addition to Nadine’s business and marketing background, she was also formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Nadine has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.