June 12th to June 16th, 2023
This Immersion welcomes and is open to all trained Forest Therapy Guides as well as Forest Therapy enthusiasts. It is a unique opportunity for experienced guides to deepen their practice and renew their inspiration about this work and for newly trained guides to consolidate their skills and learn from other guides. For Forest Therapy enthusiasts it is an opportunity to immerse yourselves in this practice and the philosophy it offers.
Are you looking to spend time in nature with a group of like-minded and like-hearted human beings immersing yourself in the practice of Forest Therapy? Then, this Professional Development Immersion is for you!
This professional development immersion takes inspiration from the philosophy and practice of forest therapy itself. In our time together, we will be slowing way down. No cars, no computers, no rush. In this slowness, we’ll be exploring the essence of Forest Therapy through our lived experience as well as connecting with each other in a heart-centered space.
Our program is designed to take guides deeper into their own practice and refine their skills and techniques. We’ll be spending a good amount of our time swimming in the Language of Invitation, honing our abilities to catch and craft invitations, as well as how to apply it more adeptly in Pleasures of Presence. We’ll also have several experiential learning sessions related to embodiment, the heart sense and spontaneity, and a business workshop where you’ll learn from the wisdom of the community what has worked best in bringing their practice to the world.
Forest Therapy Walks with ANFT Trainers
Story Weaving: Bringing hearts together
Language of Invitation: Reimagining the Possibilities
Pleasures of Presence Workshop
Exploring the Heart Sense
Embracing Spontaneity in Guiding
The Business of Forest Therapy
Summertime Dinner Picnic Party & Talent Show
About Buckhorn Springs
A 124-acre inholding of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in the Ashland Mountains in Ashland OR. An enchanting place where one feels connected to the land beginning with Indigenous People who gathered on this ground for peace and healing centuries ago. Buckhorn Springs provides a unique environment nestled in its own small valley with a creek, old oaks, ponderosa pines, tall aromatic cedars, and open meadows.
Where to stay
Retreat Accommodations include 4 nights of lodging and the celebration dinner on the evening of day 3
Do I have to be certified by the ANFT in order to attend this gathering?
No, we welcome any certified forest therapy guide, certified by the ANFT or any other school as well as anyone who simply enjoys forest therapy
Does attending this gathering replace the required 4-day in-person immersion to become fully certified as a guide?
No, this is not a certification immersion. This annual event welcomes forest therapy guides for a 4-day adventure of exploration, learning, and community building. Perfect for seasoned guides looking to renew their inspiration or recent graduates looking to deepen their practice.
Can I participate in this Immersion if I am not a trained Forest Therapy Guide?
Yes. This immersion is open to trained Forest Therapy guides and to Forest therapy enthusiasts.
What can I expect from this gathering?
This gathering is a combination of learning, fun, relaxing time and lots of connection with humans and more than humans
Am I required to stay onsite?
Yes. The container for this work is stronger if we all stay together and don't have people coming and going.
Is this event catered?
No. Every option of accommodation has access to a kitchen facility. Participants are responsible for cooking their own food. We strongly encourage participants to plan meals together. The celebration dinner on the evening of day 3 will be catered and is included in the price of accommodations.