Training

EcoWisdom Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Training

We offer a six-month Nature and Forest Therapy Guide training based on our Accessible Nature Wellbeing Program (ANWP) model. We emphasize accessibility and environmental
sustainability.

Our program is designed to be inclusive of people living with disability/chronic illness, demanding caregiving responsibilities or other life circumstances requiring flexibility. The majority of our EcoWisdom mentors live with disability/chronic illness and understand that competency and a need for flexibility/support can co-exist. We welcome diversity and strive to be attentive to matters of inclusion, intersectionality, and equity. Our virtual training program is run from the EcoWisdom Forest Preserve where all our program’s energy needs are provided through solar power. A substantial portion of the tuition is used to support EcoWisdom’s animal habitat and land conservation efforts.

We honour and endeavour to adopt the Indigenous approach of “two-eyed seeing” where we can hold both the science and the mystery of the natural world. Through our nature connection practices, we come to more deeply understand our place as a part of nature.

We will only be training a small number of people each year. Our next six-month training
session starts on December 1, 2022. Our approach is individualized, and we aim to build a sense of community and collaboration that extends beyond the training period. If you are interested in joining us or would like more information, please reach out to us at info@ecowisdom.ca.

Foundational Practices:

  • Nature connection practice
  • Nature-based self-care to foster resiliency
  • Contemplative communication skill development
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Place-based learning
  • EcoWisdom Forest Preserve conservation
  • Cultivating compassion for self, one another, and the earth

Learning Modalities

  • Online course curriculum with online discussion forum
  • Monthly live training sessions with guest speakers
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Small and whole group sharing
  • Optional bi-weekly drop-in session to review concepts and practices

Supplementary Experiential Learning:

  • Participate in public ANWPs
  • Facilitate program components as a member of a team
  • Engage in citizen science research
  • Possible future connection with the EcoWisdom Forest Preserve, land, programs, talks,
    collaborations, grants, or projects

Topic Areas:

  • Forest bathing
  • Nature connection practices
  • ANWP program design – online and in-person
  • Indigenous philosophy
  • Ecology
  • Forest medicine research & citizen science
  • Definition of self-care & wellbeing
  • Community capacity building
  • Reciprocal care – individual, community and earth
  • Mindfulness meditation & neuroscience
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion & accessibility
  • Spirituality & ritual
  • Embodiment, art, & poetry
  • Mindful self-compassion