Planning and creating your forest therapy guiding practice: (Level-1)
This course is specifically for trained Forest Therapy Guides, trained Forest Bathing Guides, and trained Mindful Outdoor Guides, geared to help build your guiding practice. A nature-based exploration combined with a comprehensive online course with instructor-led live webinar sessions, online content and structured peer-to-peer mentoring groups.
What is included in this course:
1) Ongoing nature-based visioning support
2) Eight live zoom sessions with instructors, designed to serve the specific interests of those who sign up. Topics and themes covered will include:
- Marketing (websites, photography, newsletters)
- Exploring different business models and your niche
- Permitting, waivers and insurance
- Networking with land managers and organizations
3) Ongoing self-directed small working groups with 4-6 peers (Optional and will be set up by the facilitators based on participant’s interest, and level of availability. An agenda will be provided for working groups to follow or adapt as best suits.)
4) Access to a comprehensive online course that includes downloadable/printable PDFs, videos, readings, business resources for guides, forest therapy Invitations, self-directed nature connection, and guided explorations to support your own visioning.
5) Access to a privately hosted community forum on the same platform as the course to share photos, stories and resources.
15 weeks (bi-monthly on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays)
Time: Evening Class: 6:30PM-8:30PM Eastern Standard Time
Morning Class: 10:00 AM-12:00PM Eastern Standard Time
Starts: Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
Ends: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
- February 23 Orientation Session
- March 9 The journey of growing your business/guiding practice
- March 23 Exploring your niche and your vision
- April 13 Marketing 1 – Being realistic about your time and what you want
- April 17 Marketing 2 – Websites, social media and newsletters
- May 11 Networking – Land managers, organizations, other guides, etc
- May 25 Tending our guiding practice and ourselves
- June 8 Final Closing session
Who is this class for:
- This course is specifically for Trained Forest Therapy Guides, Trained Forest Bathing Guides, and Trained Mindful Outdoor Guides (if you have been trained in a similar modality and are interested in finding out if you are eligible for this course, please contact us at email@example.com)
- You want your guiding practice and/or business to be in line with your authentic way of being in the world
- You want to zero in on a niche that is most meaningful to you and how you will offer forest therapy or you have a clear vision and mission of what you want but could use some support professionalizing your practice and taking the next steps
- You want an active guiding practice and are ready and willing to develop your practice and/or business
- You don’t necessarily want a business but you do want to guide walks more regularly
- You want to connect with other professional guides in the field and are interested in being part of a structured peer-to-peer mentoring group to work through challenges and share ideas.
Is there a minimum age requirements to enter the event?
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How many people will be in the group?
We will run this series with a minimum of 8 participants. Our cap is 20.
Can I sign up for just one of the Zoom sessions or part of the series?
If you feel called to take this course but can not come to every live Zoom session, you are fully welcome to register for the series and just come to what you can. All live Zoom sessions will be recorded. In an effort to create a container, there are no single tickets available.
What if I don’t want to be part of a peer to peer mentoring group?
That’s fine. Participating in the peer to peer mentoring is optional.
How much time is required to participate in the course?
6-8 hours per month
- Live Sessions are two hours long and happen twice a month . (There are a total of eight 2-hour live session calls.)
- Peer to Peer Mentoring: (Optional) You may elect to participate in a peer to peer mentoring group that meets 1x per month for 2-hours. Some groups may elect to meet 2x per month.
- Online course work: This is a self-directed learning course. Spend the time you determine is appropriate for you.
What if I have never used Zoom?
Zoom is a free and very user-friendly app. For each of our live Zoom sessions, we will send out a Zoom invitation link and password in advance. To join our scheduled “meetings” all you will have to do is click on the link and it will automatically bring you to the Zoom “meeting” where you will be prompted to enter the password and from there, you will automatically be joined into the group.
Leading up to our first session, we recommend that you download Zoom on to your phone and computer and you can do this here: https://zoom.us/.
What do I need to participate?
- An internet connection and a device with the ability to use Zoom (computer, tablet, phone, etc.)
- Your preferred writing or notetaking materials (pen, paper, tablet, notebook, colored pencils, etc.)
- A willingness to explore and experiment
- An open heart and a commitment of your time
We’d love to have you join us!
Sign up by January 1st to get the $200 Early Bird Discount.
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Who are your Instructors?
Tam Willey (they/she/he) is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, trainer, mentor and teacher with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is the founder of Toadstool Walks, a guiding practice based in Boston, Massachusetts. Tam has been self-employed since 2005 and brings 15 years of experience with marketing, self-promotion, website management, and administrative tasks that include everything from charging money, keeping track of income and expenses, paying quarterly taxes and general organizational professionalism.
Tam has guided forest therapy in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School of Theology, and more. Tam has designed and facilitated day long and multi-day immersion retreats, collaborating with organizations such as Boston Harbor Now, The Venture Out Project and other practitioners from a variety of modalities. Tam has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth through various programs in Boston for the last decade and is passionate about the ways that forest therapy can build our collective empathy and compassion. Tam is motivated to explore how we can continually broaden and tend all our relationships, both human and beyond.
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.