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NATURE AND FOREST THERAPY GUIDE
Certification Programs
Costa Rica

Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Certification – Costa Rica

Train with GIFT to become a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide at Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat (www.chilamaterainforest.com). Located near Sarapiqui, Heredia, Costa Rica, this site is a private rainforest preserve with exuberant biodiversity, set on the majestic Sarapiqui River.

Forest Therapy Guides Training Certification 8-day Program plus 8-Month Practicum

$3,570.00 USD

($4,800 Canadian Dollars)

Forest Therapy is an ‘ancient, new practice,’ gently inviting us to reconnect with nature and restoration…

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Forest Therapy is an ‘ancient, new practice,’ gently inviting us to reconnect with nature and restoration.  In a flow that engages the parasympathetic nervous system, we engage the senses in a new, slow way to invite the full benefits of introspection, phytoncides (tree scents that support our immune systems), fractal patterns, bird sounds that all work together to lower blood pressure, increase immunity and helps with mental health and well being.  We teach guiding from a foundation of  engaging pleasure.  Yet, as we are restored in community, as we are deeply listened to, and as we return to our connection to ourselves and connection to nature, feelings and healing also can occur. The work of the guide is to create a container for this work, while allowing nature connection its magic.  We have created an 8-day intensive to immerse into the work of ecosystem repair to explore first, the foundations of ourselves as Nature. Then, to explore ecosystem repair within community and within relationship, to explore our disconnections and reconnecting, and, of course, our deep connection to the more than human world.  Building on this, we explore ethics, and a flow to guide this work skillfully. Our work at GIFT is not simply to teach the methodology of guiding, but rather to explore ourselves as guides within the context of repairing our relationship to self, other and the more than human world.  In that respect, we deeply value the opportunity to be a guiding organization that does this work in person and in community to allow for the depth and action of this work.  As with a Forest Therapy walk, this training provides a container for self directed introspection and how that emerges in your life at your own pace.  There is no expectation, and the work can be experienced at any depth that is meaningful to the participant including how one engages with what this work invites us to explore in ourselves and the world.

Three-Day Ecosystem Repair and Self Guiding Immersion for Restoration and Exploration

$1,485.00 USD

($2,000 Canadian Dollars)

Our three day Ecosystem Repair and Self Guiding program is for anyone wanting to experience nature connection as a support for self…

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Our three day Ecosystem Repair and Self Guiding program is for anyone wanting to experience nature connection as a support for self. We reconnect in nature and learn about our own natures.  We work with nature as a lens to reconnect relationships and leadership and restore and deepen our connection with the more than human world.  Using the principles of Forest Therapy,  Nature connection and the Ecosystem Relationship Model™, we spend 3 days in person experiencing forest therapy, community, and the work of understanding how you can apply the work of ecosystem repair and nature connection to your own healing. You will also learn how to guide yourself on a walk. While being guided is ideal, you will learn how to slow down and create your own flow in nature.  This three-day immersion is for ANYONE without any prior background and does not come with a designation. It is for self care, restoration, and exploration. In addition to self care, this work explores deep ethics, boundaries, conflict, and communication, leadership and relationship through an ecosystem lens. These are fascinating discussions of our times. This program includes a 3-month practicum to continue to deepen, your nature connection, and this work in your life and community. As with a Forest Therapy walk, this training provides a container for self directed introspection and how that emerges in your life at your own pace.  There is no expectation, and the work can be experienced at any depth that is meaningful to the participant including how one engages with what this work invites us to explore in ourselves and the world.
Note: If you want to use this as an introduction for yourself, and are considering the Guide’s Certification Training, you can jump directly into the last 5 days of the Guides Certification Training to complete your Guides Certification if the you have completed the 3-day Ecosystem Repair Immersion (within one year). 
INFORMATION: Eight-Day Program
Registration Process
  1. Complete the Application Form (see “Apply for Training” link below)

  2. That will trigger an Intake Interview within a couple of weeks, where you can ask any questions you might have about the program and process.

  3. Once complete, and your application has been approved, you will receive an invitation to Register and details on how and when to send payment.

Training Cost and Payment Details

This 8-month program begins with an 8-day in-person intensive, followed by your training practicum and mentorship completed through distance study.

Tuition Costs in CAD (Canadian Funds) $4,800 (meals and accommodation extra)

A Deposit of $1,250 (CA$) is due upon acceptance of the application. A link will be provided for payment.

  • All payments must be in Canadian dollars

  • We accept cash, cheque, e-transfer, credit card, or wire transfers.

  • If your bank supports e-transfer to Canada this is our preferred payment method.

If sending by wire transfer or any other method, please note that you are responsible to cover all bank transfer fees and to ensure the full payment in Canadian dollars arrives in our account.

Payment #1 – deposit of CAD $1,250 upon acceptance of the application.
Payment #2 – one month prior to start of training remaining training fee of CAD $3550 (or $3700 if paying by wire transfer or credit card) + catering accommodation fee (based on Option chosen).

Refund Policy

Our refund policy is as follows: In the event of cancellation, we will do our very best to fill your place. If we fill your place there is a full refund of all but $250, which is retained for administrative costs. If we cannot fill your place the following refund scheme applies. The deposit is non-refundable. Up to 1 month before the training starts there is a refund of 75% (excluding the deposit and any associated banking fees). There is no refund after 1 month before the training starts.

Meal Plan

Meal plan choices for this venue are either Vegetarian or Mixed Diet (which includes some meat). This venue’s chef specializes in high-quality vegetarian food and can easily accommodate Vegan or any other allergies, food sensitivities, or dietary requirements–ONLY IF CLEARLY ORDERED a minimum 3 weeks before the event, though preferably at the time of registration (extra fees may apply depending on the request). Payment in full will be due a minimum of 1 month before the course start date. The meal plan is included in your accommodation price (see below)

  • Please identify all allergies and food sensitivities at the time of booking. Extra charges will be applied for some special diets and late order changes.

Accomodation

During COVID we recommend all accommodations are single occupancy, however, this venue has shared room options if you are comfortable.

Please do NOT contact the venue directly. We will provide you with a booking link once your registration is complete.

  • Price 8-night package including meals 

    1. *price per participant includes lodging for 8 nights, all meals, and transportation to and from the airport by shuttle on the start day and end day (we can offer two times depending on flight arrival times). 

    2. The price is in USD$

      1. Single occupancy Private Room $1100 per person

      2. Double Occupancy Private Room $965 per person

      3. Triple Occupancy Private Room in Jungle House Lodge Main Floor $671 per person

      4. Bed in a dorm room in Jungle House Lodge Main Floor $547per person

Payments

Payment(s) are to be made after the Application is submitted and approved by our Team. Thank you!

COVID-19 Protocols

It is our most sincere wish to offer training events that keep us all safe. We have no crystal ball to know what the winter of 2024 will look like. Our training is always, and intentionally small groups, and s much as possible we are outside, however when inside appropriate personal bubbles are respected and we have chosen venues that can accommodate this. Where possible, we have arranged for single occupancy rooms, however, this venue also offers double occupancy rooms for those who choose that.

We will follow local Public Health Advisories regarding vaccination for travel and gatherings as recommended from time to time by jurisdiction.

Please know that if something changes and you are not able to attend an event because of your vaccination status (and public health recommendations), then 100% of your deposit can be allocated to any future training as long as there is space remaining in the training you wish to attend, and a MINIMUM one month’s notice before your registered program (if/when public health advisories provide that notice. In a nutshell…..please advise us asap if this might affect your ability to attend.)

If Public Health Advisories do not allow for gathering at the scheduled time for this event, 100% of your tuition and payments may be applied to ANY future GIFT training event.

INFORMATION: Three-Day Program
Registration Process
  1. Complete the Application Form (see “Apply for Training” link below)

  2. That will trigger an Intake Interview within a couple of weeks, where you can ask any questions you might have about the program and process.

  3. Once complete, and your application has been approved, you will receive an invitation to Register and details on how and when to send payment.

Training Cost and Payment Details

This 8-month program begins with an 8-day in-person intensive, followed by your training practicum and mentorship completed through distance study.

Tuition Costs in CAD (Canadian Funds) $2,000 (meals and accommodation extra)

A Deposit of $750 (CA$) is due upon acceptance of the application. A link will be provided for payment.

  • All payments must be in Canadian dollars

  • We accept cash, cheque, e-transfer, credit card, or wire transfers.

  • If your bank supports e-transfer to Canada this is our preferred payment method.

If sending by wire transfer or any other method, please note that you are responsible to cover all bank transfer fees and to ensure the full payment in Canadian dollars arrives in our account.

Payment #1 – deposit of CAD $750 upon acceptance of the application.
Payment #2 – one month prior to start of training remaining training fee of CAD $1250 (or $1400 if paying by wire transfer or credit card) + catering accommodation fee (based on Option chosen).

Refund Policy

Our refund policy is as follows: In the event of cancellation, we will do our very best to fill your place. If we fill your place there is a full refund of all but $200, which is retained for administrative costs. If we cannot fill your place the following refund scheme applies. The deposit is non-refundable. Up to 1 month before the training starts there is a refund of 75% (excluding the deposit and any associated banking fees). There is no refund after 1 month before the training starts.

Meal Plan

Meal plan choices for this venue are either Vegetarian or Mixed Diet (which includes some meat). This venue’s chef specializes in high-quality vegetarian food and can easily accommodate Vegan or any other allergies, food sensitivities, or dietary requirements–ONLY IF CLEARLY ORDERED a minimum 3 weeks before the event (unless being accepted late), though preferably at the time of registration (extra fees may apply depending on the request). Payment in full will be due a minimum of 1 month before the course start date. The meal plan is included in your accommodation price (see below)

  • Please identify all allergies and food sensitivities at the time of booking. Extra charges will be applied for some special diets and late order changes.

Accomodation

During COVID we recommend all accommodations are single occupancy, however, this venue has shared room options if you are comfortable.

Please do NOT contact the venue directly. We will provide you with a booking link once your registration is complete.

  • Price 3-night package including meals 

    1. *price per participant includes lodging for 3 nights, all meals, and transportation to and from the airport by shuttle on the start day and end day (we can offer two times depending on flight arrival times). 

    2. The price is in USD$

      1. Single occupancy Private Room $500 per person

      2. Double Occupancy Private Room $433 per person

      3. Triple Occupancy Private Room in Jungle House Lodge Main Floor $300 per person

      4. Bed in a dorm room in Jungle House Lodge Main Floor $250 per person

Payments

Payment(s) are to be made after the Application is submitted and approved by our Team. Thank you!

COVID-19 Protocols

It is our most sincere wish to offer training events that keep us all safe. We have no crystal ball to know what the winter of 2024 will look like. Our training is always, and intentionally small groups, and as much as possible we are outside, however when inside appropriate personal bubbles are respected and we have chosen venues that can accommodate this. Where possible, we have arranged for single occupancy rooms, however, this venue also offers double occupancy rooms for those who choose that.

We will follow local Public Health Advisories regarding vaccination for travel and gatherings as recommended from time to time by jurisdiction.

Please know that if something changes and you are not able to attend an event because of your vaccination status (and public health recommendations), then 100% of your deposit can be allocated to any future training as long as there is space remaining in the training you wish to attend, and a MINIMUM one month’s notice before your registered program (if/when public health advisories provide that notice. In a nutshell…..please advise us asap if this might affect your ability to attend.)

If Public Health Advisories do not allow for gathering at the scheduled time for this event, 100% of your tuition and payments may be applied to ANY future GIFT training event.