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Forest Therapy Guide- Annual GIFT Membership

$150.00

Your annual membership helps us to provide the services we do to our community, and support this growing professional field, such as:

  1. Quarterly GIFT Village Calls for our community!

  2. Free access to our Mighty Network platform to connect with other guides, share resources, share your thoughts and successes, and be inspired by this community of Guides!

  3. Discussions with other training organizations around creating global professional standards.

  4. Presentations at professional conferences and events to contribute to the discussions around the benefits of nature connection in health care.

  5. Research projects and collaborations to contribute to the growing body of global research on the health benefits of forest therapy and nature connection.

  6. Discussions with Provincial and Fed Parks regarding standardizing access for our GIFT Guides.

  7. Development of new professional development courses and programs to support the growing mastery in our community.

We are co-creating this new professional field, and we are grateful for all the ways you support this work!

For 2023 your Guide Membership will ALSO include the following BONUS OFFERS:

  1. 8 Master Class Sessions that will deepen your personal nature connection practice, your understanding of the depth of this work, your Guiding skills, and your peer-to-peer connection in this GIFT community. Each hour-long session will include a 20-minute presentation by the host(s), followed by a Q & A and engaging discussion.

  2. Highlight your Business. Your Name and Business contact info ‘pinned on a new map ‘find a guide’ feature on our website (ready for spring 2023)

To join us, please send your $150 Annual Membership fee by e-transfer to karen@giftoftheforest.com, or pay by credit card through our website GIFT Shop below.

And…..if you register your Annual Membership in December 2022, you will receive the EARLY BIRD BONUS of receiving a link to Ben’s “Planning Winter and Cold Weather Walks” video immediately and enjoy those tips all winter long!

HERE’S THE FULL LIST OF 2023 MASTERCLASSES!

DEEPENING INTO SITSPOT

Saturday, January 14th, 10 am PST/1 pm EST/5 pm BST

Our Sitspot is the foundation of our personal practice, that grounds our embodied connection. Over a lifetime this practice naturally evolves and deepens. Join us for a sneak peek at a new GIFT program, and share your experience and inspiration.

Karen Laine

ADAPTING FOREST THERAPY FOR COLD WEATHER

Saturday, February 11th, 10 am PST/1 pm EST/5 pm BST

Ever wondered how to adapt a walk for cold weather that respects the standard flow and pedagogy GIFT Guides follow? Learn and share tips and tools, including the use of fire and gear that will create an engaging and deepening journey for all participants, no matter the weather! Watch this video at your leisure, then join us for a lively Q&A.

Ben Porchuk

BRINGING FORESTS HOME

Saturday, March 11th, 10 am PST/1 pm EST/5 pm BST


This is a sneak peek at the new program Ben is creating called Bringing Forests Home which will explore how introducing native species in city landscapes/where you live can deepen your personal nature connection through action.

Ben Porchuk

DEEPENING INTO THE LANGUAGE OF INVITATION

Saturday, April 15th, 10 am PST/1 pm EST/5 pm BST

As we become more skilled as guides, how do we deepen into the language of invitation to invite the moment in the forest? To invite an experience while keeping it open and embodied? How do we stay present and hold the language? Let’s play with the language of invitation!

Romola Porchuk

ADAPTING FOREST THERAPY FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Saturday, May 14th, 10 am PST/1 pm EST/5 pm BST

Children are inquisitive, experientially engaged learners who make sense of the world by exploring it using all of their senses. Learn strategies to engage children in connecting with the natural world and approaches for parents to facilitate meaningful family experiences in nature.

Rob Klea and Karen Shephard

AN INTRO TO MEDICINAL TEA PLANTS

Saturday, July 15th, 10 am PST/1 pm EST/5 pm BST

All plants have medicine, though some plant medicine is stronger than others. In this session, we will explore how to deepen your exploration of and relationship with medicinal plants. All ecosystems are welcome!

Leanne Chevrette and Karen Laine

ADAPTING FOREST THERAPY FOR ONE-TO-ONE WALKS

Saturday, October 14th, 10 am PST/1 pm EST/5 pm BST

Would you like to explore guiding one-on-one walks? In this ‘sneak peek session,’ we will discuss how to adapt a forest therapy walk for one person and hear how Roxanne Côté has blended her professional psychotherapy practice with forest therapy.

Roxanne Cote

LIVING IN RECIPROCITY: CREATING A LIFESTYLE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

Saturday, November 18th, 10 am PST/1 pm EST/5 pm BST

The practice of Forest Therapy brings us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Earth. This sacred bond shifts how we view the world around us and the choices we make every day to find a new balance.

Claire Beach