What we experience in the Council of Waters and Trees

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In this four-day program we enter the liminal space of renewed possibility for deepening our connection with the more-than-human world through Forest Therapy and The Way of Council. 

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2016 Dates: Space is limited to 15 participants, plus staff and assistants. Apply early to reserve your space.
Location Event Dates Tuition*
Ireland Forest Therapy Immersion May 28-31 $590*
Ontario Forest Therapy Immersion Jul 15-18 $590*
*Tuition: $500 USD for ANFT-Certified Guides and persons who are also enrolled in ANFT Forest Therapy Guide Training.
2017 dates will be posted soon.  If you are on our mailing list you will be notified.

Forest Therapy is the practice of sensory connection to come into intimate relationship with the more-than-human world and with each other. A series of guided invitations bring us into the present moment, opening the doors of communication with the forest, waters, and landscapes we explore. We encounter not just the forest, but through the many ways nature mirrors us we also encounter ourselves.

The Way of Council is a process of communication with ourselves and each other that supports deepening into our experience. Through council we can discover the meaning of our emerging stories through sharing and being witnessed in circle. Council invites us to become more intimate with our own lives, and support each other as we move through our processes of learning, growing, grieving, and healing. Because it invites authentic expression, council can be quite intimate. Your facilitators will show how the form of Council can create space that is both vulnerable and safe.

Restorative Practices build on the Way of Council to create opportunities for exploring and healing harms in relationships. In the Council of Waters and Trees we introduce “Aloha Ropes,” a restorative practice developed by our founder, M. Amos Clifford. Inspired by the Hawaiian tradition of Ho’oponopono and other sources, we will use the practice to deepen our relationship with the more-than-human world of nature. Through Aloha Ropes we will discover how the land can listen and speak to us, and through us give voice to its longings, wisdom, and needs.  Like Council, Aloha Ropes is a method that can be readily transferred into other settings such as schools and communities.

This four-day journey will allow us to sink deeply into the medicine of the forest. Mornings will be spent immersing ourselves in the experiential practices of Forest Therapy.  Afternoon Council meetings support the deep rooting of the medicine the forest has offered us. We will experience the brief “light touch” council as it is used in Forest Therapy as well as diving into the deeper practice and learning-by-doing the core skills of council leadership.

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Who the Immersion is for: This immersion is recommended for people who are interested in eco-therapy, forest therapy, and experiencing the Council format. It will emphasize deep nature connection as a practice of connecting with our own wisdom, personal and group insights, and pathways to wellness.

  • You are curious about Council and/or Forest Therapy and would like to learn more about these powerful connective practices.
  • You would like to become a Forest Therapy Guide.
  • You are a therapist or helping professional who would like to learn powerful techniques of eco-therapy.
  • You have a desire to deeply immerse yourself and be held by the healing power of the forest, making time for both self-reflection and community sharing.
  • You are interested in becoming a Forest Therapy Guide and would like to more fully experience the practice as a way of informing your work.
  • You are a Forest Therapy Guide/Guide-in-training and wish to deepen your understanding of Council Practice.  This course is available to you at a discounted rate ($500; you save $90)
  • You are interested in how Council and Forest Therapy work together as a deeply restorative practice supporting wellness of people and the many other species and places upon which we depend.

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