Stems from our Program Creative Director and Master Instructor’s background in psychology and life coaching, our instructor-level students will be guided to teach their students and conduct a Forest Bathing or a wellness session using a client-centered approach which uses a non-authoritative approach allowing clients to take more of a lead in their well-being so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions. Students will learn to act as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience, and to be there to encourage and support the client throughout the therapeutic process.
Because we believe that a Forest Bathing session is more than just a hike in the woods or a hug of trees, our sessions are usually used as a tool to connect with clients on a more profound level. When this connection happens, it is a golden opportunity to use your passions to transform lives. It is not uncommon for a client to discuss chronic health complaints, deep personal struggles or detrimental stress during a session. By learning how to respond appropriately, trust and a meaningful connection is established.
Having unconditional positive regard, empathetic understanding and being congruent with your clients, instead of acting from a place of authority of an expert or professional superiority will allow for self-discovery, self-acceptance, and a provides a means toward healing and positive growth for both you and your clients.