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Forest Therapy Immersion: Herbal Medicine and Tea in Forest Therapy and Beyond

Schedule and Location


Sunday, August 25 through Wednesday, August 28, 2019: 9:00 a.m. to noon., 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Thursday, Aug 29, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Founder’s Room, Thornhill Education Center

The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, Illinois 60532

Fees and Registration

(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

$898 general/$764 Certified Forest Therapy Guide with Current ANFT or Forest Bathing International Membership

Course Description

World-renowned herbalist and healer Rosita Arvigo brings her wisdom to the world of forest therapy. Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest, in a new way in this four day immersion workshop from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Training (ANFT). Forest Therapy Immersion is an opportunity for anyone, with or without prior experience, to have a direct experience of the power of forest bathing. By coming to an immersion, you experience forest bathing in the context of other concepts and skills that are part of the training received by forest therapy guides.

Typically about half of participants in our immersions are trained guides.  If you are considering training as a guide this a great opportunity to meet others who have done so, and to get their perspectives about the training. If you are guide, Immersions are an opportunity for renewal and a deeper dive into one or more aspects of ANFT's acclaimed weeklong intensive training for guides. 

In this four day experience, Rosita will take you on a journey into the medicinal and therapeutic uses of plants, on the peaceful and scenic grounds of The Morton Arboretum.

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Rosita Arvigo, certified nature and forest therapy guide

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN, is a  certified Forest Bathing Practitioner (Cohort 11), author, and international lecturer, and  has been a practicing herbalist for forty years.  She has written several books on medicinal plants of Belize where she currently lives. She was an apprentice to  Maya shaman, Don Elijio Panti,  for thirteen years. She is the founder of The ARvigo Technqiues of Maya Abdominal Therapy, Rainforest Remedies Herbal Company, The Belize Ethnobotany Project and Ethnobotany in the Classroom. 

Her latest book, The Urban Herbalist: Medicinal Plants of American Cities is a great resource for the Forest Therapy Guide to learn to identify and use common and tasty wild plants in the tea ceremony.  Rosita's goal is to share her knowledge with you during this immersion week so that you will feel competent and confident in your selection of  wild plants for the tea ceremony.

Course Details

  • Notes: Held indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.   Limit 18.
  • Supplies: A hat, sunglasses and mat or towel to sit upon are optional. Lightweight long sleeves and long pants are recommended.  Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • Recommended ages: For Adults, ages 18 and over

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Forest Therapy Immersion: Herbal Medicine and Tea in Forest Therapy and Beyond