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Sentier forestier

Ecotherapy and Psychotherapy supported by nature, from the office to the trail.

MONTREAL, APRIL 21-22, MAY 19-20 AND JUNE 9-10, 2023




For who?

This training is intended for mental health and helping relationship professionals who wish to discover ecotherapy and intervention supported by nature in order to integrate it with confidence into their professional practice._cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

Training objectives

At the end of this training, participants will know:

  • Understand the difference between ecotherapy, nature-supported psychotherapy, and nature time prescription and know the theoretical underpinnings behind these approaches.

  • Know how to carry out the preliminary evaluation in order to determine when, why and how to use nature to support a treatment plan/plant of intervention/therapeutic process.

  • Know the process supported by nature and use different intervention techniques supported by nature in order to integrate it into one's own practice.

  • Develop a relationship with nature that allows you to understand, know and anticipate a natural environment in order to acquire a sufficient level of comfort to accompany clients there and work in partnership with this environment.

Procedure and pedagogical framework

This training is offered in three blocks of two days each, for a total of 42 hours of training in 6 days, offered face-to-face only.

A training manual is given to each participant.

The theory is transmitted by theoretical presentations, but above all by practical experimentation.

Participants will be able to experience the intervention supported by nature both in the role of professional and in the role of client.


Each block is spaced out by a few weeks in order to allow participants to carry out some work that supports learning and the integration of a practice supported by nature in the manner that suits their respective practice setting.

This work includes reading and exploring the natural environment where the professional intends to practice in order to deepen his knowledge of the territory.


An individual meeting with the trainer (1h) and a group professional co-development meeting (1h) are scheduled between blocks 1 and 2 and between blocks 2 and 3. These meetings will be held remotely.

In context

Since 2022, licensed health professionals can prescribe time in nature for their clients. This training is offered to equip professionals who are interested in making such prescriptions and accompanying their clients outside.

General and specific training topics

Intervention supported by nature in a professional context:

* Legal framework

* Professional Ethics

* Professional attitude

* Privacy

* Physical and psychological security

* Insurance


Ecotherapy and intervention supported by nature.

* Definitions

* Benefits for physical and mental health

* An ecocentric perspective (versus egocentric) to generate personal and social change


The relationship of the professional with nature

* Know your natural work environment (recognize the risks, maintain the intervention framework)

* Develop an intimate relationship of trust with nature as a lever for intervention


Intervention theories and approaches that support nature-supported intervention

* Biophilia

* Mindfulness

* The existential-humanist approach

* Focusing

* Symbolism

* Empowerment


Intervention techniques

* Integrate nature into the office

* Conduct of a meeting, intervention framework

* Experience, in the role of the client, the intervention supported by nature

* Practice, in the role of the professional, the intervention supported by nature

Presentation of the trainer

Roxanne Côté has been a social worker since 2009 and a psychotherapist since 2013. It was in 2017 that she began to integrate intervention supported by nature into her professional practice, following a 6-month training on the subject.

She first integrated the intervention supported by nature and ecotherapy into her practice as a social worker at the Cégep de Sherbrooke, where she accompanied students both in the forest and in the office.

Gradually, she turned to private practice where she now occupies most of her professional life.

For the past 3 years, she has also been offering training in Ontario with the Global Institute for Forest Therapy.

Costs and Cancellation Policy

Ancre 1

Cost: 1300$ Canadian

Cancellation policy:

If the training does not take place, you will be fully refunded.

If you have to cancel and someone else takes your place, you won't have to pay any fees.

If we are unable to fill your place, only the costs for the reservation of the premises will be invoiced to you (approximately $200 per person).


To register, or for more information, please contact me by email using the ''Contact Me'' space below.

A deposit of $300 is required to reserve your place.

The total cost must be paid at least one month before the start date of the training or, if registration is made less than a month from the start, upon registration.

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