Developing Your Guiding Business

Designing and Maintaining Forest Therapy Trails

Tamarack Song
Founder, Director
Teaching Drum Outdoor School, Healing Nature Center,
Leticia Seibel
Teaching Drum Outdoor School

In this workshop, you learn everything you need to know to develop a Forest Therapy Trail, from initial organization and governance to site selection, design requirements, optional features, accommodating special needs clients, effective promotion, partnering with other organizations, liability coverage, and more. We cover both developing trails from scratch and upgrading existing trails. There will be time devoted to addressing your specific needs and to helping you create an envisionment for the trail you want to create. Tamarack Song has been developing forest therapy trails since 1971. His first trails were based on what he learned about the healing powers of nature in his apprenticeships with American Indian elders, and from living with a pack of wolves. In subsequent years, he incorporated input from psychotherapists and other healthcare practitioners into his trail designs. To that base, he has added the practical application of this PhD work in trauma recovery and Nature-based healing.

Tamarack Song learned about the healing powers of Nature through academic study, apprenticing to Native shamans and herbalists, living with a pack of Wolves, and residing in the wilds for most of his life. He currently lives in the Nicolet National Forest, where he keeps in touch with the Wolves and other medicine animals and plants with whom he works.
Tamarack is the founder and director of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School, where he developed a year-long wilderness immersion program. He serves as executive director of the Healing Nature Center, and he co-founded Healing Nature Trails. Having academic training in Stress Management, Ethics, Therapeutic Breathwork, Conservation, and Nonprofit Corporation Management, he is currently pursuing doctorates in Nature-based Healing and Trauma Recovery. He serves as an environmental restoration and outdoor expedition consultant, and he designs Healing Nature Trails in North America and abroad. The author of Breaking the Trauma Code, The Suicide Prevention Handbook, Trance-Trauma Release, Wilderness Stress and Trauma, and Your Spirit Animal Guides, he has also written books on Zen, shamanic healing, Nature awareness, and Native lifeway.

Lety began her career as a Human under the tutelage of her healer Grandmother, who led her to be a generalist, a mindful listener and observer, to grow in relationship with leafed, winged, furred, and all who feed and are fed by them. A chameleon, simultaneous translator, energy worker, massage therapist, gardener, farmer, primitive potter, leather crafter, beader, seamstress, dancer, drummer, mischief maker, business owner and manager, accountant, poet, storyteller, fool, tracker, guide, child, adolescent, woman, and crone, Lety hears and heeds the Voice of Nature wherever she goes, and finds herself at home.