“The wilderness is healing, a therapy for the soul.”—Nicholas Kristof

Earth-based Institute (EBI) offers two levels of certified coaching. Nature-Connected Coaching℠ is the core program. Transformational Wilderness Guiding is a second, optional level of certification.

The Transformation Wilderness Guiding (TWG) certification is geared to those seeking to work with clients in remote wilderness. It teaches and reinforces the leadership and process skills necessary to support a wide variety of learning and therapeutic goals in the backcountry.

The Wilderness Quest is an ancient ritual found in nearly every culture. The rhythms, beauty, and harsh realities of the wilderness act as mirrors—reflecting deep truths about who we are. A critical aspect to the Quest is an awakening—The Call to Adventure—often an external or internal event that spurs an individual to action.

As response to that call, the Wilderness Quest can be a catalyst for great change—the perfect to answer meeting the challenges of major life transitions, such as:

  • graduation
  • loss
  • changes in career or retirement
  • relationship changes
  • financial or health crises
  • relocation
  • depression or trauma

This program provides leadership training to develop skills that involve wilderness adventure and provide a non-pathological approach to guiding personal and professional transformation.

The TWG program has two pathways

  • Wilderness Quest Guide Pathway
  • Wilderness Retreat Facilitation Pathway

Students must complete the Nature-Connected Coaching℠ program before beginning the Transformational Wilderness Guide certification program. For the Quest Guide Pathway, students must have completed the Wilderness Quest before beginning the certification program. Previous experience and training will be considered.

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