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Incorporation and Practice Development for Guides 

Acorn Programs recently held a Guide Pricing Survey from which we were able to offer a snapshot of the various factors that impact how guides are thinking about and considering their pricing structures. The aim is to provide guides with some supportive information to help determine what will work for within the context of a guide's custom circumstances.

Guide Pricing Survey Results

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    “Tam and Nadine are amazing at content and even more amazing at their heart and how they deliver with the right amount of support but encouragement to meet our edges.”

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    “Tam and Nadine are excellent instructors leading and holding space for everyone right where they are in their journey.”

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    “I expected that anything Tam & Nadine put together would be groovy, delicious, and worthwhile.... and I was right.”

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    “The wisdom, love and care that Tam and Nadine put into their programs is palpable.”

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    “Nadine and Tam are experienced professionals and pioneers of the field. They are as supportive as they are knowledgeable and offer the emotional scaffolding and logistical tools for the operational success of your guiding practice while helping you to craft a practice that is aligned and healthy for your own unique ecosystem.”

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 Meet The Team

Acorn Programs co-founders Nadine Mazzola and Tam Willey

 

 

 

 

 

Nadine Mazzola (she/her) has been a Certified Forest Therapy Guide since 2015 based in Acton, MA. She founded her guiding business, New England Nature and Forest Therapy, in 2016. Nadine guides regularly and has formed partnerships with multiple organizations, She also does speaking engagements on forest therapy and occasional consulting with a variety of organizations. Nadine has also been a trainer/mentor with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and has a business and marketing background spanning twenty-five years.

In 2019, Nadine added award-winning author to her list of accomplishments. She wrote the book “Forest Bathing with Your Dog”, which won four awards. The book combines the practice of forest therapy with our practice of walking our dogs and elevates the depth and meaning of both. She has been featured on PBS Windows to the Wild twice, ABC’s Chronicle and in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine. In addition to Nadine’s business and marketing background, she was also formerly a world professional pocket billiards player competing on the Women's Professional Billiard Tour. Nadine has been guiding forest therapy walks since 2015. Also, an artist, she facilitates expressive arts classes often incorporating elements of forest therapy throughout.

Tam Willey (they/she/he) is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, trainer, mentor and teacher with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is the founder of Toadstool Walks, a guiding practice based in Boston, Massachusetts. Tam has been self-employed since 2005 and brings 15 years of experience with marketing, self-promotion, website management, and administrative tasks that include everything from charging money, keeping track of income and expenses, paying quarterly taxes and general organizational professionalism.

Tam has guided forest therapy in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School of Theology, and more. Tam has designed and facilitated day long and multi-day immersion retreats, collaborating with organizations such as Boston Harbor Now, The Venture Out Project and other practitioners from a variety of modalities. Tam has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth through various programs in Boston for the last decade and is passionate about the ways that forest therapy can build our collective empathy and compassion. Tam is motivated to explore how we can continually broaden and tend all our relationships, both human and beyond.