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Thank you for your purchase and participation in this guest content presentation with Jess Thenhaus and thank you Jess for sharing your wisdom and materials! Please find the replay and resources below. 

Nadine and Tam

Acorn Programs for Guides Nadine Mazzola and Tam Willey

Guest Content Presentation Jess Thenhaus 2023

Additional Offerings from Acorn Programs for Guides

Business and Practice Development

Planning and creating your guiding practice

A nature-based approach to marketing, uniquely designed for trained guides who are interested in building their guiding practice, via instructor-led live group-mentoring sessions and permanent access to an extensive online course.

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SELF DIRECTED version of Business and Practice Development Course

Without instructor-led live group-mentoring sessions

Access to our extensive online course and forum without instructor-led live group-mentoring sessions. Uniquely designed for trained guides who are interested in building their guiding practice.

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Forest Therapy Professional Development Immersion in Massachusetts

September 10th-14th, 2023 at The Rowe Center

4 days and 4 nights of slowing down, forest therapy, learning, community, connection, envisioning and personal retreat time for anyone looking to deepen into the practice and philosophy of forest therapy. 

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Guide Pricing Survey

Free - Pricing Survey Results

Acorn Programs 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.

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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/them) 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 over 15 years of experience with marketing, promotion, website management, administrative organization, content creation, bookkeeping, tax-filing, and overall personal professionalism.

Tam’s guiding practice is informed by their background as a local handy person, children’s woodworking instructor, custodian, skateboarder, musician, artist, mentor, and their queer and gender expansive lived experience, serving and uplifting LGBTQ Folks through BAGLY, The Theater Offensive’s True Colors,  Black and Pink, and The Venture Out Project. Tam has guided forest therapy in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Speak For The Trees, Boston Harbor Now and more. Tam is curious about the ways that forest therapy can build collective empathy and compassion to deepen and broaden relationships, by supporting health and healing for all beings. 

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