Make Jill a FOREST Therapy Guide

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Raised by 22 people in 17 months
Bring PEACE to one person at a time!
Help connect overwhelmed, stressed out folks of all ages (maybe even YOU!) to Nature’s healing by funding my practicum expenses to become a certified FOREST THERAPY GUIDE.

I'm Halfway There--HELP ME FINISH STRONG!! I'm almost halfway to my goal of becoming a certified Forest Therapy Guide...in both training time requirements and funds raised to cover final costs. Your help (by making a  donation of any size and by sharing my campaign with your friends) can get me across the bridge and launching this new wellness practice in my community. And who knows, someday I might visit your area and can guide you and your friends on a Forest Therapy Walk as well! 27550142_1543340748905962_r.jpeg

 Hi! My name is Jill Emmelhainz. I am in my second half of life. I am a sometimes-too-independent wife and an always-so-proud mom of seven kids, most of whom are grown and wandering the world. I am passionate about living life fully and encouraging others to do the same as they discover their unique strengths. I have always enjoyed being outdoors. I camp, canoe, snow-ski and backpack, but soaking up sunshine is more than a hobby for me. I regularly use connection with Nature as a prescription for healing…

This Dream Job is a PERFECT FIT for me! Forest Therapy Guides help folks of all ages become healthier by connecting with the healing power of nature. I have first-hand experience of the PEACE this therapy brings:
·         Comfort when grieving my son’s death 10 years ago
·         Peace during the chaos of caring for a spouse with cancer
·         Rest for a stressed out mama of a large family
·         Recovery from struggles of working with at-risk minority youth
·         Stability for a daughter with severe anxiety and mental illness

No matter what path I’m walking, I reach out to those around me to encourage and support them in facing similar challenges. I have done this type of informal mentoring for years. Now I have the opportunity to complete formal training and gain certification to more effectively do what I am already practicing. I can’t wait to guide others in how to add Nature Therapy into their busy, stressful lives!

Why I Need YOUR HELP! **THANKS to those who generously donated to the first part of my campaign! With your help, I have finished my initial training and have paid for the gear I need to start leading walks for my 6-month practicum. You are awesome!** NOW I need help to finish paying for final certification and start-up costs that are due before I launch my business and can charge fees to cover my on-going expenses.

Usually we are the strong, independent family that helps others. Like many of you, we manage to effectively juggle daily living expenses for a family. We stretch our budget to cover therapies for a daughter with disabilities, college expenses for a son, and occasional travel to visit far-flung family and grandbabies. We even survived hubby being laid off last year.

 Normally we delay new experiences until we have cash to cover costs. It would take a long while to save enough money to pay for the training class to become a Forest Therapy guide, especially since most courses are overseas or on the far side of the country. I was excited to find a program unexpectedly offered in my home state this year! I was able to take out a loan against our retirement funds to cover the initial fee for this training. Donors covered the costs of travel, lodging and out-of pocket expenses for the training intensive and starting mentored walks in practicum. **THANK YOU for your help so far!** I'm on the home stretch! NOW I need help with a final few classes and expenses to finish my certification so I can launch my business to help families in my local community once I am certified.

How DONATIONS will be used: This Go-Fund-Me Campaign will pay for the cost of completing the six month training process to become a certified Forest Therapy Guide with The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, an international advocacy organization. My program started in September 2018 with an 8-day training intensive. Currently I'm completing a 6-month mentored practicum. The breakdown of $1198 in funds still needed to gain my certification is: $260 for Wilderness First Aid certification; $240 annual Liability Insurance (my business will pay this in subsequent years); and $698 cost to attend the 2019 Forest Therapy Conference. Donations above the campaign amount will be used to offer scholarships or free classes in my local community after I am certified.

What’s In It for YOU? First, you will FEEL GOOD knowing you are helping me train for my Dream Job. Plus, you will HELP BRING PEACE to stressed out clients as they learn how to slow down and connect with Nature’s Healing. Finally, I offer UNIQUE PERKS for donors that you won’t find anywhere else. Check out the donation reward levels below…

What YOU can do to HELP: I am so thankful for each one of you who donates to help me reach my goal. Any amounts and every donation are significant! Thank you in advance for participating by donating… MY NEXT PAYMENT is due January 1st!

Whether or not you donate, I also need your help to spread the word about my dreams and plans. Successful campaigns are shared widely. Please share my story with your friends. Then they, too, will have the opportunity to feel good about helping, bring peace to stressed out folks, and receive special perks for donating! You can share by copying and pasting this link into an email or onto your favorite social media: www.gofundme.com/ForestTherapyJill/ 

LINKS to More Information:

Learn more about Nature Therapy by clicking HERE to read a blog post (written by me)

Check out my website to learn more about how my daughter and I are "Connecting with Nature: One Adventure at a Time" www.thebigepic.com

You can follow my facebook page for The Big Epic HERE

Don't miss out on the special PERKS for DONORS! You can read the details on my blog HERE
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I'm halfway through the initial 8 day training intensive in the 6 months Forest Therapy Guide certification program. What I'm learning is fascinating, stretching, and somewhat overwhelming at times. (Soooo much to remember!)

Thanks to so many family and friends who are supporting me in this process--financially, with prayers, and just generally cheering me on. Your encouragement is hugely important to me!

Over the coming weeks, I'll share more about what I'm learning.

Love, Jill
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Less than one week until the drawing on May 7 for one of the donors to my campaign ($57 or above) to have a personalized LEGO figure join our "tiny-mes" for our summer backpacking adventure! Read more about our planned adventures with Tiny-Mes on my blog at http://thebigepic.com/join-our-tiny-me-adventures/

Please pass on info about my project to anyone you know who loves LEGOS and loves adventures! Perhaps they would like to get a chance to be the chosen one to join us figuratively!

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I'm doing fascinating reading in prep for the training to start in September. We have also made plans for more outdoor adventures this summer. On May 7th will be the drawing for one lucky donor to have thir own personalized "Tiny-Me" Lego figure join us to backpack in Vermont! (1 entry for each donation at $57 or above).

If you have already donated, THANKS! Please continue helping and share this campaign with others who value connecting with nature!

If you haven't yet jumped in to help fund my training/certification, what are you waiting for?! YOU might be the one to join us (virtually) on our next adventure!
Read the story http://thebigepic.com/join-our-tiny-me-adventures/
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