Rewilding Training Tourism is a training programme focused on developing and upskilling the guiding and hospitality segment of Europe’s nature tourism sector. Set up by Rewilding Europe, it aims to professionalise and scale up nature-based tourism in Europe.
The Rewilding Training Tourism programme comprises three separate stages, with each of these including an assessment and a “Rewilding certificate” for participants. It is designed for guides, hospitality and tourism entrepreneurs, and other local partners in rewilding areas. Providing comprehensive rewilding and tourism training, it incorporates Rewilding Europe’s best practices.
Online training and selection
A series of five webinar training presentations for all candidates, including an introduction to nature-based tourism, rewilding, hospitality, engaging nature and local partnerships across diverse landscapes, and nature-based economies.
Nature based tourism in-field training
A five day in-field training programme for a maximum of 8 participants, followed by theoretical submissions and principles for grading. Bringing people together to learn and train in different environments across rewilding areas.
Further training for entrepeneurs
Dive deeper into the learnings from Stage 1 & 2 and apply these to a live scenario where you will co-create a new nature-based business concept. This will include impact on people, nature and rewilding and equip participants with the skills to develop new business for different areas in the future.
Rewilding Europe is a ground-breaking initiative, working to bring back wild nature to Europe in a way that benefits both nature and people. Aukje van Gerven is Rewilding Europe's Wildlife Tourism Manager and co-developed Rewilding Training Tourism together with nature based tourism expert Simon Collier from Nature Tourism Development, which helps professionals acquire skills in service and hospitality, and in guiding though presential, online and field trainings. Together they successfully piloted the programme and will now lead it into it's second year.
Irene Fernandez from the European Safari Company assists with Rewilding Training Tourism's adminstrations and applications. The European Safari Company was born in 2017 from the need that arose within Rewilding Europe’s areas for a platform to show the world the beauty of these destinations.
In January 2022 we will start a new intake for the webinar series, all those who are interested to get in touch soon by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or sign up via the forms below.
The webinars will run weekly on Wednesdays, from 12th January 2022.
Stage 1 of the Rewilding Training Tourism programme costs:
January 2022 Intake: €225,- per person (excl VAT) (Registration just opened)
This includes five webinars, homework, assessments and examinations. Those who pass will receive a Rewilding Training Tourism certificate and can elect to move on to Stage 2 Field Training.
Fill in the information form to register directly. We will contact you to confirm your registration and send an invoice for the webinar series.
Stage 1 Webinar Series
“This was such an interesting first event, We have started a rewilding initiative in the heart of the park and this training will be really valuable.” Fernando Abarquero, owner of ProNatura, a nature-based tourism company based in the Picos de Europa National Park in the Cantabrian Mountains
“The set-up of the first webinar was great. This training is a fantastic way to create real change and really strengthen Europe’s community of nature-based entrepreneurs.” Fredrik Broman, Swedish Lapland-based photographer who is also co-owner of Aurora Safari Camp and The Outpost Lodge (two accommodations offered through the European Safari Company).
“I can only imagine what a powerful impact this united group of professionals can achieve together. The first stage really inspired me and I am looking forward to meeting as many of the training programme participants in real life as possible.” Georg Messerer, a nature guide based in Germany and the Southern Carpathians of Romania.
“I greatly enjoyed the webinars and found the topics and the way they were presented very engaging. The content was really interesting and gave us food for thought on different aspects of nature-based tourism along the way. I’m sure the second stage of the training will be just as useful.” Nature guide and photographer James Shooter, who is also Head of Rewilding Escapes at European Rewilding Network member SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.
“The more I hear about rewilding, the more inspired and passionate about it I become. The webinar series reinforced my belief that connecting with wild nature can benefit us all – which is really what my camp is all about – and that all businesses should give something back to nature. I can’t wait to attend the second stage field training, which I’m sure will enhance the experience I can offer clients.” Jonathan Kleppe, owner of a safari camp in the Veluwe.
“Having discovered rewilding through a documentary on the German Arte TV channel, I then came across the Facebook page of Rewilding Europe’s Young Rewilders Community, which fuelled my interest. The webinar series was a great all-round introduction to rewilding – to me the diverse mix of participants was a perfect reflection of the holistic, transdisciplinary and beautifully complex nature of rewilding. When I started the programme I had plans to start a glamping business in Sicily, but the webinar series has opened my eyes to so many more perspectives and nature-based economic opportunities. I guess you could say I’m now shaping my own entrepreneurial journey, with rewilding at its heart. Stage two field training will help me to take further steps along this path.” Hanna Rasper, a German designer based in Sicily, works mainly in the field of social impact and creative strategy.
Stage 2 Field Training in Central Apennines
“The Rewilding Apennines team presented their work in the best possible way and were really inspirational. The Rewilding Training Tourism programme is something that everyone involved in nature-based tourism should experience – to learn new skills, to get to know the work of other participants, and to take hospitality to a new level. And, of course, to advance the rewilding movement.” Nino Salkić, a nature guide and rewilding officer attached to the Rewilding Velebit team in Croatia.
“I loved the atmosphere, the wonderful scenery and nature, and being with like-minded people. I am very grateful for this opportunity to learn about rewilding in a real-world context and raise my skills to a higher level.” Slovenian nature guide Petra Draškovič Pelc.
“Putting together and rolling out this field training on the ground was really great teamwork from Simon and Aukje,” Jasper Folmer, owner of NatureLab
“The local team did a phenomenal job with the training and the entire experience was well-balanced, stimulating, exciting and humbling. Much of what I learned is already being applied in Romania: motivated by the training, I have inspired my team to step up our game in hospitality and food.” Georg Messerer, a nature guide working in the Southern Carpathians of Romania.