Forest Bathing Certification Training Program

The Mindful Tourist (TMT) aims to provide a conducive environment for you to go deep into the vast and transforming world of Forest. TMT's Shinrin Yoku Certification Training is based on the latest scientific research on the Japanese Shinrin Yoku, nature connection and mindfulness practices. Designed to provide broad and varied experiences and activities, the training invites you to think deeply about what nature means to you and builds on your prior knowledge and experiences. Internationally recognized certification with internship opportunities with The Mindful Tourist upon completion. Forest Bathing is the new yoga and there is a growing demand for Forest Bathing guides and instructors.

Shinrin Yoku training is particularly useful for health, fitness, holistic wellness and medical professionals and may be used to enhance the effectiveness of other wellness modalities practiced by professionals in the fields of, including, but not limited to yoga, mindfulness, naturopathy, psychotherapy, massage therapy, meditation, energy healing, somatic movement and medicine.

Shinrin Yoku (森林浴) or forest bathing has become a vital part of preventative healthcare in Japan. The results of Japanese medical studies have shown forest bathing improves sleep quality, mood and ability to focus, strengthens the immune system and reduces stress levels. TMT was founded in Kyoto, Japan. Now with our instructors based in different parts of the world, you can join our online or immersion training programs all year round in various locations such as Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Poland, the US and Sweden.

Find balance and heal your soul with Forest Therapy. Expand and deepen your knowledge on the healing powers of nature. Experience profound personal growth and development and help transform lives as a certified nature-based well-being practitioner or a Forest Bathing instructor.


Learn to slow down and pace yourself to the rhythm of nature. Expand and deepen your knowledge on the healing powers of nature. Focus on what matters to your well-being and be inspired to serve others doing what you love.

Grow & Transform

Achieve a healthy work/life balance. Experience profound personal growth and development, and help transform lives as a certified forest guide or nature-based wellness practitioner.

Create Value

Find your "Ikigai" or "The reason for being," and live a life of meaning and purpose. Use your passion to inspire the service of others and, in that service, create the opportunity for business.

Forest Bathing Training
for Individuals

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TMT Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing Guide Certification Training- Online (Level 1)

Study from anywhere in the world and become a certified TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1 with our 15-week online training. The Mindful Space provides a seamless online learning experience, with theory & practical trainings. This course serves as a prerequisite for taking the Level 2 course.

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TMT Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing Instructor Certification Training (Level 2)

Join us in Japan or Thailand for a 5-week online and 5-day live in-forest training . Gain first-hand experience on how being in nature can help us find health, balance and happiness. Also includes business consultation, the secrets behind customer service excellence and how to turn your passion into a viable business.

Upcoming Shinrin Yoku Guide Trainings

Classes are held every Wednesday (USD 799)
TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1 
Time Zone: GMT +1, Central European Time 


Nov 17, 2021 – March 9, 2022

8 AM,  12 PM,  7 PM 




Dec 8, 2021 – March 23, 2022

9 AM,  1 PM,  8 PM


Jan 19 – April 27, 2022

6 AM,  2 PM,  9 PM



Feb 9 – May 18, 2022

5 AM,  3 PM,  6 PM 



March 16 – June 22, 2022

7 AM,  12 PM,  7 PM

During Your Shinrin Yoku Guide Training You Will

TMT Approach to Shinrin Yoku

TMT way of Shinrin Yoku is to embrace the physiological and psychological benefits of spending time in forest in combination with the active role of TMT Shinrin Yoku Guides and participants in a Shinrin Yoku session. Whether guided or self-guided, forest bathing cannot happen without a receiver of the benefits, let it be the nature or participants. Shinrin Yoku and forest bathing are used exchangeably. A TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide is a person who facilitates the experience of mindful immersion through senses, mindful-based and nature-based activities.

Whilst TMT recognises that the most benefits to human health spring from the forest environment, we are also aware that not everyone is fortunate to live in the proximity of the forest. Thus, the way of TMT is to embrace the present moment - the present physical location. Instead of focusing on “this location is not good enough for a Shinrin Yoku session”, we ask ourselves “what is possible with where I live?”. TMT recognises the role individual differences play in the praxis of life and the reciprocal relationship between humans and environments. Thus, the way of TMT to Shinrin Yoku is to embrace diversity in any form at present moment: the present mental location and the present skills and knowledge. Instead of focusing on “I am not good enough”, we ask ourselves “how can I utilise my existing skills, potential and interests I already have in combination with Shinrin Yoku?”. 

This approach allows for connection with nature and oneself anywhere in various ways and for creating unique experiences: bringing nature to people and people to nature. Location relates to different environments from which our guides come from; in turn, these environments have shaped their interests, skills, and passions. Human-human and nature-human connection is at the core of TMT approach to Shinrin Yoku that relies on knowledge and creativity of our guides jointly with amazing work of nature.
Milena A. Guziak
Co-founder, Creative Director & Head Instructor

Nature-Based Wellness
for Hotels & Wellness Centers

What Your Guests Are Looking For

Renewed interest in nature, mental wellness and air purification are among the top wellness trend in 2021. All of which can be benefited by Forest Bathing. Learn how your company and your team can harness the power of nature and give the healing and care your customers, patients and guests are looking for.

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Business consultation

Learn how adding Forest Bathing and Nature Connectedness Activities to your menu can enhance your wellness programs and unique value proposition.

Nature Program Curation

Official Forest Bathing trail designation, nature-themed wellness programs engineering, staff education and press-worthy launch.

Team Training

Our expert team provides practical and theoretical Forest Bathing trainings, using TMT curriculum to your wellness team, so they can confidently care for your guests. Training available both online and on-site.

Visiting Practitioner

We have trained practitioners in Europe, The Middle East, Asia Pacific and North America who can travel to your destinations to offer the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku or “forest bathing” and guide your guests to connect mindfully with the senses and immerse in the healing power of nature.

Why Choose The Mindful Tourist

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Research-Based Content

Our curriculum is founded on solid research about Forest Bathing and its holistic well-being benefits. Designed to
provide broad and varied experiences and activities it invites you to think deeply about what nature means to you and builds on your prior knowledge and experiences.

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High Standard of Training

Our client’s well-being is of utmost importance. Our students go through training topics such as ethical guidelines & code of conduct, values and empathy to maintain high standard of client services.

Forest Bathing Certification Training with The Mindful Tourist

Certification Training

Internationally recognized certification with internship opportunities with The Mindful Tourist upon completion. Train in Japan or
Thailand. Cultivate mindfulness and connect deeply to nature. Live the
Forest Bathing retreat’s life to get inspired to design your own. 


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Vocational Support

Turn your passion into a business, through TMT Connected Community’s business consultations. Whether your ambition is to open a TMT training or retreat centers, achieve synergy with your current ventures or earn from your hobby, we can help you.

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What is Shinrin Yoku

Shinrin Yoku (森林浴) or forest bathing has become a vital part of preventative healthcare in Japan. The results of Japanese studies have shown forest bathing improves sleep quality, mood and ability to focus, strengthens the immune system and reduces stress levels. Chronic stress and inactivity can contribute to the development of many diseases. Spending time in nature, away from modern technology and the hustle and bustle of big cities can improve your physical, mental and even spiritual health by reducing the effects of stress on your body and fostering nature connectedness. Prescribed forest bathing in Japan has led to a healthier lifestyle for people of all ages.

Why We Do What We Do

With growing interest in forest therapy and the health benefits of forest bathing among researchers and psychologists, The Mindful Tourist aims to promote the practice of forest bathing, increase awareness of nature’s holistic healing powers and make the practice of Japanese Shinrin Yoku more easily accessible to a wider range of audiences.

We and our team of instructors also use this platform as a way to inspire a balanced and sustainable way of living at the grassroots. We believe that developing pro-nature attitudes through positive participation in nature can help develop a more sustainable relationship with the natural world and inspire humans’ reverence for nature.

Learn the art and science of Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku (森林浴) online or in one of the most beautiful forests in Japan or Thailand, and get certified to lead forest bathing groups wherever you are.

"The Mindful Tourist brings people together for culturally authentic and unforgettable nature immersion experiences. Explore off-the-beaten trails, get deeply connected to nature, discover your inner peace, return revitalized. We make memories and friends in nature, while cultivating mindfulness."

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How we give back

At The Mindful Tourist, we believe in creating a world where our forests and animal can thrive without human abuse and where all beings live in harmony. Our world is blessed to have luscious green lands where us nature lovers can get in touch with ourselves! Our mission is to raise awareness and provide ways for our clients to help keep our earth green and to be kind to all beings.

Your purchase of all items on The Mindful Store and your registration for our programs help promote the common good and 1% of our profit is donated to selected foundations such as Soi Dog Foundation and Save Elephant Foundation. Be a part of the change!


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to create a world where our forests and animals can thrive without human abuse and where all beings can live in harmoniously and sustainably


who were guided to appreciate the present moments and open doors to the healing benefits of nature

TMT Certified Guides

who are inspired to discover their “Ikigai” or “the reason for being,” and live a life of meaning and purpose.


reached with our international guide network. We celebrate cultural & professional diversities, with student backgrounds in banking, IT, holistic health, hospitality & art.

What Students Say

It’s soo amazing to see how an online program can encourage you to take new steps in your life and urge you to change your way, 

Shinrin Yoku was such a rich and inspiring program, I have learnt a lot not only from the program itself but also from the team and of course Milena, 

I discovered many things about me, I remembered actually what I like and what I dislike, 

This program made me creative and inspired, I loved this experience and it’s really sad that we are coming to the end…

An end that will open new doors, new bright doors, 

Thank you everyone, it was lovely, inspiring, creative amazing, full of feelings and wonderful program 

I am sad that today is the last day, but happy and proud of myself that I did it! 

Thank you Pin 
Thank you Milena
Thank you Agata
Thank you Stephanie

Now I have a certificate and new real friends! Much Love!  

A woman on grass


I can’t remember ever taking a class where the harmony and energy was so right off the bat. After the first meeting I felt I had arrived in a way I hadn’t in a long time. It is not only the topic that unites us but also something deeper, an inner basic attitude towards life and nature. This bond has made me look forward to seeing each other’s faces on my laptop all the more each week.

Since childhood, I was passionate about nature. As a resilience therapist, the forest, with its health-promoting properties, has taken on an even more important place for me. The Mindful Tourist has taught me a lot and brought closer my desire to combine resilience therapy with Shinrin Yoku. I have not only learned theoretical knowledge but also more about myself and the unconscious connection and background of my love for nature. I have rediscovered myself a little bit through some tasks.

At the beginning of the course I didn’t know what exactly to expect and was open to everything. Still, I didn’t think that after an online course I would walk out with so much knowledge that I can put into practice. Milena and Pin, with their style and approach, have also been incredibly beneficial in making the weeks so educational and enjoyable. As well as my wonderful course mates who, through conversation and their thoughts, gave me an hour that I looked forward to all week 🙂

I have been looking forward to doing Level 2 training and practicing Shinrin Yoku in the Japanese woods since the beginning.

Thank you Milena, Pin, Stephanie and Dhouha for such a wonderful time. I can’t wait to see you all and laugh together with you in person!

Agata TMT Shinrin Yoku student


What a beautiful, insightful, health affirming 15 weeks this has been. It has not only opened up my world to the healing capacity of Shinrin-yoku but also offered space for connection, reflection, professional development + my own self care.

As a Naturopath, I am passionate about nature as our wisest teacher and most abundant healer. This course reflected that the laws of nature really are the fundamental truth: as we were guided towards self-enquiry, perspective and our ‘Ikigai’ (reason for being), which I cannot wait to share, to optimise health outcomes in my patients and to those new to nature-based therapy.

The course was taught professionally, with so many informative and evidenced based resources. It was lovely to meet every week, uplifted by like-minded but diverse reflections from classmates based around the world, as we learnt together.
I am very much looking forward to completing the Level 2 training in Japan and know The Mindful Tourist will be with me every step of the way, as I continue to learn by embracing these ideals as part of me.
Thank you Milena & Pin, its been wonderful to watch this all unfold. Well wishes & gratitude, Emily Sarkies (Naturopath, WOW Hub) @emilysarkies_naturopath / @wowhub_


15 weeks already.
WOOW 😀 This really went fast.

I am very glad I went on this journey to discover more about Shinrin Yoku and it has been a fantastic inspiring and greatly
and educational journey. I was quite unaware of what I was going for when I started, and I have been very pleasantly surprised on the way. This has really enriched my life in many ways. 🙂

In particular, I would like to highlight the wonderful people I have met and with whom I have shared these 15 weeks.
I feel like I’ve made some new good friends for life. <3

The weeks have been characterized by very educational and great weekly assignments that have given me a greater insight and better understanding of Shinrin Yoku, why it is so important in the time we live in and how to create a business based on what we have learned together. It is greatly appreciated and is very useful for us as we move our business to the next level.

I am also very grateful to Milena and Pin who have made this possible for us. I cant imagine someone better for the task. I could really feel that you guys care and are there for us. You really have the ability to create good flow in the group and have focused on very exciting topics in a fun and interactive way with my favorite on Passion and Ikigai. This has been fun for me to participate in.

Thank you so much. <3

Training Caledar


It is not often, through the course of my life, that I get to be part of a circle where members are from greatly diverse backgrounds both culturally as well as professionally. Yet, it is also not often, in the course of my life, where I find myself in a circle where people are so like-minded, in their connection to nature, motivation to head in a particular direction of their lives and level of empathy and kindness.

For that alone — in finding this community and in building these friendships and comradeships which I hope will last a lot longer than the 15 weeks we have spent together — I am grateful.

I joined the course as an uncertain, cynical, doubtful lost soul, and am now going to leave as a more positive, determined open-minded version of myself. Rewind back to 4 months ago, I would never have believed I would make a video of myself (which subsequently gets uploaded onto YouTube) and would go on to guide more than 15 hours of forest bathing sessions with client (albeit friends). The knowledge I have gained along the way, whether its through the course readings, recommended books, inspirational videos or sharing sesions, has been immense and broad. I also feel immensely proud and supported, that I now have two kind, generous and creative ladies I can reach out to as my mentors, in forest bathing, in business, in the quest for ikigai, and in life.

I truly hope I will not disappoint, and will go on to kickstart and build @The_Backyard_Bathers, my forest bathing practice with an arty, crafty twist — with the aspiration of enhancing holistic wellness and spreading joy through connecting with nature, client by client. I also cannot wait till the day I can undertake TMT Level 2 to strengthen the foundation and extend the path, and meet some of you in person.

Till then, may we all go out there and pursue our ikigai! Wishing everyone great success in the paths which you choose, and keep in touch!

Kate Forest Bathing Singapore


For some years now, I had been very curious to understand and study more about Shinrin Yoku.
This pandemic brought pain, but it also brought opportunities of light, for me, this certification has been that light. I will always be grateful for that!
As a dancer I have felt that I do not always fit well into the mold of the image of the dancer that one is supposed to be, I have learned over time that each living being is its own way and I discovered that nature is part of that destiny for me, The TMT certification is my new HOW in life.
Every Tuesday morning as soon as I turned on the computer and saw all the faces of my classmates and teachers, those were all enjoyable moments, what I loved with all my heart was that we all embraced and respected each other’s individual processes, even the curriculum is designed for that, no one got lost along the way.
My most endearing achievements were being able to make friends around the world and understand that this technique is as personal as the individual who performs it, this left me an open field for imagination.
I will celebrate these achievements by following my life path, saying yes to life.
Thank you Milena for accompanying us in the most kind and sensitive way that a human being can accompany, thank you Pin for your support and for your follow-up with such passion and commitment, you two have inspired me to undertake by daring to share who I am with the world, I will always be grateful to them and they will always have a home in Mexico.

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I am very thankful for having joined this Shinrin-yoku training. I could learn a lot about myself, about my relationship with Victor, and about my dream business. I think one of the most important aspects of the training was this great group of diverse and amazing people, each one bringing a different perspective of Shinrin-yoku. Also, I really appreciate the knowledge, friendship and openess of Milena and Pin, that created this space that allowed us to develop and to be more prepared for the world out there. There were so many perspectives of Shinrin-yoku that I didn’t know about, such as the existing researches on the topic and how to get prepared for all scenarios possible when guiding our clients.

I want to use this certificate to boost my business and guide many people in this path to (re)discover the connection with nature. I see myself giving value to people, supporting them in their self-development process and to go for their dreams fearlessly.

I am shocked that 15 weeks have passed, it was such a pleasant time, even if we needed to wake up 5am for the classes :D. Everything was worth it! And I know I still have so much to learn, and I will continue my studies and practices.

Thank you so much trainers and colleagues for this amazing time together!!! You can count on me for life! Hopefully, see you all on level 2 training. You are all welcome to Sweden and Norway to visit, to do your internship (just throwing out a suggestion :P) to do business… I know we have a long and brilliant way ahead!


My Shinrin Yoku trail has been a path of self discovery. And it still is.
I’m traveling through life and on my backpack a new patch of a Japanese Hinoki tree is sewed.
It’s my certification. My souvenir that invites me to discover new destinations. Still unknown, but inviting.

My Shinrin Yoku patch helps me to see and choose more paths then before. More directions, more chances, more knowledge and more inspiration. My map and my world became bigger. My monkey mind got calmer and my inner bear got louder.

I’ve learned that being connected to nature is being connected to yourself. We are nature. We come from nature and that’s why we all return to nature. That’s why we find health and happiness in nature.

I mostly enjoyed the gifts that come to you when you open up your senses. When you listen to the invitations of nature. When you look with different eyes or feel with different fingers. Finding awesomeness in ultimate awareness. Like witnessing the dance of light and shadow through the leaves of a tree. I’ve learned to take myself into the present moment.
The only place where life truly exists. Nature showed me the way.

I gained a greater awareness of different perspectives. Reconnecting with nature rewires the brain. Just like being thankful. So I’ll celebrate this certification by having and sending thankful thoughts every coming day for 21 days.

Thank you Milena and Pin for making this all possible. And thank you, all new friends. Thank you for your wonderful support and stories. Thank you for your part in my journey.

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I was trying for a long time to find the right words that express how special & meaningful these 15 weeks of online program have been.

As the owner of a boutique tour operator for wellbeing retreats & mindful journeys to Asia and personally being deeply in love with Japan, I’ve always been interested in diving deeper into the topic of Shinrin Yoku.

During the pandemic seeing everyone near and far lose their ground, I felt becoming a Shinrin Yoku guide myself would be a useful additional qualification in my professional life but above all I felt I could help others to reconnect and to heal with the power of nature.

Helping people regaining their energy and bringing back the glow in their eyes generally is the greatest joy for me. But during the course I realised it has become a deep journey to myself. I had the honor to meet the most wonderful ladies every week online and I think it was quite magical how connected we felt right from the start. We were so open, honest and emotional with each other that it was a million times more than an advanced online training. I believe all of us learned a bit more about our own purpose through the reflection and support of the others.

Thank you to the power woman Pin and to Milena, our guide through these weeks, a wonderful, highly professional and very sensitive human being. And thank you to my “school buddies” Agata and Dhouha. Already miss you all dearly and can`t wait to see you in person soon.

Stephanie Syiemlieh


I thought this certification was for me only, but as the practice becomes a recurrent in my calendar, I see that not only my life but the one of those around me is also positively affected.

Being more in nature has given me the chance to see myself as an adult interacting with it. New feelings, ideas and memories are being created.

Just discovering the lovely world I have around me has been a true gift. Appreciating and respecting nature while inspiring others to go out there and try it, it has been a great lesson.

Soon I will be sharing the project I created while doing this certification. I feel very passionate about it and I know its the start of something great.

To TMT team and the great women in my group: I couldn’t be more grateful to have met you. I felt so close to you and I loved learning about your stories, your places and motivations. I see a group of creative and talented women wanting to make a difference in the world and that is very inspiring.

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This course had been my first “back to school” in 5 years. With my busy schedule, I was wondering if I would be able to complete all sessions. However, it turns out to become one of my “most enjoyable days” of the week. I looks at nature with different perspectives and see an opportunity I can’t see before. I learn so much and be inspired by countless of conversation I have with a group of my classmate from around the world.

After taking a class, I learn how forest can heal us in so many ways. I practice forest bathing and invite people I know to join me. It is a way to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. And I think it is a magnificent way for getting people to love and protect forest and nature.

Thank you everyone, every session was amazingly inspiring and gave opportunity for me to explore and learn from the inside out.

piyarat The Mindful Tourist Shinrin Yoku training


A walk in the forest will never be the same again! Everything changed for me after starting the Shinrin Yoku training course with the Mindful Tourist. My first forest walk (in Castlefreke) was mind changing. It wasn’t a mindless walk in the forest, thinking my own thoughts. It was being there, “Aware” and “Noticing” Nature through my senses. It was tapping into the senses -opening them up -letting Nature in. This opened up a whole new experience for me. It felt different; I was taking it all in, experiencing it and appreciating it.

Part of that process for me is photography, wanting to capture Nature in all its wondrous beauty. The wild, rugged, rural setting where I live combined with the changing seasons offer an ever-changing playground for me in which to explore and experiment.

We are so lucky to have such beautiful Nature around us and lucky to have Milena and Pin to support us and point us in the right direction!

How amazing it was to be able to join up each week with a group of like-minded people via the internet and to learn from each other. Even though we are like scattered leaves across the globe, we all have a lot in common; love of Nature, protection of the environment and use of Nature for well-being.

What I learned from the course was to be open-minded, reflective and to see things from a different perspective. So I’ll raise a glass of champagne to that!

Shinrin Yoku lady in Cork Country, Ireland


From Our Retreat Participants

This is definitely a one of a kind experience! Pin is very caring and tender, she payed a lot of attention to my well-being during the hike and subsequent massage/reiki session. She is a very good soul and I’m glad to have met her! It was extremely hot that day, yet I received so much energy that I could’ve kept hiking for hours. I felt very refreshed after the experience! Highly recommended if you’re into nature!
This was a unique and magical experience in the forests of Kyoto. Pin has a holistic understanding which helped with the experience. We left feeling healed.
Great experience with wonderful host. Milena took us to a gentle hike in the beautiful forest in Nara and then gave us a shiatsu massage in nature. Unique experience. Pin and Milena were attentive hosts, responding fast to accommodate my time and location constraints.
We spent the morning with Milena, who was a really excellent host. Having lived in Japan for many years, she was able to share some interesting insights into Japanese culture and lifestyle. The massage and Forest bathing on the mountain top was very special, she took her time, nothing felt rushed and there was no watching the clock. We got some great tips on where to lunch and what else to see and do in Kyoto. Highly recommend this experience.
Our experience with Pin was absolutely a highlight of our trip. Pin was easy to talk to and had planned everything so we felt truly connected to nature and comfortable. A wonderful massage in a beautiful setting!
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