Nature For All - Expedition Empower and The Mindful Tourist Collaborate
July 14, 2021 marks a new beginning of the new cohort of TMT Online Forest Bathing Guide Certification Training and The Mindful Tourist announces a collaboration with Expedition Empower, with its board members Phillip Berenz and Stephen Trovato joining the Shinrin Yoku guide training to spearhead the project.
“Through this collaboration, with the help of The Mindful Tourist, it is Expedition Empower’s and my personal goal to create an adaptive version of Shinrin Yoku that can be tailored to any disability. In my opinion, the ability to connect with nature lives in all of us and I hope to make that ability easily accessible to all,” says Expedition Empower’s founder Phillip Berenz.
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.
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 aware of nature’s holistic healing powers and make the practice of Japanese Shinrin Yoku more easily accessible to a wider range of audiences.
Milena Guziak, The Mindful Tourist’s co-founder adds, “as we continue to pave the way and raise the industry standards, we look back on our journey thus far with pride that our Nature for All project and TMT Shinrin Yoku training have touched lives in ways beyond our imagination, with the help of our students and Expedition Empower.”
Expedition Empower is a nonprofit organization that provides experiential outdoor programs and outdoor educational resources to individuals living with a disability. These programs are designed to help participants leverage nature’s health benefits and to promote growth, transformation, and self-confidence.