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Over the last 18 years I have pursued training and education in Wellness therapies as a practitioner
while also working in the training field. I have worked in spa operations, menu and product development, and co-created the in-house training academy for Kamalaya Koh Samui.
My focus in on the interface of the physical and energetic bodies, using both Eastern (Chi Nei Tsang, and Reiki) and Western therapies (Lymphatic Drainage Therapy and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy). My approach is to listen to the client’s system, and aid it to release blockages and come back to the wholeness built into our original patterns.
Each session is bespoke to address their needs, with restoration of energetic flows, balancing of blood, lymph, nerve and organ functioning the ultimate goal.
Some of the issues helped by a session might include digestive problems, adrenal burnout, emotional blockage, localized lymph drainage dis function, TMJ and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Milena spent nearly 17 years abroad, including 10 years in Japan. She first encountered Japanese culture when she went on a one-year internship in Japan during her studies in England. That year changed her life. After graduating with a degree in chemistry, she relocated to Japan with the purpose of embarking on a PhD course in engineering. During that time, explored the forests and cultural corners of Japan and taught at universities using ‘reflective education’ and a ‘student-centered approach’.
It was in the forest that she found her path and ‘befriended’ her past filled with sexual abuse. It was there that she found her creative soul and the goodness within herself that still accompanies her until these days.
Her belief in the goodness of people and connection to nature, her academic background, knowledge of teaching methods and the Japanese language have allowed her to create informative trainings. She is the author of the guide and instructor courses; until now she has trained almost 50 guides worldwide.
Mint, a shy girl who grew up in housing estate with protected-family. Fortunately, she has some memories with nature in childhood when she lived with grandma & grandpa at countryside.
Her life change when she got brokenhearted. It leads to the beginning of her inner journey. She had deep experience with nature when practiced touching the earth (plum village practice), reconnect with ‘Mother Nature’ through earthing. She collected a lot of experiences for self-development by inner work, meditation, diverse-workshop and spiritual practices.
Unfortunately, she graduated forestry with less academic potential. However, she is so lucky to raise awareness of nature with direct experience through her heart.
Nowadays, she is a forester & freelance-facilitator who love to encourage human-human & human-nature relationship by forest bathing. Her belief is we are one (human is a part of nature), interbeing. If we reconnect to ourselves, we can take care of nature surroundings. She really believes that human being is the most important key for change, a gentle relationship with nature leads to positive changes from individual to society.
She still exploring and learning about herself, nature of humanity (Anthroposophy Foundation, Waldorf Education), Goethean science etc., to collaborate with forest bathing on the way of barefoot facilitator.
We can arrange a private transfer, at a fee, for you and your family / friends to our retreat venue.
Please contact us for more information.
Healing Garden, located in the mountain area in Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai, Thailand, was built from genuine love for nature, passion for holistic wellness and eco-friendly living by a Thai – American couple.
Welcoming only a small group of guests each time, Healing Garden provides a truly personalized nature immersion experience and guests can only unlock the beauty of this place by staying with us on a retreat program. This is not a typical homestay where you can book only the room. Our Forest Bathing retreat program allows you to connect with the spirit of Healing Garden through all your senses in a mindful manner.
Your Forest Bathing experience here is curated by The Mindful Tourist and Pla Nongnapat. Our aim is to share the essence of being close to nature with you and guide you how being one with nature is a cure for your lifestyle-induced health problems.
Shinrin-yoku, literally Forest Bathing, was developed in Japan in the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest and taking in the forest atmosphere.
We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. We have known it for centuries. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease our stress and worry, help us to relax and to think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us.
To bathe in the forest or nature means to bask in it. Your five senses are open to receive nature. You smell the flowers and the natural essential oil from tree barks, you taste the fruits or the air, you see the tall trees and thousand shades of green, you hear the sounds of birds and nature around you, you feel the forest with your palms and sole of the feet, deep within your soul.
When you have been busy at work all week, it can be hard to slow down. You may have been rushing around so much you no longer know how to stand still.
Walking with a guide who is trained can help you feel more comfortable and find the right environment to fit your needs.
This is not hiking or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. It doesn’t matter how fit – or unfit – you are. Shinrin-yoku is suitable for any level of fitness.
Our programs are held at a few selected locations in the North and the South of Thailand, depending on the seasons. However, our main retreat location is Healing Garden in Chiang Mai. Each place has something unique to offer and we encourage you to experience them with us at different times of the year. We partner with local small-scale home stay owners to make this experience happen. It is authentic, conducive to healing and aims at getting you closer to what really matters.
Locations and the accommodations will be determined by us at the time of your booking. We will then send you an arrival guide, which includes, but not limited to, how to get there, what to bring, etc. The pictures shown below are taken from some of our retreat locations. They are for illustration purposes only and may not reflect your actual room.
Helping our forests & planet
Do Good, Feel Good
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 and biodiversity, 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 Soi Dog Foundation and Elephant Nature Park.
Be a part of the change!