2-hour mindfulness & nature immersion
Mindful Walking & Forest Bathing in City’s Nature, Singapore
With an add-on option for an Arty-Crafty experience
With an add-on option for an Arty-Crafty experience
You may do your daily runs along tree-lined roads, take weekly walks in neighbourhood parks and go on fortnightly hikes to that rustic nature reserve or forest. But can you remember the last time you were surrounded by nature with no particular objective or goal in mind, lost track of time and direction, and focused your attention on elements of nature instead of your mobile phone or the tracker on your wrist?
That, you experience when you take a slow, mindful walk in nature. Also known as forest bathing, or Shinrin Yoku, by the Japanese who are believed to have developed the practice that has since become a tradition. It is when you immerse yourself in nature, be present in the moment and take in the natural atmosphere through your senses, do you start to bring your rhythm in sync with nature and bridge the gap with the natural world.
Come along and join me for such a walk, where you will be led on a leisurely stroll through thoughtfully curated parts of the Gardens, and be guided through activities which will encourage the mindful engagement of your senses. You may be invited to gaze at drifting clouds, smell blooming roses, listen out for elusive bird songs, feel the contrast between smooth leaves and rough barks, and open your mouth to taste the raindrops falling from the sky. The session will wrap up over light refreshments and simple reflections. Let me show you the way to nature’s magic, and have you emerge from the experience feeling more refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired.
In addition to bringing benefits on physical and mental well-being, forest bathing is also known to enhance creativity and instill inspiration. To cater to guests with an artistic inkling, I have designed an Arty-Crafty add-on option where you will be invited to roll up your sleeves and get your hands on some fun art and craft work.
The Mindful Walking and Forest Bathing segment will last between 2 to 2.5 hours, and will be a light-rain or shine event. It is intended neither to be strenuous nor overly adventurous. The Arty-Crafty segment (optional add-on) will extend the session for approximately 1 hour.
This experience will typically be shared with one or two guests.
In order to have a comfortable and enjoyable session, I would recommend that the guest comes with:
For guests who have opted for the Arty-Crafty experience add-on, should you feel inspired and would like to bring along your own art and craft materials, please feel free to do so. You will be welcome to use them at the designated locations and timings. Do remember not to overburden yourself with carrying them.
Bookable every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and starts from 8:30am, with a maximum group size of 2 participants.
Contact us for dates and times not listed, or if you want to book for a larger group.
The exact location will be provided upon a confirmation of the booking. The meeting point and venue of the session will be within one of Singapore’s two beautiful nature gems situated in the heart of the island-city:
(1) Singapore Botanic Gardens, once a British colonial botanic garden now transformed into a modern city garden with recreation, conservation and research purposes all integrated into its well-preserved landscape and rich diversity of plants, and proudly wearing a UNESCO World Heritage Site badge since 2015.
(2) Gardens by the Bay, a relatively new but renowned urban nature park built on reclaimed waterfront land near the central business district, which houses more than 1,500,000 plants within its collection of three beautiful public outdoor gardens, two enormous horticultural greenhouses and a handful of futuristic-looking super tree structures.
While these are popular destinations with both locals and tourists alike, and host dozens of attractions which many flock to for sight-seeing or recreation each day, there are countless un-beaten paths, hidden gems and secret gardens to discover, explore and seek refuge in.
You will be brought on a calming, exploratory yet introspective journey through a wonderland of nature elements, be it treading under the rainforest canopy listening to the symphony of cicadas, swaying along to dancing bamboos and the beat of their rustling leaves in the breeze, tip-toeing barefoot in an open meadow while gazing at the fluffy white clouds above, or many other specially curated atmospheres.
Allow yourself to be open to an element of surprise on which of these settings the guide has in store for you. Or if you would so prefer, reach out to the guide and explore the possibility of tailoring the environment to your interest or curiosity areas.
Regardless, this experience is bound to offer that welcoming dosage of nature and fresh air, right here in your backyard.
Guests are invited to come with an open mind and an open heart. Please inform the guide in advance (at least 1 week ahead) of any pre-existing conditions, or any important details which you think or feel may impact the experience.
Hello, my name is Kate and I am your guide for this experience. I had the pleasure of undertaking The Mindful Tourist’s Forest Bathing Certification Level 1 training and am now a certified Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) guide.
I am neither a Zen master, nor an artist. I am neither a psychotherapist, nor an ecologist. I am a city dweller accustomed to being in an urban setting on a day-to-day basis, plugged into technology and being charged up most times of the day, zooming in and out of heavy human and road traffic, popping in and out of high-rise apartments, skyscrapers and underground malls. Perhaps just one who secretly possesses a biophilia trait, is a closet daydreamer and feels hidden joy from creating things with my hands.
Before I started taking long lone nature walks, discovered the practice of forest bathing and founded The Backyard Bathers all in the fateful year of 2020, I was unhappy, unhealthy (physically, mentally and emotionally) and unfulfilled. It felt like I was constantly feeling overwhelmed by the intensity and pressures of city life and society, yet putting up a strong controlled front but practically leading an underwhelming existence.
Which is why I “get” my guests, appreciate their perspectives and can relate to them. By listening to their stories and respecting their paces, I personalise each forest bathing session and my guiding approach accordingly, to offer an authentic experience for each one of them to connect with themselves and connect with nature.
Walk by walk, “bath” by “bath”, guest by guest, I aspire to bring happiness and holistic wellness to others like myself. With time, I hope to build a forest bathing community here in the backyard of my home. Watch Kate’s self-introduction on YouTube.
The Mindful Tourist networks with selected Forest Bathing guides around the world to offer you some very unique and authentic Forest Bathing experiences in some of the most beautiful places in the world.