\ Outward Journey / \ Inward Discovery /
\ Outward Journey / \ Inward Discovery /
I’m Pin Chinnapat (the one with the Bianchi bicycle), Founder and Managing Director of The Mindful Tourist. My co-founder, Milena (the one with the pink pom pom beanie – she’s so stylish!) and I started The Mindful Tourist from the love and joy of hanging out in the woods, to promote the practice of Shinrin Yoku and bring awareness of the practice to people visiting Japan. We created The Mindful Tourist trainings and retreats with the aim to 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.
In the pictures, we cycled from Kyoto to Nara (around 60km one way) in the middle of winter (so sooo very cold on the bicycles) and stayed at a farmhouse in the middle of the forest. We met Chie (the 3rd picture, the lady with a beautiful smile in the middle) who is the lovely owner of the place. She let us pick fresh produce from her farm to cook in her kitchen. We became friends.
One year later, Chie’s farmhouse became our training ground in Japan and we had our very first group of students (the last picture) who came to be certified in Shinrin Yoku in Japan.
Come and join us in Japan and experience profound connection to nature. Get certified, go on and share your passion with the world!
Founder and Managing Director of The Mindful Tourist / Director of Spa and Wellness, Capella Bangkok
Pin Chinnapat Veerasomboonsin is a wellness and hospitality professional with 9 years of experience working in the luxury spa and wellness sector. Her recent career includes her time in the position of Spa Operations Director at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary, Director of Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto and at Raffles Seychelles.
While in Japan, she established The Mindful Tourist, a company that offers Forest Bathing certification training to health and wellness practitioners to promote the practice of Shinrin Yoku as an alternative therapy.
She has also shared her insights from an operator’s point of view to a research team from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University in Bangkok for the research in Forest Bathing for Sustainable Tourism in Thailand.
She has a Master’s Degree in Hotel Management and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Management. Before diving all in with Shinrin Yoku, she held several management positions in Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Minor Hotel Group and FRHI Hotels & Resorts, now part of AccorHotels, and had work experiences in Asia Pacific, Indian Ocean, Middle East and Africa.
She was born and raised in Bangkok, and enjoys working with multi-cultural teams.
Spa & Wholistic Wellness Business Consultation
Wellness-Related Social Media and Content Management
Client Relationship Nurturing
CEO, Co-Founder, Program Creative Director of The Mindful Tourist
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 this time, she 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; she has now trained almost 50 guides and instructors who are part of the team.
As a CEO, she looks into the growth of the company by bringing new ideas, projects, and collaborations. Over the past few months with the hard work of instructors, she set up TMT Branches worldwide.
TMT Certified Forest Bathing Guide / Marketing and Social Media Strategist
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TMT Certified Forest Bathing Guide / Wellness Content Contributor
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Owner of Vegan Minshuku Sanbiki Neko, Kyoto
Hi! We, Helen & Craig, are originally from Australia and have been living a plant based lifestyle for over 29 years. We first visited Japan in 2007 and fell in love with the country, and Kyoto in particular.
We are now at a stage in our lives where we have decided we want to share our experience of traveling in Japan, passion for good food and and providing good service through our Japanese-style inn, Vegan Minshuku Sanbiki Neko.
Owner of Toyouke no mori, Nara
Hi! I’m Chie. I own and operate Toyouke no mori, a guesthouse with organic farm in a quiet mountain in Nara. Life at Toyouke no mori is anchored in the Japanese traditional of shared community, based on simplicity, sustainability and harmony. We offer guests an opportunity to experience life close to nature that celebrates the richness four seasons Japan, and to cultivate inner peace, being content with what you have, and rejoicing in the way things are.