Nature ConnectION
Training program for Hotels and Resorts

Guests are seeking authentic experiences which allow them to get closer to nature. The Mindful Tourist is an industry leader in nature connectedness training, specialized in Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing. With several TMT trained and certified instructors,

"Almost every day, a new research paper or article expands on the vital importance that nature plays with respect to our physical and mental wellbeing. At this rate, increasing the nature immersion experience will soon become a wellness imperative!"

Catered to the modern travelers

In a vicious circle, the exhausting fast pace of life promotes overstimulation and overscheduling, which become chronic stressors that lead to behavioral, mood and attention disorders. We cannot see that we are causing our physical, emotional and behavioral health problems as we try harder to go faster, and then turn to medication to treat the unforeseen consequences. We believe we should be able to go this fast and there is something wrong with us if we cannot keep up.

We also see changes in our attention and thinking. Technological advances were supposed to free up creative thinking, but the mass of incoming information has actually eroded our attention and our creativity. People have less time to reflect on anything as they become dominated by a need to act, a need to be online, robotically always checking. Multi-tasking stimulates internal chaos and fragmented attention.

Modern life is forever moving, unrelenting in its eagerness to push us forward onto the next thing and the next thing after that. And so our minds are just as busy. Too infrequently do we stop and enjoy the stillness of a place.

Nature Connection:
the missing piece in Your wellness pillars

From the latest Research done by Global Wellness Institute, connection time nature ranks number 1 on the Top 5 Wellness Expectations on Next Trip, post pandemic. From a commercial perspective, this means there will be a rising demand for nature connectedness activities. If your wellness strategies include sleep, nutrition, fitness, then you need nature connectedness to complete the puzzle of wholistic well-being.

Shinrin Yoku, also known as Forest Bathing, brings us back to nature. It takes us out of our busy lives and heals us – reconnecting us with our environments and ourselves.

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.

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.

TMT Nature Connectedness Training Program

Nature connectedness at Dromoland Castle

Designed for Hotel & wellness establishments

Nature is a ‘capital’ component available to businesses that can promote workplace well-being and result in value added to guests.

Shinrin Yoku is a nature connectedness activity from Japan

suitable for Hotels in urban & natural settings

Whether you are a city hotel, a beach-side resort or a destination wellness retreat, Forest Bathing can be incorporated into your well-being offers.

Nature based activity for hotel guests

Research-Based Content & guest centric

Our curriculum is founded on solid research about Forest Bathing and its holistic well-being benefits, with a total of 20-hour theoretical and practical training.

What will your team learn?

This course provides an in-depth knowledge of Shinrin Yoku. Your team will learn how to forest bathe, understand the health benefits and the scientific evidence behind the concept, and to safely guide guests to a profound state of mindfulness and connection with the natural surroundings.

Forest bathing, referred to as “Shinrin-yoku” in Japanese or nature bathing, involves spending time in a natural environment or specifically in a forest environment to improve one’s health and well-being.

Designed to guide all trained practitioners in their day-to-day professional conduct. It focuses on four ethical principles:

a) respect
b) competence
c) responsibility
d) integrity

Forest bathing leads to achieving a state of relaxation, resulting in a decreased heart rate and blood pressure, a release of stress, and a boost to the immune system, all of which facilitate recovery from trauma or illness.

The ability to effectively regulate emotions and manage stress in times of deepening mental health crisis partially caused by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic is more than ever needed, as it serves as a protective factor against depression, anxiety, and decreased wellbeing. Lockdown and isolation have created a situation whereby individuals may feel both more disconnected from other fellow-humans and the natural world. Literature shows that contact with nature through nature-based interventions ( NBIs) and nature connectedness practices, such as Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku), in different settings fosters positive emotions, improved mood and better attention focus.

A strong structure, i.e., well-designed activities, prior preparation, knowing the location, abiding by ethical standards, etc. gives you, The Mindful Tourist Shinrin Yoku Guide, increased flexibility to play with ideas. This may feel a bit counterintuitive [“structure means control! there is no room for improvisation and creativity!” – one may say]. But actually, you have all the power over your activities/content of your Shinrin Yoku Experience and how you want to show up to yourself and your guests.

During forest bathing, individuals are guided to slow down their pace and are soothed through connecting with a forest environment, using their five senses: 1) listening to the sounds of nature i.e. birds chirping, streams flowing, and wind blowing, 2) looking at trees and seeing sunlight penetrating through tree branches, 3) breathing in natural aromas and smelling trees’ bark, 4) tasting the freshness of the air and wild gifts of nature, and 5) touching leaves and trees, and lying on the ground.

Nature-based and green space strategies can play a vital role in improving health and safety for dwellers in urban environments. NBIs are programs, activities or strategies that aim to engage people in nature–based experiences with the specific goal of achieving improved health and wellbeing.

"Nature and its ecosystem services are at the center of the hospitality business proposition: from food and beverage offers to guests' enjoyment of natural landscape at a destination."

our expertise

Nature connectedness Forest Bathing
Embraced by Nature photo by The Forever Young Project, Brazil

15 years of wellness & hospitality expertise

We understand what it take for your team to provide an authentic wellness and nature immersion experience to sophisticated travelers and guests with the most discerning of tastes. Our training program is curated in such a way that the wellness team can confidently guide guests to a mindful nature connectedness experience safely.

Based on the latest medical research

Our curriculum, meticulously designed by Milena A. Guziak, Ph.D., is a distillation of several latest medical research papers and academic journals on Forest Bathing, Nature-Based Interventions, Human Health and Psychology. Our training methods and practice guidelines are based upon scientifically backed research in health science.

Internationally recognized

With more than 40 trained guides in 20 countries, The Mindful Tourist is the leader in Shinrin Yoku training, originated in Kyoto, Japan. We deploy student-centered teaching approach which gives learners increasing responsibility for the learning process and creates an ideal environment for learners to learn from and with each other.

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our Training Programs are designed by:

Milena A. Guziak, Ph.D. Eng
MSc Psy Candidate

Co-Founder, Program Creative Director, and Head Instructor of The Mindful Tourist

Areas of Expertise / Qualifications

  • Shinrin Yoku Practitioner and Instructor
  • Nature-Based Interventions
  • Academic Life and ICF Certified Life Coaching
  • Positive psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Evidence-based Forest Bathing Research
  • Founder of The Lost Childhood Association

Out Student's Voice

“The last 10 weeks have gone so fast. I can’t believe I am at this part of the course already. I have questioned myself, and doubted myself that I did not know enough and was not ready to do practice sessions yet. I have been putting it off, thinking that the more weeks I learn something new the better I will be at facilitating a session. I see now that this is a self sabotage and an untrue thought trying to keep me safe form entering the unknown.

From the first week until now I feel I have learnt so much about myself and how I want to conduct my sessions. What I have developed from the start is I see now how important it is for me to be myself when facilitating. At the beginning when I was writing up session scenarios I would just read something someone else had done and think that I would do the same. Now I am writing up sessions based on my values and based on what I feel is for the best interest of the group. I also have so much more knowledge about the science behind Shinrin yoku. I feel I am confident enough in my knowledge to be able to educate and share the information in a brief and interesting talk. I have learned so much about trees that I had no idea about 10 weeks ago. Every week I am discovering new and helpful information that will help me be a better guide. I have begun to resonate with the quote from Albert Einstein “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better”. The more time I spend in nature and the more time I spend studying nature the more everything in my life seems to be coming together and making sense. I have gone into the forest alone for the first time and have done quite a bit of self practice. I am on holidays for the next two weeks and look forward to getting in many practice hours,” Deanna Dichiera, a holistic massage practitioner from Perth, Australia.

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