Shinrin Yoku Guide Training Program

At The Mindful Tourist (TMT), we strive to create a supportive and transformative environment for you to immerse yourself in the world of forests. Our Shinrin Yoku Certification Training is rooted in the latest scientific research on Japanese forest bathing, mindfulness, and nature connection practices. Our training offers a diverse range of experiences and activities to help you delve deeply into what nature means to you, building on your previous knowledge and experiences.

Forest bathing, or Shinrin Yoku, is an integral part of preventative healthcare in Japan, with numerous studies showing it improves sleep quality, mood, focus, immune function, and reduces stress levels. TMT was founded in Kyoto, Japan, and our instructors are now based all over the world, offering both online and immersion training programs year-round.

Join us to discover the transformative power of forest, deepen your understanding of the healing capabilities of nature, and experience profound personal growth and development. As a certified nature-based well-being practitioner, you can help transform the lives of others by sharing your knowledge and expertise.


Awaken all your senses through Shinrin Yoku (森林浴) or Forest Bathing. Experience the healing powers of Mother Nature.


Experience a profound restorative effect by aligning to the rhythms of nature. Learn to create an environment your immunity can thrive.

Be Well

Find balance, joy and serenity within yourself. Learn ways to incorporate nature and mindfulness practices into your daily life.


Learn to slow down and pace yourself to the rhythm of nature. Expand and deepen your knowledge on the healing powers of nature. Focus on what matters to your well-being and be inspired to serve others doing what you love.

Grow & Transform

Experience profound personal growth and development, and help transform lives as a certified forest guide or nature-based wellness practitioner.

Create Value

Find your "Ikigai" or "The reason for being," and live a life of meaning and purpose. Use your passion to inspire the service of others and, in that service, create the opportunity for business/life project.

15-weeks Online + 5-day in Japan Shinrin Yoku Guide Training

USD 2599

24 - 28 April 2023 - Closed

2 - 6 October 2023 - Open
9 - 13 October 2023 - Open

20-week Online Shinrin Yoku Guide Training

USD 899

June 30 – Friday 6 pm GMT-3

July 28 – Friday 2 pm GMT-3

August 25 – Friday 4pm GMT-3

Online Shinrin Yoku Guide Trainings

Lucía Pineda Robles

TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide & Instructor, BA Contemporary Dance, PgDipSc Choreography & Performance, Somatic Movement Therapist

Mexico City Time, 1h30/session


Priscilla Cubo

TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide & Instructor, MSc in Forestry

Central European Time, 1h30/session


Thanaporn Trakuldit

TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide & Instructor, Royal Forest Department Officer

Thailand Time, 1h30/session


Milena A. Guziak

Owner, Creative Director, & Lead Instructor of The Mindful Tourist, MChem, PhDEng, MScPsy

Central European Time, 1h30/session

English, Japanese, Polish

During Your Shinrin Yoku Guide Training You Will

Our trainings have ISO credentials

Our  Shinrin Yoku Guide Trainings, created by Milena A. Guziak, a creative director of TMT, received the Quality Management System Certificate acc. ISO 9001:2015 in the field of training services by the European Center for Quality and Promotion. 

The ISO certificate is an international and objective proof that all processes in the company are oriented towards achieving the highest quality of services.

Our Approach to Shinrin Yoku

The Mindful Tourist (TMT) approach to Shinrin Yoku embraces both the physiological and psychological benefits of spending time in the forest, as well as the active roles played by TMT Shinrin Yoku Guides and participants in a session. Forest bathing, whether guided or self-guided, requires a receptive participant to experience the benefits, be it the individual or nature itself. Shinrin Yoku and forest bathing are often used interchangeably. A TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide facilitates the experience of mindful immersion through sensory engagement, mindfulness-based, and nature-based invitations.

While TMT acknowledges that the most significant benefits to human health come from the forest environment, we understand that not everyone lives close to such natural surroundings. Therefore, the TMT approach emphasizes embracing the present moment and location. Rather than focusing on the inadequacy of a location for a Shinrin Yoku session, we ask ourselves, "What is possible from where I live?"

TMT appreciates the role individual differences play in life practices and the reciprocal relationship between humans and their environments. Consequently, our approach to Shinrin Yoku embraces diversity in all forms, including our present mental state, skills, and knowledge. Instead of dwelling on perceived shortcomings, we ask ourselves, "How can I utilize my existing skills, potential, and interests in combination with Shinrin Yoku?"

This perspective allows for connecting with nature and oneself in various ways and for creating unique experiences, bringing nature to people and people to nature. Our guides' diverse backgrounds and environments shape their interests, skills, and passions. The core of the TMT approach to Shinrin Yoku lies in fostering human-to-human and nature-to-human connections, relying on the knowledge and creativity of our guides in harmony with the incredible work of nature. Read on our compassionate approach to training Shinrin Yoku Guides.
Milena A. Guziak
Owner, Creative Director & Head Instructor

Why Choose The Mindful Tourist

Research-Based Content

Our curriculum is built upon rigorous research surrounding Forest Bathing and its comprehensive well-being benefits. Meticulously designed to offer a diverse array of experiences and activities, our program encourages introspection on the significance of nature in your life while enhancing your existing knowledge and experiences. By engaging with this thoughtfully curated curriculum, you will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the transformative power of nature.

High Standard of Training

Our clients’ well-being remains our top priority. To ensure the highest standard of client services, our students undergo comprehensive training that covers ethical guidelines, code of conduct, values, and empathy. With our internationally recognized and ISO-certified program, you can train in Japan and develop a strong foundation in mindfulness, fostering a profound connection with nature. Join us in cultivating a deeper understanding of the world around us and enhancing the well-being of others through our exceptional training experience.

Uniqe Experience

We invite you to join us in Japan and experience a profound connection to nature like never before. Get certified in the practice of Shinrin Yoku, and embark on a journey to share your newfound passion with the world. Together, we can transform lives through the healing power of forest.

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Why Shinrin Yoku

Shinrin Yoku, commonly known as forest bathing, is a wellness practice that has gained widespread recognition in Japan as a preventive healthcare measure. Numerous studies conducted in the country demonstrate that immersing oneself in nature can significantly enhance overall health and well-being. Specifically, forest bathing has been linked to improved sleep quality, mood, and concentration, as well as strengthened immune systems and decreased stress levels.

Chronic stress and sedentary lifestyles contribute to the emergence of various chronic diseases, including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Forest bathing can help counterbalance the effects of stress on the body by promoting relaxation and reducing cortisol levels. Additionally, it fosters a sense of connection with nature, which has been proven to bolster mental and emotional well-being.

Prescribed forest bathing has emerged as a popular therapy in Japan, with healthcare professionals advocating for individuals of all ages to engage more frequently with nature. This shift has resulted in healthier lifestyles and decreased healthcare costs for both individuals and communities. By disconnecting from technology and the constant demands of urban life, individuals can fully immerse themselves in the natural world and experience the physical, mental, and even spiritual benefits of Shinrin Yoku.

Forest Bathing Certification Training a hand touching a tree covered in green moss

As the health benefits of forest bathing continue to garner attention from researchers and psychologists, The Mindful Tourist is committed to promoting this practice and raising awareness about nature’s restorative capabilities. Our mission is to make the Japanese tradition of Shinrin Yoku accessible to diverse audiences and to inspire a more balanced, sustainable way of living from the ground up.

Our online platform and dedicated team of instructors provide education on the art and science of forest therapy. Our program presents the opportunity to learn and become certified to guide forest bathing groups, regardless of your location. Both online and in-person, our program takes place amidst some of Japan’s most enchanting forests, enabling participants to fully immerse themselves in nature and experience the advantages of Shinrin Yoku firsthand.

Besides advocating for the practice of forest bathing, The Mindful Tourist also aspires to instill a pro-nature mindset and cultivate a profound appreciation for the natural world. We believe that engaging positively with nature can help individuals foster a more sustainable relationship with the environment, ultimately contributing to a healthier and more harmonious planet. We invite you to join us on this journey of well-being, connection, and sustainability through the practice of Shinrin Yoku.

About Our Creative Director

Milena The Mindful Tourist Co Founder and Creative Director

CEO & Creative Director of The Mindful Tourist, MChem (UK), PhDEng (Japan), MScPsy (UK)

Owner, Co-founder & Creative Director of The Mindful Tourist

Milena spent 18 years outside Poland, including 10 years in Japan. She first encountered Japanese culture when she went on a one-year internship in Japan while studying in England. This year changed her life. After graduating with a master’s degree in chemistry, she went to the country of sakura again to study PhD in engineering, applicable physics. During this time, she taught at universities using ‘reflective education’ and ‘student-centered approach’, as well as exploring the forest and cultural corners of Japan. It was in the forest that she found her path. It was there that she found her creative soul and goodness in herself.

Her faith in the goodness of people and connection with nature, her scientific background, knowledge of teaching methods, as well as  Japanese language allowed her to create informative trainings.  Milena completed her master’s degree in psychology in 2022, and her research project addresses the role of nature in regulating emotions. A scientific article from her master’s thesis in English will be available soon. She is now collaborating with Prof. David Sheffield (Nature Connectedness Group of Derby University) on the influence of psychedelics on connecting with nature and Polish State Forests to spread Shinrin Yoku as a response to the mental-climate crisis. 

Milena has trained almost 80 forest bathing guides; she is the author of the guide and instructor courses. Her trainings are ISO certified.

What Students Say​

The Mindful Tourist exceded all of my dreams and expectations. I feel inspired and empowered to guide in nature. I have learned so much about myself and my skills to leap into service in my community.
I am eager to see what comes of this valuable experience. It was a challenge to participate in this program during our coldest winter months in Minnesota, on average around -20 Celcius! It leaves me dreaming of the warmer months ahead, as well as a commitment to build a community sauna & warming house for our woodland property! Expanding on wellness, community, mind-body connection and the splendor of staying in nature all day!
I am in awe of Milena and her gifts as a guide and coach. Thank you Milena! I look forward to in-person forest bathing in Japan with you- one day!
maid the program so much more.
Thank you very much


What a beautiful, insightful , inspiring 15 weeks this has been. When i first started this course, i thought i was going to learn some new insights and skills. Boy was i wrong. What i learned during this program was so much more.

The course and Milena in specific opent up a potential in me what was hidden for a long time. Before this training i was all ready working with people in nature. But this training provided me with the missing dots and links. Milena inspired me to follow my heart and go full for nature coaching and shinrin yoku. 

The program and the assignments helped me to discover the full potential of shinrin yoku and nature connectivety . But that said what i really gone a miss are the weekly conversations whit Milena. She maid the program so much more.
Thank you very much


It’s soo amazing to see how an online program can encourage you to take new steps in your life and urge you to change your way, 

Shinrin Yoku was such a rich and inspiring program, I have learnt a lot not only from the program itself but also from the team and of course Milena, 

I discovered many things about me, I remembered actually what I like and what I dislike, 

This program made me creative and inspired, I loved this experience and it’s really sad that we are coming to the end…

An end that will open new doors, new bright doors, 

Thank you everyone, it was lovely, inspiring, creative amazing, full of feelings and wonderful program 

I am sad that today is the last day, but happy and proud of myself that I did it! 

Now I have a certificate and new real friends! Much Love!  

A woman on grass


I can’t remember ever taking a class where the harmony and energy was so right off the bat. After the first meeting I felt I had arrived in a way I hadn’t in a long time. It is not only the topic that unites us but also something deeper, an inner basic attitude towards life and nature. This bond has made me look forward to seeing each other’s faces on my laptop all the more each week.

Since childhood, I was passionate about nature. As a resilience therapist, the forest, with its health-promoting properties, has taken on an even more important place for me. The Mindful Tourist has taught me a lot and brought closer my desire to combine resilience therapy with Shinrin Yoku. I have not only learned theoretical knowledge but also more about myself and the unconscious connection and background of my love for nature. I have rediscovered myself a little bit through some tasks.

At the beginning of the course I didn’t know what exactly to expect and was open to everything. Still, I didn’t think that after an online course I would walk out with so much knowledge that I can put into practice. Milena with her style and approach, have also been incredibly beneficial in making the weeks so educational and enjoyable. As well as my wonderful course mates who, through conversation and their thoughts, gave me an hour that I looked forward to all week 🙂

I have been looking forward to doing Level 2 training and practicing Shinrin Yoku in the Japanese woods since the beginning.

Thank you Milena, Pin, Stephanie and Dhouha for such a wonderful time. I can’t wait to see you all and laugh together with you in person!

Agata TMT Shinrin Yoku student


What a beautiful, insightful, health affirming 15 weeks this has been. It has not only opened up my world to the healing capacity of Shinrin-yoku but also offered space for connection, reflection, professional development + my own self care.

As a Naturopath, I am passionate about nature as our wisest teacher and most abundant healer. This course reflected that the laws of nature really are the fundamental truth: as we were guided towards self-enquiry, perspective and our ‘Ikigai’ (reason for being), which I cannot wait to share, to optimise health outcomes in my patients and to those new to nature-based therapy.

The course was taught professionally, with so many informative and evidenced based resources. It was lovely to meet every week, uplifted by like-minded but diverse reflections from classmates based around the world, as we learnt together.
I am very much looking forward to completing the Level 2 training in Japan and know The Mindful Tourist will be with me every step of the way, as I continue to learn by embracing these ideals as part of me.
Thank you Milena & Pin, its been wonderful to watch this all unfold. Well wishes & gratitude, Emily Sarkies (Naturopath, WOW Hub) @emilysarkies_naturopath / @wowhub_


15 weeks already.
WOOW 😀 This really went fast.

I am very glad I went on this journey to discover more about Shinrin Yoku and it has been a fantastic inspiring and greatly
and educational journey. I was quite unaware of what I was going for when I started, and I have been very pleasantly surprised on the way. This has really enriched my life in many ways. 🙂

In particular, I would like to highlight the wonderful people I have met and with whom I have shared these 15 weeks.
I feel like I’ve made some new good friends for life. <3

The weeks have been characterized by very educational and great weekly assignments that have given me a greater insight and better understanding of Shinrin Yoku, why it is so important in the time we live in and how to create a business based on what we have learned together. It is greatly appreciated and is very useful for us as we move our business to the next level.

I am also very grateful to Milena and Pin who have made this possible for us. I cant imagine someone better for the task. I could really feel that you guys care and are there for us. You really have the ability to create good flow in the group and have focused on very exciting topics in a fun and interactive way with my favorite on Passion and Ikigai. This has been fun for me to participate in.

Thank you so much. <3

Training Caledar


It is not often, through the course of my life, that I get to be part of a circle where members are from greatly diverse backgrounds both culturally as well as professionally. Yet, it is also not often, in the course of my life, where I find myself in a circle where people are so like-minded, in their connection to nature, motivation to head in a particular direction of their lives and level of empathy and kindness.

For that alone — in finding this community and in building these friendships and comradeships which I hope will last a lot longer than the 15 weeks we have spent together — I am grateful.

I joined the course as an uncertain, cynical, doubtful lost soul, and am now going to leave as a more positive, determined open-minded version of myself. Rewind back to 4 months ago, I would never have believed I would make a video of myself (which subsequently gets uploaded onto YouTube) and would go on to guide more than 15 hours of forest bathing sessions with client (albeit friends). The knowledge I have gained along the way, whether its through the course readings, recommended books, inspirational videos or sharing sesions, has been immense and broad. I also feel immensely proud and supported, that I now have two kind, generous and creative ladies I can reach out to as my mentors, in forest bathing, in business, in the quest for ikigai, and in life.

I truly hope I will not disappoint, and will go on to kickstart and build @The_Backyard_Bathers, my forest bathing practice with an arty, crafty twist — with the aspiration of enhancing holistic wellness and spreading joy through connecting with nature, client by client. I also cannot wait till the day I can undertake TMT Level 2 to strengthen the foundation and extend the path, and meet some of you in person.

Till then, may we all go out there and pursue our ikigai! Wishing everyone great success in the paths which you choose, and keep in touch!

Kate Forest Bathing Singapore


For some years now, I had been very curious to understand and study more about Shinrin Yoku.
This pandemic brought pain, but it also brought opportunities of light, for me, this certification has been that light. I will always be grateful for that!
As a dancer I have felt that I do not always fit well into the mold of the image of the dancer that one is supposed to be, I have learned over time that each living being is its own way and I discovered that nature is part of that destiny for me, The TMT certification is my new HOW in life.
Every Tuesday morning as soon as I turned on the computer and saw all the faces of my classmates and teachers, those were all enjoyable moments, what I loved with all my heart was that we all embraced and respected each other’s individual processes, even the curriculum is designed for that, no one got lost along the way.
My most endearing achievements were being able to make friends around the world and understand that this technique is as personal as the individual who performs it, this left me an open field for imagination.
I will celebrate these achievements by following my life path, saying yes to life.
Thank you Milena for accompanying us in the most kind and sensitive way that a human being can accompany, thank you Pin for your support and for your follow-up with such passion and commitment, you two have inspired me to undertake by daring to share who I am with the world, I will always be grateful to them and they will always have a home in Mexico.

Lucia Pineda Profile - Lucía Pineda


I am very thankful for having joined this Shinrin-yoku training. I could learn a lot about myself, about my relationship with Victor, and about my dream business. I think one of the most important aspects of the training was this great group of diverse and amazing people, each one bringing a different perspective of Shinrin-yoku. Also, I really appreciate the knowledge, friendship and openess of Milena and Pin, that created this space that allowed us to develop and to be more prepared for the world out there. There were so many perspectives of Shinrin-yoku that I didn’t know about, such as the existing researches on the topic and how to get prepared for all scenarios possible when guiding our clients.

I want to use this certificate to boost my business and guide many people in this path to (re)discover the connection with nature. I see myself giving value to people, supporting them in their self-development process and to go for their dreams fearlessly.

I am shocked that 15 weeks have passed, it was such a pleasant time, even if we needed to wake up 5am for the classes :D. Everything was worth it! And I know I still have so much to learn, and I will continue my studies and practices.

Thank you so much trainers and colleagues for this amazing time together!!! You can count on me for life! Hopefully, see you all on level 2 training. You are all welcome to Sweden and Norway to visit, to do your internship (just throwing out a suggestion :P) to do business… I know we have a long and brilliant way ahead!


My Shinrin Yoku trail has been a path of self discovery. And it still is.
I’m traveling through life and on my backpack a new patch of a Japanese Hinoki tree is sewed.
It’s my certification. My souvenir that invites me to discover new destinations. Still unknown, but inviting.

My Shinrin Yoku patch helps me to see and choose more paths then before. More directions, more chances, more knowledge and more inspiration. My map and my world became bigger. My monkey mind got calmer and my inner bear got louder.

I’ve learned that being connected to nature is being connected to yourself. We are nature. We come from nature and that’s why we all return to nature. That’s why we find health and happiness in nature.

I mostly enjoyed the gifts that come to you when you open up your senses. When you listen to the invitations of nature. When you look with different eyes or feel with different fingers. Finding awesomeness in ultimate awareness. Like witnessing the dance of light and shadow through the leaves of a tree. I’ve learned to take myself into the present moment.
The only place where life truly exists. Nature showed me the way.

I gained a greater awareness of different perspectives. Reconnecting with nature rewires the brain. Just like being thankful. So I’ll celebrate this certification by having and sending thankful thoughts every coming day for 21 days.

Thank you Milena and Pin for making this all possible. And thank you, all new friends. Thank you for your wonderful support and stories. Thank you for your part in my journey.

A man sitting on a giant rock forest bathing under a tree in Ansterdam


I was trying for a long time to find the right words that express how special & meaningful these 15 weeks of online program have been.

As the owner of a boutique tour operator for wellbeing retreats & mindful journeys to Asia and personally being deeply in love with Japan, I’ve always been interested in diving deeper into the topic of Shinrin Yoku.

During the pandemic seeing everyone near and far lose their ground, I felt becoming a Shinrin Yoku guide myself would be a useful additional qualification in my professional life but above all I felt I could help others to reconnect and to heal with the power of nature.

Helping people regaining their energy and bringing back the glow in their eyes generally is the greatest joy for me. But during the course I realised it has become a deep journey to myself. I had the honor to meet the most wonderful ladies every week online and I think it was quite magical how connected we felt right from the start. We were so open, honest and emotional with each other that it was a million times more than an advanced online training. I believe all of us learned a bit more about our own purpose through the reflection and support of the others.

Thank you to Milena, our guide through these weeks, a wonderful, highly professional and very sensitive human being. And thank you to my “school buddies” Agata and Dhouha. Already miss you all dearly and can`t wait to see you in person soon.

Stephanie Syiemlieh


I thought this certification was for me only, but as the practice becomes a recurrent in my calendar, I see that not only my life but the one of those around me is also positively affected.

Being more in nature has given me the chance to see myself as an adult interacting with it. New feelings, ideas and memories are being created.

Just discovering the lovely world I have around me has been a true gift. Appreciating and respecting nature while inspiring others to go out there and try it, it has been a great lesson.

Soon I will be sharing the project I created while doing this certification. I feel very passionate about it and I know its the start of something great.

To TMT team and the great women in my group: I couldn’t be more grateful to have met you. I felt so close to you and I loved learning about your stories, your places and motivations. I see a group of creative and talented women wanting to make a difference in the world and that is very inspiring.

A woman with a dog enjoying nature


This course had been my first “back to school” in 5 years. With my busy schedule, I was wondering if I would be able to complete all sessions. However, it turns out to become one of my “most enjoyable days” of the week. I looks at nature with different perspectives and see an opportunity I can’t see before. I learn so much and be inspired by countless of conversation I have with a group of my classmate from around the world.

After taking a class, I learn how forest can heal us in so many ways. I practice forest bathing and invite people I know to join me. It is a way to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. And I think it is a magnificent way for getting people to love and protect forest and nature.

Thank you everyone, every session was amazingly inspiring and gave opportunity for me to explore and learn from the inside out.

piyarat The Mindful Tourist Shinrin Yoku training


A walk in the forest will never be the same again! Everything changed for me after starting the Shinrin Yoku training course with the Mindful Tourist. My first forest walk (in Castlefreke) was mind changing. It wasn’t a mindless walk in the forest, thinking my own thoughts. It was being there, “Aware” and “Noticing” Nature through my senses. It was tapping into the senses -opening them up -letting Nature in. This opened up a whole new experience for me. It felt different; I was taking it all in, experiencing it and appreciating it.

Part of that process for me is photography, wanting to capture Nature in all its wondrous beauty. The wild, rugged, rural setting where I live combined with the changing seasons offer an ever-changing playground for me in which to explore and experiment.

We are so lucky to have such beautiful Nature around us and lucky to have Milena and Pin to support us and point us in the right direction!

How amazing it was to be able to join up each week with a group of like-minded people via the internet and to learn from each other. Even though we are like scattered leaves across the globe, we all have a lot in common; love of Nature, protection of the environment and use of Nature for well-being.

What I learned from the course was to be open-minded, reflective and to see things from a different perspective. So I’ll raise a glass of champagne to that!

Shinrin Yoku lady in Cork Country, Ireland


From Our Retreat Participants​

This is definitely a one of a kind experience! Pin is very caring and tender, she payed a lot of attention to my well-being during the hike and subsequent massage/reiki session. She is a very good soul and I’m glad to have met her! It was extremely hot that day, yet I received so much energy that I could’ve kept hiking for hours. I felt very refreshed after the experience! Highly recommended if you’re into nature!
This was a unique and magical experience in the forests of Kyoto. Pin has a holistic understanding which helped with the experience. We left feeling healed.
Great experience with wonderful host. Milena took us to a gentle hike in the beautiful forest in Nara and then gave us a shiatsu massage in nature. Unique experience. Pin and Milena were attentive hosts, responding fast to accommodate my time and location constraints.
We spent the morning with Milena, who was a really excellent host. Having lived in Japan for many years, she was able to share some interesting insights into Japanese culture and lifestyle. The massage and Forest bathing on the mountain top was very special, she took her time, nothing felt rushed and there was no watching the clock. We got some great tips on where to lunch and what else to see and do in Kyoto. Highly recommend this experience.
Our experience with Pin was absolutely a highlight of our trip. Pin was easy to talk to and had planned everything so we felt truly connected to nature and comfortable. A wonderful massage in a beautiful setting!

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