Shinrin Yoku Certification Training in Japan

Level 2 Instructor Training

TMT Shinrin Yoku
Forest Bathing Instructor
Certification Training - Japan

Learn the art and the science behind forest bathing and get certified as a Shinrin Yoku Instructor in Japan, where Shinrin Yoku (森林浴) or Forest Bathing was originated.

Instructor Certification Training Program in Japan

Here at The Mindful Tourist, we aim to provide a conducive environment for you to go deep into the vast and transforming world of forest. Connect to yourself, experience the profound healing powers of nature and share your passion with the world.

Live the Retreat Experience

Get world-class instructor training in amazing locations. Get a taste of what it's like to be a guest in a Forest Bathing retreat.

Get Inspired

Experience Shinrin Yoku in our prototype retreat and get inspirations to create a retreat or training center, in your country.

Earn Instructor Level

Learn to share your skills and teach TMT Shinrin Yoku to your students. Understand what it takes to make a fun and effective learning environment, first-hand.

This Shinrin Yoku Certification Training in Japan is Designed For:

  • TMT students who already passed TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1
  • TMT students who aspire to attain TMT Instructor Level Certification
  • TMT students who aspire operate your own The Mindful Tourist Forest Bathing Training Center or Forest Bathing Retreat
  • TMT students who aspire to teach Level 1 and Level 2 Certification Programs for The Mindful Tourist
  • TMT students who would like to create a sustainable business themed around forest and nature-based wellness
  • Individuals who aspire to experience authentic Shinrin Yoku Certification Training in Japan
Remark: If you have a prior experience or are already certified in Shinrin Yoku / Forest Bathing from other institution, please go TMT Fast-Track Shinrin Yoku Instructor Training to learn how The Mindful Tourist could take you and your business to the next level.

      This page shows information on TMT Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing Instructor Certification Training Level 2 training. For TMT Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing Guide Certification Training Level 1 training, please click below.

      Our Teaching Approach:

      Stems from our background in psychology and life coaching, we deploy a client-centered approach which uses a non-authoritative approach allowing clients to take more of a lead in their well-being. Through this approach, in the process, your clients will discover their own solutions. You will learn to act as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience. Your responsibility is to be there to encourage and support the clients throughout the therapeutic process.

      Because we believe that a Forest Bathing session is more than just a hike in the woods or a hug of trees, our sessions are a tool to connect with clients on a more profound level. When this connection happens, it is a golden opportunity to use your passions to transform lives. It is not uncommon for a client to discuss chronic health complaints, deep personal struggles or detrimental stress during a session. By learning how to respond appropriately, trust and a meaningful connection is established.

      Having unconditional positive regard, empathetic understanding and being congruent with your clients, instead of acting from a place of authority of an expert or professional superiority will allow for self-discovery, self-acceptance, and a provides a means toward healing and positive growth for both you and your clients.


      This is a 4-Day/3-Night Shinrin Yoku Certification Training in Nara, Japan. A maximum of 10 students per course is admitted. You will experience forest bathing, mindfulness practice, attend lectures and workshops, work on assignments and give a presentation to complete the program.

      This is also your opportunity to visualize yourself in a retreat space or a training center which is designed to inspire you for your future development. Selected certified guides will have an opportunity to be part of The Mindful Tourist and guide forest bathing groups in their own countries.

      Day 1: Welcome to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan

      • Arrival and check-in at Toyouke no Mori, Nara
      • Meet-and-greet
      • Welcome pack giveaway
      • Assignment brief

      Welcome to Nara Prefecture, the ancient capital of Japan from 710 to 794 famous for its Deer Park. The place we will be staying throughout the program is Chie’s Experiential Farm Stay, Toyouke no Mori, located in a quiet area south of Nara City. Here students will get an opportunity to really enjoy the Japanese countryside and way of living.

      On the first day, the program starts with a welcome dinner on your arrival day to give everybody the chance to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere, before embarking on the adventure together. All meals throughout your stay are self-prepared, using Chie’s fresh organic vegetables picked from her farm located on property. Students have full access to the kitchen and the dining hall.

      The rest of the evening is at leisure and an early night is recommended to have an early start in the morning full of energy.

      Day 2: Walk the Forest of Gods, Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest, Nara

      • Pass through Nara Deer Park and historical landmarks
      • Mindful walk and Forest Bathe at ancient Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest, Nara
      • Farm stay, Nara

      After cooking and enjoying plant-based breakfast at the guest house, we head to Nara Deer Park, which is en-route to the 11.5km hiking course that runs through Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest takes in ancient cedars, colorful maples and offers vistas out over Nara Park and the city below.

      The World Heritage Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest, which is behind Kasugataisha Shrine, has remained virtually untouched since hunting and logging were prohibited in AD 841. The forest was off-limits to the public until after WWII, which has helped preserve its rare flora and fauna.

      Students will make notes on and analyze what they see, hear, smell and sense in the forest of Japan. The data will be used to compare to the forest in their countries of residence or the forest they are familiar with.

      Day 3: Instructor’s Training and Self-Reflection, a mindful practice

      • Morning walk to Shoryakuji Temple
      • Lecture and workshop
      • Training

      Practice Ichigo Ichie (一期一会), being fully in the present, in all we do. Silently walk through a forested area to Shoryakuji Temple and enjoy the morning calmness. Return to the farm house, prepare and enjoy the morning meal, a meditative practice.

      Today is a full of training and practice, with small breaks in-between.

      The evening will be spent at leisure to reflect on your day or work on assignments. Using of mobile devices is discouraged, so here is your opportunity to do a digital detox, reconnect with yourself and foster human relationship.

      Day 4: The Final Day

      • The presentation / discussion
      • The Mindful Space assignments brief

      Get up and go for a morning walk. We will then come back to the farm to have breakfast together.

      To conclude the training, participants are required to give a presentation on Forest Bathing ideas in their home country. Instructors will provide an access to The Mindful Space and brief students on assignments to be completed after departure.

      – The training ends at 10:00 –

      Shinrin Yoku Certification Training in Japan

      "Silence is a profound melody, for those who can hear it above all the noises."

      Tuition Fee

      TMT Shinrin Yoku Certification Training in Japan

      USD 2,499 / person (subject to 8% Japanese consumption tax)
      • 3-night Japanese-style accommodation
      • Self-prepared vegetarian/vegan meals
      • Transportation from the accommodation to designated training locations
      • Instructor's Forest Bathing and mindfulness training
      • Sustainable living and conscious business experience
      • A certification upon successful completion of the program
      • 40-hour accreditation by International Health & Wellness Standards Association (IHWSA)
      • An internship opportunity at one of our training locations
      • The right to set up TMT training center or retreat in your own country
      • Eligibility to teach and certify students under TMT curriculum
      • Listing on The Mindful Tourist website showcasing your profile and a link to your business

      Training Location and Accommodation

      We try our best to secure these accommodations below, however, this is subject to seasonal availability and demand. In case of changes, we will provide a similar accommodation, suitable for the program.

      In Nara: Chie’s Organic Farm House

      Additional Notes

      • Price does not include airfare or any travel or medical insurance, transportation, meals or drinks outside of what is specified above, alcoholic beverage.

      • The food and drinks offered during the tour are carefully selected by The Mindful Tourist with the help of our local partners. They are whole-foods, plant-based meals.

      • If you wish to have a meat-based diet, you may make the arrangement in advance, at your own expense.
      • The program includes Welcome Dinner on the arrival day and 7 whole-foods plant-based meals, throughout the program.
      • Meals are served either at the accommodations, in restaurants or picnic lunch maybe organized, as appropriate.
      • The tour includes some hike in the forest and basic-moderate level of fitness is required. Since some activities are outdoor, they are weather permitting and will be changed as required.

      • The groups are small, often an international mix of nature lovers, practitioners, and, at times, writers and bloggers. Photos will be taken during the program and used for our website. By signing up, you give us the permission to use the photos you appear on.

      • Traditional Japanese style accommodation with futons or Japanese mattresses is part of the program to give guests an authentic Japanese experience. The accommodation on our itinerary come with a shared bathroom and a shared bedroom, which is common in Japan.

      • As part of the practice, all meals throughout your stay are self-prepared, using Chie’s fresh organic vegetables picked from her farm located on property. You are expected to wash the utensils used after you are done with the meals.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Read this blog post on “What is Forest Therapy and Can Anyone Offer a Forest Therapy Program?” and what The Mindful Tourist’s training programs cover.

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