Shinrin Yoku Certification Training in Japan

Guide (Level 1) Training

TMT Shinrin Yoku
Forest Bathing Guide
Certification Training - Japan

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

Forest Bathing Certification Training Program

The Mindful Tourist (TMT) aims to provide a conducive environment for you to go deep into the vast and transforming world of Forest. TMT's Shinrin Yoku Certification Training is based on the latest scientific research on the Japanese Shinrin Yoku, nature connection and mindfulness practices. Designed to provide broad and varied experiences and activities, the training invites you to think deeply about what nature means to you and builds on your prior knowledge and experiences. Internationally recognized certification with internship opportunities with The Mindful Tourist upon completion. Forest Bathing is the new yoga and there is a growing demand for Forest Bathing guides and instructors.

Shinrin Yoku training is particularly useful for health, fitness, holistic wellness and medical professionals and may be used to enhance the effectiveness of other wellness modalities practiced by professionals in the fields of, including, but not limited to yoga, mindfulness, naturopathy, psychotherapy, massage therapy, meditation, energy healing, somatic movement and medicine.

Shinrin Yoku (森林浴) or forest bathing has become a vital part of preventative healthcare in Japan. The results of Japanese medical studies have shown forest bathing improves sleep quality, mood and ability to focus, strengthens the immune system and reduces stress levels. TMT was founded in Kyoto, Japan. Now with our instructors based in different parts of the world, you can join our online or immersion training programs all year round in various locations such as Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Poland, the US and Sweden.

Find balance and heal your soul with Forest Therapy. Expand and deepen your knowledge on the healing powers of nature. Experience profound personal growth and development and help transform lives as a certified nature-based well-being practitioner or a Forest Bathing instructor.


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

Achieve a healthy work/life balance. 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.


Independent travelers cannot yet enter Japan but there are signs that they will be able to do so from the fall. We wait for more news. From the 10th of July only guided tours are allowed.

You can secure your training now for September, 26th (Mon) through 30th (Fri) or March 2023, 27th (Mon) through 31st (Fri).

We will be updating this information every week.

Updated on June 13, 2022


Enrol on our 15-week online training

Complete our 15-week online training before or after 5-day immersive in-nature training.

Get ready for Japan

An assitant will guide you every step through the process

Learn and get to share your skills with others in training. Understand what it takes to make unique Shinrin Yoku sessions.

What is included​

TMT Shinrin Yoku Certification Training in Japan

USD 2,599 / person (subject to 10% Japanese consumption tax)
  • 15-week Online (Guide)
  • 4-night Japanese-style accommodation in Nara
  • Forest Bathing & Nature Connectedness Training Materials
  • Foundation to guide a 2-hours Shinrin Yoku session
  • 10 hours of practice
  • Venture-into-the-forest experience
  • TMT t-shirt
  • Self-prepared meals from the organic garden, excluding arrival and departure day
  • Transportation from JR Obitoke Station to the training location
  • Sustainable living and conscious business experience
  • A certification upon successful completion of the program
  • The right to set up TMT retreat in your own country
  • Listing on The Mindful Tourist website showcasing your profile and a link to your business
  • * Pay 50% upon official registration
  • * In case of further tourist ban, there training is going to be rescheduled

Step 1
Shinrin Yoku Guide Training Online

Weekly Training Outline

The Mindful Forest Bathing

Week 1-5

The Mindful You

Week 6-10

The Mindful Business

Week 16-20

Shinrin Yoku training with The Mindful Tourist
Forest Bathing School The Mindful Tourist

Choose your 15-week Online Training

Milen A. Guziak

TMT Co-founder, Creative Director, and Head Instructor
PhDEng, MScPsy

Central European Time, 1h30/session 

June 25 – October 1, 2022
Saturday, 9 AM
August 7 – November 22, 2022
Sunday, 7 PM
September 11 – December 18, 2022
Sunday, 7 AM
November 30, 2022 – March 12, 2023
Sunday, 9 AM

If any of the above does not suit you, there is a possibility of arranging for a different time and day – given that what you propose will suit the instructor schedule.

Step 2 Shinrin Yoku Guide Training In-Nature (Japan)​

In-nature Training Outline
26-30 September, 2022


Day 1

Let's start

Day 2

Dive in

Day 3


Day 4

Mata ne

Day 5

About Your Instructor

Milena A. Guziak, Ph.D. Eng, MChem, & MScPsy

CEO, Co-Founder, Program Creative Director, and Head Instructor 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, 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; until now she has trained almost 50 guides worldwide. 

Shinrin Yoku Certification Training in Japan​

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

Training Location and Accommodation​

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.
  • The program includes Welcome Dinner on the arrival day and 10 whole-foods plant-based meals, throughout the program.
  • The tour includes walks 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 (up to 5 people)l, 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, but as a community, 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.

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