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The Mindful Tourist’s Certified Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing Guides have diverse backgrounds and are working in many different industries, but we all have one thing in common – we believe that forest can heal and that being in nature is vital to our physical and mental well-being. We are all advocate of environmentally friendly practices, because we know that sustainability is our future.

Franziska Jorke 🇩🇪

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1 – Current student
  • A passionate mum of two and a partner
  • A Communication Manager at a large Japanese corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan
  • Loves cooking (Indian cuisine is her soul food) and yoga
  • Into wild herbs and tea, books

During the pandemic I discovered the positive impact of nature on me. After a day in the woods, at a river or waterfall or in the mountains, I felt joy, gratitude and energy. I could refocus and confront everything with confidence and hope again. As Shinrin Yoku is an originally Japanese practice, I wanted to learn more about how this wonderful effect could be achieved and deepen it further. This is why I joined the TMT training.

When I was tired and exhausted, I noticed the powerful influence of the forest on me. I climbed mountains, walked through valleys, or lingered at waterfalls. Suddenly I could let go and my breath became very deep. In the evening at home, the experience of nature filled me with a lot of joy, happiness, gratitude and clarity. I wanted to learn more about how the forest strengthens us and am now attending The Mindful Tourist Guide Training. With my Shinrin Yoku session I want to give my family and friends the opportunity to experience a similar thing and recharge. I want them to come away strengthened and clarified, recharged and with a clear mind.

Heidi Viener 🇺🇸 (CT)

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1 – Current student
  • Holistic Healing and Stress Management Wellness Facilitator and Recovery Support Specialist (Peer Support) at Toivo

Initially I enrolled in the course for Professional Development training to enhance my own skill level and knowledge as I continue to offer Forest Bathing activities on the job. I know now that I not only enhance my knowledge base and skill level for my current employment, but also understand more about the possibilities of actually creating a private Shinrin Yoku business. Before attending this training my main focus was on the activities that I would guide participants in during a Shinrin Yoku practice. I would focus on each session’s agendas and transitioning from one activity and location to another, as well as time management throughout the session. Now I am more aware of safety, location familiarity, registration and feedback forms, permission forms, and business policies.

Sharing connections with Milena and those participating has also been a vital part of my growth in Shinrin Yoku practices. Sharing experiences from all around the world, both similar and new to me, has also been a positive experience for me. Sharing creative ways to offer Forest Bathing in different climates, as well as weather challenges, has opened my eyes to endless possibilities.

Agnese Bucciarelli 🇮🇹

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1 – Current student
  • Senior Procurement Manager
  • Professional Sommerlier
  • Blogger at easyitalian.cooking

It took for me a while to discover my innate human instinct to connect with nature. It is just a biological need that too often we do not hear! This need is growing everyday and I discover another way to be happy. And, this training is helping me to discover myself and also to learn how to guide others to discover another way to be ( and to be better!) I have been very impressed also about the method. Maybe I was more prepared to a “normal training” based on books and technical lessons. This training is a shared experience training, to learn from the others who, of course, have a lot of different opinions but can inspire my development and learn different point of views, different interests and different lives!

Rose Ann Heisel 🇺🇸 (MN)

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1 – Current student
  • Blogger at  Shinrin-yoku with Rose
  • Professional dog groomer
  • Haidong Gumdo (Korean sword art) instructor
Rose Heisel TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide

First off, I find that this training is amazing. It was more than I thought it could ever be. When I took the challenge from a friend who told me to look into it, that I would be perfect to bring it to the community, I took on the challenge and the adventure and I am doing it. One year ago I never thought this would be happening. I didn’t even know about Shinrin Yoku, yet as a kid I was doing it daily.

When I was seeking out this class, I prayed that I would make the right decision and it was the best decision ever! I like the self -discovery of oneself in lesson 8. Discovering the forest now is like wearing almost a new set of glasses; life feels better now. There is more enjoyment, peace and balance in my life and a great appreciation of people and understanding that I do not walk in their shoes and that not everything can be in my control. Also, not everything is perfect. I find I am more adventurous and to my surprise I find myself studying flutes and drums because of the other amazing people in our group. I never up to this point would have thought about me doing this. I feel so blessed to have these people in my group. Everyone is so rich with new information and wisdom. I have grown to love them all. Our teacher, Milena, is pretty amazing herself.

Now I have a good grasp of Shinrin Yoku and look forward to stepping out with some friends and trying it out with them. I also want to market this out as a spiritual endeavor for some groups as well offering it to others that are not going that direction. So I hope to have different groups with different approaches to fit the needs using Shinrin Yoku and I feel I am well on my way to doing so.

Emir Featherstone 🇮🇪

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1 – Current student
  • A wife and a mother of two children
  • My background is in nursing and I have done some training in aromatherapy and reflexology.
Shinrin Yoku lady in Cork Country, Ireland

I decided to enroll in Forest Bathing Certification Training with The Mindful Tourist because I believe that Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing is a great tool which can be used to help with mental and physiological problems like anxiety and depression.

🌿 Shinrin Yoku is a tool to help reconnect people to nature.
🌿 I connect to nature by simply going out and taking big deep breaths.
🌿 Sometimes when we have a problem to sort out, take a walk in nature and the solutions may present themselves naturally.
🌿 Our ancestors are connected with nature and it is only in the hundreds of years, we have been more and more enclosed within our own houses and indoors. This is detrimental to our health and well-being.
🌿 When I feel I am at the low stage of my life, nature calls me out and I go out to notice the beauty of nature and I take photographs to preserve that beauty.
🌿 Nature never fails to support me and to give me the boost that I needed.
🌿 All that I have learned of Shinrin Yoku, I would like to share that with my friends and family and ultimately to promote it to a wide audience.

Alejandra Contreras 🇲🇽

A woman with a dog enjoying nature

Meet Alejandra, a lady whose stellar education and exciting career progression brought her moving from Mexico to Denmark. Experiencing the “simple” things like cycling, having coffee on the road, staying on a small village in Denmark one summer made her realize the missing joy of simple things in life. Her curiosity has led her to enroll in Forest Bathing Certification Training with The Mindful Tourist.

🌿 I work in technology and am generally always connected.
🌿 Connecting with nature makes me focus on the details of things that matter.
🌿 My connection with nature helps me to disconnect from all the technology and bring about balance.
🌿 Being aware of my surrounds helps me to appreciate it more.
🌿 I am inspired to open a consulting business in Denmark and my focus is on the individuals.
🌿 I believe that when we are well balanced, focused and stress-free, we can reach our full potential.
🌿 I want to use my experience, what I learn and what I am passionate about to create my own kind of experience/business ideas.

Carolina Young 🇵🇭

 

Certified forest bathing guide in the family forest

Meet Carolina, the owner of Kota Paradiso Agricultural Farm. She enrolled in TMT Forest Bathing Certification Training with the hope to persuade people to look beyond the short-term monetary gain from cutting down trees and understand how trees help to heal people.

🌿 I feel so blessed to have this forest onsite, at our family-owned farm and resort.
🌿 Forest is a sanctuary of life.
🌿 Connecting with nature gives us the sense of security and wholeness.

Ruth Trujillo-Pertew 🇺🇸 (NY)

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1 – Current student
  • Founder of North Shore Forest Therapy, NYC
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker/psychotherapist
Ruth Trujillo-Pertew

Hi, I’m Ruth and welcome to North Shore Forest Therapy! I would like to share my experience of how I found the forest and my experience allowing it to find me and know me–which may resonate with you on your unique journey.

I grew up in Central  America surrounded by mango, tamarind and coffee trees–nature always meant sustenance to me. I have always felt a deep connection to any and all trees, and the deep woods–it’s a refuge especially, when life becomes overwhelming.

As a young adult finishing up my Masters Degree at Stony Brook University, I felt compelled to help others, specifically, Latin American immigrants and day laborers living in Long Island, New York. I organized and secured funding  for The Unity Group in Brentwood–wanting to make a difference for those that newly arrived to America–and whom, like my family, struggled to survive and thrive. 

I soon graduated, got married, became a mom, and began practicing as a clinical therapist offering various modalities of talk therapy. After a fast paced decade in traditional organizations I felt there was something missing for myself and the people I was attempting to empower.

Simply put, I burned out. So I decided to transition to administrative roles in the non for profit sector–which eventually led me to accepting a higher level and higher stress position at a struggling local hospital. All along I continued to take solace in the forests at various preserves and parks on the weekends–to decompress, to search for clarity, and to prepare myself for the stressful weeks to come. 

That’s when the practice of forest bathing, known as Shinrin-Yoku in Japan found me and showed me how to bring the wisdom of the forest to any environment. I strongly believe that the forest and all types of outdoor natural landscapes have a lot to offer for our mental and physical health if we are open to it. The forest speaks–I am practicing to listen.

Oh Piyarat 🇹🇭

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1 – Current student
  • Owner of Wanathara Resort in Phitsanulok, Thailand
  • Trained and qualified pharmacist
piyarat The Mindful Tourist Shinrin Yoku training
🌿 Being one with nature helps slow me down.
🌿 “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished,” by Lao Tzu, resonates with me and my sense of well-being.
🌿 My aspiration for the Forest Bathing training with TMT is to help guide people to better health through the healing power of nature.
🌿 I also would like to incorporate Forest Bathing and nature connectedness to my resort activity program.

Agata Bielski 🇩🇪 🇵🇱

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1
  • Founder of Resilienz
  • Marketing Manager – Holistic Healthcare
Agata TMT Shinrin Yoku student

Hi everyone. My name Agata. Originally I’m from Poland, but I grew up in Berlin, Germany. I work as an online marketing manager in the medical field but I am also a resilience coach. So, as you can tell. Health and well-being are important aspects of my life. That’s why I want to connect my work more with nature, especially with Forest Bathing.

I’ve had a strong connection to nature since when I was a child. My mother used to take me to nature all the time. We used to take walks in the park and in the forest watching the animals and giving them food. In Autumn, I remember we collected chestnuts and acorns and made little figures out of them.

There’s also one memory about my grandmother that she went to the forest with my grandfather when he was sick to hug trees. So these beautiful memories still trigger a longing for nature in me. That’s why I enjoyed being in nature so much. I think many can relate that we disconnect from nature all the time due to our jobs or living in the big cities and that’s when I want to change. 

Last year I saw a documentary on shinrin-yoku and that was the first time that I heard this term in relation to this practice and I was so fascinated that I started to do my research. And that’s when I stumbled upon TMT. I just thought, wow, you need to do this training and it really was the best choice. I learned so much about the science behind shinrin-yoku and about the health benefits and also a few new things about myself. And you meet a lot of wonderful people from all over the world. I really look forward every week to our online course, so I can learn with my group and with people who have the same mindsets and similar views of the world. 

Also, you can do the level 2 course in Japan. What could be better than practicing shinrin-yoku where it originated? So being in nature grounds me. It calms me down so much. And it gives me a sense of connection with an overarching energy and I simply feel fulfilled. I have the greatest respect for the enormous intelligence of nature because after all we couldn’t live without trees, right? So I really hope that with the training and knowledge, I can help a lot of people to reconnect with nature and bring  them closer to the wonderful experience of forest bathing.

 

Stephanie Syiemlieh 🇩🇪

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1
  • Ihr Travel Designer, Managing Director & Co-Founder of PRANA Travel Design GmbH
Stephanie Syiemlieh

Hello, I’m Stephanie from Germany. I own a company called PRANA Travel Design. We are a tour operator specialized in well-being and handcrafted journeys to Asia.

Part of the reason why this company was set up is because I believe in increasing the well-being of people and making them happy. We provide experiences that enhance their horizons and bring balance into their live.

I decided to enroll in this online Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing guide certification course for both personal and business reasons. I am practicing different forms of meditation and Shinrin Yoku has mesmerized me when I experienced it in Japan a few years ago. I would love to collaborate and do cross marketing with The Mindful Tourist, to help to provide clients. In Sanskrit, PRANA means “energy”, so evoking that in others and ultimately in myself is the goal.

I’m so blessed to have found this course offered by The Mindful Tourist. I love the team and the community and the support that we give each other because we strive for similar goals.

Dhouha Khaldi 🇹🇳

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1
  • Founder of Way of Life
  • Certified professional life coach
  • A former Finance/Banking professional
A woman on grass

My name is Dhouha from Tunisia, living in Dubai. My background is finance and banking and suddenly I just decided to change my career path, so I became a life coach and while doing my life coaching, I just realized how much is the emotional coaching connected to nature coaching and here I started looking for a new certificate that allows me to practice the nature coaching. Then, I found shinrin-yoku and I contacted The Mindful Tourist team.

I started the course in order to become a shinrin-yoku guide and I’m just really happy with this course. The training sessions itself is kind of meditation for me. I do enjoy it a lot. So I’m happy to be a part of this community and now this training just allows me to see nature from a different perspective, to feel more the nature, to believe more in the nature.

I do believe that nature is the real body of our soul. It’s the source of my positive energy and it helps a lot to change the ideas, to change the way of thinking. I think we all should, at some point, go back to nature and get connected more with it. Connect with me on Instagram here.

 

Kate Jieying Yip 🇸🇬

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1
  • TMT Shinrin Yoku Instructor in Training Level 2
  • TMT Art Illustrator for TMT Workbook
  • TMT Level 1 training guest speaker
  • Founder of The Backyard Bathers, a forest bathing community in Singapore
  • A former Finance professional in the consulting and banking industries

I’m Kate, also known as Jieying. I was born and bred in Singapore, and have also spent a number of years living and working in London, UK and Bangkok, Thailand.

Having graduated with a Business degree and then spent more than 15 years as a Finance professional in the consulting and banking industries, I found myself leading a stressful, charged-up and intense lifestyle and developing a high-strung, aggressive personality.

 

Through the course of my career, albeit a successful and envied one by conventional standards, I went through various cycles of burn-out / time-off / pseudo-recovery, after which I would reinsert myself back into the hamster wheel and rejoin the rat race.

It wasn’t until the sudden passing of my father triggered a realization that I had placed most of my time and effort on areas which were not aligned to my priorities and values, and that I was intrinsically unhappy. It took me some time to process that thought and arrive at the conclusion that for the happiness, health and sanity of myself and those closest to me, something needed to change and I was empowered to make the choice.

That brought me to the state of transition which I am currently in, where I am focused on restoring my physical, mental and emotional well-being, while at the same time seeking my “ikigai” through the exploration of forest bathing, positive psychology, botanical painting and the Japanese language. 


While on my personal well-being journey, I frequently feel strong yearnings to disconnect from urbanization and unplug from technology, to go for walks in nature where I can spend time observing, admiring and connecting with surrounding plants, animals, clouds, ponds and lakes.

Having personally experienced the psychological and physiological benefits of forest bathing and immersing in nature, I choose to be a forest bathing guide, so that I can equip myself with relevant knowledge, skills and values to help spread this practice and share its benefits. Upon completion of the TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide course, I aim to set-up a forest bathing practice in Singapore offering guided sessions to individual clients in my own backyard, with the goal of building a forest bathing community.

 

Priscilla Cubo 🇧🇷

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1
  • TMT Shinrin Yoku Instructor in Training Level 2
  • Owner of Joyful Solutions
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Forestry
  • dōTERRA Product Consultant
  • Quantum touch and Reiki energy healer

Hello everyone! My name is Priscilla. I come from Brazil and my family is Japanese. I now live and work in Sweden as an Environmental Officer. My background is in Forest Engineering. I’ve been so much into nature in my personal life and in my job, but still I wanted to understand better and go more in-depth to understand the connection with nature. When I saw that TMT training existed, I decided that I had to do it. I registered for that and started to learn so much. We learned things that we didn’t even imagine. There is so much research about nature and connectivity with forest, and how that affects our well-being. I have been applying this knowledge by doing Forest Bathing by myself and also by guiding many people here, helping them to really feel the benefits of nature: less stress, less anxiety, less depression, a deeper feeling of belonging. I really want to make people understand the importance of nature, so this way they will take better care of the environment. Why should you do this training? Not only you will learn about Forest Bathing as a guide or instructor, but you will learn a lot about yourself and you will have a lot of fun with a very nice community. Connect with me on Instagram here.

Lucía Pineda Robles 🇲🇽

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1
  • Contemporary Dance dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Somatic Movement Trainer in the process of obtaining Shin Somatics® certificate
  • Owner of luciapineda.com

My name is Lucía and I am from Mexico. I am a professional contemporary dancer. I am also starting to be a somatic movement  therapist, as well as being a Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) guide. I decided to study this with The Mindful Tourist because they, the founders, are two wonderful women who got together from different cultures in a very magical place which is Japan where Shinrin Yoku was born and created, so I feel and I sense The Mindful Tourist has that key which provides us worldwide different perspectives of how to be in nature. They understand what it means to be from a different culture and also appreciate nature in a different way. So I am very glad to be part of The Mindful Tourist and here in Mexico we also have a special connection with nature as different indigenous cultures. I invite you to come to nature and be part of it and go back to your home, which is your body through nature. Connect with me on Instagram here.

Ramon Stalenhoef 🇳🇱

  • TMT professional Shinrin Yoku Guide level 1
  • Creative director Publicis Groupe Amsterdam
  • Photographer
  • Reiki practitioner
  • Quantum Touch practitioner
  • Virtual Reality Coach
A man sitting on a giant rock forest bathing under a tree in Ansterdam

Being a creative director and having spent over 20 years in the hectic world of advertising, I became an expert in the field of building brands. But also in building resistance to stress. I experienced being in nature made me happier and healthier. And before I knew I was sold to nature/landscape photography. View my photography and nature captures here.

I also discovered the possibility to influence life energy and benefit from healing frequencies that lower stress and improve energy levels.

I believe nature is our docking station, Shinrin Yoku is the new yoga and trees are our new weapons. From fighting stress to conquering climate change. My professional background also inspires me to throw Virtual Reality into the battle. Before the end of this Shinrin Yoku course I will also be schooled as a certified VR coach, to let people experience the healing power of nature with the help of Virtual Reality. It’s 2021, our world is full of possibilities and innovations. If you can’t get out into nature, nature can come to you.

Victor Javier Martinez 🇳🇴🇨🇴

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1
  • Owner of Joyful Solutions
  • dōTERRA Product Consultant
  • Health and optimization coach, helping people to obtain a higher level of thinking with more joy and enthusiasm

My name is Victor Javier Martinez and I am from Columbia and live in Norway (Oslo). I am a health and optimization coach, helping people to reach a higher level of thinking with more joy and enthusiasm.

I support people living a healthy natural lifestyle with safe use of essential oils, superfoods, and toxic-free lifestyle. I run body exercises programs, subconscious programming and breathworks, and help people regain the strength they need to cope with adversity and tackle stress in everyday challenges. Besides that, I do a lot of research into the metaphysical and spiritual aspect of our lives, giving people another view point of reality. This is something that defines me a lot as a person and my worldview. I’m always reaching for the newest discoveries in bridging the gap between spirituality and western science and on what’s going on in the world in total.

I enrolled in TMT Shinrin Yoku certification training program together with Priscilla as part of our Life-Vision. We want to bring to people the healing aspects of nature through everything we do. I strongly believe that we have always been part of nature and that the more we can learn about it and care for it, the more it will benefit us on individual and collective levels. I believe in
listening to nature and without even knowing what I have done, I have always reached for nature when I needed guidance and self-love in my life. I have always wanted to understand nature’s choices and nature’s way of being. So this program was something that crossed my path of self-discovery and that came out of our defined life vision as a couple.”

Emily Sarkies 🇦🇺

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide Level 1
  • Owner of WOW Hub, Wholistic Health Care
  • Naturopath and Functional Medicine Practitioner
Australian Naturopath Emily Sarkies

🌿 I have always had a strong affinity for nature.
🌿 I chose my vocation in natural medicine as we work in alignment with nature to bring our body back to balance and to encourage our innate capacity to restore that balance.
🌿 For me, Forest Bathing as a modality, encourages us to be fully aware and present.
🌿 Although Shinrin Yoku is traditional and not evidence-based modality, nothing beats the validity of a practice to how it essentially makes us feel.
🌿 Gentle immersion in nature with Forest Bathing activates our feel good neuro-chemicals, to feel alive, free, connected and at home.
🌿 When we are aware of nature and our surrounds, we are mindful and become here in this moment. Our abundance is all that we have here, in this moment.

Milena Guziak 🇵🇱

  • TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Instructor Level 2
  • Owner of The Mindful Tourist Thailand
  • Co-Founder, Program Creative Director and Master Instructor of The Mindful Tourist
  • Co-founder and Principal Researcher of The Lost Childhood Association
  • Life Coach and Master Student in Psychology

“Research shows that spending time in nature is linked with decreased anxiety, improved focus and lower level of cortisol and blood pressure. I often suggest Forest Bathing to my clients and combine it with relaxation techniques learned. I find it to be very helpful and effective in helping my clients coping with life challenges and recover from stress and anxiety they experience.”