\ Outward Journey / \ Inward Discovery /
\ Outward Journey / \ Inward Discovery /
“Hello, my name is Kate. I am the founder of The Backyard Bathers, the owner of The Mindful Tourist Singapore, Forest Bathing guide and TMT Shinrin Yoku instructor.
I am neither a Zen master, nor an artist. I am neither a psychotherapist, nor an ecologist. I am a city dweller accustomed to being in an urban setting on a day-to-day basis, plugged into technology and being charged up most times of the day, zooming in and out of heavy human and road traffic, popping in and out of high-rise apartments, skyscrapers and underground malls. Just one who secretly possesses a biophilia trait, is a closet daydreamer and feels hidden joy from creating things with my hands.
Before I started taking long lone nature walks, discovered the practice of forest bathing and founded The Backyard Bathers all in the fateful year of 2020, I was unhappy, unhealthy (physically, mentally and emotionally) and unfulfilled. It felt like I was constantly overwhelmed by the intensity and pressures of society and city life, yet putting up a controlled front while leading an underwhelming existence.
Which is why I “get” my clients (affectionately known as my “bathers”), appreciate their perspectives and can relate to them. By listening to their stories and respecting their paces, I personalise each mindful walk, forest bathing session and my guiding approach accordingly, to offer an authentic experience for each one of them to connect with nature and with themselves.
Walk by walk, “bath” by “bath”, client by client, I aspire to bring happiness and holistic wellness to others like myself. With time, I hope to build a forest bathing community here in the backyard of my home, Singapore, the City in Nature.“
TMT’s online Forest Bathing course is equally suitable for absolute beginners in the health and wellness practices, as well as professional wellness practitioners of various modalities.
Once enrolled in the program, you will be given access to The Mindful Space platform, which provides a seamless Forest Bathing learning experience online, with over 20 hours worth of in-depth reading materials on Forest Bathing, mindfulness, physical and mental wellness.
In all, this theory + practical training program enriches the in-nature training, deepens understanding and provides our students with an ongoing knowledge on Forest Bathing in order to lead a successful tours or business relating to health and wellness.
After completion of the 20-week course, you will be awarded with
TMT Professional Shinrin Yoku Guide – Level 1 certification.
If nature has touched your life in some ways and your interest and curiosity have lead you here on our website, it is probably a good indication that you would like to turn this affinity for nature into something tangible. Our Forest Bathing training courses have helped and guided students to turn their passions into a lifestyle, a purpose, a career, a business.
Let us show you how this training could help you align your goals, add values to your life, and following your inner guidance to ensure that you are living your very unique purpose.
The 20-week course is designed to provide a supportive environment that allows you to delve into the vast and transformative world of the forest. The certification training is based on the latest scientific research on Japanese Shinrin Yoku, nature connectedness and mindfulness practices. The course is designed to take you on a personal journey through the forest paths deep within your own heart, to ultimately prepare a unique forest bathing session experience for your clients, or even to open your own business. A forest bathing guide is a person who facilitates the experience of mindful immersion in the forest through nature-based senses and activities.
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 usually used as 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 share chronic health complaints, deep personal struggles or detrimental stress during a session, however we have to remember that a Shinrin Yoku Guide is not a therapist. By learning how to respond appropriately, trust and a meaningful connection is established.
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.
Our curriculum is founded on solid research about Forest Bathing and its holistic well-being benefits. Designed to
provide broad and varied experiences and activities it invites you to think deeply about what nature means to you and builds on your prior knowledge and experiences.
Our client’s well-being is of utmost importance. Our students go through training topics such as ethical guidelines & code of conduct, values and empathy to maintain high standard of client services.
Internationally recognized certification with internship opportunities with The Mindful Tourist upon completion. Train in Japan. Cultivate mindfulness and connect deeply to nature. Live the Forest Bathing retreat’s life to get inspired to design your own
Turn your passion into a business, through TMT Connected Community’s business consultations.