Forest Bathing & Nature Connectedness Retreat and Shinrin Yoku Certification Training Program by Pin Chinnapat and Milena A Guziak
Shinrin Yoku, literally ‘Forest Bathing’, a practice that was developed in Japan in 80’s, becoming a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. It is proven effective for reductions in stress, anger, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. Forest Bathing is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
While we mainly organize certification programs in Thailand and Japan, The Mindful Tourist founders do travel to organize retreats and workshop, hold certification training courses and offer Forest Bathing experience around the world!
If you run a wellness retreat, fitness club or manage a spa resort and would like to offer a unique wellness experience to your guests or enhance the skills of your team, we can visit you as a Visiting Practitioner.
In addition, if you have a small group of people who would like to be certified as a Forest Bathing guide, but cannot travel to our training locations and would rather that we organize a certification training program at your premises, we do have a Visiting Practitioner program where we travel to you.
3-5 Day Spa and Wellness team training – We travel to your hotel to provide training to your team, so that Forest Bathing can be offered as an activity to your guests.
2-5 Hour Forest Bathing session (hike included for applicable locations)
Remark: All training and treatments above are done in the outdoors. Even if your resort or retreat is not near to any forest, we could be creative and make sure your guests are connected to nature while receiving treatments. All Forest Bathing sessions could be done privately, as well as in a small group.
Forest Bathing enthusiasts who would like to get certified
Forest Bathing guides who would like an internship opportunities with The Mindful Tourist after being certified
A wellness retreat, hotel/resort, fitness club that would like to offer a unique sense of relaxation to their guests through Forest Bathing and offer a variety of healing and alternative treatments to their guests
A wellness retreat, hotel/resort, fitness club that would like have their staff members certified in Forest Bathing
A spa or holistic wellness resort that would like to prescribe nature connectedness to their guests for better health and improved mood and focus
How it works – for wellness retreats and hotels
We offer you and your guests an experience of the traditional Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku or “forest bathing” – an opportunity to connect mindfully with the senses and immerse in the healing power of nature. A recommended experience lasts for 1-2 hours. Some of the benefits includes stress reduction, profound relaxation, mental clarity and improved overall well-being.
Even if the venue is not near to any forest, any flat ground with grass or trees, in a quiet space, will offer an opportunity to connect with nature and oneself.
We normally recommend planning ahead. While all details should be finalized at least 3 months in advance, 6 – 12 months is ideal. We help your Sales and Marketing team with designing promotional materials to make the retreat or visit a success.
How it works – for Forest Bathing groups interested in being certified
We offer tailored training programs for hotels and wellness centers that wish to include Forest Bathing into their nature activity menu. We also provide business consultation, sharing our best practices in health, wellness and mindfulness.
If you are individuals wanting to be trained and certified in Forest Bathing, we generally require a minimum of 6 students per class to travel to that location. The group organizer will receive a generous subsidy to his or her own training fee. We travel anywhere in the world.
Discover the traditional Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku or “Forest Bathing” – an opportunity to connect mindfully with the senses and immerse in the healing power of nature.
Get To Know Us
“It began as a passion and a weekend hobby. Milena and I love to explore the forest. As expats living and working in Kyoto, we spent our weekends picnicking in the woods, exploring Japan’s many off-the-beaten forested paths and searching for the quietest places on earth. Friends kept asking if they could come along and soon we were organizing trips for a wider circle of friends.”
“I spent several years teaching in higher education sector in Japan and also got my doctoral degree in engineering from a Japanese university; I am MSc Psychology candidate. For these reasons, the training is science-based and approached used in our training is of student-centered nature.”