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Dear all,

I would like to introduce you to a very recent research article on the effects of forest bathing.

Effects of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy on Mental Health: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

The article is rather lengthy - please try to read the abstract, introduction, and discussion sections of the article.

Enjoy reading!
Warm regards,

Milena

Dear all,

Welcome to Week 1! My name is Milena and I will be facilitating weekly sessions.

In your TMT notebook, please brainstorm answers to the following activities:

ACTIVITY I

After having read Week 1 materials and by using your knowledge and imagination, define a Shinrin Yoku practice in your own words.

  1. What is your intuition about the definition of Shinrin Yoku?
  2. When you happen to be in the forest by yourself, what do you do? How do you spend time?
  3. When you happen to be in the forest with a group of friends, what do you do and how do you behave?

ACTIVITY II

Please think of your expertise area/s or skills or knowledge you have that could be incorporated into your forest bathing sessions.

  1. What certifications or qualifications do you have, you think will be useful in your career as a TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide ?
  2. What skills do you have that will be useful in your career as a TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide?
  3. How does your ideal session look like?

ACTIVITY III

In your career as a TMT Shinrin Yoku Guide, you will have to think of various locations. Our Level-1 students come from various parts of the world, thus different climates apply and the forest type differs. But perhaps you live in a busy city with no easy access to forest. If that is the case, where can you conduct your Shinrin Yoku sessions?

Investigate what is possible in your local area and enumerate possible categories and locations associated with them. For example, a category would be parks. How many parks there are in your area? What are they? Get creative and enumerate as many as possible categories with detailed examples.

ACTIVITY IV

Write a 500-word piece or more on participation in nature. Participation process explores how we can experience and be present in natural spaces. The process of participation facilitates a movement between an outer and inner experiences. Connecting to nature via a sensory engagement is very important for both our mental health and to awaken a sense of vitality and aliveness.

Send it to The Mindful Tourist before WEEK 1 Week 2 (if you can send it before week 1) by email. In the subject line write [Level-1, Assignment Week 1].

Note. Since there is a delay by one week, I would like to ask you to send it to by the 21st of July (next Wednesday). Thank you very much.

Thank you.

You will discuss your answers to these activities in Week 1 Session.

Warm regards,

Milena