Online Shinrin Yoku Guide Training (15 weeks)

Weekly Guidance with Instructor

1) The online training take place in Argentina Time Zone (GMT-3)
2) Please double check you time zone:
3)  Each session will last for 1 hour and 30 minutes
4) The online training lasts 15 weeks
5) the last module (IKIGAI) is optional and it costs additional 199 USD.

August 25, Fri, 4 pm (GMT -3) - CLOSED (2023)
December 7, Thu, 4 pm (GMT-3) - CLOSED (2023)
March 7, Thu, 2 pm (GMT-3) - OPEN (2024)

Course Summary

Shinrin Yoku

Week 1: Shinrin Yoku Foundations - Understanding the origins and philosophy, and cultural roots of Shinrin Yoku.

Week 2: Shinrin Yoku Association Code of Conduct - Ethical guidelines and professional standards

Week 3: Science of Shinrin Yoku - Studying the scientific research on Shinrin Yoku's physical and psychological benefits. 

Week 4: Nature Connectedness - Exploring the concept and strategies to deepen the connection with nature during Shinrin Yoku. 

Week 5: Designing Your Shinrin Yoku Session 1 - Develop skills to design and facilitate a Shinrin Yoku session.
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Week 6: Your Wellbeing - Introspecting personal health and understanding how Shinrin Yoku contributes to wellbeing.

Week 7: Your Senses - Exploring personal sensory experiences and how they enrich Shinrin Yoku sessions.  

Week 8: Your Values - Clarifying personal values and their alignment with the principles of Shinrin Yoku.  

Week 9: Your Empathy - Understanding the role of empathy in Shinrin Yoku practice, for oneself and participants.  

Week 10: Designing Your Shinrin Yoku Session 2 - Applying personal insights to further develop Shinrin Yoku session design skills, and terms and conditions

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Week 11: Practice Orientation - Understanding Shinrin Yoku Association' Assessment Markers procedures involved in conducting a Shinrin Yoku session.

Week 12: Practice 1 - Beginning to gain practical experience in conducting Shinrin Yoku sessions and receiving initial feedback.

Week 13: Practice 2 - Continuation of hands-on experience with conducting sessions, further incorporating feedback for improvement.  

Week 14: Practice 3 - Building on the previous weeks' experience, leading sessions with increased confidence

Week 15: Practice 4 - Continuing the practical experience phase in the module. 


Week 16: Your Passion & Why’s - Identifying personal passions and and clarifying your driving motivations by using Ikigai.

Week 17: Your Mission & Vision - Formulating a mission and vision that will guide your professional practice and business/project endeavors.

Week 18: Manifesting - Learning strategies for achieving your goals as a Shinrin Yoku guide, including project/business planning, marketing, and networking.  

Week 19: Your Life’s Project - Creating a comprehensive project plan by including all your passions.

Week 20: Completion & Acknowledgments - Reflecting on the learning journey and acknowledging progress made.

* This is module is optional and it cost additional 199 USD

Your Shinrin Yoku Practice

As part of the SAY (Shinrin Yoku Association) accredited Shinrin Yoku Guide Training, you will participate in a series of practical sessions designed to deepen your understanding of Shinrin Yoku and develop your skills as a guide.  A key requirement of the training is the completion of ten Shinrin Yoku practice sessions, each lasting a minimum of two hours. These sessions provide the experiential grounding essential to becoming a proficient Shinrin Yoku guide.

They offer you a firsthand experience of the benefits and processes of Shinrin Yoku, from immersing in the sensory richness of nature to nurturing deeper connections with the self and the environment.  The office hours will help you resolve any questions you may have during the process.

These practice sessions are supplemented by weekly assignments and reading materials, which explore the theoretical foundations and applications of Shinrin Yoku. You'll delve into the scientific research behind Shinrin Yoku, examine its cultural and spiritual roots, and explore how it contributes to physical and mental wellbeing.  As a culmination of your learning, you'll be required to write a protocol following established SAY markers. This document will be based on the Shinrin Yoku Guide capacities and will reflect your understanding of the principles and techniques of Shinrin Yoku, your ability to facilitate a session, and your capacity to connect with and guide others through their own Shinrin Yoku experience.  

By integrating practical sessions with theoretical learning, the SAY accredited Shinrin Yoku Guide Training ensures that you are well-equipped to guide others on their Shinrin Yoku journey. It supports not only your personal growth and understanding of Shinrin Yoku but also your ability to foster this experience for others, embodying the core values of respect, mindfulness, and connectedness inherent to Shinrin Yoku.

Q & A Requirements

Q: What are the key requirements for completing the Shinrin Yoku training program?
A: The program involves several key requirements: completing weekly assignments and readings, conducting 10 Shinrin Yoku practice sessions, filling out SYA Self-Evaluation Sheets for each practice session, passing a final exam, and signing the SYA Pledge.

Q: What are the weekly assignments and readings about?
A: Each week, you will be given assignments related to that week's topics, which will often involve reading materials provided as part of the course, reflecting on the content, and applying it in practical exercises or written responses.

Q: How many practice sessions do I need to conduct?
A: You are required to conduct a total of 10 Shinrin Yoku practice sessions, each lasting a minimum of 2 hours. Four of these will be conducted during the "Art of Shinrin Yoku Practice" module, and the remaining 6 will be completed at your convenience.
Q: What are SYA Self-Evaluation Sheets?

A: After each practice session, you need to fill out a self-evaluation sheet based on the Shinrin Yoku Association's markers. This helps you reflect on your performance during the session, assess your strengths and areas for improvement, and consider how you might enhance future sessions.

Q: What is the final exam about?
A: The final exam is designed to assess your understanding of the course content and your ability to apply this knowledge in a practical setting. It ensures that you have a solid grasp of Shinrin Yoku principles, practices, and guidelines.

Q: What is the SYA Pledge?
A: The SYA Pledge is a formal commitment to uphold the standards, ethics, and values of the Shinrin Yoku Association. By signing it, you affirm your understanding of the Association's Code of Conduct and Guidelines, and your intention to apply them in your practice as a Shinrin Yoku guide.

Q: What are SYA assessment markers?

SYA Training programs use assessment markers or criteria to evaluate the competency and skills of Shinrin Yoku guides in training. These markers relate to understanding of Shinrin Yoku philosophy, ability to guide a Shinrin Yoku session effectively, capacity to manage group dynamics, understanding of the health and wellness benefits of Shinrin Yoku, and adherence to professional and ethical guidelines, among other aspects.  

Q & A Practice

Q1: What does the Shinrin Yoku training program entail in terms of practice sessions?  
A1: The Shinrin Yoku training program includes a requirement of conducting 10 practice sessions, with each session having a minimum duration of 2 hours. These sessions are divided into individual and group sessions, with 5 sessions devoted to each type.

 Q2: What is the difference between individual and group Shinrin Yoku sessions?
A2: In individual Shinrin Yoku sessions, the guide works with one participant, focusing on a personalized experience. In contrast, group sessions involve more than one participant, requiring group facilitation skills and managing dynamics among participants.

 Q3: When am I expected to conduct these practice sessions during the training program?
A3: During the "The Art of Shinrin Yoku Practice" module, which runs from week 11 to 15, you are expected to conduct four practical Shinrin Yoku sessions as part of weekly assignments. This should give you confidence to conduct the remaining sessions. Some people finish all the practice by the end of the training. Some one month after the online training. You will have up to 3 months to complete the practice. If you need more time, please simply let us know - we understand that a personal circumstance play a huge role in the process of ticking off all the requirements.

Q4: How can I find practice clients for my Shinrin Yoku sessions?  
A4: Finding practice clients can be approached in several ways. You can start with your personal network, then expand to community outreach, social media promotion, attending local events, volunteering, partnering with local businesses, and relying on word of mouth.  

Q5: What is the ultimate goal of these practice sessions?  
A5: The primary goal of these sessions is to provide hands-on experience in conducting Shinrin Yoku sessions. This allows you to refine your guiding skills, receive feedback, reflect on your practice, and continuously improve your abilities as a Shinrin Yoku guide.

Course Curriculum

Shinrin Yoku

Course Pricing

  • Online Shinrin Yoku Guide Training (15 weeks)
  • $899 USD

    Weekly Guidance with Instructor

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  • Weekly meetings with your instructor
  • Online Shinrin Yoku Guide Training (15 weeks)
  • 3 modules
  • Theory based on Japanese & international literature
  • 15 invitations as part of your self-practice
  • Examples of Terms & Conditions
  • Examples of Registration Form
  • Examples of Shinrin Yoku Protocols
  • 20 hours worth practice (minimum)
  • Monthly office hours
  • 24/7 chat support
  • Feedback on assignments
  • 1-year access to the platform
  • Weekly readings
  • Weekly assignments
  • International Community
  • 30% discount on Shinrin Yoku Invitation Bank
  • International Community
  • Annual subscription to Shinrin Yoku Association



I’ve learned that being connected to nature is being connected to yourself. We are nature. We come from nature and that’s why we all return to nature. That’s why we find health and happiness in nature. I mostly enjoyed the gifts that come to you when you open up your senses. When you listen to the invitations of nature. When you look with different eyes or feel with different fingers. Finding awesomeness in ultimate awareness. Like witnessing the dance of light and shadow through the leaves of a tree. I’ve learned to take myself into the present moment. The only place where life truly exists. Nature showed me the way. I gained a greater awareness of different perspectives. Reconnecting with nature rewires the brain. Just like being thankful.


Bussines Owner

The training exceeded all of my dreams and expectations. I feel inspired and empowered to guide in nature. I have learned so much about myself and my skills to leap into service in my community. I am eager to see what comes of this valuable experience. It was a challenge to participate in this program during our coldest winter months in Minnesota, on average around -20 Celcius! It leaves me dreaming of the warmer months ahead, as well as a commitment to build a community sauna & warming house for our woodland property! Expanding on wellness, community, mind-body connection and the splendor of staying in nature all day! I am in awe of Milena and her gifts as a guide and coach. Thank you Milena! I look forward to in-person forest bathing in Japan with you- one day!


Event Menager

What a journey this course was! By studying about the outdoors, I really felt I was getting to know more and more my inner self. In studying under Milena, I felt a renovated strength in what I do and a deeper understanding of who I am.   I now feel I can use my character and optimism to create strong bounds in the community and to hint to people about a different way to live their lives, in harmony and connection with the surrounding nature.  I enjoyed the readings and new concepts throughout the course, especially those with a more scientific and/or psychological approach, like the ones from the week about biophilia, attention retention theory and the introduction of the nature-based interventions. And when I entered the self-practice and planning of invitations, I felt so many possibilities were opening in front of me, challenging the way I offer myself to people and the way I react to others.  With no doubt, I felt I grow out of a certain comfort zone I was in, and I was able to see my naiveness and some weak points I had, and I was able to work on them. I will celebrate my certification with a glass of nice Japanese sake, not forgetting one or more toast to the hard work and the disposability of Milena during these months.    Sending Milena and the community good vibes and green energy from Japan.