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October 2023 - Blended Shinrin Yoku Guide Training in Japan

10-week online and 5-day immersion in Japan. Paid in full, 2 or 3 instalments

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


This module is optional, you can endorse it for USD199 anytime after 10-week & 5-day immersion training. 

Week 11: Your Passion & Why’s - Identifying personal passions and and clarifying your driving motivations by using Ikigai.

Week 12: Your Mission & Vision - Formulating a mission and vision that will guide your professional practice and business endeavors.

Week 13: Manifesting - Learning strategies for achieving your goals as a Shinrin Yoku guide, including business planning, marketing, and networking.  

Week 14: Your Life’s Project - Creating a comprehensive project plan by including all your passions.

Week 15: Completion & Acknowledgments - Reflecting on the learning journey and acknowledging progress made. 

Chose one of the online training starting

We will announced date toward the end of 2023. Please bare in mind that we will have to receive the first instalment to secure a place you in the 5-day immersive training.

November 23 (Thu), 4 PM (GMT-3, Argentina Time)

January 12 (Fri), 5 PM (GMT-3, Argentina Time)

February 2 (Fri),  10 AM (GMT-3, Argentina Time)

Our Shinrin Yoku program is structured to run for a duration of 10 weeks. We value consistency and believe it is key to deriving the full benefits of this practice, so each session is scheduled for a dedicated timeframe of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

To further ensure continuity and establish a steady rhythm, we convene on the same day every week at the exact same time.

This routine allows participants to comfortably integrate the practice into their weekly schedules and enables the group to journey together through the entire process, enhancing the communal experience of forest bathing.  

If any of the above does not suits, we will do our best to arrange for you the online training that fits your needs. Contact us on:

Please choose the most convenient time slot for you from the options above, and we look forward to embarking on this transformative Shinrin Yoku journey with you. If you choose the online training starting, for example, July 21 (Fri), 12 PM (GMT-3, Argentina Time), you will meet your instructor on that day and time for 10 consecutive weeks.

Your Experience in Japan

Shinrin Yoku Association offers an immersive Shinrin Yoku Guide training program in Japan, specifically in the beautiful city of Nara. This comprehensive training combines 15 weeks of online learning with a transformative 5-day immersion experience in the birthplace of Shinrin Yoku. Participants have the opportunity to delve into the rich history, culture, and natural beauty of Japan while deepening their understanding of Shinrin Yoku practices. The online component provides a solid foundation in the principles and techniques of guiding Shinrin Yoku sessions, while the immersive experience allows for hands-on learning, mentorship, and connection with nature in a profound way. This unique training opportunity in Japan offers participants an unforgettable journey of personal growth, cultural immersion, and professional development as they become Accredited Shinrin Yoku Guides through SYA.

Your Stay in Japan

Located approximately 20 minutes by car from Nara city, Shinrin Yoku Association Center, とようけのもり offers a serene retreat nestled in the mountains, surrounded by lush trees. Here, we come together to embrace a shared experience of farm work, gathering around a warm hearth, and engaging in delightful conversations while preparing meals. The meals, crafted with a focus on organic vegetables, are truly a gift from nature. 

1327 Yamamachi, Nara City

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.

What the training offers

The 5-day immersion training in Japan for Shinrin Yoku Guide training offers a comprehensive and enriching experience that combines both theoretical and practical components. Here are some key elements included in the training:

Classroom Sessions: Engage in classroom-based sessions where you'll learn about the philosophy, principles, and scientific foundations of Shinrin Yoku. This theoretical knowledge provides a solid understanding of the practice.  

Guided Shinrin Yoku Sessions: Experience firsthand the healing power of Shinrin Yoku through guided forest bathing sessions led by experienced instructors. Immerse yourself in nature, cultivate mindfulness, and deepen your connection with the natural environment.  

Nature Immersion Activities: Participate in various nature immersion activities designed to enhance your sensory awareness, deepen your relationship with nature, and explore different techniques to facilitate healing and well-being.  

Instructional Techniques and Practices: Learn effective instructional techniques for guiding Shinrin Yoku sessions. Discover how to create a safe and supportive environment, lead group activities, and foster a deep connection between participants and nature.  

Group Discussions and Reflections: Engage in group discussions and reflective exercises to deepen your understanding of the practice and share insights and experiences with fellow trainees. This collaborative learning environment provides valuable opportunities for personal growth and professional development.  

Cultural and Historical Perspectives: Gain insights into the cultural and historical significance of Shinrin Yoku in Japan. Learn about the traditional practices, rituals, and beliefs associated with forest bathing, and how it has evolved over time.  

Networking and Community Building: Connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for Shinrin Yoku. Build a supportive network of fellow trainees, instructors, and mentors, fostering lifelong connections and potential collaborations in the field.  

Certification and Continued Support: Upon successful completion of the training, receive a certification as a Shinrin Yoku Guide, acknowledging your competence and readiness to lead guided forest bathing sessions. Additionally, benefit from continued support and resources from the training organization to further develop your skills and advance in your Shinrin Yoku journey.  

What to bring

When preparing for the 5-day immersive Shinrin Yoku Guide Training in Japan, there are several essential items you would need to bring to ensure a comfortable and enriching experience. Here's a list of items to consider:

1. Comfortable Clothing: Pack weather-appropriate clothing that allows for ease of movement and comfort during outdoor activities. Consider layers to accommodate temperature changes.  
2. Hiking Shoes: Bring sturdy and comfortable shoes suitable for walking and hiking in natural environments. It's important to have footwear that provides good traction and support.  
3. Rain Gear: Be prepared for potential rain showers by packing a lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho. A small umbrella can also come in handy. 4. Backpack: Bring a backpack or daypack to carry personal belongings, water bottle, snacks, and any additional items needed during outdoor excursions.
5. Insect Repellent: Depending on the season and location, it's advisable to bring insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects during outdoor activities.
6. Personal Items: Don't forget essentials such as toiletries, medications, and any personal items you may need during your stay.  
7. Notebooks and Pens: Bring writing materials to take notes, jot down reflections, or capture important insights during the training.  
8. Open Mind and Curiosity: Most importantly, bring an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a curiosity to immerse yourself fully in the practice of Shinrin Yoku. Be prepared to embrace new experiences and cultivate a deep connection with nature.  

By packing these essential items, you'll be well-prepared to embark on your 5-day immersive Shinrin Yoku Guide Training in Japan and make the most of your journey.

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. Minimum of 4 sessions you will conduct during your stay in Japan. Remaining sessions you will be required to organise  by yourself, once you are back in your country.
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: You are required to conduct a total of 10 Shinrin Yoku practice sessions, each lasting a minimum of 2 hours. Minimum of 4 sessions you will conduct during your stay in Japan. Remaining sessions you will be required to organise  by yourself, once you are back in your country.
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.

Q & A Stay

Q1: Does the price of the training include airfare, travel or medical insurance, transportation, meals or drinks outside of what is specified?
A1: No, the price of the training does not include airfare, travel or medical insurance  outside of what is specified in the program.  

Q2: Can I request a meat-based diet during the training?
A2: Yes, if you prefer a meat-based diet, please inform us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.  

Q3: Are there any physical requirements for the training?
A3: Yes, the training involves walks in the forest, and a basic to moderate level of fitness is required. Please be prepared for outdoor activities that are weather-dependent and subject to change.  

Q4: What can I expect in terms of the group size and composition?
A4: Our tour groups are small, typically accommodating up to 5 people. They often consist of an international mix of nature lovers, and wellness practitioners. Please note that photos may be taken during the program and may be used on our website. By signing up for the training, you grant us permission to use any photos in which you appear.  

Q5: What type of accommodation will be provided during the training?
A5: As part of the authentic Japanese experience, traditional Japanese-style accommodation with futons or Japanese mattresses will be provided. The accommodation includes shared bathroom facilities and shared bedrooms, which is common in Japan.

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Months ago, I embarked on this journey to be a Shinrin Yoku guide, not knowing that I soon also embarked on a journey of self-exploration, contemplation, and self-love.

The 15-week of assignments and online lessons not only introduced me to some very interesting topics and perspectives about Shinrin Yoku, but also challenged me to rethink my values, rediscover who I really am and who I want to be. I joined the training program expecting to be handed with protocols and things I should do in a Shinrin Yoku session, but what Milena offered was something more valuable than the written rules and the what-I-should-do. 

The online assignments and lessons make sure all the guides have the right values and perceptions towards Shinrin Yoku, which is important, because essentially, the guide plays an important role in facilitating the connection between participants with nature. 

Joining the 5-day physical immersion in Nara, Japan was what I think completed my training. As a zoology student and now a naturalist, the forest has been a place I often visit, and a place I find peace and relaxation. I've always knew the forest is a place for healing, however, it is until when I received the invitation from Milena during her Shinrin Yoku session in the Nara forest that I felt just how powerful the forest can be, if guided properly. That is what I wish to achieve with my Shinrin Yoku guide certification, to help people receive the offerings from the forest, which I am fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to do with my current career. I hope I could inspire people to see forest in a new light, and that they would be inspired to love and care for the forest.
Before signing off, I would like to express my gratitude to the people I've met along this journey, the participants and the hosts. Their openness and support were what allowed me to truly receive what the forest in Nara offered. They were part of what led me to rediscover myself through the immersion course. I'm grateful for these new friendships. With that, I could not thank Milena enough for what she managed to create. Her patience, wisdom and guidance made the learning an enjoyable, educational and inspiring one.  Thank you also the team and community.


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 and the team! 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.

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