The Wildcraft Forest School has applied its unique approach to nature-based wellness and combined it with Ayurvedic practices in order to provide a clinical approach to Yasei Shinrin Yoku. This Comprehensive Certification allows participants to become certified in delivering a Yasei Shinrin Yoku Forest Therapy Guide Program and also includes Yasei Ayurvedic Head Massage certification training. This combined training is available through an 8-day camp at the Wildcraft Forest School and includes a series of online lessons.
Yasei Shinrin-Yoku Bodywork and Spa Certification provides bodywork practitioners and spas with enhanced opportunities that will compliment their independent practice. This certification introduces treatment methods that include massage oils, medicinal teas and essences within clinic or studio-based Yasei Shinrin-Yoku Bodywork programs. The certification provides planning support for practitioners to establish a Yasei Sanctuary Spa. This series provides an understanding of wilderness therapies and forms of wildcrafting-based nutri-ecopsychology. Upon completion of the certification program, participants will be able to apply for a Yasei Shinrin-Yoku Bodywork Certification.
Our connection to nature is embedded within our DNA, the forest provides us with all the psychological and chemical attributes needed to live healthy lives – but our challenge is to learn how to reconnect with the living forest. Shinrin Yoku is Japanese for “forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere” this popular Japanese therapy represents a new form of nature-based healing. Shinrin-Yoku was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a building block of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established an extensive body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. The Wildcraft Forest has developed a more “wild” approach to conventional Shinrin Yoku, we call this Yasei Shinrin Yoku, which combines the healing abilities presented by the natural world with spiritual and environmental stewardship and incorporates wildcrafting, which includes a tangible understanding of the sentient forest.
Ayurvedic Head Massage is an ancient therapeutic treatment that has been practiced in India for 5000+ years. It involves a variety of movements and pressure techniques that focus on the head, neck, shoulders and upper back. As a Yasei Ayurvedic Head Massage Practitioner you will also learn how to apply wildcrafted massage oils and other topical forest biotic nutraceuticals into massage treatment sessions as well as outdoor immersion wellness methods that include Wild Earthing.
As a massage practitioner in this modality, you will learn numerous aspects of massage treatment for the upper back, shoulders, neck and head that allow clients to be sitting upright in a chair. Only the upper back is exposed making it a very comfortable form of massage. This massage is ideal for Yasei Shinrin Yoku Practitioners who want to offer the service outdoors and in a forest or in a corporate or home setting as another form of wellness and meditation support.
Yasei considers the expansion of our health, purpose and well-being as being directly related to the work that we do for the benefit of the forest – the practice considers that we and the forest are “one” and that through this presence the true natural balance of energy can be achieved that benefits both the individual and the natural world. If we invest in the health and growth of the forest then the forest will invest in us – the medium of exchange is “life-force”. We offer Yasei Shinrin Yoku as a wild treatment “experience” in the forest, and also as a clinical experience that includes nature’s nutrients in the form of medicinal teas, oils, essences and aromas.
Upon registration students are supplied with online lessons which outline the Yasei Shinrin Yoku Program within the context of Yasei stewardship and nature-based relationships. The online lessons serve as orientation as students progress to in-person lessons.
Sections 1 , 2 and 3
Yasei Shinrin Yoku Forest Therapy Program
Yasei Shinrin Yoku Guide Training
Energy Work and Wild Communication
Applied Wild and Indigenous Sciences
Plants and Ecology Studies, Biosemiotics, Microbe Studies
Mother Tree Studies and Stewardship
The nature and methods of Yasei Treatments.
Forest Biotic Offerings
Ancient Alchemy Methods
The Cosmic Tree
Plant Spirit Guilds
The nature and methods of ecstasy and soul travel.
Re-wilding Food and Medicine
Plant identification, harvesting and stewardship.
What is Ayurveda? An Introduction
Exploring the Yasei approach to Ayurveda.
Shiro Abhyanga: The History of Ayurvedic Head Massage
Rewilding Massage Treatments
Benefits of Head Massage, Why Does it Feel so Good?
Understanding Marma Points.
The Head Massage Process – Demonstrations and Practice
Intention and Working with Earth Energy
Why We Use These Techniques – A Dance of the Senses
The Vagus Nerve: And It’s Role in Head Massage
The Application of Oil – Why the Forest and Nature are important within the practice.
Techniques and Patterns for Each Area
Upper Back and Shoulder Techniques
Neck and Heart Centre Techniques
The Complete Flow
Summary and Delivering Forest Biotic Coaching
Creating working collaborations and building a client community.
Guide and client practice.
This certification practice highlights treatment methods that include massage oils, medicinal teas essences and other topical nutraceuticals as well as nutraceutical teas and tonics which are presented within clinic or studio-based Yasei Shinrin Yoku Bodywork programs. This series also provides a further understanding of wilderness therapies and forms of wildcraft-based nutri-ecopsychology which can expand the skill-set and offerings for forest therapists. This certification also provides an understanding of Yasei Shinrin Yoku Ayurvedic wellness. It can also be used as a freelance business or to improve your family’s health or to compliment your existing wellness, forest therapy or spa practice.
NOTE - Additional Course Requirement:
In addition to the Registration Fee there is a supply fee that is required and must be paid in advance of the in-person attendance part of this program.
Supply Fee: $250
The regular fee for this program is $3200.00 (Canadian Dollars). This 8 day camp takes place during the dates listed below.
2023 Camp Program Dates Open for Registration
8 Day Camp Series Cost: $3200.00 Canadian Dollars
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