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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. This practitioner certification expands the conventional Shinrin Yoku to include a more “wild” approach to the therapy; 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.

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”. Courses offer learning experiences with nature’s nutrients, which include phytoncides and also include teas, oils and aromas.

Yasei Shinrin Yoku Guide Certification provides participants with an opportunity to set up an independent practice and provides support for advancing towards Practitioner Certification which provides skills for delivering a Yasei 12-session program and establishing a Yasei Sanctuary Forest. This series provides an understanding of wilderness therapies and forms of wildcrafting-based nutri-ecopsychology. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will receive Yasei Shinrin Yoku Guide Certification, which can assist them in both career and self-employment endeavors especially suited for counseling, alternative healthcare, the spiritual arts, theology, energy work, education, food, nutrition and outdoor recreation.

Section 1
Introduction to the Yasei Shinrin Yoku Guiding Program
  • Creating Relationships with Nature
  • Applied Wild and Indigenous Sciences 
  • Plants and Ecology Studies

Section 2
Energy Work and Nature Communication
  • Biosemiotics
  • Mother Tree and Stewardship Studies
  • Storytelling and Rewilding

Section 3
Plant Spirit Medicines and Rewilding Methodologies
  • Exploration and fieldwork in a local ecosystem of your choice.

Section 4
Yasei Shinrin Yoku Meditation Exercises
  • Individual Sessions
  • Group Sessions
  • Guide to Client Forest Therapy Methods
  • Wild Regenerative Logic and Yasei Sanctuary Forest Development

I will study and seek to understand wild places and plant spirit medicines, craft and food that considers biodiversity and shadow biodiversity. I promise to re-wild food, medicines, community and the human experience including key aspects of political, economic and social structures.
“Rewild” is the distance-learning program offered by the Wildcraft Forest School. We offer online courses, seminars and outdoor challenges and restoration programs which provide an inspirational and creative environment for students ranging from children to adults and from beginners to professionals.

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Mystery School
With the Earth being placed at risk it has become necessary to find, educate and initiate new keepers of ancient wisdom. In every Wildcraft Forest School course new keepers have emerged and in order to further support this effort we have made public our Mystery School that will share the “lesser mysteries” in this realm we call "wild mysticism".

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Yasei Shinrin Yoku Guide Certification
Distance Learning

We can start your lessons within one week of your registration date.

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Distance Learning Registration Cost
Regular Fee: $580.00 Canadian Dollars

2024 Solstice Special:
$480.00 until June 27, 2024

You may register by credit or debit card using this secure Paypal link:
Yasei Shinrin Yoku Guide Training Distance Learning Discount - $416
Growing your Yasei Shinrin Yoku Guide Certification

You can grow your Guide Certification and become a Practitioner which will allow you to deliver our 12 Session Forest Therapy Program. We understand that as a Forest Therapy Guide you are challenged which trying to retain your clients for return visits. Currently the largest segment of Forest Therapy clients are those who become a “one-off client”. It’s this dynamic that has plagued ecotourism and nature-based guiding for decades. At the Wildcraft Forest School we have developed a 12 session Forest Therapy program where clients have a more enhanced opportunity to follow through with nature-based healing with your guidance.

You can now become a Practitioner and we will deduct the Distance Learning Registration Fee that you have paid, which will allow you to enroll in the Practitioner Training Program.

Contact us to see if you qualify.

Register now so that we can reserve your space for 2023 where training programs are offered every month from May to September.

Wild Forest Therapy Winter Tookit

If you have been a past participant in our Guide or Practitioner Programs and you would like to receive “Wild Forest Therapy Winter Tookit” you can register today and begin the program on the 15th of the following month. The winter program will help you to continue your practice during the late autumn and winter months and includes print material, videos and question and answer sessions.

It doesn’t matter how much snow is on the ground, or how long the winter is, your Yasei Shinrin Yoku practice does not have to be put on hold.

Register now at $180 (Canadian Dollars)

Yasei Shinrin Yoku
(Wild Forest Bathing)

Primary Level Guide Certification
Wild Forest Bathing and Wilderness Therapies with Sanctuary Forests

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. 

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Wasei Shinrin Yoku Winter Toolkit for Guides and Practitioners - $180
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