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Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Modern life is forever moving, unrelenting in its eagerness to push us forward onto the next thing and the next thing, and the thing after that. And so our minds are just as busy. Too infrequently do we stop and enjoy the stillness of a place.

Shinrin Yoku (also known as Forest Bathing) brings us back to nature. It takes us out of our busy lives and heals us - reconnecting us with our environments and ourselves. The Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing Diploma Course explains the theories, practices, and science behind forest bathing.

What is Shinrin Yoku and how we can use nature as therapy? The Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing Diploma Course begins by answering this very question, along with detailing the concept of ecotherapy and instilling an awareness of the power of trees, before moving on to explain the physical and mental benefits of Shinrin Yoku.

With a good theoretical understanding from which to grow, we venture on with some general guidelines to follow when forest bathing. You’ll gain insight on how to use various senses and share what you notice, how to give back to the forest, and ‘invitations’ - an important concept in Shinrin Yoku. You’ll learn how and why trees communicate with each other, and how we can send and receive nature’s messages.

When taking your first steps in Shinrin Yoku, preparation is important. The Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing Diploma Course explains how to find a forest bathing site, what to bring with you, and how to have a safe experience.

With preparations made, we walk through the process of carrying out Shinrin Yoku. You’ll discover all the key practices you need to understand to be able to carry it out effectively, including the concept of Yuugen and the threshold of connection.

We can’t always get to the forest but may still feel the need to enjoy the benefits of Shinrin Yoku forest bathing therapy. We look at how we can bring the forest indoors - exploring various plants and essential oils that can be used to do just that.

The Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing Diploma Course goes further than considering the theories and practices of Shinrin Yoku, as we dive into fascinating studies that show the true power of the forest and how it affects human beings in beneficial ways.

The course concludes with a consideration of the Shinrin Yoku community. We look at trails set up by this community, training as a guide, and Forest Bathing International.

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Shinrin Yoku as Nature Therapy
  • Part 2: Using Nature as Therapy
  • Part 3: The Power of Trees
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Natural Environment
  • Part 2: Physical Benefits I
  • Part 3: Physical Benefits II
  • Part 4: Mental Benefits
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: A Positive Experience
  • Part 2: Step by Step to Forest Bathing
  • Part 3: Share What You Notice
  • Part 4: Mirror Sensing
  • Part 5: Reciprocity in the Natural World
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Freedom to Feel
  • Part 2: Earth Invitations I
  • Part 3: Earth Invitations II
  • Part 4: Air Invitations
  • Part 5: Fire Invitations
  • Part 6: Water Invitations
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Talking Trees
  • Part 2: How Trees Communicate with Humans
  • Part 3: Why Talk to Trees?
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Using a Guide
  • Part 2: Find a Forest Bathing Site
  • Part 3: What to Bring to a Forest Bath
  • Part 4: Stay Safe in the Forest
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Be Still and Breathe
  • Part 2: Sit Quietly and Practice Mindful Walking
  • Part 3: Reflect Out Loud
  • Part 4: The Optimal Flow Guideline
  • Part 5: Embodied Awareness
  • Part 6: Walking in Forest Time
  • Part 7: The Tea Ceremony
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Indoor Forest
  • Part 2: Bring the Outside Smell In
  • Part 3: Bring the Forest into the Medicine Cabinet
  • Part 4: Reset Your Body to Forest Time
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Phytoncides: Natural Oils
  • Part 2: Different Kinds of Phytoncides
  • Part 3: Forest Views and Job Satisfaction
  • Part 4: The Effects of Walking in Forest Environments
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Forest Bathing Trails
  • Part 2: Training as a Guide
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

This course provides an in-depth knowledge of Shinrin Yoku. You’ll learn how it works as a discipline, how to take a forest bath and understand the scientific evidence behind the concept.

Upon successful completion of the course, you can:

  • Train as a forest guide
  • Take forest baths alone or with your family
  • Start a forest bathing group
  • Bring the forest into your home
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The Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

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