The connections between Man (‘人’ pronouned as 'r-urn') and Nature (or the woods) (‘木’ pronouned as 'moo') have a long history.
Meaningful relationships between Man and Nature create tranquil and restful states - mentally, emotionally and physically.
This is ‘休’ (pronouned as 'c-e-u').
We believe that nature can support our well-being. Moreover, our relationships with the natural world are reciprocal.
In this technology-addicted society, it is our mission to re-connect people with nature - both inner and outer nature, meaningfully.
In this climate of 'do more, do faster, do better', it is our mission to slow people down for a necessary recharge.
In this age of longevity, it is our mission to support 'a good life' by promoting wellness across all ages and communities.
We achieve all these through mindful interactions with nature and our natural selves.
Forest therapy, inspired from the Japanese practice of 'Shinrin yoku' or 'forest bathing' is at the heart of all our programmes. It involves a sensory awakening and immersion of our senses in nature. We adopt the methods from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, which is the trailblazer and gold standard in this area of wellness practice. Read more about forest therapy here.
You Min, YAP
You Min is a certified nature and forest therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, USA. She is also a trained Daring to Rest facilitator. A pioneer guide in Singapore and the Southeast Asia, she is passionate about self-care, slowing down practically, and re-connecting to nature - inner and outer, for well-being and for thriving. Slowing down, re-connecting with nature and discovering oneself - these are part of her story. And her intention is clear - to support others on their journeys through her practice.
She also guides with Singapore’s National Parks Board, conducting nature therapy programmes to support specific communities such as people living with dementia, as well as nature connection programmes for families. She is the founder of Xiu Nature Connections and is an active contributor of the Shinrin-yoku 森林浴 Forest Bathing - Singapore community.
You Min’s work in forest therapy has seen her present and guide at the International Forest Therapy Days conference in Finland, and the Therapeutic Horticulture Seminar by the Centre of Urban and Greenery Ecology (CUGE) a division under the National Parks Board. Under the invitation from CUGE, You Min has also written and published the article ‘Urban Forest Therapy in Singapore’ in the Citygreen periodical.
She is also a qualified educator with experience in teaching across diverse academic streams, and is also a qualified plant variety protection examiner.
Guest guides also conduct themed nature connection programmes, sessions and courses.