休 XIU Nature Connections
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Xiu Nature Connections

Xiu Nature Connections. Our story, our mission, our founder Yap You Min.

‘休’ (pronounced as 'c-e-u') means to rest.

The connections between Man (‘人’ pronounced as 'r-urn') and Nature (‘木’ pronounced as 'moo') have a long history. 

Meaningful relationships between Man and the outer nature , as well as with his inner nature, create tranquil and restful states - mentally, emotionally and physically.

This is ‘休’ .

 

Mission

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. 


Method

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

Yoga nidra is a deep restorative rest technique. It is an art of doing nothing, but gaining all the rest, clarity and peace one requires for better functioning in this frantic world. Accessible to all, this gentle meditation effectively reduces stress and can also support people living with insomnia. A 45-minute yoga nidra has been said to be equivalent to a 3-hour sleep.


People

Yap You Min, certified nature and forest therapy guide, Daring to Rest facilitator

Youmin YAP

Youmin 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 yoga nidra facilitator with the Daring to Rest Academy. 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 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.

Youmin’s work has seen her been invited as a visiting practitioner for overseas resorts and wellness centres. Her work were also presented 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, Youmin has also written and published the article ‘Urban Forest Therapy in Singapore’ in the Citygreen periodical.

She has worked with management and executives in various functions. She is also a qualified educator with experience in teaching across diverse academic streams, and a qualified plant variety protection examiner. 

More about Youmin

 

Guest facilitators also conduct themed programmes, sessions and courses. 


There is no wifi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.