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 - physically, mentally and emotionally.
This is ‘休’ (pronouned as 'c-e-u').
We believe that nature can support our well-being. Moreover, our relationships with nature are reciprocal.
In this technology-addicted society, it is our mission to re-connect people with 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.
'Shinrin yoku' or 'forest bathing' is at the heart of all our nature connection programmes. It involves a sensory 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 Shinrin yoku and forest bathing here.
You Min is a certified nature and forest therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, USA. A pioneer guide in Singapore and the Southeast Asia, she is passionate about sharing nature and forest therapy for well-being, especially for stressed out and disconnected city dwellers. 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 nature therapy practice. She also guides with Singapore’s National Parks Board, conducting nature therapy programmes for elderly care centres as well as various nature connection programmes for families. Spearheading nature therapy for wellness in the ASEAN region, You Min leads forest bathings at wellness retreats in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is the founder of Xiu Nature Connections and is an active contributor of the Shinrin-yoku 森林浴 Forest Bathing - Singapore community. She is also a qualified educator and plant variety protection examiner.
Guest guides also conduct themed nature connection programmes, sessions and courses.