Becoming a member of the Shinrin Yoku Association (SYA) offers a host of potential benefits, designed to support your journey in Shinrin Yoku or ‘forest bathing’. Here are some of the perks you could expect as a member:

  1. Educational Resources: Gain access to a wealth of educational materials including research papers, articles, and webinars on Shinrin Yoku. These resources can enhance your knowledge and understanding of Shinrin Yoku and its many benefits.

  2. Networking Opportunities: Connect with other Shinrin Yoku practitioners, guides, and enthusiasts from around the world. This global network can provide support, inspiration, and potential collaborations.

  3. Professional Development: Stay updated on the latest best practices, guidelines, and advancements in Shinrin Yoku. This can help you continuously improve your skills and maintain high standards in your practice or profession.

  4. Shinrin Yoku Journal Access: Receive free access to the Shinrin Yoku Journal, a valuable resource packed with the latest research, articles, and insights on Shinrin Yoku.

  5. Event Discounts: Enjoy discounts or exclusive access to SYA events, such as workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats. These events can be a great opportunity to learn from leading experts, engage with the community, and deepen your Shinrin Yoku practice.

  6. Listing in SYA Directory: If you’re a guide, having your profile listed in the SYA directory can enhance your visibility to potential clients, collaborators, or employers.

  7. Contribution Opportunities: Have the opportunity to contribute to the Shinrin Yoku Journal or participate in other SYA initiatives. This can increase your professional exposure and provide a sense of fulfillment from contributing to the Shinrin Yoku community.

  8. Exclusive Member’s Platform Access: The members-only platform may include forums for discussion, exclusive content, opportunities for mentorship or peer support, and more.


Joining the Shinrin Yoku Association as a registered guide entails an initial application fee and an annual membership due. The application fee, a one-time charge, is necessary for processing your membership. The annual membership due contributes towards maintaining your active status as a registered guide within the SYA.

The initial application fee is $50. Following the acceptance of your application, an annual membership due of $65 is required. Therefore, the total initial cost for registration amounts to $115.

Should you wish to upgrade your designation within the association at a later stage, a fee of $50 is applied. Please note, this upgrade fee does not include any additional annual or renewal dues.

These costs help to support the SYA’s mission and operations, contributing to the maintenance and development of resources for Shinrin Yoku guides, and promoting the growth and recognition of Shinrin Yoku worldwide.

Please note, all application and upgrade fees are non-refundable. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us.

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