Experiences & Adventures
Experiences & Adventures
We've all read the research that shows that time spent in nature exponentially boosts our mental health and wellbeing. Our hectic modern lives require us to sit for hours and hours in front of screens, our body forgotten as our mind takes over, and physical space gives way to virtual space. Reconnecting with the earth, giving our bodies what they need is essential to finding a sustainable balance in the modern day world. Outdoor adventures provide that balance, setting our bodies in motion, disconnecting from the Tamed World and reconnecting with self through the Wild World.
“Nature is not a place to visit, It is home.”
– Gary Snyder -
Reconnecting with Community is one of my Pillars of Connection and is why I love to offer group experiences and adventures that have a little more focus on 'Adventure Therapy'.
So what is Adventure Therapy?
'Adventure' or 'Bush' Therapy is a diverse field of practice combining adventure and outdoor environments with the intention to achieve therapeutic outcomes for those involved. It's often used to describe a regular, structured activity that:
is led by trained professionals who are there to support you
provides the opportunity for ongoing reflection which enhances personal growth and progress
takes place in a green environment
encourages individuals to receive positive therapeutic benefits from the process because they are motivated to participate in it
is both meaningful and real to the participants because it reflects their real life
Adventure Therapy activities are designed to be therapeutic in nature. They may focus on fostering communication and cooperation, building trust in self and others, or developing and improving problem-solving skills.
Adventure therapy can be fun, exciting, and challenging. It’s a great way to learn and practice new behaviours, improve your interpersonal skills, face your fears, overcome personal obstacles and challenges, and heal painful emotions. Adventure therapy programs are available throughout the country.
If you’re interested in adventure therapy for yourself or a loved one, or if traditional therapy hasn’t really worked, I encourage you to reach out and we can chat to help you determine if it’s a good fit for your needs and goals.
So where does one begin?
I have a large variety of Adventure Therapy services on offer depending on exactly where you are at in your current situation. Services are laid out as below. I invite you to allow your curiosity to explore what is on offer and see where this journey takes you.
It's time to get off the grid, unplug and immerse yourself in nature with an intimate, transformative Nature Connection Retreat designed to disconnect you from the busyness of everyday life and reconnect you with self through nature. Be nourished in every way with hosts who take great care in designing retreats that meet clients' needs and intentions.
Holistic Hikes n Paddles are nature hikes or paddling experiences with a twist. These unique offerings combine components of other modalities including Meditation & Forest Bathing to name a few. Come explore some of the most iconic trails of The Great Southern, discovering the benefits of spending time immersing oneself in the beauty of the outdoors.
Join me for an adventure weekend that will test your limitations, body and mind by taking risks, fully supported in nurturing, fun and safe environments. Weekend created to inspire you to push through barriers and fears, encouraging personal growth, self confidence and a positive mindset through building a connection with like minded people in the outdoors.
Wellness Walks are a gentler alternative to our Holistic Hikes offering a unique combination of walking and other modalities including Meditation & Forest Bathing to name a few. Come explore some of the most iconic trails of The Great Southern and beyond, discovering the therapeutic benefits of spending time on a trail, immersing oneself in the beauty of nature.
Adventure Therapy: an introduction
This short video introduces the main ideas behind adventure therapy, and explains how using adventure based activities in the outdoors can improve mental wellbeing:
What happens in Adventure Therapy?
Adventure therapy can take place in both rural and urban settings, including parks, gardens, farms and woodlands. Something very important to consider is that Adventure is not necessarily abseiling, rock climbing & skydiving, but rather Adventure should be seen as an activity that takes you completely outside of your comfort zone. The range of adventures I offer are soft to mid range adventures with a slightly lower risk level. They involve varying amounts of physical activity, depending on the type of programme. It can include activities that focus on:
Participants taking part in engaging, real-world experiences
Providing opportunities for personal development