She Seeks Adventure is an adventure based program that delivers outdoor experiences to women of all ages and backgrounds. Whether they are just finding themselves feeling a little bit lost, lacking a little bit of confidence or are suffering with one of the many mental health issues facing women today, She Seeks Adventure is exactly what doctors are prescribing - time in nature and, as John Muir famously quotes,
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
The She Seeks Adventure program is based on 'Adventure Therapy' based activities that allow participants to take calculated risks and explore personal issues in a safe and supportive environment. Adventure therapy uses the experience itself to help individuals face and overcome emotional issues, addictions, behavioural problems, and many other challenges. It also helps participants develop important life skills that can benefit them throughout their lives. 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.
Science now shows us that spending time in nature regularly is an essential component of health and psychological resilience. Nature helps us withstand and recover from life’s challenges. Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in brain function, in both the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilising and improving mood and cognition.
Humans crave a connection with nature. From gardening and horticulture to taking a stroll through the park or hiking through the mountains, humans have found solace in nature for centuries but with a rapidly deteriorating environment, shortage of open spaces, fear of “stranger danger” during outdoor playtime, and an emerging culture of technology obsession, our life is punctuated by nature deprivation and a disconnect from the world around us.
The evidence suggests that women are more prone than men to experience poor mental health, and there is overwhelming proof that nature promotes health and well being, prevents diseases and helps people recover from illness. Being surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, breathing fresh air, and listening to the unique and often tranquil sounds of nature, can boost anyone’s spirits and help them gain a new appreciation for life.
For those recovering from deep emotional wounds, unresolved trauma, or the grips of a destructive addiction, adventure therapy, used as a complementary therapy, can open doors to healing that traditional forms of talk therapy often can’t.
Please note: Our programs do not replace clinical modalities, but rather should be seen as a complementary therapy.
The She Seeks Adventure activities have been designed to fully support, nurture and nourish women, in a fun and safe environment. It is ideal for women who need to escape from their anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts, addiction, and other forms of mental health problems, women exposed to Domestic Violence, as well as those women whose overall mindset has taken a bit of a dive, but it is also equally as beneficial to women who wish to maintain a healthy mindset and good mental health.
Drawing from the latest medical research, new developments in the field of adventure therapy and ancient traditions of movement, mindfulness and wellness promotion, the benefits one receives from taking part in a She Seeks Adventure activity includes:
- Coping mechanisms, trusting oneself and others
- Sense of personal empowerment and accomplishment
- Stronger self-esteem and greater self-confidence
- Testing limitations, risk taking
- Encouraging values, beliefs and empowerment
- Emotional Discovery and healing
- Greater sense of self reliance and personal responsibility
- Empowerment, to push through barriers and fears
- Improving physical health and well-being
- Inspiring women to live life to its fullest
- Encouraging personal growth
- Greater awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses
- Willingness to step outside ones comfort zone
- Increased ability to face one’s fears rather than avoiding them
Hi Chelle, I just wanted to write a quick msg to let you know how awesome it has been going on your group hikes. I have always wanted to do something in the outdoors which involved both weight loss and mental healing. I have slowly found something that has helped me establish who i am as a person as it has given me the clarity i been looking for, to find myself as a person. And I love myself for it! Thank you for creating such a great team environment for all fitness level, people that love to be one with nature, and for people that just need that time to find what they need You rock!
I have been joining in on Chelle's 'Forest Therapy' hikes for over a year now as they have truly been my saviour throughout my struggles. Within minutes of each experience my anxiety dissipates and I always leave feeling calmer. I only wish they run them more often.
- Angela -
I have done two moonlight forest immersion hikes now and each one has been a wonderful experience and grounding. A wonderful way to restore your energy amongst nature and be truly mindful.
"I’ve had the privilege to join Chelle in her charity walk to New Norcia in July 2017. With Chelle’s guidance, I had fun, embraced nature, even when it rained I pushed myself. I learned to appreciate everything in general, being with nature somehow helps you think better. I also enjoyed downtime with everyone including the best support crew Dave and Sophie. Chelle as a guide is very supportive and encouraging, I am planning to walk with her again in future"
- Hazel -
"I was on stress leave, booked off for five weeks by my doctor not knowing what lay ahead for me career wise. I had a great job with a great team and a career path that inspired me to go back to Uni. Then there was a change in management, a man who refused to accept decisions made by his predecessor and a previous issue that was resolved reared its ugly head. Once again I spiralled into a ball of fear and uncertainty faced with the ruthless toxicity of a colleague. I battled to sleep, shook uncontrollable and burst into tears at the drop of a hat. For me the hardest part was my inability to be present for my children and experience the joy in their stories and achievements. Each day I battled to get up out of bed and face the world. I lacked motivation and had no interest in things that had previously brought me joy. A friend tagged me in a Facebook post for a competition. The prize was a 3 day and 2 night Women’s Wellness Hike. I WON. The hike with Chelle and Downunder Discoveries was out of my comfort zone and not the kind of adventure I would have chosen for myself but I can honestly say it was the best thing that could have happened to me at that time. I opened my mind, stepped out of my comfort zone and felt my heart expand again. I grew so much and learnt about things I’d never even thought about before. Chelle was so knowledgeable and passionate about the bush and its inhabitants and her guest speakers were equally as knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen subjects. We were encouraged to practice mindfulness and meditation and I have continued with these habits as part of my daily ritual. They say that when you can tell your story without crying you have healed and I know that my healing began the moment I stepped onto the Downunder Discoveries Bus that sunny October day"
- Name withheld for legal reasons -
I was lucky enough to take part in Chelle's first "Womens Wellness Multi-day Hike'. The hike gave me the opportunity to reflect on aspects of my life and myself that I was not truly happy with, without the interruption of my usual busy routine. I cant remember a time, other than when I was a child, where I have had so much 'mental freedom'. I had nothing running through my head that didn't need to be there. I was calm and at peace for the entirety of the hike. The physical aspects of the hike were a big drawcard for me but it was the freedom of thought and ability to refresh my mind that were the biggest things I took away from it. I plan to make it a yearly treat to myself, if not more often!
- Liz -