Our 4 Pillars to Health and Wellbeing

We can think of wellbeing as “a state in which a person is able to realise their potential, cope with normal stresses and contribute to their household, community and workplace” (Schirmer, 2014). We know intuitively that spending time in outdoor natural environments is good for us ...it just feels good.

Our programs are underpinned by the “4 pillars for health and wellbeing.” Each pillar is based on specific human health and wellbeing needs that we know are enhanced by contact with nature. 

 These 4 pillars are:

1. Mental detox

Busy modern lives and screen based technologies are major contributors to stress and anxiety.

Most of our evolutionary history was spent very differently, living intimately with the natural world.

This rapid change in lifestyle is one factor in the epidemic of stress related diseases.

Using nature based practices is a proven way to calming our bodies and minds and can provide us with the clarity, peace and wellbeing that we deserve. 

2. Believing in you 

Each of us are individual beings with our own unique characteristics.

Being in natural settings helps our self-confidence as nature does not judge who we are, what we have or where we are from.

Nature based activities also provide opportunities for you to take actions and make decisions, manage risks and explore your capabilities in a non-threatening environment which are all good for building self-esteem.     

3. Exploring new horizons

We all have goals, aspirations and dreams that we would like to explore.

For some of us these are around our interactions with the natural world such as navigation, bush survival skills, ecology, animal tracking, camp cooking and reading the landscape.

Feel that spark of aliveness as your inner adventurer explores new territory and you make discoveries about the natural world and about yourself.

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4. Being part of something bigger

It’s easy to feel separate and in competition with people and life around us. As David Foster Wallace puts it, to believe that we are “lords of our own tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation.”

Understanding ecology and being in natural environments are powerful ways to combat this sense of alone-ness and isolation. They uncompromisingly show you that you’re part of something much bigger, that you’re supported in ways you rarely notice and that your actions matter because they always affect someone or something around you.

We feel stronger and more resilient when our sense of support and belonging to this living world is cultivated.