Julie has a strong passion for using wilderness in
her work with groups.
Wilderness therapy uses the natural world as a
platform to assist people in stress reduction and stress management,
connecting to deeper levels of themselves and also to other
Humans evolved to live in a natural outdoor
environment, not amongst concrete, traffic, overcrowding, buildings,
cubicles etc. We now have evidence validated by research that natural environments have a calming effects on mood. Those
who are separated from the natural environment may be at a higher risk
for developing mood problems.
Wilderness therapy can also be a powerful tool to
assist organizations to reduce stress and improve staff collaboration.
These one day retreats can be tailored to meet your organization’s
goals. For example, you may want a day focused on strategies for stress
reduction. Staff may also be lead through a variety of activities
designed to introduce new concepts, bolster existing knowledge and
encourage goals which will assist their production in the work
Taking groups of people outside of their daily
environment often fosters more willing and open conversation.
Sharing an outdoor experience allows people to see other aspects of
themselves and their co-workers which can translate into stronger
working relations and sense of personal competency.