‘Into the wild’ has a singular aim: to improve participants well being by being in an inspiring outdoor environment, building communities, feeding the body and nurturing the soul.
I want to create a movement which reconnects people with nature and the outdoors.
I have lived in Bristol for 16 years. During that time I have spent every spare day travelling the local wild places to explore forests, beaches, mountains, waterfalls, rivers and gorges. I love all things outdoors whether it is walking, cycling, swimming, paddle boarding, scuba diving or canoeing.
This year I challenged myself as a new year’s resolution to complete 52 new adventures (one for each week of the year.) This initial game has turned into a complete change of lifestyle for me. I have been energised, invigorated and excited by each week and I want to use this passion to help other people enjoy our amazing wild spaces. You don’t need to spend thousands of pounds, or travel hundreds of miles to have a mental holiday.
Modern life has become increasingly indoors. So many jobs mean being sat down and behind a screen. The mental and physical health implications for this kind of lifestyle are very well documented both for adults and children. Having worked as a teacher for 16 years, I have seen anxiety and depression rise hugely with young people along with learning needs such as ADHD and Autism. It is my belief that much of a person’s well being is influenced by the environment they are in.