stories

Participant Stories: “Rafting: Awesome and Amazing”

1/2/2020 By Carole Hatherly My favourite camps have been rafting camps. I’ve rafted twice on the Mitchell River and I would love to have the opportunity to do it again.  Safety is an optimum requirement for rafting. Out Doors’ staff teach you all aspects of safety on the raft: How to correctly use…...

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Getting back to the water

1/2/2020 By Ben Wilkinson, Out Doors’ Program Coordinator In the summertime, when the weather is fine…’   So begins many of my Winter daydreams, and I’m sure many others feel this way during the colder months when we are looking ahead to some warmth. It really is amazing how often our moods and motivation levels…...

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Participant Stories: “Skipping”

1/2/2020 By John Gannon How to get fit during a lockdown or no lockdown! I find skipping is a great cardiovascular workout. I find that it’s cheap, and my fitness has greatly improved with this daily routine. It has helped me keep fit whilst enduring lockdown at home. Starting from…...

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Participant Stories: “Goal Setting”

1/2/2020 By John Gannon For the beginning of the year, it is a good idea to identify and set goals for the new year. Goals need to be SMART. That is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based. Specific means you clarify exactly what you want to achieve, and not be…...

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Participant Stories: “Australia Day 2021″

1/2/2020 By Bernie McCormick If we pause for a moment to consider the past year we can see how dependent and interconnected we are with others, both in our own country and with those around the world.  Many Australians who engaged in their citizenship ceremonies did so online in 2020, and there…...

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Participant Stories: “Getting Out and About”

1/2/2020 By Tammy Krslin For most people, last year has been challenging, to say the least, starting with the devastating fires across the East coast and quickly leading to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Isolation forced a lot of us to reflect on how we live our lives and what truly matters to us. We’ve all…...

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Participant Stories: “Non-Alcoholic Mocktail Recipe”

17/12/2020 By John Gannon Celebrate the festive season with a non-alcoholic, Gin-free mocktail! Recipe by Miriam Nice, BBC Good Food (November 2018). Ingredients  5 cardamom pods  1/2 cucumber  1 chamomile teabag  1/2 bunch mint leaves, plus extra to garnish  1 strip lemon zest  5 cloves  1/2 bunch rosemary  tonic water, to top-up  ice  few pomegranate seeds , to…...

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Participant Stories: “Growing Healthy Herbs”

17/12/2020 By John Gannon Rosemary is an easy herb to grow. It grows well from a cutting, which becomes a clone of the original plant. It can be easily grown in a container or pot. It is high in antioxidants, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds. It has a high nutrient level of vitamins and…...

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Participant Stories: “Out Doors’ Wellbeing Convention 2018″

17/12/2020 By Brad Virgona THIS WAS THE SECOND five-day participant convention organised by Out Doors Inc and it was very successful.  60 participants living with mental health issues aged 16 – 92 years.  There were several workshops and activities that participants could choose to be involved with, including tai chi meditation, personal reflection in the bush, nutrition…...

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Participant Stories: “Mindfulness Exercises”

17/12/2020 By Stephen Duff l would like to share a simple mindfulness technique that I’ve picked up along the journey so far.  I try to be mindful of using this technique when I’m starting to feel anxious or overwhelmed.   Firstly, l acknowledge the anxiety in my physical body through my thoughts.   Secondly, l attempt to slow…...

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