Bronte is an outdoor and adventure therapy practitioner, trained in psychology, mindfulness and bush adventure therapy. She brings these skills together with a passion for working with people outdoors for their health and wellbeing.
Bush Adventure Therapy, Outdoor Therapies and Outdoor Counselling combine the proven benefits of time in nature, social connection, physical activity, and adventures of all sizes. Whether a person needs support with navigating daily life, improvement in wellbeing, an opportunity to build confidence, or deep healing from trauma, we have found that intentional time spent outdoors is effective.
Walk and Talk Sessions
Walk and talk sessions integrate important elements of counselling with movement, fresh air, and exploring the senses through relationship with nature.
If you are looking for a deeper and more transformative experience, an overnight hike may be for you.
More about Bronte’s sessions
Bronte’s therapeutic approach is built on a foundation of care, safety, and keen attention to the hopes and needs of people who seek her support. As such, Bronte will match the BAT sessions she offers to the hopes and goals that people bring.
Sessions may be one-on-one or in groups, one off tasters, regular sessions or a sequenced progression. They may involve walk and talk, exploring local outdoor spaces or something more adventurous such as kayaking, rock-climbing, coasteering, camping, and more. In some cases, sessions may be co-facilitated with practitioners who specialise in particular outdoor activities.
Bronte’s sessions are offered within Adventure Works Adventures 4 All suite of services.
Where are sessions run?
We use a range of locations not too far from Hobart as well as further afield when required. There are various factors that come into the choice of location which will be discussed once we receive your referral.
Who is this for?
Our Adventures 4 All services are suitable for individuals of all ages and stages. They are available for individuals, couples, families, groups and communities.
People who access our access our A4A services have a diverse range of hopes or goals such as: wanting support to navigate the challenges and joys of life; needing individual therapeutic support for mental health, recovery from trauma or adversity; or, an interest in joining group-based therapeutic activities.
We will be outside, sometimes walking on/moving through rough trails.
We will run the group in most weather conditions, so come prepared for some wet weather – but we can also find and make shelter along the way!
We will be engaging with each other as a group, through words, sound, and movement.
* Being outdoors, and in a group setting, this program may not be for everyone. However, if you are interested, we will do what we can to make it possible for you to participate. In addition, if you would like, or need, to bring someone to support your participation, it is possible. Just discuss this with us before the program begins.
If you would like to hear more information about whether this program is the right fit for your access needs, please get in touch!
What will I need to bring?
To ensure we have a safe and rewarding experience we ask that you bring the following:
Adventure Works can provide some of the outdoor gear in this list if you don’t have it yourself.
- Water bottle
- Snacks – enough to keep your energy up outside over three hours
- Sturdy walking shoes – runners are OK but stiffer soles will give more ankle support over rough terrain
- Clothes suitable for outdoor walking (Adventure Works can provide)
- e.g. layers of warm clothes. Cotton keeps you cold and wet, while woollens/synthetics keep you warm and drier.
- Waterproof rain coat & waterproof over-pants (Adventure Works can provide)
- Beanie and gloves (Adventure Works can provide)
- Sun hat / sunscreen / sunglasses – the UV in the Tassie mountains is very intense (Adventure Works can provide)
- Day pack/ comfortable bag to carry snacks in (Adventure Works can provide)
- Personal medication as required, including asthma puffer if prescribed
- Walking poles, knee braces, and other assisting devices are welcomed if needed!
- A journal for reflections afterwards, or other creative integration tool
What does the program cost?
The cost depends on various factors such as the frequency, duration, and what’s required in sessions (e.g. one or two practitioners, travel distance, etc.). A discussion around cost will take place once we receive your referral and understand what kind of sessions you would like to be involved in.
NDIS participants are able to incorporate the cost of the program into their support plans. We will work with individual participants and their support coordinators to work out the most appropriate avenue for this. Get in touch with us to find out more information regarding price and NDIS codes.
Why Bush Adventure Therapy or Mentoring Outdoors?
Research suggests that across our society more and more people are feeling isolated from each other and the places we live, often with far-reaching health consequences. We have found that intentionally spending time in nature provides a space for re-connection, growth and healing.
The outdoors provides an incredible depth of therapeutic benefits. Bush Adventure Therapy can help foster safe, healthy relationships and connections with the natural world, and other participants. These relationships can provide strength, support, and a sense of cohesion within self and our intentions in life. Connection through mindfulness and creativity offers possibilities of relaxation and respite from our daily lives, as well as helping us recognise and create a healthier path through our current situation or difficulty.
More about Bronte, the facilitation team and AWA
Bronte is an Adventure Therapy Practitioner who combines her passion for the outdoors with her joy of connecting with people. Bronte will walk alongside you, providing a listening ear and compassionate heart, while facilitating a deeper connection with nature. She is a bushwalking guide and has experience as a mental health clinician. She has knowledge of Tasmanian plants, animals, and history. Within her therapeutic practice Bronte acknowledges and respectfully draws inspiration from rich indigenous ways of being and relating to place. Her favourite thing to do is have a yarn while making a cuppa on the campfire. In her spare time, you will see her doing yoga, hiking, reading, or spending time with friends.
Experience and Qualifications:
- Bachelor of Psychology with Honours
- Foundations of Outdoor Therapy Certificate of Competency (Adventure Works Australia)
- Wilderness First Aid Certificate
- Cultural Awareness Training
- Group Therapy Facilitator training
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training
Adventure Works operates from a health governance model where the organisation’s directors, and management employees have relevant health sector qualifications and experience and provide clinical practice supervision to employees engaged in service delivery.
Adventure Works provides a suite of Outdoor Health services in Australia including Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT), Outdoor Therapy and Outdoor Counselling.
- Bush Adventure Therapy programs, Outdoor Therapy and Outdoor Counselling for people from all walks of life
- Training and Supervision for people working in diverse human service settings
- Research and Program evaluations for organisations delivering innovative programs and services
- Partnerships with individuals and groups who wish to collaborate on any project, program or idea.
Adventure Works is operated by a small group of passionate and highly skilled people. The organisation emerged from a shared desire to increase the range of high quality BAT programs on offer around Australia. We aim to provide greater access to BAT and Outdoor Therapy so that more people benefit from this distinctive healing approach.
Adventure Works delivers BAT programs, Outdoor Therapy and Outdoor Counselling counselling services at cost-covering rates. Like other social enterprises, profits drawn from our other service areas are directed towards increasing access to BAT and counselling services for people on low incomes.
Adventure Works supports the safe and effective use of BAT across Australia through our own work and through our membership of the national body for this field of practice in Australia, the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy Inc. (AABAT) and support of the emerging Outdoor Health Sector.
In collaboration with other agencies, businesses and organisations, Adventure Works seeks to support the professionalisation of Bush Adventure Therapy and Outdoor Health practices in Australia. We openly encourage people to ask us about our work, including our practices, theories, outcomes and the evidence behind what we do.