Immerse Yourself In Nature With Women: EVERYBODY BENEFITS!
By Lisa Marshall | Director of Wild Women On Top
“When people go forth on an adventure in nature, magical things can happen. Stripped of the usual trappings of our social worlds and forced to reckon with ourselves without the luxuries of home, we tend to shift in to a heightened focus on the challenges at hand, while opening ourselves to others.” ~ Dr Allison Wenglin Belger, from The Power of Community
I unplugged myself from cyberspace and plugged myself into nature for three days. And boy was it worth it.
As I sat on the sand outside my tent on the remote north western coast of Fraser Island, I watched a whale breach on the horizon, saw a turtle swim past, a sting ray in the shallows and a pelican preening itself at the lagoon mouth. Wow. At night I lay and looked up at a sky so full of stars it seemed like I'd stepped on to another planet. I pondered at how easy it is to get so caught up in the busyness of our minds, that we fail to see the beauty around us.
How rejuvenating it was to spend the days without reference to a clock but to the tides, without the distraction of a phone or emails, but with time to reflect and time to rest. And all in the company of a strong, caring team of women.
The Wild Women On Top Coaches and staff. We laughed, cried, walked, talked, cooked together, swam together and marvelled at the beauty around us. We counselled each other and reflected on life and the things we're most passionate about - women's health and fitness. A little community of women camped out on the edge of a remote beach with everything we needed in our packs and everything we wanted in a retreat.
Our skin bronzed by the sun and hair wild from the saltwater, we didn't care how we looked, what we were wearing, or how many cups of tea we had in one day! We shared duties round the camp, carried water together, and explored the island on a wild bush bash, climbing trees along the way to see what lay ahead of us. We walked twenty kilometres, barefoot on the white sand and I felt muscles in my feet that I never knew I had!
I learnt the importance of storytelling and sharing in each other’s history, the perspective you gain on your own life when you hear how others have overcome huge challenges. I realised the importance of women in my life who provide support, guidance and encouragement to be strong, to keep striving for a life of fitness and fun and that it's ok to juggle a hundred and one things to make all of these happen!
Our trip off the island was exhilarating and scary as we sped over huge swells and were sprayed by the sea water on the back of the Volunteer Marine Rescue boat which took us back to the mainland. I felt like I’d been away for weeks, filled with a sense of peace at being immersed in nature, my skin buffed by the fine sand, my vitamin D topped up and the realisation of how lucky I am to be part of this community of Wild Women.
Thank YOU for inspiring us all to keep taking on challenging adventures. For creating a community where we can step out of our comfort zones, in amazing places, and learn from each other’s stories and strength as we venture into the wild. Wild Wishes, Lisa Marshall Director and Coach, Wild Women On Top