Our programs are empowering and facilitate and motivate healthier, active lifestyles, in the outdoors. We empower people by enhancing their skills and capabilities, to feel confident to tackle the great outdoors on their own or with their loved ones.
Adventure Connections takes a proactive approach to health and wellbeing by addressing the social determinants of health. Our programs are holistic, person centered and focus on providing the knowledge and skills for personal growth, self-care, independence, and enhancing the capability to live well and stay well.
Collaboration – Together we can achieve great things. We need a collective action approach, to create positive, lasting change in our community’s health and wellbeing.
Connection – Connecting with people and country (boodja) the outdoors in nature, positively impacts our physical, mental, spiritual, social and economic wellbeing, as well as enhances our sense of belonging.
Outdoors – We value the natural places and spaces in our beautiful country (boodja) and want to empower others to get back outdoors now and into the future. Being in our natural places, raises awareness, encourages ownership and a sense of stewardship, helping to conserve them for future generations.
Empower – We empower people with education, through a wide variety of experiences, in nature-based environments.
Adventure – Tackling real-life adventures assists in building confidence, new skills, attitudes and new ways of thinking, developing self-management, interpersonal and social skills, all whilst improving health and wellbeing by being active, outdoors, in nature.
Mindful – Paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and without judgement.
Why we do what we do
Our aim is to prevent and control the effects of poor mental health by increasing physical activity using outdoor recreational activities and implementing mental fitness practices such as yoga, mindfulness and breath work, creating new coping strategies and healthier lifestyle practices.
Unfortunately, mental illness and suicide is an increasing epidemic and is the leading cause of death among young Australians. More than 350 young people aged 15 to 24 take their own lives every year and for every youth suicide, there are 100 to 200 more attempts. Determined to create change and support people, in the fight for better mental health and wellbeing, we have created empowering nature-based adventure experiences that promote facilitate and support people to develop healthier lifestyles in the outdoors.
How we give back
When you purchase one of our unique experiences, you are not only doing a great thing by investing in your own health and wellbeing and getting an awesome adventure, you’re also investing in our community's health and wellbeing.
Adventure Connections reinvests 80% of our profits back into supporting our local community, helping to support the development of good physical and mental fitness practices, for long term health and wellbeing.
So,for your help by investing in our community's health and wellbeing.
Meet Our Team
Managing Director/Founder of Adventure Connections
Kym is a vibrant, enthusiastic and empathetic person who is always there to support others. She is a passionate advocate for Outdoor Recreation, Experiential Learning, Adventure Therapy and Outdoor Healthcare. She has dedicated her career to empowering people through learning by doing, reflecting on the outcome challenging current mindsets and hopefully creating new ones through their learned experiences. This is ultimately done best in a non-threatening environment and where better than in nature.
Kym is a qualified Teacher and experienced Outdoor Instructor who is also trauma informed. She is also Kids and Teens Yoga Teacher Trained. Kym has experienced childhood trauma and lives with mental health challenges daily, as a result of these early life experiences however It is this life experience that has drawn her to helping others.
Too many young people are living with mental health challenges and are dying prematurely, this has a ripple effect throught the families and communities which wrap around us. Everyone is impacted by mental health challenges at some point but it is how we cope with it that will make a difference and this is how Adventure Connections came to be.
We must do more to prevent mental illness and teach our young people how to protect their health and wellbeing not just physically but mentally as well. We must teach them how to thrive not just survive.
Kym is also a wife and mother to two beautiful children who she hopes will develop healthy behaviours and lifestyles that will help them manage the stress and challenges of life as they grow older.
Program Coordinator and Facilitator
I love the outdoors and everything that comes with it, even the dreaded march flies. The sounds, smells, colours, space, unpredictability. Whatever we are searching for: peace, excitement, connection, risk, there is something for every one and for every occasion . Here are a few of my favourite things:
bush walking, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, yoga, emus, echidnas, adversity, stars.
As a group fitness instructor of 15 years, I believe physical activity is important for both physical and mental well being and, importantly, that it should be fun. I have trained in numerous modalities of fitness including Yoga Therapy for Kids and Teens, Yoga, Nordic Walking, Spin, Modified Tai Chi, Boxing/Combat for fitness.
I believe every individual is valuable and should have the opportunity to experience challenge, success, receive praise and express gratitude.
All of this is why I am so lucky to be a part of Adventure Connections - it gives me the opportunity to empower people, one adventure at a time.