More Re-wild your Grown-up afternoons

This is an fun outdoor experience for kids and their carers to “Go wild!” and learn more things to do outside.

Anouncing new dates for Re-wild your Grown up afternoons to coincide with Conservation Week and School Holidays:

Kapiti Queen Elizabeth Park

  • Sunday 11 September  1-3.30 pm
  • Wednesday 28 September 1-3.30 pm
  • Saturday 8 October 1-3.30 pm
  • Saturday 15 October 1-3.30pm

A chance for  kids to show their grown ups how to play in the outdoors and enjoy nature

This is an fun outdoor experience for kids and their carers to “Go wild!” and learn more things to do outside. We will explore a local wild place, get messy and experience more fully the wonders of nature. A great chance to get off those screens for a bit and reconnect with yourself, your family and your place.  Meet at the US war memorial Mackays Crossing,Queen Elizabeth Park.  We will be walking for about 20 minutes – a challenge but not impossible with push chairs. 

This event can go ahead in most weathers. Suitable for kids up to 14yrs and their guardians.

Wear appropriate warm clothing and footwear, bring water and snacks.

 

Here is what previous participants said:

“Liana was an enchanting leader of both kids and grown-ups. It was an invigorating afternoon, with everyone leaving with smiles and wild sparkles in their eyes”.

Cost $15 per family.  Numbers are limited for each session.

Bookings via liana.stupples@gmail.com

1 day Re-wilds for frazzled humans

 

IS IT FOR ME?

You already know that a simple thing like a walk on the beach can help you see things differently, relax and recharge. Now, more and more research is revealing how time in nature can help improve your mental and physical wellbeing, manage stress, increase focus and bring joy. These fun and gently challenging micro-adventures will give you new techniques and insights into the power of nature connection. You will find how slowing down in nature reveals new things about the world and about yourself. You do not have to be an outdoor person at all, but you may find that something is calling you to put that device down and come and just be for a while.  You will come away refreshed and with a whole new repertoire of ways to “be in the bush”.

WHAT WILL WE DO?

Each day will be different depending on the delights of the area, the weather and the needs of who turns up. You will be gently guided through activities to open up your senses to nature and to reflect on your own nature; including walking, relaxation, tracking, eating and talking together, a mini solo time to yourself and lots of wandering, making, mooching and general mucking about.  A delicious lunch and hot drinks are provided.  Come on one or both.

 

WHO RUNS IT?

Your guide is Liana Stupples.  She will help you feel relaxed and open to new experiences, and stick beside you as you challenge yourself. She is a person who can find the playful side of most things and she commits to bringing an engaging energy as well as sensitive facilitation skills to every event she runs.  She has a deep love and appreciation of the natural world.  Liana runs a smart and safe programme; she has a MSc in Natural Resource Management, has a strength in eco-psychology theory and practice, holds a Diploma in Outdoor Adventure and is current in advanced first aid.

WHERE IS IT AND HOW DO I GET THERE?

Sun 23 October, Kapiti Coast. Meeting Point: Waikanae train station. Start 10.15 am. Finish 5.00 pm

Sun 06 November, Rimutuka Park. Meeting Point: Petone Train Station. Start 10 am Finish 5.00 pm

Drive or take public transport to the meeting point from where we will ride share to the location.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

There are limited places so book now. Contact Re-wild Yourself by phone 021 154 6034 or email liana.stupples@gmail.com with your name, email and phone contact details and any information about your diet, mobility or health needs.  Further details on location and what to bring are provided after you have booked.

Cost:  $50pp.  If you book more than one day: $45pp. Early Bird $40pp before Sept 18th.

WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS SAID:

It was the best fun I have had in a long time. It felt like a treat for the body and for the soul. Now I have a whole new repertoire of ways to nourish and be nourished by nature.”

Liana was an enchanting leader … It was an invigorating afternoon, with everyone leaving with smiles and wild sparkles in their eyes“.

Some time out, and a chance to lose time, think and explore. Luxury.”

Ten Reasons to Re-wild Yourself

People ask me “So what is re-wilding and why would you do it to yourself?”

To help answer that question I have put together an infographic with 10 reasons to Re-wild Yourself and some fantastic quotes.  As a start re-wilding is just spending more time aware and part of nature.  There are some great references on the web documenting all the benefits for our health and wellbeing this can bring (e.g. compiled by the BBC and The Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing).  And there is more.  Re-wilding can bring about profound changes in you and in the culture around you.  The more you tune into the patterns of nature the more you will discover about yourself and find new approaches and paths for your life.  Your Re-wild journey will be unique for you but there are techniques and activities that can help you on the way and guides that can support you.

Rewilding is not going back in time to cave “man” days nor cutting yourself off from society; it is tapping into a great source of joy and inspiration, hard lessons and comfort and so much more.  It is about living fully today and being part of making a saner world that means more of us can flourish.

You can download the full infographic here: re-wild 10 reasons

If you want to explore what re-wilding could mean for you get in touch with me, Liana.

 

Liana

Re-wild your Grown Up

In July 2016 I piloted a new family outing experience called Re-wild your Grown-Up.  I was so chuffed to read this write up about the work:

“On a cold rainy day a brave crew of kids rugged up their grown-ups and bought them along to Queen Elizabeth park to teach them how to be wild again. Under the guidance of Liana Stupples kids showed their grown-ups how to play in the outdoors and enjoy nature. Both kids and adults enjoyed reconnecting with their senses, moving quietly along bush paths and creating nests to have some time alone in nature.
Liana was an enchanting leader of both kids and grown-ups. It was an invigorating afternoon, with everyone leaving with smiles and wild sparkles in their eyes”.

Thanks to all the organisers and participants including Kapiti Coast District Council’s Number 8 Wire Week.

Contact me if you would like me to run a Re-wild your Grown-up session near you.

Re-wild Yourslef nature connection retreat at eco lodge in Wairarapa

What happened at the Re-wild Retreat?

wild women in wild water hot tub on Re-wild Yourself retreat for nature connection
wild women in wild water hot tub on Re-wild Yourself retreat for nature connection

The Re-wild Yourself retreat was wonderful – for me the facilitator  – but more importantly, for the wildsters who came along;

“It was the best fun I have had in a long time; with a great mix of luxury and groundedness.  It felt like a treat for the body and for the soul. Now I have a whole new repertoire of ways to nourish and be nourished by nature.” L

WHAT DID WE DO?

We spent three days based at a charming and comfortable off grid lodge in the foothills of the Tararua Range near Carterton, Wairarapa.

“The lodge was: peaceful and inviting, spacious yet cosy with the log burner and candles adding to the ambience. Being off-grid added to the ethos”.

Through guided outdoor and indoor activities we experienced new ways to connect with nature and to ourselves. The programme  included:

  • Gentle wanders and sensory walksIMG_5721 (1) (2)
  • 1-4 hour solo time (supported to be safely by yourself)
  • Loads of yummy nourishing food, including wild food
  • Exploring tracking techniques
  • Soaking in an portable eco hot tub under the stars
  • Trying out relaxation techniques
  • Sharing stories and song around a campfire
  • Enjoying a massage
  • Creating environmental “art”
  • Relating your wild experiences to the rest of life
  • Playing in the river

“What a fabulous way to savour a few days.  It was an energising yet peaceful treat. I came away feeling recharged, and more in touch with myself and nature.” T

 

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HOW DID PARTICIPANTS FEEL?

“Here’s just some of what I liked about the retreat: Your care and crafting of the activities, including the balance of group and individual exploration.  Some time out, and a chance to lose time, think and explore. Luxury.”

“I’m feeling light of spirit, delighted, ever so slightly light in the head…. with fond memories of candle light too… thanks Liana and co-wildees for a nuturing, adventurous weekend journey and treat.” T

“I really enjoyed the opportnity to strip back the layers of a challenge and the luxury of time and permiossion to expereince nature without a specific purpose or job to do”

IS IT FOR YOU?

The retreats are for anybody who is curious about what focussed time in nature can do for them.  We all know that getting out into the wild world can help you to see things differently, relax and recharge. The retreat, through fun, engaging and gently challenging micro-adventures aims to give you new techniques and insights into the power of nature connection.  You do not need to be a super-fit outdoor ninja to attend – but if you are, you may find that slowing down in nature reveals new things.  You may not even think you are an outdoor person, but there is something calling you to put your device down and come and just “be” for a while.

“Everyone would benefit from this kind of retreat.  I’m so Grateful for the opportunity to participate. I had always felt connected to nature, but now I will approach her with more humbled and awakened senses. I have been given much to reflect on. The retreat felt like a personal journey as well as a shared one.” M

WHO HOSTED IT?

The guide is me, Liana Stupples.

Our table centrepiece with memories of the activites on the Re-wild Yourself retreat
Our table centrepiece with memories of the activites on the Re-wild Yourself retreat

Liana somehow helps you feel relaxed and open to new experiences; she will stick beside you as you challenge yourself. She can find the playful side of most things and she commits to bringing an engaging energy as well as sensitive facilitation skills to every event she runs.  She has a deep love and appreciation of the natural world, particularly the Aotearoa bit.  After a varied international “career” she has now relented to doing what she enjoys and believes makes a difference; connecting people and nature.  Liana runs a smart and safe programme; she has a MSc in Natural Resource Management, has a strength in eco-psychology theory and practice, holds a Diploma in Outdoor Adventure and is current in advanced first aid.

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