Outward Bound Canada’s Women of Courage Program offers inspiring journeys of adventure, challenge and healing in the Canadian wilderness for women who have experienced violence and/or abuse. This may include sexual, physical or emotional abuse perpetrated by any individual, and experienced at any time during a woman’s life. Led by our expert team of talented and compassionate female instructors, courses focus predominantly on increasing self-esteem and self-reliance, building supportive relationships with other women, enhancing body awareness and encouraging a sense of physical strength - serving as a catalyst for powerful growth and change. Since 1988, over 1000 women have experienced this transformative journey with Outward Bound Canada.
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Our Women of Courage course fees are fully funded by generous donations from family foundations, businesses, individuals and former WoC participants. Participants are responsible for funding their travel to and from the course location. We ask only that participants consider “paying-it-forward” to help other Women of Courage have this experience through a donation to the program. Donations can be made to the program here.
If you believe you are a ‘Woman of Courage’ and you are 20 years old or older, simply select the course you are interested in from the list below and click “Click to Apply” to fill out an online form. After you have filled out the online form, you will be contacted and sent the full application package. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. Returning the completed application package will hold a space for you on the course while we complete the application process. We will arrange for a phone interview and discuss the course. The recruitment process is designed to ensure that the course is the right fit for you and where you are at in your personal healing journey. No prior outdoor experience is needed.
You can also download the Women of Courage Program Information Sheet here.
For more information, please contact us:
You can help women of courage thrive through outdoor adventure by donating here.
Hike and camp through this beautiful, world-famous landscape while learning to open up and communicate with other women survivors of violence and abuse. You will work together as a team and develop bonds to last a lifetime, all while discovering all that you are truly capable of. Spaces are currently available for women who reside in the Maritimes.
You'll work together to navigate the beautiful landscape surrounding you, connecting with the land and with fellow Women of Courage, and reconnecting with your true self. Join us and meet your potential head on. Program is full. Inquire to be added to waitlist.
Learn the basics of ocean canoeing and work as a team to traverse this beautiful landscape. This is an incredible way to bond with other women, reconnect with yourself, and realize your own potential. You may be surprised at all you are capable of. Program is full. Inquire to be added to waitlist.
Working as a team to canoe through beautiful landscapes is an incredible way to bond with other women, reconnect with yourself, and realize your own potential. You may be surprised at all that you are capable of.
Explore your adventurous side while hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Experience a sense of play and trust as you try adventure-based activities in a safe and nurturing environment.