Designed to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment in which to thrive, Women of Courage courses can provide a catalyst for powerful growth and change. On this backpacking course you will begin to open up and communicate with other women survivors of violence and abuse, working together as a team and working toward your goal together while bonding with the other women within this breath-taking landscape. You will take turns navigating the group through this rugged terrain, pushing yourself through new and challenging experiences while feeling the support of these other incredible women behind you, helping you to realize your true strength. Furthermore, travel through this rugged terrain will requires you to be present and grounded while these awe-inspiring peaks set the perfect stage for a week of reflection, helping you let go of anything holding you back in your past and allowing you to re-create how you envision your future. You’ll return home feeling more confident, loved and reconnected with yourself.
Your journey will begin when you are picked up at the airport in Saint John, New Brunswick. From there, you will travel to our wilderness base on Grand Manan Island to get acquainted with the team and outfitted for the week. It is through the incredible landscape of Grand Manan that you will continue your journey, hiking through this world-renowned area of the Bay of Fundy.
An Outward Bound course is not a guided trip, it is an immersive experience led by you and your group. In addition to the personal journey that you undergo, you will also learn the foundations of minimal impact camping, packing for hiking expeditions, navigation and orienteering. Your course also includes a 24-hour solo experience, where you will put your new-found skills into practice under the supervision of our skilled instructional team. Often described as the most transformative part of their experience, your solo also gives you the space to reflect on earlier conversations, absorb important realizations and let go of how we perceive ourselves – leaving you faced only with your true self, and coming to love and appreciate who you really are.
Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, corporations and a number of dedicated foundations, Outward Bound Canada is able to offer funding for Women of Courage. Participants in a position where they can contribute financially to the cost of the program are asked to pay what they can afford, allowing us to stretch funds and reach more women in need. For those in need of assistance, a scholarship will be granted to cover such expenses as course fees, childcare, equipment, meals, accommodations, gear, clothing and travel expenses.
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