Action the adventure
LOCAL women are being encouraged to get outside, get active and harness their sense of adventure as part of a weekend of spirited activities tailored especially for women. The Action the Adventure Women’s Adventure Weekend will be held on September 8 and 9 and is a not-for-profit event featuring canoeing, kayaking, rafting, yoga and nature meditation, along with rock climbing, walking, running and cycling. Event convenor Kate Gilson said the idea was to highlight the many adventure options there are available and accessible in North East Victoria, while celebrating wellbeing and connection through a shared adventure. She said she was inspired to create the event as a prelude to the Women’s Adventure film tour being held at the Wangaratta Cinema Centre on September 10.
“As I bought my tickets, I thought it would be wonderful to share adventures locally as a good way of not only appreciating the amazing adventures of other women in remote places via the films, but also actioning our own adventure,” she said. “I always enjoy sitting watching a film if I have been active in my own endeavours beforehand – and from the initial idea, many local groups and individuals have come on board to share the adventure. “We hope that in addition to enjoying the films we can support women to be adventurous in our beautiful region.” Ms Gilson said the program deliberately included a range of women-only events with both “come and try” opportunities for first-timers and more challenging events for experienced adventurers, like a bushwalk to Mt Cobbler, a well-being and adventure immersion at 15 Mile Creek camp in Greta South, and a Beechworth Chain Gang ladies mountain bike ride. But there are also events open to everyone which highlight the opportunity for women to participate, like a hike with the Warby Range Bushwalkers. There are also family-friendly activities designed to promote connection and wellbeing between all, such as canoeing at Lake William Hovell in the King Valley, a nature exploration, white water rafting and a barbecue social lunch. Ms Gilson said many women who may be a little hesitant about getting active, or perhaps used to doing things with a partner, need to know there is a great community of women out there enjoying outdoor adventures together. She said getting active was beneficial for emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. “Since having children it has been more difficult to get out adventuring together (with my husband) so I’ve really enjoyed the company of women friends and other outdoor groups to adventure with,” she said. “This event is designed to make women feel welcome and supported as they try new experiences, and also for outdoors people to relate to adventure in different ways. “I think getting active is universally positive, no matter what the adventure.” In addition to highlighting accessible adventure options, Ms Gilson said she also wanted the weekend to contribute something to the well-being of marginalised women. She said through special events and online donations, funds raised will be donated to Yoga For Freedom, a week-long global fundraising movement which runs from September 2 to 9 and aims to protect women and girls and help end the vicious cycle of sex slavery. Women are particularly encouraged to register for the 15 Mile Creek Wellbeing and Adventure Immersion on Sunday, September 9 from 9.30am until 4.30pm, and the series of events at Lake William Hovell in the King Valley which start at 10.30am. To find out more visit actiontheadventure.wixsite.com/womensweekend/ program-of-events
GREAT OUTDOORS: Women like Sam Russell, Sandy King, Kate Walsh and Suz Christison are encouraging other to join them, get active and explore North East Victoria.
SENSE OF ADVENTURE: Event convenor Kate Gilson said adventure activities are beneficial for women’s emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.