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Hike Your Mountain

Hike Your Mountain- A women empowered retreat came about

I am a confident explorer. This is down to my experience and training. If the worst were to happen on a trip, I am confident in my abilities to deal with the issue. However, as an experienced explorer, I know there is an encyclopaedia worth of strategies I have in place to pretty much ensure the worst never happens.

When travelling alone I am sometimes approached by fellow travellers who tell me I am very brave for travelling alone. I don’t feel brave. I am just doing what I love and am pretty experienced at.

I want everyone, particularly women to feel that there is nothing to stop you from hiking or travelling solo. There may be hurdles and problems you have to solve but I promise that you can!

Kathryn Walton Consulting and I have teamed up to bring you, “Hike Your Mountain – A Women Empowered Retreat“. “Hike Your Mountain” is a full day retreat designed to equip you to hike solo. Together we will problem solve your questions, queries and concerns. We will also discuss a variety of topics such managing your fear factor, how to pee in the bush, growing a mindset that helps you overcome the challenges of hiking, what to do when you have your period, how to feel safe (mentally and physically) and what not to bring on a hike. We will then journey together on our hike in the hills. After our hike we will sit together, tea, coffee or hot chocolate in hand and reflect on our collective experiences and develop our personal action plans.

The hike itself will be a fairly slow paced 5-10km over the hills of the Southern Downs (venue soon to be announced!). On the hike, I will be there to help you better understand the world you are walking on (warning: I will undoubtedly get excited over a feather I have found). I will show you how to walk the land and understand it. We will also pause at opportune moments for reflection and meditation, a break for the body and the mind.

Hike Your Mountain is for all women aged 16 and over. All that you need is a basic to moderate level of fitness, a backpack, comfy walking shoes and a bottle of water. We will be providing the catering for the day, including snacks, teas and coffees and a heart-warming lunch. We will support you every step you take to hike your mountain.

The aim is to run a series of workshops that will culminate in how to overnight hike. Get on board, challenge yourself to explore.

The Grain Shed Retreat

I am now available to guide at the newly renovated, ‘The Grain Shed Retreat’ by Darling Downs Wellness Therapies! Full disability access!

I am now available to guide at the newly renovated, ‘The Grain Shed Retreat’ by Darling Downs Wellness Therapies!

The Grain Shed Retreat outside view. Verandah visible. The Grain Shed Retreat is designed for disability access. Owned and operated by NDIS service provider Darling Downs Wellness Therapies.

Stay in the Goomburra Valley, nestled against a mountain in a gorgeousely rustic cottage.

Hand crafted door in native timbers. Kitchen. Wide door. Low bench. Cow skin rug. The Grain Shed Retreat is designed for disability access. Owned and operated by NDIS service provider Darling Downs Wellness Therapies.

Yoga and massages packages available!

Cow skin rug. Corrugated iron wall. Insulated. Ample natural light. The Grain Shed Retreat is designed for disability access. Owned and operated by NDIS service provider Darling Downs Wellness Therapies.
The Grain Shed Retreat is designed for disability access. Owned and operated by NDIS service provider Darling Downs Wellness Therapies.


The Adventure Therapy Project

Pry yourself away from the hustle and bustle of modern society. Leave your worries behind and immerse yourself in wilderness. Have you ever walked into the bush and not known what to look for? Do you wish you could know more of the world around you?

So happy to finally be able to launch ‘Emma Walton Guiding’ and be a part of such a fantastic program. If you are a woman living on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt I would strongly encourage checking out some of the workshops on offer. All for FREE!


Pry yourself away from the hustle and bustle of modern society. Leave your worries behind and immerse yourself in wilderness. Know what you see when you walk. 


The Adventure Therapy Project – Interpretative Walk

Kakadu Calling

it has been really nice to be able to reflect back on the journey I have gone on since. I feel as if I have lived lifetimes within the year.

So strange thinking that is has only been a year since I was preparing to leave for the Northern Territory for my first official posting as a guide.


KAKADU CALLING: Wildlife guide finds feet after loss of ear by Marian Faa

Marian’s article resurfaced recently and it has been really nice to be able to reflect back on the journey I have gone on since. I feel as if I have lived lifetimes within the year. What I find most exciting is I epxect the next year to be even more adventurous and filled to the brim with challenges.

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/kakadu-calling-wildlife-guide-finds-feet-after-los/3363171/

Accreditation!

I am very excited to announce that I am officially a member of Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia (PTGAA) and Guiding Organisations Australia (GOA). Thanks again to everyone who came along to my accreditation, I very, very much appreciated your support. You can check my listing out by clicking the link!

https://www.ptgaa.org.au/find-a-guide/5284/emma-walton/

Passion or Insanity? Why not both?

The time a fellow birder and I drove over 110km out of our way to spend a day searching for the rusty grasswren (Amytornis striatus. rowleyi) but instead found an overly friendly dutch fossicker who would not let us alone on our hunt until we learnt to fossick for opal…

no grasswrens here

That was the day I fully realised just how bizarre birders are to the outside world. The dutch fossicker could simply not fathom two young people travelling to the middle of no where on the off chance of sighting or even hearing a bird. To her, this was Opalton, a place to fossick for opal. Definitely not a place to crouch between clumps of spinifex and listen for a bird.

still no grasswrens

We never did find the grasswren but we did learn about opal fossicking.

flower, not a grasswren

An Old Friend

As I step through the bush, I feel my skin prickle…

As I step through the bush, I feel my skin prickle, I pause. I breathe deeply and clear my mind. I look up to my left and there is a small bird perched upon a branch, a grey fantail. I smile as I watch him flit between the branches. I slowly reach for my camera, calibrate the settings and wait for a pause in the bird’s movements. I feel the shutter button click beneath my finger. I check the image and satisfied with the result, I return to watching the fantail.

They are endearing little creatures, constantly flicking their tail this way and that. From a human perspective, they appear curious. Wanting to investigate each intrusion into their domain. The fan tail is apparently bored of me and continues on their way. I shake my head, chuckling to myself. I move on.

A grey-fantail is a relatively common bird to spot but I am always joyed to see one. You would find me ecstatic if I were to converge with a rare quarry but there is something so pure and simplistic in the finding of an old friend.