Re-Wild Yourself is a start-up run out of the Kapiti Coast offering frazzled and wired kiwis a chance to slow down, connect with nature and get more out of life. It comes as a result of part of the growing worldwide trend of slow outdoor adventures, digital detox and connecting with nature for wellness.
Re-Wild Yourself days out, weekend retreats and other events help adults and kids re-learn how to enjoy being in the wild and to get in touch with their own inner nature. The events are based on new scientific research which reveals the many benefits of time in nature including for child development, and adult mental and physical health. Activities include slow sensory wanders, trying out wildlife tracking skills, mini “solos” in the bush, shared wild food, wild water hot tub soaks, massage with native plant essential oils and yarn spinning and singing around the campfire.
New statistics show New Zealanders aged 12+ spend an average of 4 hours and 36 minutes a day on passive mass media and social entertainment activities – over 80 percent of all leisure time. The time spent on exercise or playing sport is now just 19 minutes on an average day.
While New Zealand has many outdoor activities that cater for adrenaline junkies or keen conservationists most of them focus on getting to a destination fast or getting a job done. Re-wild Yourself’s mission is to enable people to simply enjoy and relish getting nowhere, with many studies show being more mindful and venturing out amongst nature more often helps with stress reduction, focus and attention.
For forthcoming Re-Wild Yourself events and more information, click here.