Outdoor Activities

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Examples: Running, hiking, biking, trekking, surfing

Wilderness therapy is becoming an increasingly common activity for girls and women who are survivors of gender-based violence. Open trails, mountains, oceans can serve as quiet, meditative spaces and can feel far away from environments of abuse. Natural environments can offer solace, peace and a place to heal for those experiencing the psychological trauma of gender-based violence. However, in some environments, such as conflict regions, where perpetrators live in the forests and uninhabited places, outdoor activities can foster heightened feelings of insecurity and danger.       

Sport activity in rugged outdoor settings can build a sense of self-reliance and emotional strength. Outbound activities such as rock climbing and abseiling offer difficult challenges and build resiliency. Participants step out of their comfort zones and learn how to fight back.