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Wild Wellness

With Alice Hansen and Kim Burls

June 4-7, 2022 | Price $3,295 pp 

Spend four alcohol-free, life-shifting days on the Great Ocean Walk deep-diving into nature, writing, walking and Wim Hof plunging.

Let Kym Burls, a certified Wim Hof Method instructor, guide you through the power of breathwork and cold-water submersion. Prepare to embrace your story, through journal writing with author Alice Hansen. Let the healing power of nature have its way between long table dinners and fireside chats. Wild Wellness is a journey to wellness that gives the capacity and tools to last a lifetime. 

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is a four-day walk with lightweight daypacks along the Great Ocean Walk, culminating at the iconic Twelve Apostles and returning each evening to our private eco-lodge

 Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au.  

Is Wild Wellness for me?

What is the Wild Wellness Method?

This blueprint for wellness is an Australian first; taking years of science-backed knowledge and condensing it into days. It’s a simple, wholesome wellness script. There is no better place on the planet to experience Wild Wellness than Australia.

Australia's Productivity Commission Report estimates mental illness is costing Australia $220 billion a year. Our burdened health system cannot cope. We believe there's another way ... a wilder way. No matter what your wellness goals might be, this method is about returning to you; listening in.

The method is based on three core pillars: connection, care and commitment. Think invigorating cold dips, silent walking beneath towering rainforest, nourishing local fare and fireside journal writing. You'll discover a blueprint to lasting wellness as we take the best of the traditional model and bring it into nature’s office.

Is Wild Wellness for you?

Feeling overwhelmed by life’s stress and hectic pace?  Lost touch with your identity and who you present to the world? Wild Wellness is about hopping off life’s highway, examining limiting beliefs and tapping into what matters. Plus, we’ll have fun in the process. This isn’t a four-day fix but a lasting recalibration because we know life is waiting after. We’re about tooling up for lifelong wellness.

Reclaim control and author your own life.

This retreat is for you if you feel:

  • your wellness is secondary to your to-do-list
  • your self-belief is limiting your true direction
  • you’d like wellness to be a fun adventure

What is the Wim Hof Method?

It's a combination of breathing, cold therapy and commitment, offering a range of benefits. The power of the Wim Hof Method can help unlock a range of well-researched and documented health benefits including:

  • Rebalancing your immune system
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improving focus, mood and cognitive function
  • Improving cardiovascular health
  • Balancing the body's stress response
Alice

Introducing Alice Hansen and Wild Wellness Method

Alice is a professional travel writer and author. As the founder of the Wild Wellness Method, she has cultivated relationships spanning 20+ years with experts across the wellness field. On her quest to seek answers for her own struggles, she has connected with medical experts, international thought leaders and tapped into decades of experience to formulate a proven blueprint. Writing is a key element and she’ll guide you through a journaling process tailored to your wellness journey.

When she’s not at the laptop, you’ll find her on wild trails.

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Introducing Kym Burls

Level 2, Wim Hof Method Instructor

After losing his corporate job in 2017, Kym took a one-way ticket out of Australia on his own version of ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ His three objectives were to challenge himself physically, mentally and spiritually. Along the way, he came across the Wim Hof Method and in doing so, found a way to reconnect with his mind, body and heart through nature.
Since being introduced to the world of cold exposure and breathwork, Kym has explored many of the world’s leading breathing techniques and has worked closely with Wim Hof himself, being one of only a few instructors to teach alongside Wim at the Winter Expedition in Poland. He’s taught everyone from military personnel to medical professionals - and can’t wait to share his breathing expertise in the Tasmanian landscape.
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Workshop elements: Journalling and contemplative walking

The power of hitting pen to paper. It’s not new. Leonardo da Vinci’s journals spanned some 5,000 pages. But the therapeutic wonders of reflective writing didn’t emerge until the 1960s when a New York psychologist devised what he coined the Intensive Journal Method. On this walk, we won’t pen thousands of pages but we will invite self-discovery through the written word. Our Wild Wellness Journaling Method will cross our three foundational pillars.

We combine journal writing with contemplative walking. In a noisy world, it’s rare to hear nature’s silence. But in nature's stillness, it’s possible to reconnect with you. Nature has a way of casting its healing spell. In Japan, it’s known as forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) and literally translates to bathing in the forest atmosphere. It doesn’t require anything of you but to tap into the senses and soak it in - the crunch of leaves underfoot, the sound of Southern Ocean waves, the eucalypt scents …

This is your walk, your words and your natural journey.

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Workshop elements: Wim Hof Method

Cold therapy

Ready to invigorate your life? Discover the power of cold-water therapy - delivering everything from reduced inflammation and better sleep through to increased immunity. Our morning submersions will have you feeling alive and energised.

Breathing 

Take a deep breath. Isn’t it about time? Learn scientific breathing techniques that work wonders and can be tapped into for a lifetime to come. This breathwork is about boosting energy, dropping stress, recalibrating the nervous system, detoxing your system and so much more.

Nature

In Australia, we are gifted with nature in her most wild mood. We’ll immerse you in our island landscape to soak up its transformative ways. Our naturalist guides invite reflection of its wonder through well-trained eyes. Your only task? To switch on your senses and let nature do the rest.

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walking Expedition (4 Days)

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is an easy to moderate four-day walk with lightweight daypacks along the Great Ocean Walk, culminating at the iconic Twelve Apostles and returning each evening to our private eco-lodge.

Workshop inclusions

Guided by Kym, discover the power of cold-water therapy and breathwork. We’ll go deep, exploring the benefits across four days of wilderness immersion. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never dipped a toe into the Wim Hof Method or you’re an enthusiast from way back. You’ll learn strategies and tools that will last long beyond your four days, under the expert guidance of Kym. Expect to be challenged, reset and exhilarated.

KYM’S WORKSHOPS:

Day 1: Cold plunge (introductory Wim Hof session + swim)- Apollo Bay 
Day 2: Cold plunge (breathwork + plunge) - Crayfish Bay 
Day 3: Cold plunge (breathwork + plunge) - Gellibrand River 
Day 4: Cold plunge (breathwork + plunge) - Gellibrand River or Twelve Apostles

ALICE'S WORKSHOPS:

Evening 1: Tonight, we meet our hand-crafted journals. Around the lodge fire, we begin our writing. Alice introduces you to Wild Wellness and its three pillars; connection, care and commitment. Of the ‘three C’s’ this evening the sunsets as we contemplate connection.

Evening 2: It’s journal time. Tonight, we explore care, namely self/soul care and care for others. Do you care for yourself as you would a dear friend? We ask questions and we let answers flow.

Evening 3: Our final night is about commitment. Wellness doesn’t just happen in four days. It’s not about escaping life - your retreat is lifelong with Wild Wellness. We make our commitments in writing and ensure we have plenty of fun, nature, walking and joy weaved in.

 

 

 
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Day 1: Apollo Bay to Elliot Ridge

Approximately 10km and 3 hours walking

Time to lace up and step out on track for day one. This is not before a welcome briefing over morning tea and a plunge into the cold waters of Apollo Bay with Kym. This first session will invigorate and raise your adrenalin levels for your walk.

The trail begins by winding its way out of Marengo and Apollo Bay, home to a colony of Australian fur seals. The sandy foreshore, rock platforms and boardwalks transition to countryside and farmland. Blowholes are left behind as the trail climbs into the higher forests and the awe-inspiring Mountain Ash trees of the Great Otway National Park. The trail visits Shelley Beach and the Elliot River mouth before again gaining altitude as it climbs to Elliot Ridge. At the end of the beach awaits your cool water and lemonade greeting, a constant across all four days.

The lodge is your comfort at the end of each day. After a foot bath and shower, the evenings are devoted to a three-course dinner and journalling with Alice.

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Day 2: Crayfish Bay to Aire River 

Approximately 13 km and 4.5 hours walking

After a relaxing breakfast at the lodge, we make our way to the still cool waters of Crayfish Bay. This morning's immersion with Kym will enable you to deepen your learning and practice your breathe control.

After drying off and changing into our walking gear we head to the Cape Otway's Lighthouse, perched high above hostile seas. It was built in 1848 and has witnessed multiple shipwrecks along the windswept coast.

Sand dunes, cliffs and coastal heath frame the trail as it heads towards tranquil Aire River. Tides dictate whether the inland route or the wild and challenging Station Beach is preferred. Aire River's estuary provides excellent bird viewing. We return to the lodge for a foot bath, dinner and relaxation.

Our evening is again devoted to journalling and fireside chats with Alice.

 

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Day 3: Moonlight Head to Princetown

Approximately 6.5 hours walking

Today is about shipwrecks, sandy pathways, exposed heathland and maybe even the first glimpse of the Apostles. What better place to commence the walk and get your bearings than The Gables Lookout, one of Australia’s highest cliff-top vistas. After the challenging undulations of yesterday, day three is pleasantly less furrowed.

More than 300 ships have come to grief on this stretch of coastline. Your first stop is aptly named Wreck Beach. It’s a suitable reminder of those early days and treacherous ocean voyages. If conditions allow, you’ll drop down to Wreck Beach and hear tales of pillaging and misfortune including a ship that travelled from China whose cargo of tea-coloured the ocean. Depending on the tide, an alternate route leads through to Devils Kitchen, home to arguably Australia’s best lavatory vista!

Following lunch, notice how the geology begins to change from sandstone to limestone. Thick Eucalypt forest gives way to sections of moonscape, indicators of what’s in store. Keep an eye out for native rosemary, cushion plants and wildflowers in season.

Your first glimpse of the Gellibrand River marks the entrance to Port Campbell National Park. This freshwater river near the sleepy hamlet of Princetown is an easy downhill stroll.

After some 12.5 kilometres, reward yourself with our cold-water session, a cooling river dip.

Our evening is again devoted to journalling and fireside chats with Alice.

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Day 4: Princetown to the Twelve Apostles

Approximately 3 hours walking

Today invites new heights. Not only will you conquer the final steps of your Great Ocean Walk but top this with a 15-minute helicopter flight.

Our day starts with our morning swim in the Gellibrand River. Your experience of cold water and breathing is already dramatically different to our first plunge into Apollo Bay.  We depart from the quiet shores of Princetown by the Gellibrand River, beginning with an easy 30-minute wander to reveal your first full view of the Apostles. 

There’s a sense of elation today as you draw nearer to the mighty limestone Apostles. No, there’s not 12, which may come as no surprise. But amongst the proudly standing seven, lie five recently discovered Apostles beneath the ocean’s surface. Weathered but not beaten, those in view lose a couple of centimetres each year to the perilous swells and winds whipping up from the Southern Ocean.

Drawing closer, hear the romantic tale of Tom and Eva. Tom, a gallant local who swam more than an hour to rescue Eva from the Loch Ard, perhaps Victoria’s best-known shipwreck. Of 63 on board, Eva was one of the lucky two to survive, whisked to a cave by Tom and ‘administered’ brandy to remain conscious.

The Apostles reveal gradually along this stretch, reappearing as the trail rises. There’s a viewing platform exclusive to walkers on the final stretch before your arrival at the Visitor Centre. It’s the official end to your walk and an appropriate locale to get cozy with the Apostles in a group snap.

If conditions permit, don’t miss the opportunity to descend 80-plus steps to the beach below and the possibility of a final swim. This final perspective gives a sense of the Apostles brooding heights, one 73-metres tall, nudging the equivalent of a 20-storey building. It’s here with sand under your boots, a sense of monumental achievement and wonder sets in.

Take to the skies to bid farewell with a 15-minute helicopter flight. Capturing the chiselled coastline from above gives scale not only to the Apostles but the trek you’ve completed. Follow this with a final lunch in the sleepy fishing town of Port Campbell before returning to Melbourne.

 

Itinerary Details

Twelve Apostles Lodge Wild Wellness Walk (4 days) 

Price per person for departures (inc. GST) (Non-commissionable)

June 4-7, 2022 $3,295
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 10 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 12 including Alice and Kym.

Pre-screening of participants

Out of precaution, we advise against participating if people;

  • Are pregnant (or looking to conceive) or breastfeeding
  • Have epilepsy
  • Suffer from high blood pressure or coronary heart disease (or other cardiovascular/heart issues)
  • Have a history of serious health issues (e.g. stroke, heart failure, COPD)
  • Have Raynaud's disease (Type 2)

If any of the above apply to you or if you have specific questions relating to your health condition, please contact Daniel@taswalkingco.com.au and seek approval from a medical professional beforehand.

All participants will be asked to complete a Health Declaration and an Indemnity Form during the reservations process.

Bookings

  • All guests are required to complete a Health Declaration and an Indemnity Form which includes mention of Wim Hof Method treatments.
  • Phone: 1300 767 416 or +61 3 5237 4276
  • Email:  bookings@australianwalkingcompany.com.au
  • or complete the below enquiry form

Single supplement

  • We do not charge for a single supplement as all rooms can be divided into two to offer privacy with dual access to the bathroom.

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

These are in addition to our standard booking terms and conditions.

  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST
  • A deposit of $500 per person and the Guest Information Form are due within five days of booking
  • The final payment is due 90 days before departure. For reservations made three months or less from the departure date, full payment, the Indemnity Form and Health Declaration are due at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance of payment refunded;
    • between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded; or
    • within 60 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • Travel and pre- and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.

COVID-19 Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  If for any reason, the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions placed upon travel due to Covid-19,  guests will be permitted to reschedule their walk to the new date provided for the departure or receive a full refund with no additional fee or rebook a different walk within 24 months. Cancellations by guests for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.

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Price Includes

  • Wild Wellness and Wild Things Anatomy practises throughout the expedition
  • Return transfers between Melbourne and the walk base
  • Optional airport drop off day 4
  • 3-night lodge stay, all linen and towels
  • 3 breakfast, 4 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea
  • Use of daypack, waterproof jacket, poles, ankle gaiters and water bottles
  • Daily guided walks, with professional eco-guide
  • Vehicle support daily
  • All entrance & national park fees
  • 12 Apostles scenic helicopter flight
  • This is an alcohol-free walk

Additional information

  • Have a burning question?  Check out our  FAQ page, and if you need further help please don't hesitate to contact our friendly reservations team
  • Ready to start planning your next adventure and want to know what to bring? Check out our detailed gear list, including details on what's provided. If you're unsure about anything on the gear list, please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store.

Start and Finish information

  • Departure:  Meet for departure at 7:45am sharp at the Travelodge Southbank Restaurant, 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3000 (central Melbourne location for all departures). 
  • Return Transfer: 5:30pm - 6pm. Arrive Melbourne (Travelodge Southbank). We can drop you at Tullamarine Airport between 5pm and 5:30pm (for domestic flights from 6:30pm/international flights after 7:30pm).

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