The Rewilding Project is grateful to have incredibly talented females who exemplify what it means to be a modern outdoorswomen.
Our community page is here to tell the stories of grit, resilience and passion of women who are trail blazers in education, athleticism, activism, sustainability, and health.
Growing up in Canberra, Amy had no real outdoors upbringing however she always enjoyed her annual outdoor camps with school.
Following a gap year, Amy discovered that she had a strong sense of connection with the outdoor environment and decided to pursue a career based around these amazing spaces. She completed a degree in Adventure Ecotourism and a certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation. With her new set of skills, she spent the following four years working along the East coast of Australia as an outdoor adventure guide. Amy has been a sea kayak guide in Airlie Beach, a white water rafting guide through Victoria and has been a hiking guide all over the East coast. Whilst living in Broulee, NSW Amy instructed snorkelling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Its safe to say that she certainly is an expert in the field of water sports.
Amy has also lead school students in a variety of activities including canoeing, hiking and rock climbing. In 2016 Amy was looking for a new challenge and while on her refresher Wilderness First Aid course, she found a new passion for the medical industry and enrolled in a Bachelors degree in Paramedic Science. Amy is set to graduate as a Paramedic at the end of 2018, however she still enjoys getting outdoors as much as possible.
Born and bred on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Emily grew up always being outdoors. Her parents are avid adventurers, taking Emily out camping, sailing and on 4x4 trips before she could even walk. She is passionate about meaningful Outdoor Education that connects with Indigenous knowledge and culture, environmental conservation and creating opportunities for students to develop lasting connections with the natural world. Emily's favourite sport is surfing, you can usually find her surfing up on the Sunshine Coast most weekends.
This passion and upbringing instilled in her as child encouraged her to create her life and career around the outdoor environment and education. Emily holds a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation, Bachelor in Outdoor Education, Bachelor in Secondary Education and has nearly completed her Masters in Indigenous Education. Emily has worked as an Outdoor Educator for over 10 years across Australia primarily in schools. She is a lover of solo travel, moving through some of the most remote locations in Indonesia, USA, NZ and South America. She likes to remain in one spot for a while to be able to gain a sense of really engaging and understanding the area.
She has just moved to Brisbane, after teaching in Darwin and Tiwi Islands for the previous four years working alongside Indigenous students. Being out on country with the students and elders was fascinating, they know every little detail and story of their country and their connection to the environment is mind blowing. Emily went Hunting for mud mussels in the mangroves, fishing for barramundi, learnt the Yoyi’s (dances) around the fire, was even fortunate enough to be adopted into a family and given a totem and skin group, as well as forming lasting connections with some of the most beautiful people you will ever meet. This experience has profoundly shaped her love for the environment and there is so much she still needs and wants to learn and share with her students moving forward.
Find Emily on Instagram @emzya
Born and raised in Outback Australia, Bridget has travelled the globe since finishing school. Having visited over 70 countries, she now has lived and worked on every continent. She has meandered from one remote community to the next, connecting with the way of life and learning from the locals. Bridget's favourite places on the planet are the Polar Regions and Africa. The astounding beauty in both of these places keeps drawing her back time and time again. She speaks fluent English, German and Swahili and understands many others. She is an avid photographer and loves documenting her travels and experiences.
Bridget has studied a Bachelor of Adventure Recreation and completed a Masters in Transcultural Outdoor studies. She has guided all manner of outdoor adventure expeditions but specialises in transformational journeys and leadership trips. Combining psychology and adventure is her passion, and when she isn't guiding, she designs and facilitates all female adventure retreats. Her ambition is to inspire, empower and connect women back to themselves and nature while simultaneously helping the everyday woman to live out her wildest dreams. There is nothing Bridget loves more than being in the seat of a kayak, hiking up a mountain or free diving.
Find Bridget on Instagram at @adventuresofawildchild
Jess has always loved being in the outdoors. In 2015 she decided to make it her career and create a life which was heavily focused on outdoor pursuits.
Since then she has been employed with the PCYC coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Queensland. In 2016 she completed a Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation and she is currently studying to upgrade to a Certificate IV. Working with the PCYC has enabled her to share her passion for adventure and the outdoors with so many young Queenslanders. From multi day hikes around the Gold Coast Hinterland to canoeing trips up the Noosa River; she has been able to see the beauty that is Queensland.
Jess also takes students to Papua New Guinea to complete the Kokoda Track. These trips have been some of her favourite as she has been able to combine her love for travel, adventure and youth development into one. Jess loves these kinds of trips as she is able to see the limitations that people have set on themselves be smashed! She is able to see people complete things that they never thought would be achievable and then go on to set new wild challenges for their lives.
There is space for everyone to achieve in the great outdoors and Jess is so excited that she gets to share that with people.
Find Jess on Instagram at @Rollawayyourstone