in answer to your questions...
We get asked some very cool questions. Below are what we've been asked so far with some answers that will hopefully resolve any questions you might have. If the info you need isn't in the answers below please give us a shout
we love a good question!
What do you mean by “Wild”?
When we say “Wild” we mean the Wild within (us) and the Wild without (the natural world). The definition we run with for the word Wild is: the Wild is the self-willed, the natural, and the unknown.
What are the outcomes of a Wild adventure to inspire Life?
When you sign up to an adventure with us we provide the opportunity, the safe group environment, the magic and the space. Plus a whole heap of support and encouragement. What you get, and what you do with the magic of the adventure is entirely yours to explore, understand and take forward.
Our approach is based on exploring the wild within and the wild without to foster greater connection with our own truth, build compassion for the truth of others, and explore our role as guardians of our planet. These three key focuses empower individual journeys of wellbeing.
When we work with organised groups, whether that’s schools, organisations or specialist groups, we work with that group to establish their goals for the programme we build with them. These goals, when working with our philosophy lead to outcomes such as greater connection and compassion within groups, improved emotional competence, improved mental health and wellbeing (with some tools and techniques to continue healthy habits post-adventure), a greater sense of purpose and a sense of excitement in the present, and for the future. There's a whole heap of research and evidence which highlight the value of the stuff we're passionate about. Check out one example from MIND
If you’re keen to explore us working with your group, please get in touch, we’d love to chat.
We’re pretty confident that all our adventures will leave you feeling cared-for, loved, refreshed, and re-connected with yourself, others and the planet.
Are your journeys both safe and fun?
We reckon all wild adventures are fun. Getting into some refreshing Wild water releases a tonne of endorphins and will have you laughing out loud, and as we all know, the best chats happen around the fire. We’ve spent the last ten years facilitating wild adventure around the world and at The Living Project we take all the best bits from our experience and share them with those who join us in the Wild.
As for safety, our leaders are all appropriately qualified and experienced for the adventures they lead with The Living Project . Between us we hold qualifications and training in counselling, coaching, mental health first aid, yoga, leadership + management, remote mountain and expedition leadership, water safety, bushcraft, and emergency response management. We make sure the right people are with you at all times, with others on call for support if required. We’ve developed robust and compassionate risk assessment, risk management and emergency response procedures, and we continually engage in continuing professional development.
As a company we are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority and hold comprehensive insurance with AIM (Activities Industry Mutual) with £2,000,000.00 public liability.
It is important to note however that engaging in adventurous activities does carry risk and we ask all participants over 18 years of age (for under 18's we ask for individual parent/guardian consent through a separate form) to read and agree to our Ts+Cs at the time of booking.
You are welcome to request a copy of our insurance/ AALA license/ safeguarding young people/ risk assessments at anytime so please just give us a shout.
In terms of personal safety for you as your whole self we’re acutely aware that some people feel less able to access the wild than others. We’re passionate about fostering inclusion, curiosity and learning both for ourselves and those who join us. We also know this is a big area of continuing development for us and we welcome any input you might have that can help us grow. For more information on our commitment to the equal value of all humans check out our values.
is cold water/wild swimming safe?
Wild Swimming has seen a huge increase in popularity over the past few years, which we think, if done safely is a really special thing. There are some significant risks with getting into cold water and we work with our guests to manage each opportunity to enjoy the magical benefits of cold water safely, which ensures maximum benefit for all. We call it cold water immersion as we're all about conscious action. To develop your awareness of the risks, and how to manage them check out these two great resources:
And to explore more about the incredible health benefits to body and mind check this out
You talk about your adventures as good for whole-self health and wellbeing, I’m interested what you mean by this?
There’s a huge amount of evidence that shows that time in the outdoors and wild activities are massively therapeutic. Surfing, mountaineering, climbing and pretty much every outdoor activity is growing in its use as therapy. There was a great article in The Professional Mountaineer (Spring 2021) about the therapeutic nature of adventurous activity – check it out!
We don't offer "therapy" in a traditional sense - we just know that the wild is in itself, therapeutic. Which by the way - is awesome.
We as humans are an intrinsic part of the natural world, therefore when we strip away "stuff" and re-connect with it we are by default providing ourselves with a fundamental part of our human experience. You don’t have to be in need of therapy to find the wild therapeutic. On our journeys we introduce how to be mindful of the environment you’re in, how to slow down and notice, we provide the space to be heard. We explore the power of fire, and the healing nature of cold-water immersion and we enjoy living a wild life.
The Wild is our therapy, we’d love you to join us and remember it is yours too.
Will I learn about local nature (flora & fauna) and what I can do to help?
We’re passionate about connecting with how the wild is, noticing what’s going on and how the magic happens.
We focus on global approaches to connecting with the wild and consider our local responsibility. We believe in connecting with ourselves and asking questions of ourselves in our relationship with the wild. We love noticing why/how/who things are in an environment – it’s part of our mindfulness approach – and this includes the impact of humankind on the environment.
Whilst we’ve taken the time to learn a little about local flora and fauna in the wild places we explore, we’re not experts and we’re not in the business of providing wildlife courses. However you never know who might be in the group we’re journeying with, and if someone with us is a bit of Mikaela Strachan then it’d be amazing to learn more together.
When we're overseas we're thirsty learners of local wisdom.
Is it safe and environmentally sound to be having fires?
Fires are an environmental hazard if not done safely and consciously. We bring an off-the-ground fire pit, we bring our own sustainable wood with us and forage only for fallen wood should we need more. We do no harm and leave no trace.
I need a break from the urban noise - but don’t feel comfortable in the wild, will I be okay?
The wild can be daunting if it’s not our norm – it’s often communicated as some kind of scary place, however it’s definitely referred to by those with a connection with the wild as Mother Earth for a reason. The wild is however self-willed, so occasionally it’s a challenging place and we as humans have to adapt to the environment we find ourselves in. We understand this can be an uncomfortable prospect. By engaging with the wild with us you’re doing it in a supportive way, we’ll be right there to guide you through the opportunity to get away from the noise and have a safe, supported and meaningful experience. If there’s anything specific you have concerns about please just get in touch, we’ll hear you and do our best to meet your needs and provide you with the experience you’re after.
I’ve had bouts of depression. Will reconnecting with the wild help me?
We can't guarantee anything, but from our own personal experience (which we’re happy to share with you if you want to talk about it), as well as a shit-ton of scientific evidence; connecting with the wild and the experiences we go through on our adventures is magic for our mental health and wellbeing.
Important to note here that we're not therapists. Many of our leaders have completed Mental Health First Aid training and between us we have a variety of lived experience of mental health challenges, life as humans with all its ups and downs, and training in counselling, coaching and other areas of human relationships. We're passionate about the therapeutic nature of our adventures and welcome anyone and everyone to join us. We keep groups small in order to provide quality time and compassionate group experience. We are able to provide information on support pathways should you want or need it.
Do you do follow-up coaching on a one-to-one basis?
Some of our leaders are trained, qualified coaches. If you find you connect with one of our leaders, coaching is something they offer and you'd like to consider one-to-one personal coaching with them following your adventure we'd love to make that happen for you. Just chat with us at the end of your adventure, or get in touch through our website and we'll look forward to working with you. Likewise, if you'd like to chat about some one-to-one coaching prior to your adventure then please get in touch.
Dartmoor doesn’t seem that wild - It’s essentially human-made. Do you go to really wild places?
Our definition of the wild is the self-willed, the natural and the unknown – both within and without. While Dartmoor has been heavily impacted by humans (and this is a great opportunity for discussion on our adventures) trees continue to grow, rivers flow, birds sing and fly, and the weather acts as is its want. There’s a lot of wild on Dartmoor. We also work among the magical mountains of Snowdonia National Park and other wild places in the UK and around the world.
Wild camping sounds great, but I’m not sure about meditation?
Come give it a go! We love that simple mindful moments help us connect with the experience of being out in the wild, with wild camping and living wild. Giving it a try on one of our adventures is a great way to explore it and see if it might be for you – along with a whole heap of other cool things we introduce throughout the journey.
DO I NEED TO BUY LOADS OF KIT?
All our adventures require some personal gear - but it doesn't need to be the latest in ninja mountain kit. The amount of kit you might need will be personal, and will depend on the adventure you are joining. We provide a simple and realistic kit list for every adventure when you sign-up. We provide any and all group kit required such as tents, stoves etc so no need to worry about those (unless you'd like to bring your own if needed). If you ever want any input into your kit you can reach out to us anytime, and if you're looking for something short term - here's a link to a place where you can rent kit!
What food do you provide?
We’re passionate about food. As such we work hard to cook and serve you great home cooked vege/veganmeals when in our accommodation. When we're out in the wild some meals are provided by Firepot Food. Their plant-based recipes are magic, and their packaging is entirely compostable which we think is crucial. We lovingly cater for any requirements you might have x