Celebrating and creating trauma-informed counselling, mentorship, and adventure therapy experiences for young people and their families in nature, through connection and with compassion, collectively.
trail Adventures // THursdays
This cycle of our seasonal Trail Adventures program is an inclusive collaboration between The Collective Journey and Edventure Niseko starting on Thursday 11 April at 4.30pm for children aged 8 to 12 years on the trails of Braemar Hill, in the Eastern District of Hong Kong.
We will connect with our self and the group in nature while exploring the theme:
// being seen // being heard // being me
The intention of this inclusive program is to enhance wellbeing by expanding our social and emotional capabilities in the continual state of change that surrounds us and practice new patterns of relating and communicating in the safety of the group.
The investment of HKD1,800 for six sessions (1.5 hours each) between April and June includes counselling and mentorship by Melissa Shadforth of The Collective Journey, support from mentor Tim King of EdVenture Niseko, insurance, hiking, campfire, first aid supplies, weekly, pre- and post-program communications with parents and carers of participants. There is a 10% discount for returning Trail Adventures program participants.
We invite you to register for the program here.
trail Adventures // Wednesdays
We are accepting expressions of interest for a group adventure therapy program (maximum of six participants) starting on Wednesdays in April for young people with neurodivergence, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Anxiety, or experiences without letters or labels attached.
The intention of this Adventure Therapy program is to find comfort in the collective and experience a sense of belonging while individually developing compassion and internal connections to find more ease in response to dysregulation in our way of being which can present as anxiety, fear, stress, anger, depression, low mood, perfectionism, low self esteem, or sense of self. Through the program we can become more open to embracing the neurodiversity of the collective, develop self advocacy (the ability to understand and effectively communicate our needs to others), and find more peace in the state of flux between chaos and rigidity that can be experienced within and around us.
The investment of HKD3,800 includes six group sessions (1.5 hours each) between April and June, an individual counselling session to assess readiness for the program (1 hour), and an individual post-program counselling session (1 hour) for all participants. The program includes counselling by Melissa Shadforth, insurance, hiking, campfire, and first aid supplies, plus weekly and pre/post-program communications with parents and carers of participants.
We invite you to register your interest here.
The financial investment should not be a barrier to receiving support, and we invite you to reach out to discuss payment options or sponsorship.
trail AdventureS // weekend sessions
Our monthly Trail Tribe Weekend Sessions on Saturday afternoons are planned to start after the Summer with Melissa Shadforth in collaboration with Jasmine Nunns of Kembali and Alexa Massingham of Mind Body Matters.
Choose your Own Adventure Programs
Bespoke programs for schools, home school students, school peer groups on scheduled CPDs (continuing professional development days for teachers), sports teams, community organisations, and other group opportunities and workshops are available on request.
Themes may include: claiming our strengths, body sovereignty, standing our ground, nourishing our mind and body, compassionate relationships, and redefining success.
The program includes mentoring by Melissa Shadforth, public liability insurance, hiking, campfire, and first aid supplies.
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The Practice of Non Violence
This is a time of crisis for young people, and also an opportunity for collective change. According to research at the Metta Centre for Nonviolence and beyond, young people are losing optimism, with some turning to self-destructive behaviours following society’s unbalanced emphasis on the external and neglect of inner world. From a holistic perspective of the human being, we are body, mind, and spirit. We have an inner as well as an outer life, and our inner wellbeing and fulfilment is at least if not more important as our material, or outer life. This program expands our understanding of the inner dimension and provides skills that we can apply in our daily life. Through developing an understanding of the practice of non violence, we empower ourself and others to exercise agency in more constructive ways, which will in turn improve the self-confidence of young people as co-creators of this complex world.
This mentoring program is based on curriculum developed at Harvard Medical School for girls aged 8 to 14 to support their mental, emotional, social, and physical health and decrease their vulnerability to the development of body preoccupation and disordered behaviours by increasing their understanding of body sovereignty.
A benefit mindset builds on a growth mindset, where we not only seek to fulfil our potential, but choose to do it in a way that serves the wellbeing of all. This playful and thought-provoking series of workshops for students introduce the benefit mindset and explore how being a leader in everyday life can not only ripple out to benefit others, but it also can benefit us in terms of our own wellbeing.
This program is based on curriculum developed by Naomi Richards and Julia Hague in the UK to build self esteem, confidence, body image and resilience in children so they can accept and love who they are, and in doing so, see everyone around them as equal. Weekly themes include body image, puberty, self esteem and self worth, peer pressure, being unique, friendship, and bullying.
The goal of Integral Yoga® is to develop an easeful body, peaceful mind, and useful life.
Integral Yoga® for children, adolescents, and their mentors encourages connection, compassion, creativity, flexibility, strength, awareness, and self mastery. Classes include age appropriate asanas, breath work, deep relaxation, and meditation.
The purpose of Accessible Yoga is to share this inclusive practice with all people, regardless of ability or background, as we all deserve equal access to the teachings which offer individual empowerment toward an awakening of the collective consciousness.
Excluded or underserved communities may include people of all ages, shapes, sizes, religions, cultures or prisoners, refugees, people with transient or chronic physical, neurological, emotional, or psychological challenges. The goal is to make any of these people feel welcome in a yoga class, so they can experience the benefits of yoga.
Individual or groups sessions to introduce the concept of mindsight and develop the practice of meditation through connecting the mind and body and working with the breath to encourage connection and compassion for self and others. The breath can be a powerful tool toward self regulation in the classroom, playround, and beyond.
Reach out to learn more about our bespoke programs for individuals, families, schools, sporting teams, and community groups.