Your Natural Element

Posted: Thu 22 Feb 2024
Your Natural Element

A four-day, self-development and outdoor wellbeing programme for young women (18-25 yrs) in the Scottish Highlands.

What is it all About?

A four-day, self development and mindfulness programme for women (18-25yrs) in the Scottish Highlands. Your Natural Element is part of the eQe Advanced Wilderness Therapeutic Approaches training programme and is organised, planned and led by Nele and Laurie, two Trainee Practitioners.

When and Where?

What Equipment do I Need?

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing on each day of the programme. If you do not have kit of your own, we do have a selection of gear available to borrow.

Food and accommodation is not provided. There will be warm drinks and small snacks provided but you are responsible for your own lunch.

Who will be Leading the Course?

Nele Adler

Nele is Aban’s Outdoor Programme Leader and is responsible for planning and running local outdoor adventure programmes for local children and teenagers. She holds several outdoor qualifications, such as Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor and L3 Forest School Teacher, and is in the process of becoming a Wilderness Therapeutic Practitioner.

She is very passionate about the outdoors and working with people to help them reconnect to the natural world. She holds over 10 years’ experience of working with a variety of age groups and outdoor settings.

Laurie King




Laurie is a trainee Wilderness Therapeutic Practitioner and apprentice Rites of Passage guide, integrating soft reflective practices that benefit wellbeing with hard skills, such as basic bush craft, foraging and wildlife tracking. She has experience working with adults and children, including those with multiple needs in the outdoors.

She is also a published writer and editor, having co-created Wilder Journeys with author and adventurer, Miriam Lancewood. The book is a collection of true stories of extraordinary wilderness journeys, and the wisdom people gained from being in nature.



How Much Does it Cost?

Between £40 - £100 (sliding scale - please pay what you can afford). We will send you an invoice once you have been accepted onto the course. If money is a barrier, please get in touch, we are able to offer heavily subsidised places.

How do I Get Involved?

If this is something you might be interested in, please apply here

If you have any more questions, please contact Nele at nele@aban.scot or 01463 718989

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