The Beginning of an Adventure

As I walked into my room at the Manta Lodge hostel on the first day of program with 3 new people who I had known for about 3 hours, it finally hit me how out of my comfort zone I was, and would continue to be, on this trip. Over the first couple of days we did orientation on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). We learnt some background information about the people we would be spending every minute with for the next 3 months. As our journey began, we were lucky enoug... Read more

The Crossing

The Crossing had a huge impact on me from arrival because of the deep, abiding connection it shares with nature. There is something definite in the feel of the place, which is reinvigorating. It is profoundly tranquil and exploring  it only reinforced this perception. Each facet is designed in pursuit of both efficiency and sustainability; a fascinating combination. I was struck by the peace The Crossing offers; this place has enriched my soul. Read more

A Path Lit by the Stars

We all stayed up super late last night talking down by the jetty, so we were all kind of groggy when we woke up at 4:30 a.m. The group arose in order to start on our mindfulness sunrise canoe trip at 5 a.m. It was completely dark out and we used our headlamps to guide us down towards the dock. We stayed in silence and darkness as we paddled out. We turned off our headlamps to be guided and for our path to be lit by the stars and the moon. Once we started to see the fir... Read more

Instructor Intro: Karlee Taylor

Hi everybody! I’m so excited to be exploring Australia and New Zealand with y’all! My name is Karlee and I’m one of your Program Instructors alongside the amazing Richard! I grew up in a patch of Australian bush called Humbug Scrub in South Australia - but most recently I call Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) home and this is where our journey will begin! I have a real passion for the ocean where diving and swimming all year round has gifted me wonderful encounters with... Read more

Instructor Intro: Richard Bassett-Smith

Kia ora everyone I am Richard and will be joining you as one of your instructors along with Karlee for the adventure/s we are about to have! I’m an Aussie and Melbourne is my hometown but I do love to travel 'across the ditch' (Tasman Sea) which is where you'd find me right now, in New Zealand, which has become a second home to me. I've been living on the wild West Coast of New Zealand's South Island - where there are plenty of rivers to be paddle and mountains to expl... Read more