Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT)

Therapy mostly out of doors with youth, adults, groups and families

Different to our disability support work at GAS, Bush Adventure Therapy (or BAT as it’s referred to) is essentially therapy outside in green and blue spaces e.g. parks, creeks, rivers, beaches and other natural areas. Each session is tailored to meet the individual needs of the participant as no two people are the same (we even offer indoor counselling and activities as well where needed).

Download our 1-page Bush Adventure Therapy Service Overview

Download our 1-page Education Engagement Support Service Overview

Download our Bush Adventure Therapy Service Booklet

Download our intake form (PDF version | Word Version) and return it to intake@geelongadventurespecialists.com.au

A list of some of the organisations we work with:

  • Melbourne Legacy
  • Adventure Works Australia
  • Barwon Child, Youth and Family (BCYF)
  • Nelson Park School
  • Northern Bay College
  • Geelong Lutheran College
  • The Salvation Army
  • Gateways
  • Helping Heroes

Our service is unique as our BAT Staff provide a 2 in 1 service and are professionally trained in both outdoor skills and in providing targeted therapeutic support. You can read more about our current BAT staff and their qualifications / expertise by clicking here.

Who is it for?

Everyone and anyone who can benefit from these practices. However, currently we service mostly >12 years and over.

Common challenges our participants face:

  • School Refusal
  • Autism (Asperger’s syndrome, pathological demand avoidance)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ ADHD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Complex trauma
  • Insomnia and sleeping difficulties
  • Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective disorders
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Psychosocial difficulties
  • Physical disability
  • Intellectual disability (ID/ DD)
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD/ FASD)
  • Family Violence
  • Screen / gaming / online addiction

Our areas of expertise include

  • Psychoeducation (teaching hacks on how to manage overwhelming emotions and feelings)
  • Relaxation strategies (breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques outdoors)
  • Strengths based approach (focusing in on the strengths/ not deficits)
  • Solution focused (focusing on solutions not problems)
  • Unconditional positive regard (providing safe and supportive spaces for people experiencing intense emotions, thoughts, and feelings)
  • Non-violent communication (encouraging and responsible behaviour from our staff)
  • Positive role modelling (we work on ourselves to demonstrate positive behaviour)
  • Counselling 

Examples of tailored BAT experiences

  •  1:1 counselling whilst walking side by side on a bushwalk/ dog walk or
  • Sitting by the bay/ river catching fish
  • Living in community and learning from others on a week-long canoe journey
  • Returning to a place on a regular basis to observe seasonal changes and daily rhythms
  • Mountain bike riding and coaching to master new skills
  • Practicing new strategies in outdoor adventure (eg. emotional regulation during rock climbing)
  • Co-designing your own tailored BAT adventure (a few hours or a few days in length)

We believe in starting wherever the participant is in their life journey, and we welcome you to get in touch to see if we can be of help on your life adventure.

Download our intake form (PDF version | Word Version) and return it to intake@geelongadventurespecialists.com.au

Contact us for a no obligation 10-minute chat to see if we are the right fit for your needs???

Shelley 0490 037 699 

Josh 0491 680 623

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Step 1

Submit an intake form (PDF version | Word Version).

Step 2

Meet with us in person or online (1 hour) to design your program.

Step 3 


Example Session Cost (3-hr BAT Session)

1:1 Weekday BAT: $170/hour [15_621_0128_1_3]

  • 3 hours of Service Delivery: $510
  • 40 minutes of Provider Travel: $113.22

Transport: $1/km [15_799_0128_1_3]

  • 40km: $40.00

Total cost: $663.22

Cost will vary to reflect accurate km travelled.

Program Costs: NDIS line-items/prices

 Capacity Building Support Items:
Bush Adventure Therapy 15_056_0128_1_3 (Low-tech) $160/hr
Bush Adventure Therapy 15_056_0128_1_3 (Tech-assisted: including GAS equipment, eg. Bikes, climbing gear, cooking equipment, kayaks etc) $170/hr
Individual Counselling 15_043_0128_1_3 $156.16/hr
Bush Adventure Therapy Assistant / Learning Mentor 15_052_0128_1_3 $86.79/hr
Animal Assisted (Therapy Dog) sessions: add 15min Non-Face-To-Face Services $40

*NDIS Price Guide/support catalogue.