Registration Closed
Age 20+
Program Type Women Survivors of Abuse
Duration 8 days
Location Meet Saint John Airport NB
Indigenous Territories Traditional Territory of the Mi’kmaq
Courses / Atlantic Women Of Courage

Atlantic Women Of Courage

Paddle, Hike and camp through a beautiful natural landscape while learning to open up and communicate with other women survivors of violence and abuse. You will work together as a team and develop bonds to last a lifetime, while discovering all that you are truly capable of.


Designed to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment in which to thrive, Women of Courage courses can provide a catalyst for powerful growth and change. On this multi-adventure course, you will work as a team to navigate this beautiful landscape while you bond with other female participants who have experienced violence and abuse.You will take turns navigating the group on a coastal landscape , pushing yourself through new and challenging experiences while feeling the support of these other incredible women behind you, helping you to realize your true strength. Furthermore, travel through this challenging route will require you to be present and grounded while these awe-inspiring sea-side views set the perfect stage for a week of reflection, helping you let go of anything holding you back in your past and allowing you to re-create how you envision your future. You’ll return home feeling more confident, loved and reconnected with yourself.


This Women of Courage Program in NB 2020 includes:

First two nights are lodge based, at Beaver Harbour with beginner canoeing and welcome activities at that beach setting.  Then four camping nights on the island of Grand Manan, hiking. Hiking route culminates with a night at Swallowtail lighthouse.

An Outward Bound course is not a guided trip, it is an immersive experience led by you and your group.  In addition to the personal journey that you undergo, you will also learn the foundations of minimal impact camping, packing for hiking expeditions, navigation and orienteering. Your course also includes an overnight solo experience, where you will put your new-found skills into practice under the supervision of our skilled instructional team.  Often described as the most transformative part of their experience, your solo also gives you the space to reflect on earlier conversations, absorb important realizations and let go of how we perceive ourselves – leaving you faced only with your true self, and coming to love and appreciate who you really are.


Day 1: The Atlantic Women of Courage course begins with a meet up location in the city of Saint John, so that participants and their leaders can travel as a group to the guest house at Beaver Harbour.

Rustic accommodation is used to introduce you to the course and each other, review equipment and packing, and have some fun out in the fresh air.

Day 2: The main day activity is a beginner canoe or kayak lesson and excursion around the estuary of the Magaguadavic River.  Evening is devoted to fun and thoughtful activities.

Day 3.  The morning is packing and prep time for backpacking. You have lunch on the ferry out to the island of Grand Manan.  Upon arriving, make camp, campfire games.

Day 4-6: You will challenge yourself through a backpacking phase including a solo period, during which time you will reflect on yourself and the experience.

Day 7: The final leg of the trip brings you to the lighthouse where you will celebrate with dinner, songs and laughter!

Day 8: The final day of the course is about transferring back to home life and bringing a momentous closure to your time together as a group.

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