About

About

My Adventure Group was founded to tackle the rising tide of issues caused by Nature deficit disorder. The founder- James Castrission- is a professional adventurer who in 2008 became the first person to kayak across the Tasman Sea. 2 years later he completed the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time. In his early life, he worked as a management consultant. He has taken many of these valuable lessons & theories from the corporate world into the outdoors. James has authored 2 bestselling books (Crossing the Ditch & Extreme South), writes regular columns for many leading magazines & speaks at conferences all over the globe. Cas is a currently a father of one and strongly advocates the value of getting parents, children and corporate teams into the outdoors.

Why

Have you read a book called Last Child in the Woods (Richard Louv)? If not, read it!

The book talks about a massively growing problem in our society: Nature-deficit disorder. You don’t need to be a professor to realize that Australians (especially children) are spending less time outdoors. What is frightening is the wide range of behavioural problems that this is being linked to. Some include: obesity, attention disorders, and depression. My Adventure Group was founded with the sole purpose to combat this rising issue in our society. We advocate the value of humans spending time in nature, which is critical for healthy childhood development.

Some of the major causes of Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD):

  • green The number 1 cause of our children not spending time in the outdoors is parents fear! Unbelievably, the average child in Australia now spends 44 hours/ week in front of a screen- ie ipad/ computer/ TV.
  • greenFear of legal & regulatory issues of letting kids play outside
  • greenLess natural surroundings in Australian children’s neighborhoods and cities. Paramatta is now boasting the approval of Australia’s first 90 STORY apartment building! Yay for some.
  • greenLets face it, the advent of the computer, video games, and television have given children more and more reasons to stay inside (and for parents these are great tools to keep our children quiet while we get on with household jobs).
  • greenAs parents work longer hours, its easier for child care/ baby sitters etc to look after our kids inside.

So what are the effects on our children of NDD?

Research shows a direct correlation between kids spending time in nature and the following disturbing issues facing our children:

  • green Our children are at risk of being the first generation of having a shorter lifespan then their parents. (I hear you say what! Yup.. that’s right. Scary uh?)
  • greenElectronic entertainment (Computers, ipads, TV’s etc) deprive our children of sensory immersion! Learning via electronic media is 2 dimensional (visual & auditory). Studies have shown that learning through direct experiences engages more senses and promotes learning outcomes. Interesting.
  • greenLess natural surroundings in Australian children’s neighborhoods and cities. Paramatta is now boasting the approval of Australia’s first 90 STORY apartment building! Yay for some.
  • greenLets face it, the advent of the computer, video games, and television have given children more and more reasons to stay inside (and for parents these are great tools to keep our children quiet while we get on with household jobs).
  • greenResearch at the University of Illinois has shown a correlation with kids not spending time in nature and: Attention disorders and depression! o ” kids who don’t get nature-time seem more prone to anxiety, depression and attention-deficit problems”. o The study went on to show interaction with nature has proven to reduce symptoms of ADD in children. According to research, “Overall, our findings indicate that exposure to ordinary natural settings in the course of common after-school and weekend activities may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit symptoms in children”.
  • greenNature based stimulation has shown to improve academic educational outcomes of students! (parents ears prick up!) Studies of students in California have shown that schools that use outdoor classrooms and other forms of experiential education produce significant student gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math.
  • greenChildhood obesity has become a growing problem (excuse the pun). Yup we know that. But did you know that one in four Australian children are either obese or overweight!

Solution: Easy!

  • green Awareness
  • green Education
  • green Get outside now by signing up for an adventure retreat today!☺

Our Team

James Castrission
Program Director & Founder
James Castrission (Cas) is a professional adventurer, author, writer, photographer and motivational speaker. Most recently, on the 26th January 2012, alongside his best mate Justin Jones (Jonesy), the duo made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time- the first return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the south with out assistance. In 2008, they became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea. James has led mountaineering expeditions to some of the most challenging peaks around the world, run numerous ultra marathons and sailed to remote destinations across the globe. He is now one of Australia’s most sought-after corporate speakers. James as authored two books about his exploits: Crossing the Ditch and Extreme South.
Epic
Lead Guide
Epic heads up the adventure operations at MyAdventure Group. Epic is one of the most experienced outdoorsman in Australia. His passion for climbing has taken him round the globe from mountains in Alaska to the speed climbing big walls in Yosemite. He is also an active member of the Bushwalking Wilderness Rescue Squad (BWRS)- so if you’re ever lost in the Blue Mountains, good chance Epic will be out there looking for you. Over the last 6years of his career he has held management positions in a variety of industries.
Julie Anderson
Base Camp manager
Julie runs the MyAdventure Group base camp. Her attention to detail, organization and appetite for luxurious touches will ensure you’re well and truly spoilt in Base camp. Julie previously worked at World Expeditions for 12years and has a strong passion for adventure and climbing. Her favorite place to hang out is the Walgan Valley.
Mia Castrission
Camp assistant
Mia (when not running after Cas & her 2year old boy Jack), assists Julie in running the camp. With her background in dietetics, you’ll be guaranteed that the meals aren’t only delicious, they’re also healthy! Mia loves bushwalking & canyoning and loves spending time with her family in the outdoors.
Bridie Campbell
Guide
When not working for the Blue Mountains City Council, you’re sure to find Bridie, deep in a canyon, out running on Narrow Neck, climbing or looking after her insanely enviable veggie patch and chooks. Bride is a member of the BWRS and is also highly competent on a touring dirt bike.
Greg James
Risk Management
Together with the rest of the MyAdventure Group team, Greg has been instrumental in designing world best practice safety policies, processes and operations. His depth of knowledge from decades running adventure-based companies has been instrumental in positioning MyAdventure Group at the absolute cutting edge of the industry.
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