This is no ordinary picnic!
Launching for The Nature Festival - with introductory pricing.You will have rare access to our private National Park Sanctuary and Heritage protected bushland on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. This experience is the ultimate in peace, solitude (romance!) and nature connection. Forget about sitting on tiny cushions on the ground – these picnics are comfortable and accessible for people with limited mobility. If you’ve got a bung knee, or hips that play up or are just not up for sitting on the ground – we will provide you with a comfortable, caring and nurturing picnic experience.We care (deeply) about access to nature for all, conservation, sustainability, nature connection for wellbeing, and building connection and community.
You have the choice of 2 different picnic locations,
The ultimate in privacy – 500m from our entrance road, on top of a gentle hill surrounded by ancient shady stringy bark forest filled with birds, orchids and huge yakkas (grass trees).This picnic set up is with 2 giant triangle bean bags, many cushions, warm woollen blankets, and all your picnic supplies provided.
‘The River Bank’
A flat spot on the bank of the Finniss River – the end of the magnificent Murray-Darling River system. This is the very beginning of the river. It is healthy, full of reeds, yabbies, fish, frogs, birds and dragonflies. The river flows all year round and in spring is so beautiful with fresh new reed growth, flowering wattle and eucalypts and fresh new growth on everything.This picnic set-up is designed by an occupational therapist and is super physically accessible – with cushioned wicker chairs and 2-person lounge – at a good height to easily get up & down, armrests to push up on and level ground. We’ll provide a shade umbrella and all your picnic supplies.
You will arrive at The Sanctuary and after a brief orientation will either wander gently or be driven to your picnic site. You will have exclusive access for 2 ½ hours to rest, rejuvenate, connect with nature and enjoy this place.
We will provide an alcohol free picnic hamper with a selection of locally sourced cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, dips and sweet treats. The picnic includes cold drinks, hot water, teas and McLaren Vale Coffee Co plunger coffee.If you have particular dietary requirements please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them. You are also very welcome to bring your own picnic treats.
If you or anyone in your group have any dietary restrictions or allergies please contact the organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise at least 7 days prior to the event.
We can provide and light a fire in a free standing fire bowl for your picnic. This will be available pending CFS fire risk ratings and our own risk assessment.
Ideas to support your nature connection
To add to your experience we will provide you with ideas and activities to support your connection with this nature - a nature treasure hunt, forest bathing suggestions and ideas to awaken your senses to get the most from this experience.
If there's anything special you would like included in your picnic experience just let us know and we'd love to help create a perfect experience for you.
Who runs this?
Flourish, nature based OT is Bronwyn Paynter. I am an occupational therapist with almost 30 years experience, and a passion for supporting wellbeing. I am a certified Forest & Nature Therapy Guide with the Association of Forest & Nature Therapy Guides and Programs, and a permaculture designer. Nature connection started with gardening, camping (as a girl guide) and family holidays in nature. For the last few years I’ve been coaching occupational therapists internationally in ways to work more closely with nature because there is so much evidence about how nature is the optimal environment for people to flourish.
We purchased The Sanctuary, Yundi in 2018 and are dedicated to sharing this heritage protected nature with as many people as we can. Events at The Sanctuary are delivered and supported by our family for you.
Where will we meet?
When you register you will receive a link to the visitor information for The Sanctuary, Yundi. Access is very easy from the Southern Expressway, Victor Harbor Rd, and turn off before Mt Compass - with bitumen road all the way.
Is there a toilet?
There is a ‘long drop loo’ at The Sanctuary (with grab rails). There are flushing public toilets in nearby (5min drive) Mt Compass.
Are their age restrictions? Is this suitable for children?
This event is best suited to adults or older children who are able to be safe in untamed nature with exposed water, uneven ground, slopes and branches, sticks etc. on the ground. This is an adventure of exploration! Children will be required to be under the care of a responsible adult to supervise their participation. Children bring a magical creative energy and sense of freedom, and they are very welcome under your care.
'The Knoll' is a picnic for 2 adults. 'The River Bank' can accommodate up to 6 people.Will I be safe?
Bronwyn has current wilderness first aid training and there is a first aid kit available. There is generally mobile phone reception where you will be, and back up emergency communication systems. Please advise any particular health concerns that may be relevant. Please feel free to contact Bronwyn to discuss any concerns on 0412404700.
COVIDAll current SA Health requirements regarding covid-19 will be required to be followed during the event. This particularly applies to maintaining 1.5m distance from other people not in your household group. Do not attend if you are unwell.
Contact tracing – All event/ activity attendees will be required to register to participate and acknowledge they have read an understood the latest government health guidelines regarding the coronavirus. At the event/ activity guests will be required to check in – by QR code or in writing as required. Details of attendees will only be held for the purpose of contact tracing if required in accordance with government requirements (for 28 days).
What should I bring to the event?
We will go ahead regardless of the weather so dress appropriately - it is usually a few degrees cooler than in Adelaide. You will be most comfortable in decent closed shoes for this experience if you want to wander at all. Bring a rain jacket in case of rain. Consider wearing/bringing an extra layer as well as beanie (hat), gloves and scarf if it's cold and windy. If sunny then suncream, long sleeves and a shady hat are recommended.
What's the cancellation policy?
The event will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather or safety hazards e.g., thunderstorms. If the event is cancelled you will be notified by 8pm the evening prior - by the e-mail you used to register.
If you are unable to attend the event please cancel via the Eventbrite process so any people on the waiting list can access tickets.
We really encourage you to prioritise this wellbeing practice for your self-care and make it important for you to attend once you have booked.
NOTE - you will be required to complete a registration/disclaimer form on arrival prior to the event commencing.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
e-mail email@example.com or text Bronwyn on 0412404700