There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open’ – Jawaharial Nehru
Welcome to Wild Search! Our aims are to provide you with information on the following nature-based topics:
• Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Education
• Conservation Adventures, Hiking and Camping
• Rewilding Workshops for Women, Teens and Children
• Nature-based and Plastic-Free Events and Workshops
• Conservation-based Volunteering Opportunities
Wild Search Byron Bay was founded in 2015 by Wildlife Ecologist, Environmental Conservationist and Nature Tour Guide, Caitlin Weatherstone. Caitlin grew up locally in the Northern Rivers of NSW and has extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, as well as over 12 years experience in nature tour guiding, bushwalking, working with children, hosting events, environmental conservation, campaigning and wildlife/ecological sciences.
The benefits of rewilding
Caitlin first became interested in ‘rewilding’ when she noticed that her own physical and mental health was positively influenced by spending quality time in the outdoors – particularly camping, bushwalking, ecological research, waterfall exploring and ocean frolicking. Many studies have shown that connecting with nature can have positive psychological, physical, social and spiritual benefits for both adults and children. Some of the perks:
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves health problems (physical and mental)
- Increases happiness
- Increases exercise and fitness (decrease obesity)
- Increases focus, concentration and motivation
- Quicker recovery time in hospital
- Improves motor development and coordination
- And many more!
Why do we need to be wild?
We live in a modern, fast-paced, concrete-clad world where nature generally isn’t prioritised or respected. This is a problem because WE ARE NATURE. Humans and animals alike are intimately connecting to this Earth and its other inhabitants.
<<- We BREATHE oxygen, we EAT from the soil, we DRINK fresh water, we RELY on natural resources, we SLEEP under the stars, we LOVE and LEARN together ->>
As mammals, our ancestors date back millions of years. All living things have evolved together over this time, and life will go on and evolve long after we humans have gone. In order to have respect for nature and our innate wildness, we need to connect back in with where we came from, find our wild and what it means to be a human animal in this crazy world on this beautiful, wild planet!
With many Australians spending most of their time indoors and suffering from the resulting ‘nature-deficit disorder’, there’s never been a better time to get outdoors and rewild! All we ask… is that you CONNECT.