Welcome to Human Nature Adventure Therapy

Human Nature Adventure Therapy (HNAT) is a not-for-profit organisation, which was established to operate and ensure the on-going sustainability of the Recre8 Bush Adventure Therapy Program. The Recre8 Program supports vulnerable and ‘at-risk’ young people through an intensive expedition-based therapeutic intervention in the outdoors. For more details see here

Who is the Recre8 Program for?
Vulnerable youth aged between 14 and 19, primarily from the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast Regions. Participants of the Recre8 program are generally young people struggling with mental health issues, childhood trauma, drug and alcohol problems, behavioural difficulties & social exclusion. They are carefully selected as having both a significant need, as well as being most likely to benefit from what the program offers. We endeavour to choose participants who are willing and prepared to make positive changes in their lives, despite facing considerable barriers. We also work closely with supporting services and agencies including: schools, foster care agencies, juvenile justice, youth services, drug and alcohol services as well as families.

Our Recre8 Programs for 2018

We are now open for applications for our Young Women's Sailing and Hiking Autumn Recre8 Program. The program will be running on the following dates:

Prep Camp: Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd May    Sailing Expedition: Tuesday 15th to Thursday 24th May      Reunion Celebration: Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June

Please go to Contact us to apply.


Our Young Women's Winter Sailing Program take place on the dates below:

Prep Camp: Tuesday 31st and Wednesday 1st August     Sailing Expedition:  Tuesday 14th to Thursday 23rd August     Reunion Celebration:  Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th September


Our Young Men's Hiking and Canoeing Recre8 Program will run later in the year during Summer 2018. Dates are below:

Prep Camp: Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st October   Wilderness Expedition:  Tuesday 12th to Thursday 21st November    Reunion Celebration:  Tuesday 17th & Wed 18th December


How does the Recre8 Program help?
We have seen profound, longterm and positive results in young people who have taken part in Recre8. These results have been confirmed by their parents, carers and counsellors.

These include:

  • Re-engagement with schooling/ education/employment
  • Reduction of problematic behaviours
  • Reduction in substance abuse
  • Reduced suicidal thoughts
  • Greater self-esteem and confidence
  • Better social skills and social conscience
  • Improved resilience
  • Clearer and stronger sense of self and future goals and directions
  • New sense of hope and positivity
  • A supported and healthy transition from child to adult.

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