Our Ethos

Adventure Quest (UK) ethos is based on a wilderness therapy approach which pays particular attention to providing practical application of leadership skills and focuses on building self-awareness, self-development and personal motivation.

What is unique about Adventure Quest (UK)?
Adventure Quest (UK) differs from other outdoor providers in that our focus is on supporting ex-military personnel with mental and psychological conditions. We at Adventure Quest (UK) understand the difficulties many people face when leaving the armed forces. These can include but are not exclusive to:

  • A genuine sense of abandonment and/or loss
  • Adjusting to a new life within the civilian world
  • Accepting that your new life is not solely guided by the principle of “you must or must not”
  • Appreciating that the world you now inhabit is full of greyness rather than black or white principles
  • “I can not relate to Civilians because they don’t understand me or what I have experienced during my time in the military”

Our course is designed to work in conjunction with and enhance the effectiveness of traditional therapy and treatment and is not a replacement for or alternative to formal psychological treatment and support.

We don’t stop there: at Adventure Quest (UK) we also recognise the importance of obtaining meaningful long-term employment. As part of the course we also facilitate an employment pathway. This pathway is designed to provide individuals with opportunities to meet specialist recruitment organisations who will be able to discuss with individuals their future aspirations and provide them will guidance and support in locating meaningful employment.

Our Approach
The aim of Adventure Quest (UK) Wilderness Therapy Model is to guide participants towards a greater level of:

  • Self-reliance
  • Self-control
  • Self-respect
  • Leading to a greater level of Self Realisation

Traditional forms of therapy often centre around a more formal cognitive and behaviour modification, whereas Adventure Quest (UK) Wilderness Therapy Model avoids this formal approach and employs a ‘complimentary’ set of principles which includes:

Adventure Quest (UK) Wilderness Therapy Model

  • Providing tasks which increase in difficulty, in order to challenge the participant both mentally and physically
  • Developing a conducive team environment, paying particular attention to working with others which the participant may find difficult or challenging
  • Using group reflection and self-evaluation to enable the participant to rediscover their own abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities
  • Encouraging and demonstrating that the responsibility for learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity and that it is the responsibility of each participant to direct their own personal learning and to reach their goals
  • Providing the opportunity for participants to strengthen their confidence and self-respect through achievement and persistence in challenging situations, however it is also important for participants to persist when situations are difficult and to learn to turn failures into opportunities
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion to increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability and respect for others
  • Developing a respectful relationship with the natural world thereby providing participants the opportunity to notice a benefit in both mental and physical well-being

Allowing participants to recognise how the natural world provides the opportunity to explore their own thoughts, make new connections, create new ideas as well as to understand the importance of cause and effect and the impermanent nature of life.