A She Went Wild Women in Tourism breakfast at Headlands Hotel during Tourism Week on November 27 will celebrate women in one of the region’s fastest-growing industries..
It coincides with Destination Wollongong presenting the She Went Wild Adventure Film Festival. Tracey Pascoe is one of the people behind the breakfast that includes a yoga session with Olympian Steph Magiros as well as meditation overlooking Austinmer Beach.
There is also a panel discussion and will raise funds for The Eve Project Australia founded in 2017 to offer female survivors of abuse support to help rebuild their lives.
Women in Tourism panelists include Sky Dive the Beach’s Riss Anderson, Glenbernie Orchard’s Joanne Fahey and Bushwalk the Gong’s Jenae Johnston.
“In tourism week we were looking for ways to inspire people and get the message out about tourism and what a great industry and impact it has on the region,” Ms Pascoe said.
I attended a She Went Wild Adventure Film Festival recently and was really inspired by it. Jenae is the local ambassador for She Went Wild.
“It is amazing women doing incredible things like rock climbing. I thought wouldn’t it be good to inspire other women and also get some of the local tourism operators talking about what they do in their roles”.
Bushwalk the Gong began after Ms Johnston posted some pictures of her bushwalks on social media a few years ago.
“A lot of people started approaching me saying “that looks fabulous”. So I started doing volunteer bushwalks. Eventually I was had a partnership with the National Parks Association,” she said.
“So now we are probably running four bushwalks a month for local Illawarra people”.
The bushwalks Ms Johnston leads take in the Illawarra Escarpment, Royal National Park and Barren Grounds.
“We have had women only events just so we can feel more comfortable in the outdoors but we open it for all ages,” she said.
Ms Johnston works in a corporate role during the week and bushwalks on weekends.
“It is a great way to come down from the pressures of everyday life and just restore and re-balance in nature,” she said.
“This year I have been doing nature meditation events. I do women’s only events like women’s circles and also do a lot of anxiety, depression, re-balancing events generally using nature as a healing source for people who would like some nice time out”.
Ms Johnston is also studying to be trained yoga teacher and plans to introduce that in 2019.