Outward Bound Scholarship Available

July 25, 2013 10:50 pm

Outward Bound is offering a $1,000 scholarship for an 8-day, 27+yrs course coming up in either September or October.


One Rural Women New Zealand member will be awarded this scholarship. To apply, visit Outward Bound by 8 August 2013. Billy Kerrisk attended just last year and shares her experience with us.


‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us’ (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


Sharing words of wisdom is a daily ritual at Outward Bound and Billy Kerrisk says the Emerson quote is the one that really struck a chord for her when she did the course recently.


After eight days of pushing herself physically and mentally, Billy came home a strong supporter of the programme. “If only Outward Bound was part of the school curriculum – what a brave new country New Zealand would be,” she says.


Billy, of Bainham branch in Golden Bay, says it was the adventure of a lifetime.


“I have been taken to my limits (and beyond) on the Outward Bound Discovery course at Anakiwa. It will never be forgotten and I look forward to bringing the lessons I have learned and the strengths I have found into all facets of my life – personal, business and community.”


Billy was part of Scott Watch 569 and her group of 13 ranged in age from 42 to 74!  We asked her to tell us more about her experiences.


Q:  How did you come to go on the Outward Bound course?

A:   I saw an advertisement in Rural Women Outlook magazine last Spring offering one lucky member the opportunity to attend the eight day Discovery Course at Anakiwa, sponsored by RWNZ, and was delighted in early December to be informed by Noeline Holt that I was the successful applicant.


Q:  Why were you keen to do it?

A: I face lots of mental challenges with running my own Ray White real estate office but lack in physical challenges – the body and mind are inextricably linked and I felt it would be good to face some of my fears – heights being one of them.


Q:  What were the highlights for you?

A:  Arriving at Picton and finding that the course starts NOW – “Get changed, get in the cutter and sail it or row it to Anakiwa with these 12 other folk you have never met!!”  It was just such a buzz every moment of every day – they reckoned if you were not running you were about to be late! Also you never knew what was coming next – staying in the moment was the key. And boy did we fit a lot in – sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, high ropes course, tramping, and two nights in the bush on solo.


Q:  Did you conquer any fears during the course?

A:  Yes I discovered that I am not afraid of heights – it was just a rumour I had been telling myself for years!  Also I have never slept in a hut so I conquered a “reluctance” of sharing a bedroom with complete strangers (earplugs were a great help!)


Q:  Was Outward Bound a life-changing event?

A: Appreciating living “in the moment” was big, realising that you can do anything you put your mind to with practice and perseverance was HUGE.   Outward Bound for me started back in January when I started training – you had to be able to run at least three kilometres at least three times a week and that was a huge challenge for me.  Not only did I succeed in that challenge but ran 11 kilometres at Anakiwa.

What really hit me though was when I was on solo in the bush, I had time to reflect on my values and realised that I spend far too much of my time working for others and not enough time with my teenage daughters.  So I have begun making more effort to spend time with them and I have challenged them to find exciting new things for us to do together.


If this sounds like something you’re interested in,apply for the Rural Women New Zealand scholarship now.

This article was originally in Rural Women Outlook, July 2012, page 8.

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