This winter, thirty-six clients and staff from Centacare’s Anam Cara mental health service, ventured out to Bestbrook Mountain Resort for an overnight camp.
Keen campers enjoyed the fresh air and wagon rides, showed off horse riding skills and learnt how to milk cows, crack a whip and even throw a boomerang! Everyone was kept well fed with plenty of fresh homemade scones, billy tea and damper that camp goers cooked themselves over the fire.
As night settled in and the stars came out many a yarn was shared over the camp fire while roasting marshmallows. For those who felt energetic a sunrise walk up the mountain the next morning was in order and for those who did not, a sleep in was equally enjoyable.
“The retreat was a wonderful opportunity to connect with others and nature. At Centacare we value positive personal relationships and being part of a community, these are integral to maintaining good mental health and contribute to individual’s recovery,” said Barbara Goodwin, Centacare Manager, Anam Cara.
“Clients and staff from our North, South and West Brisbane locations came together, saw familiar faces and made new friends,” said a smiling Barbara.
Some clients participated in new activities for the first time and loved it! This was evident upon leaving for home when a client stated that it had been the best day of the year so far.
Anam Cara has another camp coming up before the end of the year and clients are already looking forward to it.