Who is HumaNature Connect?

Erica Gurner – Facilitator, Educator, Consultant, Adventure and Nature lover

I am a passionate and creative health and wellbeing professional with extensive experience in therapeutic nature- based work, experiential education,  personal and community development and health promotion,  since 2005. 

I believe that life is about flourishing, exploring and creating and hence my career path has been anything but linear.   I have explored the basis of human disease in my career as a genetics researcher;  hiked, rode, climbed, skied and paddled my way around Australia and overseas as an outdoor educator; navigated the territory of human wellbeing as a community mental health worker; created whole community approaches to health and wellbeing as a health promotion worker and facilitated joy, awe, connection and wellbeing for many adults and young people through my work as a Park Ranger and therapeutic nature/adventure worker. I have also been particularly privileged to facilitate remote bush camps for elderly Aboriginal ladies, learning the lessons of ‘being’ and ‘gratitude’ whilst in return connecting them with the western structures that support their health. 

The common thread of my work has been supporting other people to explore their potential, build their resilience and to recognise the important place that the rest of nature has in our life.

 I believe everyone can and needs to make a meaningful contribution to the world and through HumaNature Connect I offer my energy and support to help others find their genuine offering.  

Collaborators

Healthy Environs: Much of my strategic and policy work in nature and health is delivered through this Adelaide based consultancy, Healthy Environs.

Nature Wellbeing Australia: Collaborative events are delivered together with colleagues of this Australia-wide collective of nature and wellbeing professionals.

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Qualifications

  • Centre for Sustainability Leadership – Fellowship Program 2014
  • Grad. Diploma Experiential Learning and Development(Wilderness Therapy &Youth)
  • Diploma Outdoor Recreation
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons. Genetics)

 Accredited Training

  • Leaders Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR
  • Canoe Instructor Flat Water
  • Mountain Bike Instructor
  • Community Surf Life Saving Bronze
  • Mental Health First Aid

Memberships

To view a sample of previously delivered workshops and testimonials click here

Publications
Gurner, E., Garden – Thompson, N., Carey. M. (2013)  ‘Exploring connections to nature and sustainability through a process of experiential arts based inquiry’. Eingana. 36 (1) 18 -21. Read this article here.

Other profiles

Nature and Wellbeing Australia

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Victorian Women’s Trust