Outward Bound & Women of Courage

Individuals in recovery often need support in identifying new and healthy ways to re-define their identify from the ED as they may have lost touch with activities and hobbies that fulfilled them prior to the ED or their ED may have been so longstanding they have little or no sense of who they are, or who they may have been, before the ED.
— Fairburn, 2008

Outward Bound Canada (OBC) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization who’s mission is to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world.

OBC’s Women of Courage Program offers inspiring journeys of adventure, challenge and healing in the Canadian wilderness for women who, traditionally, have experienced violence and/or abuse. Led by OBC’s expert team of talented and compassionate female instructors, courses focus predominantly on increasing self-esteem and self-reliance, building supportive relationships with other women, enhancing body awareness and encouraging a sense of physical strength - serving as a catalyst for powerful growth and change. Since 1988, over 1000 women have experienced this transformative journey with Outward Bound Canada.

Why an OBC Program for ED?

the experience helped participants shift patterns of experiential avoidance and increase capacity for self-knowledge (see themes 1.1 to 1.5), and make new meaning (new narratives) and increase cognitive and experiential flexibility.
— Arai, Griffin, & Grau, 2018;
about the 2017 Homework Health program with OBC

Those fighting eating disorders often come to a point in recovery where they realize how significantly they lost their sense of identify to the disorder. That reality makes challenging, as without a clear sense of self, it becomes difficult to motivate one’s self enough to build a life worth living, distinct from ED.

Eating disorders isolate the sufferer from others and loose connection with their social circle – reinforcing challenges of trust, self-worth, assertiveness, and other social skills.

Finally, those with eating disorders also tend to engage in patterns of experiential avoidance and show decreased cognitive and experiential flexibility.

Learn More or Help Fund the Project

Download the project proposal here.
Or contact Joelle at or 647-880-7118