The Wangat Crew...
Wangat is of course not just a place but it's people too. Over the years many have given their time, energy and spirit to creating what Wangat is today - too many to mention here - but below are some of the core staff who today give so much, the Wangat way!
As an outdoor educator and practitioner of Bush Adventure Therapy, Dan has worked with schools, universities and the youth sector (with disadvantaged and at-risk young people) over the past 20 years. Drawing on his own wild adventures that have been formative in creating his passion for educating in and about nature, he focuses on programmes that are hands on, inclusive and laden with adventure. Small guide to participant ratios mean each young person is more fully engaged and mentored in the process. Wangat is the perfect place for Dan to grow his ambitious educational aims; with new school holiday programmes he hopes to establish it as a home away from home for young people wanting to learn and grow. Dan holds a BA in Environmental History and is also qualified in Adventure Based Youth Work and Outdoor Recreation. Additionally he is the NSW representative for the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT). He passionately believes in the power of story-telling and creating your own personal story through adventures had. His mottos include, but are by no means limited to, never say no to fruit and you never regret a swim!
As an artist, designer and illustrator often inspired by nature and it’s many colours, Verity looks forward to developing her skills in her inspiring new home. Her creativity extends to the beautiful food she makes at home and now also, for our guests. Verity is also passionate about conservation and sustainability; an advocate for the oceans and a plastic-free lifestyle - she is always looking to make Wangat more environmentally friendly and bring these into our programmes and accommodation business. Her hope is that our practices at Wangat will demonstrate to and inspire our guests. She also, never regrets a swim... or fruit.
Bushwalking with her Grandfather sparked Nikki’s interest in nature. Later, after scouting and mountaineering, Nikki discovered bush survival skills. She has since studied with many wilderness educators including Jon Young, Nature Philosophy Australia, Wilderness Awareness School and Deep Ecology with Joanna Macey. Nikki spent 2010 living in the bush, employing all of her bush survival skills. Nikki is one of our more regular guides and we couldn't be happier to have her!
Leon, a staffy x wombat, has embraced his role as 'lodge dog' wholeheartedly - welcoming friends and snoozing in front of the fire is serious business after all! As guests cannot bring their own dogs to Wangat, Leon selflessly gives his time, licks and cuddles to anyone in need of some puppy love.