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Adventure Mind

On sale

21st March 2024

Price: £16.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349441726

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For the past twenty-five years, Belinda Kirk’s professional life has revolved around adventure. She’s seen it change people first hand: turning the timid into the confident, the addicted into the recovering, and the lost into the intentionally wandering. As a force for change, adventure can be powerful like few others.

This book is about this transformational power, and the first to explore why adventure is essential to our wellbeing. From managing anxiety and overcoming fear, to finding self-worth and building interpersonal connections, to being happier, healthier, and more playful, ADVENTURE MIND draws lessons from more than two decades of experience leading groups into the wilderness around the globe. Illuminated with Belinda’s personal narrative, her own research with modern hunter-gatherers, and the latest findings in neuroscience and behaviour, ADVENTURE MIND presents a compelling case for ditching the living room in favour of a longer, happier, and more adventurous life.

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Reviews

Professor Alice Roberts
I absolutely love it! Inspiring, life-affirming, and full of real-life adventures, Belinda Kirk urges us all to challenge ourselves to live more adventurously
Bear Grylls
A powerful reminder that adventure truly is a state of mind
Helen Skelton
A great and inspiring read with the potential to change the way you live. Empowering reading
Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE, CEO British Exploring Society
The perfect post-pandemic handbook for anyone wanting help to revitalise their life, increase their confidence, surprise themselves. Belinda Kirk makes clear that purposeful adventure in the twenty-first century can be for us all. Everyone who wants to should be enabled and encouraged to access and benefit from the genuinely life-defining experiences - the powerful magic that can happen - on even the smallest adventure. Belinda Kirk is a wise champion and ADVENTURE REVOLUTION is a great companion to help on that journey
Alan Ewert, Professor Emeritus and former Patricia and Joel Meier Endowed Chair in Outdoor Leadership at Indiana University, named one of the ‘World’s Top 2% Scientists’ by Stanford University in 2022
ADVENTURE MIND provides the reader with an in-depth connection to what adventure can mean to a person's life. Using a wide variety of references and examples, the book presents an exploration of the benefits that adventure activities and experiences can be experienced in a personally relevant and intrinsically meaningful way
Chris Ryan
A landmark book with a groundbreaking and powerful message. It's also a fantastic read packed with thrilling, moving and inspiring stories. I certainly recommend it!
Nicholas Crane
At last - adventures for everyone! Read this and reward yourself! Live your best life! This inspirational, liberating book is just what we need. Belinda Kirk has written a work to change our worlds
Tristan Gooley
A really enjoyable, inspiring and convincing book. It wins the argument for seeking adventure in life
Tom Kemp, Emeritus Fellow of St John's College, Oxford University
An inspiring and enjoyable book with an important and groundbreaking new message. From her unrivalled experience of leading groups, Belinda shows us that adventure - whether it be a simple overnight camp in Britain or white water rafting on the Zambezi River - can transform us
Alastair Humphreys
A hugely enjoyable read based on a lifetime of adventurous expertise. A thoroughly researched and powerful argument for adventure
Helen Dodd, Professor of Child Psychology, University of Exeter
A fascinating and convincing manifesto about the importance of adventure for all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed ADVENTURE MIND. The writing is really engaging and a perfect balance of anecdotes, explanations and science. As an academic working in this area I was really impressed by how thoroughly researched the book was and how convincingly it argues for why adventure experiences are so powerful and important. I challenge you to read this book and not immediately start trying to fit some more adventure into your life and the lives of those around you. There are some really nice, realistic, practical examples of how to get everyday adventures at the end of the book too. I have been recommending this book to all my friends and colleagues!
Levison Wood
An inspirational read. A testament to the spirit of exploration that resides in all of us. Reading this will make you want to go on an adventure