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Photographer: Miranda Fittock

Immerse Yourself

Discover the magic of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast outdoors, from the mountains to the sea

Two Noosa friends teamed up to inspire more people to get outdoors and experience the magic that comes from walking on our beautiful wilderness trails. Lisa Marshall, Trek Coach, and Greg Cartwright, a talented videographer who runs local business Greg Cartwright Media, explored Noosa National Park, Mt Cooroora, Buderim Falls and the Sunshine Coast Great Walk in Mapleton, to capture the magic and beauty available to us on our doorstep. They felt they wanted to share some of the beauty they discovered, so they combined their skills to produce a moving short film called, Immerse Yourself. The pair entered the film in to the recent Visioning the Outdoors Film & Photo Competition and won The People’s Choice Award for Best Film.

“We were so excited to receive the news of our film winning the People’s Choice Award, and to see the many positive comments and feedback from people who felt inspired to go out for a walk and discover more of what’s in their own backyard. I received the news whilst in a campervan travelling across Queensland to explore the 10 Great Walks of Queensland in 10 days, so it came at a crazy time in my life, but just felt right! I had only the day before been on the trails in Mapleton where we had captured our initial story” said Trek Coach Marshall.

“My journey across Queensland on the recent Q10 Expedition only fuelled my desire to encourage more people to get outdoors and go for a hike. We are blessed with such beautiful national parks, and the perfect winter climate to get out walking. I hope that Noosa locals and tourists alike, will watch Immerse Yourself and realise that they don’t need to venture far from Noosa to access world class hiking trails, that offer short day hikes and multi day hikes. Something for everyone.” Said Lisa.

“It was an amazing experience working with Greg to see how he pieced together the video footage to create a moving picture, giving us a feeling of being immersed in the natural environment and the peace it brings. I was amazed at the hours and hours he spent editing, overlaying music and the story and working his magic to create Immerse Yourself. I have a new found respect for how much goes in to making a short film and the many hours of work that go in to making it happen, after the filming has been done.”

You can also watch Immerse Yourself at

Lisa has gone on to create an online resource for keen hikers, called Get Trek Ready. She was inspired to capture the many lessons, tips and tricks she has gained over 15 years of hiking and training people to prepare for world class treks, in a simple to use e-Guidebook and an accompanying 16 Week Fitnesstrek Program.

“I want people to have fun when they set out on an adventure on foot. To do this, you need to have the basic gear and be prepared for the environment you are setting out in. The wilderness offers us opportunities to immerse ourselves in beauty and wonder, but you won’t experience this if you have blisters from the wrong shoes and are huffing so badly up the hill that you aren’t sure you will make it back! With just a little guidance and a few tips on what gear you need, how to choose it and what preparation you can put in place, you can open up so many opportunities to enjoy discovering natural places on foot.”

Find out more about Get Trek Ready HERE.

Lisa Marshall
Trek Coach




What is Flow

From the playmeo Blog

After working with groups all over the world for 30+ years now, I know that when they accept my invitation to enter into a space of play (or flow,) transformation or growth or development is possible.

You could describe the science of flow as taking fun more seriously. We’ve all experienced it, at some point in our lives, often frequently. It’s those moments when you are totally absorbed by what you are doing, and, as described by Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, it holds the secret to happiness.

Flow is a highly-focused mental state conducive to productivity, and as such, is highly relevant to the development of individuals and groups.

If you’re responsible for the well-being and development of a group of people, I invite you to watch this fascinating TED Talk Mihaly presented in 2004.

For me, it deepens my understanding of how important it is to focus on creating the ideal environment in which your group can make appropriate decisions.

As I have grown in my role as a professional group facilitator, and trainer, I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that creating a space in which my group can make appropriate decisions (consistent with the goals of my program) is one of my primary responsibilities as a leader.

A bit like the notion of “if I build it, they will come,’ I truly believe that if I create the most conducive environment for my group, growth or learning or development will have the best chance of occurring.

And this is where the importance and impact of flow enter the picture. Growth, development and learning can be hard work, so the more I can immerse my group in moments of flow, the more likely they will be willing to engage in this hard work.

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Mark Collard


Top Tips for taking on your First Big Day Hike (Lisa Marshall)

From the Trek Coach Blog

If you have a yearning to head out in to the wilderness on a day hike, you have come to the right place. Being prepared for a big day walk, is the difference between being immersed in an adventure that you enjoy, versus hating every minute of it! Here are a few things to consider when planning your next adventure on foot:

  1. Train/hike in your gear in the weeks leading up to your big walk. Wear comfortable, well fitted trail shoes/trail runners or lightweight hiking boots or walking shoes with good, grippy Vibram sole. “good fit” means you have some space at the front of the big toe, even with a good pair of merino hiking socks on;  your toes don’t hit the front of the shoes when you are on a steep incline/descent; your feet don’t slide in and out at the heel. Good quality socks (no cotton) that wick away moisture, coupled with a pair of hiking shoes that have been fitted for you, can make ALL the difference and prevent debilitating blisters.
  2. Research the climate/weather/trail difficulty and trail notes and maps before you go. Be prepared to change your plans if the weather conditions do not look favourable for being out there all day. Know where there are access points along the route in case you need to exit before the end point. Don’t just look at the number of kms but also the gradient of the trail and how many climbs there are. Kms become A LOT slower when you are climbing a steep ascent or having to slow don to get down a steep rocky/scree descent. Your speed/kms per hour are also affected by extreme weather conditions – like humidity, heat, rain or cold. The trail conditions will affect this too – so read up on the latest trail updates. All these need to be factored in to your timing. Rather start out earlier in the day and allow an extra couple of hours on top of your estimated time on trail. You can always spend some time at the end enjoying a rest if you finish earlier than expected.
  3. Your daypack should be around 30 litre capacity.
    • You should have between 2-4 litres of water depending on the climate and your own needs – some people sweat alot and others drink more. Take some electrolytes to alternate between water and electrolytes especially if it is a hot day.
    • Take enough food that you can snack on small bites every 45 minutes to an hour. A mixture of sweet and salty, fruit, and dried goods, but not foods that sit heavy in your stomach.
    • First Aid kit, including stiff bandage, strapping, wound care, snake bandage, eye wash, eye drops, band aids, personal medications and asthma treatment if required.
    • Head torch (even if you think you won’t be walking in the dark, many people have underestimated their walking time and been stuck out in the dark.)
    • Pack layers of clothing, depending on climate but always expect in the mountains that the weather can swing between extremes.
    • Always carry good quality rain gear, that you have pre-tested in the rain and cold. Carry a blister kit – special blister plasters, tape or foot fleece that you have tried in training. A small towel if you intend to swim on route.
    • Tissues. Lip balm, suncream and sun hat and shirt.
    • Bandana to protect your neck, also can wet and use to cool yourself when it is hot.
    • Lightweight, sealable eco friendly bag to carry out rubbish, including vegetable matter.
  4. Tell someone where you are going: log your route plans at the National Park if required. Pay for the relevant National Park permits if required before you go.
  5. Know your own ability. Don’t overestimate how fit you are, or how agile. This is why training on trails in the lead up to your hike is so important. It helps you to gauge your fitness/agility so you are better prepared for the challenging terrain you may encounter. When estimating how long it might take to walk a trail, add in breaks. Read blogs and other trail notes and info on the planned walk to gauge time on trail.
  6. Never walk alone.
  7. Carry a Personal Locator Beacon if you will be out of mobile phone range.
  8. Use walking poles: practice with these in training. They can reduce the impact on your lower limbs significantly and also help with endurance – imagine your legs doing all the work, vs spreading some of the energy expenditure to your arms and upper body, especially when you need a push to get up a big incline.
  9. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and enjoy the freedom that comes with this: take photos on your phone, but the rest of the time, try to clear your mind of scattered thoughts and worries, Instead become curious about the surroundings, focus your attention on nature, breathe the fresh air, stretch during your breaks.
  10.  Allocate one person in the group to be responsible for time keeping, and one to be on maps/route/navigation. Don’t be too proud to acknowledge if you aren’t making good time or you aren’t sure of the route. Make decisions to turn around and go back, or rework your plans for the day, before it’s too late.

Being prepared for a hike makes ALL the difference and also gives you the opportunity to be immersed in nature, rather than struggling through the day with ill-fitting  gear, or feeling unfit and unable to enjoy the experience. Just like any goal, the journey to get there is just as important as the destination.

As always, leave no trace: take all your rubbish with you, be respectful of traditional land owners, historical sites and all flora and fauna. Step lightly and take nothing but photographs.

Find out more trek tips on how to Get Trek Ready HERE.

Lisa Marshall
Trek Coach


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