Founded in 2012 by former Royal Marines officer Calum Morrison, the Extraordinary Adventure Club combines transformative personal development techniques with bespoke wilderness expeditions that are individually designed around a client’s psychological make-up and therapeutic journey.
From trekking with nomads through the Sudanese desert, motor biking across the Mongolian wilderness, training with a Zimbabwean anti-poaching unit to husky sledding across a Norwegian mountain plateau, these life-affirming challenges are at the heart of the Extraordinary Adventure Club’s (EAC) unique transformational process driven towards personal mastery and self-discovery.
The EAC has achieved remarkable success in resolving a wide range of issues from anxiety, loss of life direction and low self-esteem, to emotional breakdown, addiction recovery and destructive behavioural cycles through a pragmatic and experiential approach. It is run by an inspired team comprising of ex-military personnel, all of whom have learnt essential life lessons in hostile environments, and internationally renowned psychotherapists, counsellors, holistic practitioners, coaches and mentors.
This is not a short-term fix and requires a long-term commitment to tackle conditioning forged over many years. No two programmes are the same and clients are encouraged to commit to an initial engagement of six months, including an induction retreat in the Scottish Highlands, at least two wilderness expeditions – each lasting up to a fortnight – and regular face-to-face coaching and mentoring sessions. This support is consolidated with weekly correspondence and conversations, a closing retreat and on-going contact, with many clients continuing to engage the EAC in supporting their longer term development.
The bespoke EAC programmes are intensive opportunities for self-discovery, unlocking and activating the client’s inherent resilience and recalibrating their perceptions of themselves and the world around them. Clients are stretched -emotionally and physically – enabling them to access untapped potential and hidden strengths, resulting in renewed confidence and reconnection with their authentic selves and personal purpose.
He organises “transformational journeys for personal growth” for individuals who want “to focus on becoming the best versions of themselves, fulfilling their potential, recalibrating and resetting the way they think about themselves.
The Sunday Times Magazine
The next day I am up before dawn and in running gear for my own physical test. As I jog into the mist I am flanked by Mackay-Lewis and Morrison. The run reaches an icy river, a deep one this time, and I am expected to swim. “Go slowly,” Morrison explains from behind. I don’t. I jump in, eager to do it properly, and rear up for breath, an iron bar of cold across my chest. It is horrible. But afterwards I feel vividly, tremendously alive.
Our programmes shape and drive clients' self-development, to find lasting, authentic motivation, create a framework for the life they want, and kick-start a journey of self-discovery that will deliver the best version of themselves.