Recovery Camp

For over a decade, we have delivered life-changing, transformative, therapeutic recreation-based camps.

These evidence-based, internationally recognized, and award-winning camps are our premier program.

What happens at Recovery Camp?

Each camp is a four-night, five-day, immersive experience where health students and people with lived experience of mental illness engage together in recovery-oriented, therapeutic recreation activities that promote mental health, social connection, and physical activity. 

Everyone participates together, giving students the best opportunity to learn and understand mental health and recovery from lived experience experts.

The program, designed by mental health and education experts Professor Lorna Moxham and Assoc. Prof. Christopher Patterson of the University of Wollongong, focuses on building connection and community, to provide opportunities for all attendees to learn from one another.

And don’t worry – we sleep in air-conditioned cabins, not tents!

For mental health

Recovery Camp offers a supportive, fun, and empowering experience for people living with mental health issues and mental illness. 

Recovery Camp is about connection, hope, and building a community, where people are seen as people, not as a diagnosis.

Watch our video to hear from peoples’ experience, and talk to us about our NDIS and non-NDIS attendance options.

For health students

As an ANMAC-recognised 80-hour clinical placement, Recovery Camp has changed mental health education in Australia.

For over a decade, we have provided better clinical placement to students of nursing, paramedicine, exercise science, psychology, nutrition and dietetics, and occupational therapy. 

With support from Registered Nurse facilitators, students learn about mental health, mental illness, and recovery, directly from people with lived-experience.

Watch our video to hear from students, and contact us about clinical placement options.

Since 2013, Recovery Camps have had a profound impact on the well-being and recovery experience of people with a mental illness. We now have a family of ove 750 people who have attended camp for their own mental health recovery.

At the same time, Recovery Camp has provided over 1513 health students (nursing, psychology, exercise science, nutrition, and dietetic students) with over 121,040 hours of mental health professional experience placement.

Recovery Camp so far

Our Aim

Recovery Camp aims to improve mental health, and mental health care. We want impact now!

Our mission is about you!

Through your connection with Recovery Camp we hope you realise your personal strengths, and your contribution to the mental health and recovery of others.

Recovery Camp

Recovery Camp has been a transformative force in the mental health landscape over the past decade. Celebrating our 40th camp in 2023, this milestone reflects our premier program’s enduring success and sustained impact.

We are driven to broaden our reach and impact, to improve mental health and mental health education, nationally.

Contact us for information about camps in 2024 and 2025.

Acknowledgement of Country

Recovery Camp acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.

Recovery Camp welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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