We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how does your business help the community?
How does your business help the community or world?
“Nature can inspire by it’s beauty, awe by it’s grandeur and commands respect by its power. Nature can break down the body and the ego in the best, most beautiful way, and if you allow it to do so, you can connect to it in a way that elevates, nourishes and grows the spirit. The only thing that can make it better is sharing that experience with others.”- Tony Campos (AdventureFit Alumni)
How do you change the world? You strengthen the community. How do you strengthen the community? You inspire the individual.
AdventureFit is a program that trains an individual physically, mentally, and spiritually in a group setting to overcome a challenge in nature.
Community is our foundation, and we pride ourselves in creating an environment where the individual feels a familial comfort no matter what background they have. We incorporate team building experiences and encourage vulnerability through writing prompts and in person discussions. We put our ‘tribe’ in challenging situations together that breeds closeness— ice immersion, breathwork, difficult outdoor exercise, etc. We create soil that is rich with possibilities of life long friendships and connections.
“In a time when it has been so hard to feel connected with others, it was such a beautiful/raw experience to have with such incredible humans.” -Liz B
We operate on the notion that the smallest kindness can be life changing when received at the right moment. We hope to inspire our tribe to be the best versions of themselves with us, so they can go back out into the world and be their own beacons of light for others.
It’s through these powerful nature experiences that we gain back that vital connection to ourselves and to truly fall in love with the Earth— and when you fall in love with something you do everything you can to protect it. Our earth deserves and requires that protecting.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I’m not running AdventureFit, I can be found on personal adventures, photographing. I spent one month alone walking the ridges of the Sierra Nevada, one week marooned in the pitch blackness of an underground cave without food or light, 5 months hiking 1,800 miles through the rugged New Zealand wilderness, and most recently 21 days on an expedition to summit Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. I document every aspect of these pursuits in hopes that sharing these stories will inspire others to explore their relationships to themselves, each other, and to the natural world. I’m constantly training my mind and my body to creatively thrive in unpredictable environments and diverse social situations in order to document stories of the people, the land, and the journeys I take to get there— wherever there happens to be. I believe that our connection to nature is vital, so I set out to capture the ways in which we discover and strengthen that relationship. I focus on outdoor activities, exploring, and general storytelling.
I bring this candid authenticity and vitality to all my work— including weddings, family shoots, couples, events, and personal brand development.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If a friend was visiting, I’d take them to Huntington Gardens and we’d get lost in the nature and imagination of each world. Then we would enjoy the Thai street food at Night Market Song in Silverlake.
The next day we would wake up early and go rock climbing in Malibu Creek State park, then catch a sunset surf at Sunset (ironic i know! Also likely more time getting thrashed than catching waves) All in time to catch the Oxtail Dumplings at Tar and Roses in Santa Monica.
And if they were really up for it.. we’d drive a bit out of town and spend the night stargazing next to a camp fire in Joshua Tree then wake up and hike to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To Keegan Uhl for starting it all. Joesph Burton, Mary Williams, and Matt Kastroll, for all the belief.. Austin Fitzgerald for being the other half of the equation. To Kevin Gilbert for being the teacher I’ve always wished for, Canyon Adventures, Ricky Blaha, Sainte Terre, Andy Thompson, Kyle Hogue, Alice Toyonaga, all for helping the dream get off the ground.
And every single person who I have crossed paths with has contributed to the development of this program— because they helped develop me.
Instagram: @adventurefitla @sarahskyann