‘Fathering Adventures’, founded by Darren Lewis back in July 2008, is an adventure-based organization, devoted to turning the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers, as well as providing opportunities for men to initiate boys into young manhood, young men into authentic manhood, and bless & release girls / young women into authentic womanhood.
Darren has worked in the construction / consulting engineering industry since 1988, and managed his own structural design & drafting service since 2000.
It was that same year that he read Howard Thurman’s quote, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; Ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
His desire to live life to the full, caused him to seek, discover, and uncover his passion, his own gifting, and life’s purpose.
In his spare time, as the need arises, Darren counsels individuals & relationships out of the pain of their past, offering restoration, freedom, and life. He agrees with what sociologists and anthropologists have discovered after studying cultures around the world and down through the ages… “As goes the men; so goes the society”. For this reason, he has continued to lead men toward the path of authentic manhood… helping them face and resolve wounds from their past, and inspiring, equipping, and empowering them to lead successful lives as men… both in their workplaces, and in their homes, as husbands and fathers… encouraging them to be all they desire to be. He has done this one-on-one, in small groups, men’s retreats, and other various speaking engagements. He has lead by example… overcoming the challenges a child growing up in an alcoholic home brings, and continuing to dig deep into his own character. His motivation is to play his part in seeing this generation of children, and those that follow, experience an excellent relationship with their Dads, therefore reducing the level of wounding encountered in their childhoods.
Darren believes that all of life is meant to be a great adventure. He loves the outdoors, both the beauty and the wildness of it all, but he knows his limitations… he’s no outdoor adventure guide. For this reason, ‘Fathering Adventures’ outsources all of its outdoor adventure / activity components to the very best, professional guides and outfitters. All of the accommodation and catering components of each adventure are also outsourced, to provide participants with the very best quality and value for their money. Outsourcing the above-mentioned components of our adventures, releases Darren and his team of volunteer assistants to do what they do best… build relationships with others, and impart all that they’ve learnt.
Darren has been married to his wife Melissa since 1991. They live in Townsville, North Queensland, with their four sons. Darren believes in living what he teaches, so his spare time is usually devoted to one-on-one time with his beloved Melissa, and each of their boys. Melissa describes Darren as being “honest, intelligent, discerning, trustworthy, loving, compassionate, hard-working, self-motivated, self-disciplined, self-sacrificing, honourable, and courageous”.
Just before Fathers Day 2011, Darren had the great honour and privilege of being named Queensland Father of the Year at a function in the State’s Capital.
Darren will absolutely consider partnering with you in your region, to offer father & son or Dad & Daughter adventures there. ‘Fathering Adventures’ currently partners with others in South-East Queensland, NSW (North of Canberra), and Victoria. Darren is also an experienced public speaker, and will give serious consideration to all invitations to speak at your function (breakfast, dinner, parent information night, retreat, or conference etc.), and he is not afraid to travel great distances to do so.