Rising Up Adventures



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Our marketable paddle and bike adventures raise funds therapeutic adventures for Miami's survivors.   


Social enterprise means that we are not reliant upon grant or government funding or donations, but rather generate charitable funds through marketable services. 


Our adventure philanthropists enjoy being part of a global network of supporters for Miami's community.


Our social enterprise adventures are currently paused while we build a bigger capacity for Miami's upcoming season.  Check back in November for booking availability. 

We partner with Airbnb for Good, to receive free marketing and reservations systems for nonprofit events.

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Social Impact Adventures

Empowering Survivors of Violence

As a survivor of a violent attack, our founder launched Rising Up Adventures after spending 2.5 years traveling the country rock climbing.  She found that, when moving through the climbs, she would shake with body mechanics, which triggered the trauma of the attack.  She was forced to keep going on the rock, so she didn't fall. This repeated ability to move through outdoor challenge despite intrusive traumatic thoughts desensitized her to fear, and she emerged stronger because of the challenges life brought to her. 


Now, with a Master's in Nonprofit Management and many years as an outdoor guide and training with the Mayo Clinic, Rising Up Adventures has taken survivors of human sex trafficking, domestic violence, and foster youth on paddle and cycling adventures, where they push themselves in the outdoors to work through their triggers with confidence in the presence of supportive peers who become life-long friends.  


We are fundraising for a $65,000 Zodiac boat, and $27,000 for 6 months of a captain's salary so we can carry 10 passengers & their paddleboards quickly to safety as CPR can NOT be performed on a paddleboard.  With Miami's frequent wind and lightning storms that happen suddenly, this safety aspect is vital.    


This boat will also generate enough income through our market tours to sustain our operations indefinitely.  We have paused our paddle adventures to fundraise for the safety boat.

DONATE  TODAY so we can resume our important work with survivors on the water, while generating a global network of support.

Social Enterprise Funding

Through a pilot launch of market enterprise tours, we have generated over $65k in a year and a half by taking over 1,000 of Miami's visitors on paddle and cycling adventures.  With a one-time investment for the safety boat and related expenses, we can scale our operations to triple our income in 2020 and fund our programs indefinitely.

"The physical act of paddling became a vessel through which I could move through my depression on the water, paddling through it, one stroke at a time.  The people paddling with me became soul friends."

OOur Accomplishments

  • 50 Survivors​ Empowered in 2019

  • Over $65k earned through bike & paddle adventures for Miami's visitors as income for our programs for survivors.   Can triple this income with a one-time investment. 

  • We are self-funding our work through social enterprise, while creating a global network of support.

  • Developed evidence-based therapeutic curriculum. 

  • Poised for 150 Survivors for 2020 

By the end of 2019, we will have brought 50 survivors of violence; human sex trafficking, domestic violence & youth in foster care into the outdoors to heal.  We are working with 10 new survivors each month in 4-week programs that deepen friendships and increase resilience.  We plan to take over 150 survivors on month-long programs in 2020.

After struggling, legs shaking on the boards and moving through into confidence against the sunset, we are making an impact in the lives of Miami's survivors.  Often, with violent attacks, the trauma becomes stored in the body so that survivors can be triggered with intrusive thoughts and emotional reactions throughout the day.

Moving through anxiety on the boards and bicycles allows the survivor to systematically move through stored physical trauma in the body, in a controlled environment, and anchor new realities of moving through the trauma into empowerment.  

"What meant the most to me is that you stuck with me....what I really needed was someone who would stick with me when I'm really struggling."

"The sun will rise and a new day will dawn for me.  I am now finally able to get my attack down on paper."


Evidence-Based Curriculum  


We have launched a pilot study of our curriculum designed to increase resilience.  Our pilot study indicated 100% of our clients increased their resilience by an average of 15%.  Resilience is what enables people to move forward in life despite hard times, it is the characteristic that survivors develop when they use their difficulties to uncover unique strengths and develop strong personal stories so that they can often help others in similar circumstances.

Transforming Lives Through Adventure

Our Founder

From Rock Climbing around the country, to paddling in Hawaii, read the story of our Founder, Cara Sadira, the Executive Director and the steps she's taking to improve the lives of trauma survivors in Miami

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Our Founder

From Rock Climbing around the country, to paddling in Hawaii, read the story of our Founder, Cara Sadira, the Executive Director and the steps she's taking to improve the lives of trauma survivors in Miami

What our clients say...

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Rising Up Adventures is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, registered to accept donations in the state of Florida. Registration number: CH54861.  A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the state. You can also check the registration status at: https://csapp.800helpfla.com Registration does not imply endorsement approval, or recommendation by the state.

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