A six-day residential programme in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This course will give you the confidence, skills and understanding to design and facilitate outdoor experiences of nature that encourage people to live sustainably. The course will also explore how change leadership can be catalysed and supported through nature-based programmes. It offers theoretical frameworks supported by extensive research and a very pragmatic approach to programme design and facilitation.
You will camp using your own equipment, on a one-hundred acre block of native bush at Glenbervie near Whangarei. There is a camp kitchen, communal eating space, fire circle, plenty of shade and a stunning swimming hole in the Ngunguru river. Catering will be provided.
The group will be limited to a maximum of 12 people.
By the end of the course you will:
- understand some foundational theories for facilitating transformative outdoor experiences of nature;
- explore a selection of nature-based practices and activities for yourself;
- discover appropriate facilitation styles and techniques for working outdoors;
- make connections between personal wellbeing, social change and ecological issues;
- gain psychological insights into complex relationship dynamics and how they are impacted by being outdoors;
- explore how to select conducive outdoor spaces to work in;
- understand how to create ‘safe space’ and boundaries in unbounded outdoor areas;
- develop your own professional contract for working outdoors;
- find strategies and techniques for self-care and supervision;
- see examples and case studies of transformative outdoor programmes;
- learn how to design your own outdoor programme;
- explore issues around the confluence of nature, culture and indigene;
- develop your understanding of ethics and professionalism in outdoor leadership;
- find where to access resources and networks;
- Learn how to assess and manage risk;
- gain an overview of the issues surrounding liability and insurance;
- have opportunities to work out your next steps towards professional practice, or towards further enriching your existing practice.
The course has been developed through over 20 years of international research, development, post-graduate teaching and hands-on professional practice.
Many of the techniques and frameworks explored on this course were used on the Natural Change Project for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This resulted in some profound and far-reaching changes, including new national government policy on sustainability in Scotland. It is estimated that the 18 participants of the Natural Change Project ultimately impacted over 1.6 million people. All as the outcome of their own personal outdoor experiences during the project.
Research shows that people who feel connected to nature are more likely to behave in pro-ecological ways. However, being out in nature alone does not necessarily make people feel more connected to it. Ensuring that a sense of connection occurs through outdoor experiences of nature takes deliberate design and skilful facilitation.
This course combines outdoor learning, with nature psychology and ecology. A careful sequence of outdoor activities and practices build into deeply powerful experience of nature. Participants are left with a strong sense of connection to nature, which is translated into personal and social change through psychologically savvy facilitation techniques.
This course gives a first-hand experience of the process before taking a look at how to design and lead it from a design and facilitation perspective.
The actual content of the course will follow the weather, environmental conditions and the needs of the group. An approximate format is:
|Arrival (evening before)||Arrive by 16.00. Dinner at 19.00|
|Day ONE||Introduction & orientation.|
|Day TWO||Solo practice.|
|Day THREE||Stories & narrative.|
|Day FOUR||Programme design.|
|Day FIVE||Programme facilitation.|
|Departure (morning after)||Close 09.00. Depart by 10.30.|
This course is for anyone interested in working with the transformative potential of outdoor experiences - from urban parks to untracked wilderness.
This includes leadership coaches, sustainability professionals, change makers, healthcare practitioners, outdoor leaders, social workers, youth workers, rangers, conservationists and educators - as well as those interested in commissioning nature-based change programmes for sustainability and wellbeing.
It is recommended that you bring around five years experience in some related form of professional practice - working with groups or one-to-one, indoors or out. However, each application is considered individually, so please do ask if you’re not sure.
At a venue of your choice, or we can organise one for you.
The course starts with dinner at 19.00 on the first evening. Please arrive by 17.00 so that you have time to settle in before starting on time.
The course finishes after closing on Saturday morning, departure by 10.30am.
What to bring
We will be outside everyday whatever the weather!
You will need to bring the right clothing and equipment to be comfortable outdoors. It is very important that you come prepared.
A personal clothing and equipment list will be sent once your application has been processed.
This course is not a test of endurance! We are committed to creating an experience accessible to a wide range of abilities. We lead the programme to meet the needs of everyone in the group while also recognising than a little bit of a challenge can be a helpful thing. Everything we do is offered as an invitation. You will never have to do anything you don’t want to.
As a guideline, you will need to be able to carry a day pack containing your personal equipment (waterproofs, spare clothes, lunch, flask, etc.) for periods of up to four hours at a time, in a natural environment, often without formed paths.
If you are unsure about your ability to take part for any reason, please make a note on the application form and/or contact us as soon as possible to discuss your needs.
Safety & Insurance
David Key has over 20 years experience delivering outdoor programmes world-wide. He holds National Governing Body outdoor leadership qualifications in both the United Kingdom (MTUK & BCU) and New Zealand (NZOIA).
Risk assessments are completed for every location. These are reviewed each time an activity is delivered.
You are advised to take out your own insurance for travel and belongings.
|Duration:||Six-nights / five-days|
|Location:||Glenbervie, Whangarei, Northland, Aotearoa New Zealand.|
|Format:||For groups of between 7 and 12 people.|
|Contact time:||40 hours|
|Approx. reading time:||8 hours|
|Certification:||A Continuing Professional Development Certificate for 48 hours can be issue upon course completion.|
|Price:||Get in touch for a quotation ...|